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Album review: THE DARK ELEMENT (featuring Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)

THE DARK ELEMENT (featuring Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)

Frontiers Records [Release date 10.11.17] After Anette Olzon’s unceremonious departure from Nightwish in 2012 she took stock, brushed herself down, and fashioned the beginnings of a solo career. ‘Shine’ was released in 2014 and was one of my favourite albums, … Continue reading

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Album review: LEAVES’ EYES – Sign Of The Dragonhead

LEAVES

AFM Records [Release date 12.01.18] Back in April 2016 Leaves’ Eyes parted ways with singer Liv Kristine, which led to various accounts of how the departure came about surfacing on social media and ill feeling between both parties. So this … 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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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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Album Review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend

AFM Records [Release date 15.01.16] Rhapsody of Fire return with their 11th studio album “Into The Legend”…this is of course classing Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody as a totally separate band which I suppose it is anyway… The press release points out … Continue reading

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Album review: SINCE EVER, SMELL MY PILLOW, MIDORI & EZRA BOY

SINCE EVER  Isolation

SINCE EVER  Isolation Does the world need another symphonic metal band?  Discuss. When symphonic rock burst onto the scene it sounded fresh, vibrant, and most importantly gave rock something ‘different’.  But for some inexplicable reason, the genre has become formulaic, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: FOREVER STILL, KARI RUESLATTEN, CELIA ROSE

FOREVER STILL Tied Down

FOREVER STILL Tied Down [Release date 15.01.16] Danish female fronted heavy rockers Forever Still’s debut release is typically ‘in your face’ mixing some bludgeoning riffs from the fret board of Mikkel Haastrup, with melodic lead vocals from Maja Schoenning. While … Continue reading

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Album review: W ANGEL’S CONQUEST – Taste Of Life

W ANGEL’S CONQUEST – Taste Of Life

Ferrum [Release date 08.06.15] This is the 5th album release from W Angel’s Conquest, Ukraine’s oldest power metal outfit apparently, I will take their word for that. Formed back in 1996 by guitarist W Angel this album is being hailed … Continue reading

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Rock stars: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (The Gentle Storm) – interview, April 2015

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN

Polite, talkative, pleasant, full of positive energy…Anneke van Giersbergen is what most music journalists would describe as the perfect interviewee. Her passion for the music she’s involved in is such that getting her to talk about “The Diary”, her latest … Continue reading

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News: RICHARD THOMPSON, BLACK SABBATH, WASP – Tuesday 28 April 2015

Richard Thompson - Cambridge Folk Festival 2014

Richard Thompson releases his new album ‘Still’ on June 29th via Proper Records. Red Dragon Cartel have another new vocalist, step forward Chas West, who replaces Darren Smith who lasted just over a month! Kingcrow release their new album ‘Eidos’ … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGIC KINGDOM – Savage Requiem

MAGIC KINGDOM – Savage Requiem

AFM Records [release date 20.03.15] Take the band name (Magic Kingdom) and throw in an excellent cover featuring a fire breathing dragon and you just know what “Savage Requiem” is going to sound like…Rhapsody of Fire on steroids comes fairly … Continue reading

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Album review: LESOIR – Luctor Et Emergo

LESOIR - Luctor Et Emergo

The PR blurb for their latest release would have you believe Transience received rave reviews beyond their homeland.  If that’s true, they’re well hidden from Google’s search engine. The sessions for Luctor Et Emergo sees the band (Maartje Meessen – … Continue reading

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Album review: WINTER IN EDEN – Court Of Conscience

WINTER IN EDEN – Court Of Conscience

[Released 08.09.14] This is the third album by UK based symphonic metal band Winter In Eden and they have upped the ante for this one, recording it in the Netherlands and it’s been produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation).  The … Continue reading

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Interview: 10Q’s with NEOPERA (Nina Jiers)

Neopera

Neopera have just released their rather fine debut album ‘Destined Ways’ on earMusic. The band were founded in 2010 by DARK AGE lead guitarist Jörn Schubert,  who was joined by GAMMA RAY bass player Dirk Schlächter, Mikis Trimborn (SYNDEMIC) on … Continue reading

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Quick plays: NEOPERA, GRAMERCY ARMS, KNIFEWORLD

NEOPERA – Destined Ways earMusic www.neopera.com [Released 21.07.14] Neopera were formed by guitarist Jorn Schubert (Dark Age) in 2010 and the line-up includes Gamma Ray’s Dirk Schlächter, along with two operatic styled vocalist Nina Jiers (soprano) and Thorsten Schuck (baritone) … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE REE-VAHS!, TARJA, CROWN OF GLORY, AVALON STEEL, SEVEN THORNS

The Ree-Vahs! - Geordieland

THE REE-VAHS! – Geordieland www.theree-vahs.co.uk [Released 09.06.14] The Ree-Vahs! Hail from County Durham and carry on the tradition of North Durham singing, although it’s not that heavily accented and you can listen to the lyrics easily enough. Andy Loan has … Continue reading

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Album review: WINTER DAWN – By Embers Embraced

Winter Dawn - By Embers Embraced

Self Release (Release date – out now) Symphonic metal is a genre that can either delight me or distress me.  I can usually tell how things are going to go within the first couple of minutes of the opening track … Continue reading

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News: Ex-Nightwish singer ANETTE OLZON chats to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

Anette Olzon

Sunday 9 March, 22:00 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio In this week’s ‘Assume The Position’, David Randall chats to Anette Olzon about her new album, and plays tracks from ‘Shine’. GRTR! Reviewer Pete Whalley described the album as a contender … Continue reading

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