Tag Archives: Helloween

Quick plays: UNISONIC, RON POPE

UNISONIC Live at Wacken

UNISONIC Live at Wacken earMUSIC [Release date 21.07.17] Unisonic are the band formed by ex-Helloween members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen (of Gamma Ray fame), joined by Denis Ward (Pink Cream 69 and many production credits), Mandy Meyer (Asia/Krokus) and … Continue reading

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Album review: MASTERPLAN – PumpKings

MASTERPLAN - PumpKings

AFM Records [Release date 28.07.17] Masterplan is one of those bands that as soon as someone mentions the name you automatically think, “What a great band!” At least I do. Since their inception in 2003, they’ve consistently released some killer … Continue reading

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Quick plays: EZOO, KAI HANSEN & FRIENDS

EZOO Feeding the Beast earMUSIC [Release date 02.06.17] Graham Bonnet has been very busy of late with his own Graham Bonnet Band releasing a studio and live album and now this, Ezoo which features guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill/Tony Martin). … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL IX – Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Helloween -  HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Thursday When the line-up was announced for this year’s 9th chapter of the Hard Rock Hell journey there were the usual naysayers but to be fair it’s the same for every festival… However one thing that topped everything was the … Continue reading

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Album reviews: GAMMA RAY – Sigh No More/Heading For The East

GAMMA RAY - Sigh No More/Heading For The East

earMUSIC [Release date 25.09.15] Another anniversary edition, Gamma Ray’s second album Sigh No More was originally released back in 1991. It came out just as grunge was starting, although metal bands were never hit as much as the hair metal … Continue reading

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Album review: GLORYHAMMER – SPACE 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards

        Napalm Records [release date 25.09.15 ] Angus McFife and his merry band are back in another tale of daring do. This time taking on the galactic hordes in the defence of the mighty galaxy of Fife … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Heading For Tomorrow

GAMMA RAY - Heading For Tomorrow

earMusic [Release date 24.07.15] Gamma Ray were formed after Kai Hansen left Helloween, the band he helped co-found, back in 1988. Back then this was big news as Helloween were riding a massive wave of popularity (they had played Monsters … Continue reading

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Album review: KISKE SOMERVILLE – City of Heroes

KISKE SOMERVILLE- City of Heroes

Frontiers Records [Release Date 17.04.15] Despite the rather unimaginative name, some of rock’s most respected names are behind this project. The singers are former Helloween and more recently Place Vendome singer Michael Kiske and Trillium singer and vocal coach Amanda … Continue reading

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News: THUNDER, SHINEDOWN, TANK – Sunday 22nd February 2015

Shinedown, Glasgow, 21 October 2013

Shinedown are currently recording their next album and plan a summer release. Axel Rudi Pell releases ‘Magic Moments – 25th Anniversary Special Show’ on CD/DVD on 27th April via SPV. Thunder charted at number nine in the UK album charts … Continue reading

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Album review: UNISONIC – Light Of Dawn

UNISONIC – Light Of Dawn

  earMUSIC [Release date 04.08.14] Arguably, 2014 has already been a good year for the power metal genre: Gamma Ray, Edguy and Freedom Call, amongst others have spun out very worthy platters. German supergroup Unisonic have easily augmented that roster … Continue reading

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Singles and EP reviews: THE YOUNG FOLK, AMY SIMPSON, UNISONIC

THE YOUNG FOLK – Way Home Pixie Pace Records [Released 26.05.14] www.theyoungfolk.com Dublin based alt-folk band The Young Folk release their debut UK single and feature Anthony Furey (son of George from the legendary the Fureys & Davy Arthur). This … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON SAVIOR – Rise Of The Hero

AFM Records www.afmrecords.de There is a fair number of German metal bands that have a direct link to Helloween in one form or another. Iron Savior were founded by ex-Helloween man Kai Hansen, then Blind Guardian drummer Thomen Stauch and … Continue reading

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Album review: FREEDOM CALL – Beyond

Freedom Call - Beyond

SPV [Release date 24.04.14] Album number eight from Freedom Call and a couple of line-up changes with a new drummer Ramy Ali, along with the return of original bass player Ilker Irsin. I have to admit Freedom Call are one … Continue reading

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Album review: DRIVING MRS SATAN – Popscotch

Driving Mrs Satan - Popscotch

www.drivingmrssatan.com Does the world need an album of metal covers by acts like Helloween, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Faith No More? You might not think so, but when it’s something as unique as Popscotch, by … Continue reading

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Album review: ARMORY – Empyrean Realms

Armory - Empyrean Dreams

      Metavania Music (Release date – out now) This album was actually released on the 12th of November 2013 and has only just come to my attention, it has been my loss it would seem!  Armory formed back … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GINGERFEET, ANDI DERIS & THE BAD BANKERS, NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ

Gingerfeet - High And Above: The First Wave

GINGERFEET – High And Above: The First Wave https://www.facebook.com/gingerfeetindia You don’t get many new funk rock/metal bands come along nowadays so it’s a bit of a treat to have this new band from India Gingerfeet come along. They have a … Continue reading

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Album review: MASTERPLAN – Novum Initium

Masterplan - Novum Initium

AFM Records [Release date 14.06.13 June 14th] “Novum Initium” or “A New Beginning” to those who do not understand Latin is the fifth album from Masterplan and their first since “Time to Be King” back in 2010. Roland Grapow and … Continue reading

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Album review: TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON – The Land of New Hope

Frontiers www.frontiers.it Ex-Stratovarius mainman Timo Tolkki returns again with a new project after relative failures with both Revolution Renaissance and Symfonia. Stratovarius was Tolkki’s band from 1986 through to 2008 when after 4 years of turmoil Tolkki called it a … Continue reading

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Gig review: HELLOWEEN – The Forum, Kentish Town, London, 16 April 2013

Helloween, Kentish Town Forum, 16 April 2013

If you are a frequent visitor to our pages, especially our gig reviews section, you would have undoubtedly noticed that on the 15th of April, a day prior to the one featured in this review, I attended a magnificent Pain … Continue reading

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Tainted Nation news

UK’s modern hard rock band “TAINTED NATION“ have sign a worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK N GROWL MANAGEMENT. TAINTED NATION are: Pete Newdeck – Vocals (Eden’s Curse, Grim Reaper, Killers, Steve Grimmett), Pontus Egberg – Bass (The Poodles, Lions … Continue reading

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