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Album review: EVERTHRONE

In 2015 the band Everthrone released easily one of the best albums that year (The Dawning, which in fact topped my Top 5 of the year without much competition). They decided to crowd fund the follow-up and without much fanfare … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON UNIVERSE – The Best of Ayreon Live

AYREON UNIVERSE – The Best of Ayreon Live

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group [30.03.18] Ayreon are masterminded by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, who prefers to create music in the studio rather than appear live and the announcement that Ayreon would play two shows in September 2017  (their first official … 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: THRESHOLD – Legends Of The Shires

Threshold - Legends Of the Shires

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.09.17] Threshold have been in the metal news a lot recently after vocalist Damian Wilson left the band in March and they announced former vocalist Glynn Morgan was returning to the band – he left them back … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LOVED ONES, DAVEY DODDS

LOVED ONES Harness Blood Records [Release date 05.05.17] Loved Ones are on ‘that difficult second album’, or so the theory goes, however this band have no qualms on that score as they have a plethora of musical ideas to share … Continue reading

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Album review: DEFECTO – Excluded

DEFECTO – Excluded

Elevation [Release date 19.03.16] This is the debut effort from Danish symphonic rockers, Defecto.  It’s a pretty solid, competent outing and follows an EP in 2012.  If there’s nothing here to set the world on fire, there is certainly more … Continue reading

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Gig review: THRESHOLD – O2 Islington Academy, London, 24 January 2016

THRESHOLD - O2 Islington Academy, London, 24 January 2016

This was a progressive/symphonic metal triple-header, but sadly I only caught the dying embers of the Damnation Angels as I ascended the stairs. Pretty good it sounded too, but the Northern Line had effectively robbed me of the set. French … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: NINE BLACK ALPS, EDENIAL

Album review: NINE BLACK ALPS – Live From The Wishing Well         Hatch Records (Release date 04.05.15) After 12 years and 5 studio albums, UK Grunge rock exponents Nine Black Alps are about to release their first … Continue reading

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Album review: SHIFT – Lead, Judge & Jury

SHIFT – Lead, Judge & Jury

Self Release  [Release date – out now] The amount of new music which comes through for review every week never ceases to amaze me, via download and CD an endless stream constantly pours in. It can be a bit of … Continue reading

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Interview: PAUL LOGUE of EDEN’S CURSE

Paul Logue of Eden

Paul Logue has been a busy man as his band Eden’s Curse have just finished their first full UK tour which was a great success and the band plan a summer break before more UK dates planned for November. He … Continue reading

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Album Review: LUDER – Adelphophagia

Small Stone Records Luder. Little known, I suspect, outside knots of die hard progressive metal afficionados. This album should broaden the band’s appeal. It offers nine creative, convincing, eclectic compositions that draw, by turns, on waves of psychedelia and stoner, … Continue reading

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Album review: INCURA – S/T

Inside Out [Released 24th February 2014] This Canadian band Incura have been around since 2003 having released a series of EP’s and this is their first album given a full release. Two things strike you on first listen, the high … Continue reading

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Album review: VANDEN PLAS – Chronicles of the Immortals : Netherworld

Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 24.02.14] It has been a while since Vanden Plas released The Seraphic Clockwork back in 2010 but that’s not to say they haven’t been busy…far from it. German best-selling author Wolfgang Hohlbein suggested a collaboration with … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HAPPYNESS, THE DAVID LIBERTY BAND, DIRTY THRILLS, UNCLE SID, JOE COCKER

The David Liberty Band

HAPPYNESS – Happyness EP Weird Smiling [Release date 06.01.14] Three-piece band from south London consisting of Johnny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper. This is their self-produced debut EP and they certainly pack a lot if instrumentation in for a … Continue reading

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Album review: FUGHU – Human – The Tales & Human – The Facts

Fughu [Release date 2013] Argentinean prog-metal band Fughu don’t do things by halves. Apart from releasing two separate albums as a double album, their complex music also wraps itself round two nightmarish librettos, the full drama of which is emoted … Continue reading

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Quick Plays: ANTLERED MAN, WINDRUNNERS, PATRIOT REBEL, DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE

ANTLERED MAN – The Devil Is Them New Heavy Sounds (Release date – out now) This is the second album from the London quartet Antlered Man. The four piece released their debut album last year to great reviews and toured … Continue reading

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Gig Review: QUEENSRYCHE – Islington Academy, 12 October 2013

Queensryche are the benchmark against which any progressive metal band must measure themselves. But they’ve had troubled times. Recent albums have sold poorly and last year, front man Geoff Tate was unceremoniously dumped after a back stage bust up. Tate … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JOEY SUMMER, WILLIE & THE BANDITS, ANN SCOTT, PROSPEKT

JOEY SUMMER – Even The Saints Are Sinners Perris Records ww.joeysummer.com Latest album from Joey Summer who has a grounding in classic sounding melodic rock. It’s not a bad album as Joey Summers has a voice suited to melodic hard … Continue reading

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Album review: EDEN’S CURSE – Symphony of Sin

Eden

AFM Records www.afmrecords.de Eden’s Curse return with their fourth album, Symphony of Sin, after a difficult two year period with a new vocalist (Serbian Nikola Mijic) and a new keyboard player (former Power Quest member Steve Williams) in tow. Founding … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – The Mountain

Inside Out www.insideout.de This is Haken’s third album, although they only came across my musical radar after seeing an excellent performance at this year’s Celebr8.2 prog festival. This is a concept album about each everyone’s personal mountain they have to … Continue reading

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