Author Archives: Phil Berisford

Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Kingmaker

PRETTY MAIDS – Kingmaker

Frontiers Records [Release date 04.11.16] “Kingmaker” is Pretty Maids’ 15th studio album if you include 2014’s superb “Louder Than Ever” which contained re-recordings of old tunes plus 4 newbies and it continues their run of high quality releases. The Danish … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC SIX – Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres

ELECTRIC SIX – Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres

Metropolis Records [Release date 07.10.16] American oddballs Electric Six are back with their 12th album in as many years…the strangely titled “Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres”. To be honest I didn’t know they were still active and only remember them … Continue reading

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Album review: HARDLINE – Human Nature

HARDLINE – Human Nature

Frontiers Records [Release date 04.10.16] Former super-group Hardline return with their 5th studio album “Human Nature” following on from 2012’s “Danger Zone”. Vocalist Johnny Gioeli and brother Joey formed Hardline on LA’s sunset strip back in 1991 and they found … Continue reading

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Album review: – LORDI – Monstereophonic – Theaterror vs. Demonarchy

AFM Records [Release date 16.09.16] Finland’s masked melodic metal band Lordi, who will forever be widely known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, follow up 2014’s “Scare Force One” with their 8th studio release, the split “Monstereophonic – … Continue reading

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Album review: SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

AFM Records [Release date 09.09.16] European supergroup Serious Black return with their sophomore release “Mirrorworld” less than 2 years after debut “As Daylight Breaks” hit the racks. The backbone of vocalist Urban breed, Dominik Sebastian (guitars), bassist Mario Lochert and … Continue reading

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Album Review: – SOLUTION .45 – Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II

AFM Records [release date 26.08.16] Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II is Solution .45’s third studio release and is the follow up to Part I released back in November 2015 (though recorded at the same time). Solution .45 … Continue reading

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Album review: – KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Generation Goodbye

KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Generation Goodbye

AFM Records [Release date 08.07.16] German modern hard rock band Kissin’ Dynamite are back with their fifth studio album “Generation Goodbye” and somehow they keep on improving! Previous release “Megalomania”, from September 2014, was a wonderful slice of modern melodic … Continue reading

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Album review: PARADOX – Pangea

PARADOX – Pangea

AFM Records [Release date 03.06.16] German thrash band Paradox celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of their seventh studio “Pangea”. Surviving founding member Charly Steinhauer has been joined by an endless array of musicians since debut “Product of Imagination” … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON SAVIOR – Titancraft

IRON SAVIOR – Titancraft

AFM Records [Release date 20.05.16] Iron Savior’s ninth studio release “Titancraft” features more of the same from the German power metal band…namely science fiction inspired Teutonic metal a la Primal Fear/Helloween. Main-man Piet Sielck (vocals, guitar) is back again and … Continue reading

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Album review: ORDEN OGAN – The Book of Ogan

ORDEN OGAN – The Book of Ogan

AFM Records [Release date 25.03.16] “The Book of Ogan” would appear to be German power metal band Orden Ogan’s way of closing the first chapter of their career as it is a very impressive double CD double DVD package. What … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERSTONE – Apocalypse Again

THUNDERSTONE – Apocalypse Again

AFM Records [Release date 01.04.16] Thunderstone are another one of AFM’s hidden treasures that I’ve never actually listened to before and now they return with their sixth studio release “Apocalypse Again”. Guitarist Nino Laurenne put the band together back in … Continue reading

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Album review: HUMAN FORTRESS – Thieves Of The Night

HUMAN FORTRESS – Thieves Of The Night

AFM Records [Release date 18.03.16] “Thieves of the Night” is German melodic metal band Human Fortress’s follow up to the well-received “Raided Land”. The band deal in a genre populated by bands such as Kamelot, Avantasia and Virgin Steele according … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LAST VEGAS – Eat Me

THE LAST VEGAS – Eat Me

AFM Records [Release date 18.03.16] The Last Vegas are an American sleazy hard rock band and somehow they have managed to get their latest release “Eat Me” released on a German metal label… The band hail from Chicago, Illinois and … Continue reading

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Album review: SINBREED – Master Creator

SINBREED – Master Creator

German power metal band Sinbreed return with their new opus “Master Creator” which follows on from 2014’s “Shadows”. The band line-up has remained unchanged with vocalist Herbie Langhans (recently to be heard singing the part of “Eclipse” on the latest … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW BLACK – A Monster’s Life

THE NEW BLACK – A Monster’s Life

AFM Records [Release date 26.02.16] “A Monster’s Life” is German band’s The New Black fourth release and follows on from the impressive “III : Cut Loose” from 2013. This time around, rather than self-producing again, they have enlisted famed Volbeat … Continue reading

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Album review: SHAKRA – High Noon

SHAKRA – High Noon

AFM Records [Release date 29.01.16] Swiss hard rock band Shakra return with their tenth studio album “High Noon” and, after the departure of vocalist John Prakesh in late 2013, surprisingly also return with previous vocalist Mark Fox who quit the … Continue reading

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Album Review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend

AFM Records [Release date 15.01.16] Rhapsody of Fire return with their 11th studio album “Into The Legend”…this is of course classing Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody as a totally separate band which I suppose it is anyway… The press release points out … Continue reading

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Album review: PRIMAL FEAR – Rulebreaker

PRIMAL FEAR – Rulebreaker

Frontiers Records [Release date 22.11.15] Teutonic metal merchants Primal Fear return with their 11th studio album “Rulebreaker” which follows a similar path to 2014’s well received “Delivering The Black” opus. Primal Fear were founded way back in 1997 when bassist … Continue reading

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Album review: BRAINSTORM – Scary Creatures

BRAINSTORM – Scary Creatures

AFM Records [Release date 15.01.16] Brainstorm’s 11th studio album “Scary Creatures” follows hot on the heels of 2014’s “Firesoul” and features ten more Euro-style power metal numbers. The Bavarian band were formed way back in 1989 and released their first … Continue reading

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Album review: MANIMAL – Trapped In The Shadows

MANIMAL – Trapped In The Shadows

AFM Records [Release date 20.11.15] Manimal return with their brand of Swedish metal in the form of “Trapped In The Shadows” but for me the band name is a little off putting as it serves as a reminder of that … Continue reading

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