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Album review: DGM – Tragic Separation

DGM – Tragic Separation

Frontiers [Release date 09.10.20] Tenth album from Italian Prog Metallers, DGM. In which they examine the notion that the journey (of life) is more important than the destination. With all of the tracks, there’s a direct correlation between the events … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – The Symbol Remains

BLUE OYSTER CULT – The Symbol Remains

Frontiers [Release date 09.10.20] Born of the time of Covid, Blue Oyster Cult’s first album in 20 years, “The Symbol Remains”, announces the band as born again survivors. And indeed survivors who, thank god, haven’t neglected entertainment for the sake … Continue reading

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Album review: STARDUST – Highway To Heartbreak

STARDUST – Highway To Heartbreak

Frontiers [Release date 09.10.20] Debut album from (very) talented newcomers, Stardust. In the world inhabited by melodic rock fans, very good pastiches of Eighties’ AOR get the utmost respect. The era’s distinctively polished, precision calibrated, hook heavy hard rock is … Continue reading

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Album review: RISING STEEL – Fight Them All

RISING STEEL – Fight Them All

Frontiers [Release date 04.09.20] Second album from Grenoble’s finest metal band, Rising Steel. And you can see the tongue in their cheek from space. Allegedly. The band’s amusingly phallic name is the first Freudian nod and wink. And then, endearingly, … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON COLLINS – Becoming Human

SIMON COLLINS - Becoming Human

Frontiers [Release date 04.09.20] Fourth solo album by Simon Collins and his first since leaving Sound Of Contact, on whose 2013 debut album ‘Dimensionaut’ he handled lead vocals. Simon Collins played drums and keys on this album, along with vocals. … Continue reading

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Album review: LANDFALL – The Turning Point

LANDFALL - The Turning Point

Frontiers [Release date 04.09.20] This is up and coming Brazilian band, Landfall’s first album with talented vocalist Gui Oliver. His high tenor has encouraged the label to compare him to Steve Perry, but his vocal timbre is often much closer … Continue reading

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Album review: DUKES OF THE ORIENT – Freakshow

DUKES OF THE ORIENT - Freakshow

Frontiers [Release date 07.08.20] Dukes Of The Orient – vocalist John Payne (ex-Asia, GPS) and keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists) – return with their second album. Dukes Of The Orient has more of a band … Continue reading

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Album review: ARCTIC RAIN – The One

ARCTIC RAIN - The One

Frontiers [Release date 07.08.20] Arctic Rain’s music is gloriously reminiscent of the melodic rock genre’s more hypnotic moments. On most tracks, you can tell that they have been thumbing through a dog eared copy of the Eighties’ AOR Blueprint. Doesn’t … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONVILLE – Magic Is Alive

LIONVILLE - Magic Is Alive

Frontiers Records [Release date 07.08.20] Fourth album from Lionville, an emphatically Westcoast Rock band. Each new release confirms that guitarist/songwriter Stefano Leonetti couldn’t have found a more suitable front man than Lars (Work Of Art) Safsund. What this celebrated vocalist … Continue reading

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Album review: SHINING BLACK

SHINING BLACK

Frontiers Records [Release date 10.07.20] For afficionados, these are instantly recognisable protagonists. Shining Black matches up Mark Boals, a gun for hire vocalist, with the perhaps lesser known Olaf Thorsen, guitarist with Labyrinth and Vision Divine. It plays out along … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS – Always The Villain

MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS – Always The Villain

Frontiers Records [Release date 10.07.20] Few bands or artists appear from nowhere. And sure enough, Michael Grant has a history, one that goes beyond his recent stint with the LA Guns. Wiki will reveal all so no point in going … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20] An invited audience of 200 lucky fans saw Blue Oyster Cult live on stage at the IHeart Radio Theater in New York in 2012. The event noisily celebrated the band’s 40th year together, expertly recorded by … Continue reading

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Album review: SMACKBOUND – 20/20

SMACKBOUND – 20 20

Frontiers [Release date 12.06.20] Finland’s Smackbound paid their dues playing clubs as a covers’ band. Their debut album, “20/20” is a distillation of all the styles and stuff they performed on stage…with added songwriting. And the songwriting shines brightly. It … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Curse Of The Hidden Mirror

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Curse Of The Hidden Mirror

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.06.20] Back in the late nineties, their creativity sandbanked, Blue Oyster Cult spent 3 solid years on the road. Those years eventually sparked songwriting lightning, and assisted once more by Sci-fi/cyberpunk writer, John Shirley, the band … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF LORDS – New World, New Eyes

HOUSE OF LORDS – New World, New Eyes

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.06.20] Many critics have gone to print noting the inconsistency of the reformed House Of Lord’s 21st century releases. Maybe that would explain why James Christian (vocals/production) has brought in Mark Spiro and Tommy Denander to … Continue reading

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EP review: CHAOS MAGIC – Desert Rose

CHAOS MAGIC – Desert Rose

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20] A meeting of minds and talent, Chilean outfit Chaos Magic are an exciting prospect who have managed to blaze their way into many a Symphonic Rock fans heart. With two albums under their belt (the self-titled … Continue reading

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Album review: KHYMERA – Master Of Illusions

KHYMERA – Master Of Illusions

Frontiers [Release date 06.03.20] Album number five from Khymera, who started out as an alliance between Italian producer & musician Daniele Liverani and then Kansas singer Steve Walsh. Khymera has since developed into a regular musical project when bassist and … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Heaven Forbid

BLUE OYSTER CULT - Heaven Forbid

Frontiers [Release date 06.03.20] Blue Oyster Cult originally released ‘Heaven Forbid’ in 1998 on the CMC label, so it never got a widespread release and the band had left the label by their next album. Although there are no bonus … Continue reading

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Album review: SEVEN SPIRES – Emerald Seas

SEVEN SPIRES - Emerald Seas

Frontiers [Release date 28.02.20] If only all concept albums were like this one…bittersweet melodic metal anthems liberally laced with apocalyptic metal tragedy. It’s such an accomplished piece of music that it belies the fact it is only the US band … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SWAN – Shake The World

BLACK SWAN - Shake The World

Frontiers [Release date 14.02.20] You have to say (again) that Frontiers knows how to put a band together, in this case Black Swan. Here are four musicians – Robin McAuley, Jeff Pilson, Reb Beach and Matt Starr – whose well … Continue reading

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