Kalmah - Palo

Northern Finland used to be a fertile breeding ground for death metal bands in the later 80s and early 90s. One of these early purveyors of boreal brutality was Ancestor, founded in 1991 by guitarist-vocalist Pekka Kokko and drummer Petri Sankala. After two demos, Pekka’s brother Antti was added to the fold as lead guitarist...

 

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Gurls - Run Boy, Run

It doesn’t happen often that so much undisputed and up-to-the-minute female jazz is crammed into one trio, but this is the case with GURLS. On their debut-album ‘’Run Boy, Run’’ we find three of Norway’s most sought-after musicians...

 

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Audun Skjolberg - Last Days On Earth

 Audun Skjolberg is the Norwegian version of the quintessential singer/songwriter James Taylor, mixing folk, blues and soul with energetic pop and rock and even some psychedelia. Growing up with a cheap nylon string guitar and his parents’...

 

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Stryper - God Damn Evil

Established in southern California in 1983, multi-platinum crossover Christian metal band, Stryper, continues to share their positive message and energetic stage presence with a passionate following throughout the world. Since the band’s inception over 30 years ago, the founding...

 

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ISSA - Run With The Pack

Norwegian melodic rock queen ISSA is back with her fifth studio album “Run With The Pack”! As with her past releases, the new release is a melodic rock fans dream come true with huge vocals and soaring melodies!

 

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A Feast For Crows - Let The Feast Begin EP

A Feast For Crows a young, German modern metal band from Munich. They have been making music since two and a half years and released an EP (‘’Let The Feast Begin“ – 2016) and a first full length album (‘’A Chapter Unwritten“ – 2017)...

 

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Kamelot - The Shadow Theory

One of metal’s most unique, prestigious, and highly creative bands, Kamelot, has released its new album, titled “The Shadow Theory”, on April 6, via Napalm Records. This is their twelfth studio album in their 25+ year-long career...

 

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Lovelorn Dolls - Darker Ages

Belgian Gothic rock band Lovelorn Dolls is out with a new album, “Darker Ages”. Now, before we get into the album, the band was just once simply named as “Lovelorn”, but a few years later...

 

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Metalwings - Fallen Angel In The Hell EP

Bulgarian symphonic metal band Metalwings are about to release their debut album, “For All Beyond” in April, and I thought it would be a good idea to review the band’s 2016 EP, “Fallen Angel in the Hell”, in preparation for the aforementioned album...

 

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Ignea - The Sign Of Faith

Formerly under the name of Parallax, the Ukrainian music group released their debut album “The Signs of Faith” in 2017 as IGNEA. They are considered as the first band to play oriental metal, but they don't limit to just one genre, they...

 

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Mørke - Death Embraces You All

It has been now been 18 since Norwegian gothic metal band The Sins of Thy Beloved released their last album “Lake of Sorrow”, and gothic metal bands are becoming rare nowadays that share a similar sound, it appears the genre is fading...

 

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Ravenhill - Ground Zero EP

The history of Ravenhill began in January 2009 when Lucia’s (singer) and Muro’s (electric guitar) gothic metal band joined together with folk-renaissance project of Matúš (electric guitar), Dáša (flute) and Viktor (acoustic guitar)...

 

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Eleine - Until The End

Seductive, Stylish, and Monumental. This is the way Swedish symphonic metal band Eleine describe their music. Formed in 2011 the line-up consists of lead singer and alternative model Madeleine "Eleine" Liljestam...

 

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Secret Sphere - The Nature Of Time

‘’She was only seven years old when, during a long coma, she heard the calling. All of a sudden, everything was clear. She realised that all it took to create a balance in the whole universe, was a true belief in what became her seven virtues...

 

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Ayreon Universe - The Best Of Ayreon - Live

On the 15, 16, and 17 September 2017, three magnificent shows took place at the 013 Poppodium in Tilburg, the Netherlands. That was the chosen weekend when Arjen Lucassen, with the help of 11 talented musicians and 16 incredible singers, brought his 28 best songs to the stage...

 

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Whyzdom - As Time Turns To Dust

WHYZDOM is a French symphonic-metal band or, in their own words: “Think of a huge orchestra and a massive symphonic choir intertwined with powerful riffs and enchanting melodies from a clear and passionate feminine voice, and you’ll get an idea of what WHYZDOM has managed to create.”

