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Read the Stratovarius: Survive Album Review

The myth. The legend. With nearly four decades of music, Stratovarius had been the progenitor of Finnish heavy power metal. However, the iconic band has not released a new studio album in seven years. Since ... [ Read More ]

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Borealis - Illusions Album Review

Borealis: Illusions

Melodic/Progressive/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

A long time presence in the Canadian metal underground, Ontario's Borealis returns with their sixth studio album, Illusions. The recording is a second chapter ... [ Read More ]

Even Flow - Mediterraneo EP Album Review

Even Flow: Mediterraneo EP

Melodic Progressive Metal
4.5/5.0

While this is my first interaction with Italy's Even Flow, the metal band has been around since the late 1990's. Back then it was formed by two brothers, Pietro Paolo Lunesu ... [ Read More ]

Terra Atlantica - Beyond The Borders Album Review

Terra Atlantica: Beyond The Borders

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Created some five years go, Terra Atlantica hails from the Hamburg area of Germany. Their first appearance came with their 2017 debut album A City Once Divine ... [ Read More ]

Hammerstar - 2022 Debut Album Review

Hammerstar: Hammerstar

Classic Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

While classic and traditional heavy metal is obscure and unpopular in America, it still lives in the underground. Hailing from the Arizona area, Hammerstar was ... [ Read More ]

Stratovarius - Survive Album Review

Stratovarius: Survive

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

The myth. The legend. With nearly four decades of music, Stratovarius had been the progenitor of Finnish heavy power metal. However, the iconic band ... [ Read More ]

Kings Of Mercia 2022 Debut Album Review

Kings Of Mercia: Kings Of Mercia

(Melodic) Heavy Guitar Rock
4.0/4.0

Kings Of Mercia is not a historical reference to early English history. It's a new project created by Fates Warning founder and guitarist Jim Matheos (also Arch/Mathoes ... [ Read More ]

Steve & Virgil Howe - Lunar Mist Album Review

Steve & Virgil Howe: Lunar Mist

Instrumental Guitar
No Score

With little doubt, you know guitarist Steve Howe from his Yes fame. The talented musician has also had a protracted solo career which takes him beyond the ... [ Read More ]

Mentalist - Empires Falling Album Review

Mentalist: Empires Falling

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

The Swedish/German collaboration that is Mentalist is on the verge of being a metal juggernaut. Started in 2018, Mentalist has released a studio every year ... [ Read More ]

The Erinyes - 2022 Debut Album Review

The Erinyes: The Erinyes

Melodic/Symphonic/Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

Culling their name from Greek mythology, The Furies, The Erinyes are new female-fronted project created by Frontiers Music. The band features the talent of three ... [ Read More ]

House Of Lords - Saints And Sinners Album Review

House Of Lords: Saints And Sinners

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.0/5.0

Classic rock band House Of Lords needs little introduction to fans of the genre. Formed wayback in 1987 by Angel member Gregg Giuffria, the band galloped from the ... [ Read More ]

Ginevra - We Belong To The Stars Album Review

Ginevra: We Belong To The Stars

Melodic Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

New Swedish band Ginevra is another new project from vocalist and songwriter Kristian Fyhr. Another project because, Fyher brought us Seventh Crystal, an AOR melodic ... [ Read More ]

Fans Of The Dark - Suburbia Album Review

Fans Of The Dark: Suburbia

Melodic Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

Sixteen months since their debut album arrived, Swedish band Fans Of The Dark (FotD) returns with their second effort, Suburbia. The band was formed by ... [ Read More ]


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Read the Vega: Anarchy And Unity Album Review

It's like Christmas in October, but somewhat ahead of schedule. This month sees the release of four of my favorite bands from across the pond: Houston, Wayward Sons, Leverage, and Sweden's Eclipse ... [ Read More ]

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