Tag Archives: power metal

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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Album review: ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen

ORDEN OGAN - Gunmen

AFM Records [Release date 07.07.17] Orden Ogan are back with their new studio album ‘Gunmen’ which follows hot on the heels of last year’s ‘The Book of Ogan’ compilation. They have already released a well received western themed video on … 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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Interview: ORDEN OGAN

ORDEN OGAN

GRTR! recently caught up with Orden Ogan’s Dirk and Seeb ahead of the band’s upcoming album, ‘Gunmen’ which is released on AFM Records on July 7. The ‘Gunman’ video is very good indeed and will the storyline be carried onto the next … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Legendary Years

AFM Records [Release date 26.05.17] After a lot of turmoil, and a number of recent line-up changes, the new look Rhapsody Of Fire lay their cards on the table with their new album, which sees the new line-up rerecord a … Continue reading

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Album review: LABYRINTH – Architecture of a God

LABYRINTH - Architecture of a God

Frontiers [Release date 21.04.17] Labyrinth seemed to have disappeared off the scene follwoing 2010′s ‘Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II: A Midnight’, however they added vocalist Mark Boals to the line-up in 2014. Then last year a reunion of founding members Olaf … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONFORCE – Reaching Into Infinity

DRAGONFORCE – Reaching Into Infinity

earMusic  [Release date 19.05.17] This is the seventh studio album from Dragonforce and a bit like AC/DC or Status Quo you should know what to expect from a DF album by now. This release however does throw a few curved … Continue reading

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Gig review: SABATON / ACCEPT – 117 Piraeus Academy, Athens, 8 March 2017

Twilight Force

European Power Metal has always enjoyed a healthy level of support in my home country but not even the most optimistic of music fans would expect that a venue as big as the Academy (can accommodate approximately 1600 people), of … Continue reading

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Album review: FIREWIND – Immortals

FIREWIND - Immortals

AFM Records [Release date 20.01.17] It’s been four years since ‘Few Against Many’ but Gus G is no slouch.  In the interim he’s released two excellent solo albums and moonlighted with Ozzy.  And in spite of everything he always seems … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIREWIND – Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

You wonder: now that Ozzy has ended “The End”, in his dotage will he revive his solo career?  And does that mean there’s another job for Gus G?  The Greek guitarist was drafted in for the album ‘Scream’ in 2010 … Continue reading

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