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Helion Prime – Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster (AFM)

Californian Power Metallers Helion Prime make a welcome return with their 2nd album, and the immediate difference that anyone familiar with Helion Prime’s debut will note is that the new vocalist is sporting a beard! Unremarkable you might think, but… Continue Reading →

Voodoo Circle – Raised On Rock (AFM)

If you have a penchant for Melodic Metal’s heady late 80’s period of wealth there are still plenty of routes open to you if you want to reconnect with those halcyon days. Many of the bands have reformed, some of… Continue Reading →

Seven Kingdoms – Decennium (Napalm)

Formed back in 2007, this is actually Seven Kingdoms’ 4th full length album and their third with the stable line-up fronted by vocalist Sabrina Valentine. This is the band’s first release on Napalm – the band used Kickstarter to raise… Continue Reading →

Vandroya – Beyond The Human Mind (Inner Wound)

It’s taken these Brazilian Power Metallers 4 years to follow up on their impressive, energetic and entertaining debut. Despite the frantic pace of many of the songs on that debut the band themselves were clearly in no hurry – there… Continue Reading →

Beyond The Black – Lost In Forever (UDR Music)

Well this is a first for me, getting to review an album that featured in my Ave Noctum Top 20…the year AFTER it appeared in it! Truth is, a mate of mine put me on to this band (Thanks again… Continue Reading →

Sinbreed – Master Creator (AFM)

Re-reading my gushing review of Sinbreed’s previous release “Shadows”, it seems I did get rather enthusiastic about the whole thing, and to be honest time has not dulled the enjoyment that I found when discovering this full-on Power/Speed Metal band… Continue Reading →

Avantasia –Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)

It’s the next installment of Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia folks, so expect lots of symphonic epic songs performed by top notch guest vocalists and teeth-out-jaws-locked-won’t-let-go melody lines. It’s Avantasia, yes, yes, you know what to expect…but let’s face it the interest… Continue Reading →

Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast)

There are times when a band’s own distinctiveness can become a millstone around their neck – when the unique path that they forged can, as the years progress, begin to resemble something of a creative straitjacket compelling them to continue… Continue Reading →

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