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Album review: AVANTASIA – Moonglow

Nuclear Blast [Release date 15.02.19] ‘Moonglow’ is the eighth full-length album by Tobias Sammet’s metal opera project Avantasia. As with previous Avantasia’s albums he calls upon an impressive list of guest vocalists including returns for Magnum’s Bob Catley, former Queensryche and … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAST IN BLACK – From Hell With Love

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.02.19] Beast In Black hail from Finland and were formed in 2015 when guitarist and songwriter Anton Kabanen left his previous band Battle Beast. They released their debut album ‘Berserker’ in 2017 and now they are … Continue reading

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Album review: THE THREE TREMORS – s/t

Steel Cartel [release date: 18.01.19] If your mojo is shaken and stirred by high octane falsetto metal shrieking, then this album will put it through a nutribullet. The Three Tremors is a fearsome triumvirate of lung-busting vocal power, headed by … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - The Eighth Mountain

AFM Records [Release date 22.02.19] Italian power metal band return with their latest album, cementing the new/current line-up. Formed in the mid 90 as Rhapsody, RoF made the genre of symphonic power metal their own. Founder members keyboard player Alex … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLTER – Vlad The Impaler

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] Born as a one-off musical extravaganza by Trond Holter (ex-Wig Wam) and singer Jorn Lande, the ‘Swing Of Death’ album met with favourable reviews (fellow GRTR! reviewer Phil Berisford rated it an impressive ****1/2). So much so … Continue reading

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Gig review: POWERWOLF – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 28 October 2018

POWERWOLF – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 28 October 2018

It is immensely gratifying to have a band, whose career you have been closely following since day one, reach such great levels of success – case in point here being the German Heavy/Power Metallers Powerwolf. Not many people were supportive … Continue reading

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Album review: SEVENTH WONDER – Tiara

Frontiers [Release date 12.10.18] It has been eight years since Seventh Wonder’s last album ‘The Great Escape’, in part due to the commitments of vocalist Tommy Karevik in Kamelot, who he joined in 2012. One new member in the band since … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THEM, SODOM, BROTHERS OF METAL

THEM Manor of the Se7en Gables SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 26.10.18] US/German thrash/power metal band return with their second album, a horror story featuring witchcraft, murder and they use a series of spoken word parts to keep the story moving along. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STRATOVARIUS, NINE DART FINISH

STRATOVARIUS Enigma: Intermission 2 earMUSIC [Release date 28.09.18] In between studio albums Stratovarius give their fans a second ‘Intermission’ album and like the previous ‘Intermission’ released some 17 years ago, ‘Engima’ features three new songs, four orchestral re-workings of older … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MOB RULES, MIKE VASS

MOB RULES Beast Reborn SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 24.08.18] Mob Rules have been around for awhile now and although never reaching the heights of popularity of some fellow power metal bands, they have built a large and loyal following. Their latest album … Continue reading

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Album review: POWERWOLF – The Sacrament Of Sin

Napalm Records [Release date 20.07.18] Powerwolf are back with their seventh album, or as the band would put it their latest set of psalms! They have been building on their fanbase with each successive release and tour – they are … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGRA – Ømni

ANGRA - Ømni

earMUSIC [Release date: 16.02.18] Despite releasing eight albums since 1991, Brazilian band Angra’s symphonic/prog metal is a new sonic experience for me. Ninth album ‘Ømni’ is for the most part a pretty impressive outing within the genre. The album holds … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONE CONTI – s/t

LIONE CONTI

Frontiers [Release date 26.01.18] A few years ago Frontiers released a series of albums from Allen Lande – Symphony X’s Russell Allen and Jorn Lande – which are very good. Now in a similar idea i.e. linking two name vocalists … Continue reading

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Album review: ALMANAC – Kingslayer

ALMANAC - Kingslayer

Nuclear Blast [Release date 24.11.17] Second album from the band Almanac, which was formed by former Rage guitarist Victor Smolski, who utilises a trio of vocalists, namely Andy B. Franke (Brainstorm), David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and Jeannette Marchewka (Lingua Mortis … Continue reading

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Album review: BLIND GUARDIAN – Re-issues

Battalions Of Fear/Follow Me Blind/Tales From The Twilight World/Somewhere Far Beyond/Tokyo Tales’/Imaginations From The Other Side/The Forgotten Tales (compilation)/Nightfall In Middle Earth/A Night At The Opera/Live Nuclear Blast [Release date 27.10.17] German power metal band Blind Guardian have produced some … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Reissues (Land Of The Free/Alive ’95)

earMUSIC [Release date 29.09.17] earMUSIC’s Gamma Ray re-issue schedule continues with the band’s fourth studio album (original released in 1995) getting a deluxe 2CD re-issue. The second disc adds three songs (including the band’s blistering cover of Holocaust’s ‘Heavy Metal … Continue reading

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Album review: THOR – Beyond The Pain Barrier

THOR - Beyond The Pain Barrier

Deadline/Cleopatra [Release date 04.08.17] Canadian born bodybuilder Jon Mikl Thor has been acting and singing since the mid 70s, fronting his eponymously named band and, on stage, combining his strength with steel bars and blowing up hot-water-bottles to give a great … Continue reading

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Album review: INSATIA – Phoenix Aflame

INSATIA – Phoenix Aflame

Pitch Black Records. [Release date 23.06.17] This is a very accessible, well produced power/symphonic metal follow up to Insatia’s debut album ‘Asylum Denied’ in 2014. The band is based around vocalist and founder member Zoë Federoff.  The album has been … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGUY – Monuments

Nuclear Blast [Release date 14.07.17] Edguy are celebrating their 25th anniversary in style with this 28 song compilation that has an added live CD and DVD. Edguy main man Tobias Sammet never does things by halves and there are five … Continue reading

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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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