Tag Archives: Germany

Album review: TANKARD – Hymns For the Drunk

TANKARD - Hymns For the Drunk

AFM Records [Release date 12.01.18] I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m tits up and in the ground: Germany has produced some of the best Metal bands around. From so many varying sub genres, the German Metal … Continue reading

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Album review: FAVNI – Windswept

FAVNI - Windswept

[Release date 20.05.16] With a name change from Fauns (primarily because of the clash with the British band The Fauns) marking the introduction of new electric guitarist Thomas Glase and vocalist, flautist and fiddler Kirsten Middeke, this five-piece from Berlin … Continue reading

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Album review: MOB RULES – Timekeeper – 20th Anniversary Box Set

        Steamhammer/ SPV (Release date 13.10.14) German power metallers Mob Rules have been treading the boards for the last 20 years and in celebration of that they released this limited edition box set. The box set is … Continue reading

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Album review: DARK FORTRESS – Venereal Dawn

Dark Fortress - Venereal Dawn

Century Media – Out Now. Ever since their first demo “Rebirth Of The Dark Age” saw the light of day back in 1996, German sextet Dark Fortress has been one of the most prolific entities in the international Black Metal … Continue reading

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Album Review: SWEET ERMENGARDE – Raynham Hall

Sweet Ermengarde - Raynham Hill

Equinoxe Records – [Release Date: 14.06.13] Just when you thought Goth had shrivelled up, died and gone to meet its maker in Valhalla, it’s time once again to dig out that white face paint, strap a spiky dog collar to … Continue reading

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Album Review: RPWL – Wanted

RPWL - Wanted

Gentle Art Of Music – [Release Date: 17.03.14] There are times, aren’t there, when something is musically so good, so in tune with your own ideas and philosophy, that somehow words don’t really do it justice. I could leave this … Continue reading

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Album Review: FREQUENCY DRIFT – Over

Frequency Drift

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release Date: 14.02.14] Frequency Drift have been at the zenith of Europe’s purveyors of melancholic progressive rock for a few years now – their previous two releases, ‘Ghosts’ (2011) and ‘Laid To Rest’ (2012) were both … Continue reading

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Interview with LIV KRISTINE (Leaves’ Eyes) – 12 December 2013

Leaves

There are few people who I have thoroughly enjoyed talking to over the years in my capacity as a music journalist, and Liv Kristine, leading member of the Symphonic/Gothic Metal sextet Leave’s Eyes is certainly one of them. Hours prior … Continue reading

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Album review: LEAVES’ EYES – Symphonies Of The Night

Leaves Eyes

Napalm Records www.leaveseyes.de There are a lot of female fronted symphonic metal bands out there now and a lot do tend to blend into one another, with a few notable exceptions and Leaves’ Eyes are one such exception. The soaring … Continue reading

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Album Review: MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Bridge The Gap

      Inakustik [Release date 02.12.13] Michael Schenker over the last few years has risen phoenix-like from what appeared at one point to be the ashes of a glittering career. Gathering together the musicians that form ‘Temple Of Rock’ … Continue reading

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Album review: EYEVORY – Euphobia

Eyevory - Euphobia

[Release date 06.05.13] Rob Reed might think that with Magenta’s latest offering that he’s produced a prog album with a capital P.  But Bremen based Evevory’s debut long player shows that in prog terms, Teutonic build quality exceeds that of … Continue reading

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Album Review: RPWL – A Show Beyond Man And Time

RPWL - A Show Beyond Man And Time

Metal Mind [Release Date: 07.10.13] My review of German neo-progressive RPWL’s 2012 album ‘Beyond Man And Time’ earned itself a five star review for its stellar musicianship and outstanding instrumental composition and songwriting – although I did cast doubt on … Continue reading

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Album Review: FLYING CIRCUS – Ones And Zeros

Flying Circus

Self-released – 2013 OK, let’s get all the Monty Python out of the way shall we? And breathe… Flying Circus are a German neo-prog outfit with four albums behind them who cite comparisons with Rush and Led Zeppelin, and ‘Ones … Continue reading

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Album review: BENT NOT BROKEN – Same Planet Different World

BENT NOT BROKEN - Same Planet Different World

yearningrocks.com [Release date: April 2013] It would be a shame if the second album from this German-based band went unnoticed.  From the opening track ‘Watching The World’ the riffs are angular, the songs consistently engaging, and the sense of urgency … Continue reading

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Interview with UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER (U.D.O), May 2013

Since first fronting the mighty Accept back in the early 80s, Udo Dirkschneider had to overcome many obstacles to present us all with his fine blend of classic-sounding, honest Heavy Metal. The most recent blow, the departure of both his … Continue reading

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