 

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Gus G - Fearless

In a world where only the best come out on top, Gus G. is one of the most respected and renowned rock metal guitarists of our time. He played the biggest stages worldwide between 2009 and 2017 as a member of superstar Ozzy Osbourne’s band and enhanced Ozzy’s album Scream (2010) with his amazing dexterity...

 

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Darling West - While I Was Asleep

The last twelve months of Darling West’s musical career can hardly be described as anything else than fantastic. Since the release of their second album, ‘’Vinyl And A Heartache’’, they have played concerts all over the world, been listed on the biggest radio channels in Norway and appeared on the Top 100 Country Charts...

 

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Frozen Crown - The Fallen King

Sounding like the perfect combination of Sonata Arctica and present-day Nightwish, with a bit of Euro-metal in the veins of Orden Ogan for good measure, Italian melodic power metal band Frozen Crown has released its debut album “The Fallen King” on February 9th via Scarlet Records...

 

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Sault - Seeds Of Power

Sault is the brainchild of Kamelot bassist Sean Tibbetts, who originally wanted to create a bass-driven instrumental album. But his desire to take his new music on the road led him to put together a band. And with the help of his friends and fellow musicians, he found his bandmates...

 

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HEXED - Netherworld

HEXED was formed in 2015 by vocalist/songwriter Tina and lead-guitarist/ songwriter Stellan Gunnarsson in Uppsala, Sweden. Both of them played in several bands before and had an early history in the metal scene and of music composing. Now they wanted to create and...

 

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Asphodelia - Welcome Apocalypse

Asphodelia is a dark symphonic metal act founded in 2016 in Foggia, Italy, by Samuela “Samah” Fuiani (vocals and keyboards) and Ruggero “Lordian” Doronzo (guitar), and currently including Davide Ricciardi (bass), Giuseppe Centonza (drums) and Gianni Colonna (guitar)...


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AURI - AURI

AURI begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of a music which can’t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice's rabbit hole...

 

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Walk In Darkness - Welcome To The New World

Exactly a year after they made their debut with the excellent “In the Shadows of Things”, mysterious and faceless gothic metal band Walk in Darkness are back with their sophomore effort, “Welcome to the New World”, independently released on February 17th...

 

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Meden Agan - Catharsis

It has now been almost four years since their release of “Lacrima Dei”, an album I enjoyed from the band with new singer Maya Kampaki, unfortunately their partnership didn't last long. Though, she has moved, and so has Meden Agan, and now, they are back with newcomer Dimitra Panariti with a new album “Catharsis”...

 

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Oceans Of Slumber - The Banished Heart

In all probability Oceans of Slumber is the best metal band you’ve never heard of. They are

super unique and each member of this band is talented beyond measure. They all bring it to the

table. Normally some band members...

 

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Borealis - The Offering

“The Offering” (out March 23rd, via AFM Records) is the fourth studio album by Canadian power / progressive metal band Borealis, and their second concept album, after 2015’s “Purgatory”. Formed in 2005, the line-up consists of ....

 

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Scars of Solitude - Deformation

Scars of Solitude is a melodic metal quintet from Äänekoski playing music rooted deep in the Finnish melancholy. The band was formed in January 2015 and has stood firmly and proud behind its music ever since. Their music sounds like autumn - it's kinda dark, rainy and cold but still rich in both beauty and colour despite all the despair...

 

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Schattenmann - Licht An

Something is stirring in the shadows. Something is crawling to the surface: Schattenmann are here! Formed in the dying days of 2016, already now aiming for greater things: This young band from Nuremberg knows exactly what they want and how they are about to achieve it...

 

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Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – Pawn and Prophecy

Sometimes switching between bands and genres is a good way to let the creative juices flow. And in recent years I have seen many artists doing side-projects that don’t sound anything like their main band. Some examples include...

 

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Sean Noonan - Man No Longer Me

On the Haldern Pop label debut release, ‘’Man No Longer Me’’, the Irish born but NYC based rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts with a pair of drumsticks original multi-stylistic modern jazz-rock music...

 

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Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark

Join the silent mutiny as Austrian metal band Visions of Atlantis takes you on a voyage to Lemuria and back to their roots with their newest release titled “The deep & the dark”, out on February 16th via Napalm Records...

 

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