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Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s get this out of the way now. Sonata Arctica’s brand of melodic metal is not for everyone. If Cannibal Corpse are Last House on the Left and Eaten Alive then these jovial Finns are the Princess Bride and Labyrinth… Continue Reading →

Majestica – Above The Sky (Nuclear Blast)

A Symphonic Power Metal band…from Sweden…on Nuclear Blast…called Majestica? And right now the readership has split straight into two camps – the first who read that and went “Oh bloody hell, I know exactly what THAT will be like” and… Continue Reading →

Dynazty – Firesign (AFM)

Sometimes association with past experiences can be misleading. A friend of mine lent me a CD by Dynazty a few years back when they were on Spinefarm – “I love this lot…and they sound like Dokken” he raved (not sure… Continue Reading →

Borealis – The Offering (AFM)

In 2015 Canadian Dark Power Metallers Borealis released “Purgatory”, an album that elevated the band onto a new higher level, booking their place as one of the top bands in their genre and (to a much less worldly important level)… Continue Reading →

Serious Black – Magic (AFM)

Three albums in as many years is a feat many established bands have long since forgone, making this something only seen in the past. Thankfully, Serious Black are bringing this trend back, matching the sheer drive of bands with ‘lesser… Continue Reading →

Hammerfall – Built To Last (Napalm)

As summer ends and winter looms on the horizon, the clichéd view to take is that the later months of the year are ripe for the Northern European stongholds of music to flex their worth, given how in places, it’s… Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)

We all know this bunch. Sonata Arctica are one of the big names in the Euro-Power metal scene, known for their bright nature, their technical chops, dramatic atmospheric ambience and most of all, the expressive and dynamic vocal delivery with… Continue Reading →

Twilight Force – Heroes Of Mighty Magic (Nuclear Blast)

We live in confusing musical times. Bands change styles without warning, key members leave, two bands even exist at the same time with the same name. Familiar, dependable bands can become a disappointment and yet other unexpected artists surprise and… Continue Reading →

Midnight Eternal – S/T (Inner Wound)

Midnight Eternal have certainly been racking up the support slots in their native America, copping guest appearances for Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Delain, Xandria, Doro and many more! And now that they’ve finally got their chance to release a full-length album… Continue Reading →

Universal Mind Project – The Jaguar Priest (Inner Wound Recordings)

The Universal Mind Project (here on referred to as UMP) are brainchild of guitarist and composer Michael Alexander. The whole premise of the group is that there is a core nucleus of four members who lay the foundations for guest… Continue Reading →

Thunderstone – Apocalypse Again (AFM)

Fifteen years ago Finnish Symphonic Power Metallers Thunderstone hit the ground running. Well, galloping actually, with a debut that got them straight into the top table of the genre. Full of speedy drums, catchy melodies and intricate guitar and keyboards,… Continue Reading →

Mob Rules – Tales From Beyond (SPV)

Formed in 1994, Teutonic power metallers Mob Rules have been going strong for over twenty years. Up to their ninth studio album after one best of, making their album total at ten, the six piece have honed their chops over… Continue Reading →

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