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Lanfear The Code Inherited CD Album Review

Lanfear: The Code Inherited

Progressive Power Metal
4.0/5.0

True to form and consistency, four years have passed and Lanfear launches another new album, the latest and eighth album, The Code Inherited, still on ... [ Read More ]

Fates Warning Theories Of Flight CD Album Review

Fates Warning: Theories Of Flight

Progressive Metal
4.0/5.0

Fates Warning. The name is synonymous with American progressive metal. Having made somewhat of a resurrection in 2013, the band returns with their twelfth ... [ Read More ]

Widow Carved In Stone CD Album Review

Widow: Carved In Stone

Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

Missing in action from the studio, yet still active is North Carolina's Widow, returning with their latest and fifth album Carved In Stone, once more on Germany's ... [ Read More ]

Disarm Goliath Wisdom & War CD Album Review

Disarm Goliath: Wisdom & War

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

If you hail from the UK's West Midlands, home to Birmingham, and claim to play traditional heavy metal, then you better be the real deal. Well, Disarm Goliath are the real ... [ Read More ]

Cage9 Illuminator CD Album Review

Cage9: Illuminator

Modern Alternative Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

I've never heard of them, and perhaps I should have. Formed in 1993 in Panama by vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter and producer Evan Rodaniche, Cage9 has ... [ Read More ]

Secret Rule Machination CD Album Review

Secret Rule: Machination

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Formed a mere two years ago, Italy's Secret Rule has been busy with two albums in two years, the latest Machination on the Scarlet Records label. Now, Secret Rule, ... [ Read More ]

Rob Moratti Transcendent CD Album Review

Rob Moratti: Transcendent

AOR/Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Fresh off his new and recent gig with Ged Rylands' (ex Ten) Rage of Angels project and new album The Devil's New Tricks, versatile vocalist Rob Moratti returns ... [ Read More ]

Paradox Pangea CD Album Review

Paradox: Pangea

Heavy/Speed/Thrash Metal
4.0/5.0

Of the 30 years of Paradox history, the last eight have been the most consistent and productive. To that end their have been two constants that propel Paradox: only ... [ Read More ]

Ancient Empire Other World CD Album Review

Ancient Empire: Other World

Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Out of blue. Caught by surprise. It happens every time I get pitched a traditional heavy metal band from my home country, America. Here's the thing. Classic heavy ... [ Read More ]

Infinite Spectrum Haunter Of The Dark CD Album Review

Infinite Spectrum: Haunter Of The Dark

Progressive Rock/Metal
5.0/5.0

I'll be honest at the start. I don't get the fascination some people have with H.P. Lovecraft. Attempting to read his stories, I've never been able to finish one. He's simply too ... [ Read More ]

Airbag - Disconnected CD Album Review

Airbag: Disconnected

Melodic Progressive Rock
4.5/5.0

While their fourth album, Disconnected, is my first experience with Norway's Airbag, comparisons are inevitable. Actually, they've already been made by others ... [ Read More ]

Faithsedge Restoration CD Album Review

Faithsedge: Restoration

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

It appears for founder, songwriter, and vocalist Giancarlo Floridia and his Faithsedge project two things are predictable: consistency and change. Yeah, that sounds ... [ Read More ]

Highlord Hic Sunt Leones CD Album Review

Highlord: Hic Sunt Leones

Power Metal
4.0/5.0

It's remarkable when you think about it. Italy's Highlord has been around 20 years and, for personnel, the band has been a revolving door. Not a single member ... [ Read More ]


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Click to read the Infinite Spectrum - Haunter Of The Dark CD album review

I'll be honest at the start. I don't get the fascination some people have with H.P. Lovecraft. Attempting to read his stories, I've never been able to finish one. He's simply too verbose, the very definition of literary hyperbole, using every adjective or adverb in the English language to describe some thing or emotion. Or as the late ... [ Read More ]

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Click to read the Immension - In Vain CD album review

Formed in Sheffield, UK, several years ago, Immension has already give fans two EPs. Now they arrive with their first long-player, In Vain which includes three songs from their previous EP, The Enemy Within. Curiously, after reading their press release, I'm wondering whether bands should suggest you they might sound like ... [ Read More ]