EDGE OF FOREVER – The Days of Future Past – The Remasters

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/edgeofforeverband/ This neat triple-CD set containing remastered versions of the first three records by Edge of Forever is an enjoyable listen and a pretty cool collection of well-written heavy metal/hard rock tunes with plenty of good vocal melodies, epic-sounding keyboards, and tasty riffs scattered across it. While some of their musical…

DEATHCOLLECTOR – Time’s Up

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://deathcollector1.bandcamp.com/ The pulverizing underground artillery known as Deathcollector recently released a delightfully dark and rumbling death metal EP titled “Time’s Up” containing three lethal cuts that are filled to the brim with catchy riffs and excellent vocals. In many ways, one can draw a parallel to Obituary, Bolt Thrower, and arguably…

MEGADETH – 05.06.2022 – Oslo

VENUE: Sentrum Scene DATE: 05.06.2022 ORGANIZER: Rockefeller PHOTOGRAPHER: C. Nepper Photos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The legendary thrash metal pioneers that are Megadeth paid Norway’s capital city a visit on a warm and sunny Sunday night in…

DVL – Hush

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.dvlband.com/ Now this was a nice surprise. With the overall theme of this spirited record by the Scottish outfit DVL revolving around mental health and highlighting various issues relating to said issue, this is some explosive, high-octane stuff where classic heavy metal meets 80s-inspired US hard rock and then throws in…

BLACK SWAN – Generation Mind

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://facebook.com/BlackSwanRockNRoll The kick-ass hard rock outfit that is Black Swan is undoubtedly one of the best and most musically rewarding projects/bands on the Frontier Records roster. While the group’s debut offering, “Shake the World” (2020), was an impressive piece of work, their sophomore effort is even better and shows depth, character,…

INGLORIOUS – Live at the Phoenix MMXXI

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: http://inglorious.com/ British hard rockers Inglorious delivered one of 2021’s best and most memorable outputs in the shape of “We Will Ride” not to mention that their covers album “Heroine” (also from 2021) was a fabulous addition to their discography too. Their joyous new offering is a live album consisting of a…

POISON ROSE – Little Bang Theory

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/PoisonRoseMusic/ Poison Rose is a brand-new project conceived by the Frontiers management team where vocalist and songwriter Marco Sivo (Time Machine) truly gets to shine, and there can be no doubt that the man is a hugely skilled singer with a knack for coming up with appealing melody lines and strong…

TREAT – The Endgame

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/treatofficial With their spirited take on all things melodic hard rock, the Swedish act known as Treat is undoubtedly one of the better and most entertaining musical encounters from those shores when it comes to the aforementioned genre. On their latest LP, the infectious vocal melodies and strong hooks are still…

RONNIE ROMERO – Raised on Radio

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Ronnie Romero Official Site – Startside | Facebook The inhumanly skilled vocalist Ronnie Romero possesses a pair of lungs that are not of this world, which explains why legendary guitar-slingers such as Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, and Adrian Vandenberg have all employed the gifted singer from time to time. “Raised on…

NEW HORIZON – Gate of the Gods

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: New Horizon – Startside | Facebook What a kick-ass love letter to classic heavy metal this wildly catchy debut offering by the Swedish out­fit New Horizon is. Spearheaded by the inimitable Erik Grönwall (Skid Row, ex-H.E.A.T.) on vocals and multi-instrumentalist Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.), this gifted act delivers epic riffs, muscular songs,…

RADIOACTIVE – XXX

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Tommy Denander The supremely talented Tommy Denander recently put this impressive and superbly written album of his out via Frontiers Records, and this is simply a fabulous mixture of hard rock, classic rock, and AOR/melodic rock. Deftly executed, versatile, and full of excitement, the record is packed with everything from high-octane…

STRANGE HORIZON – Beyond the Strange Horizon

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Beyond The Strange Horizon | Strange Horizon (bandcamp.com) Yes, this is just what the good doctor ordered; a thoroughly convincing and energetic stoner rock/doom metal opus that pays tribute to the days of yore when fuzzy riffs ruled the roost and records were heavy as fuck while simultaneously looking to the…

GIRISH AND THE CHRONICLES – Hail to the Heroes

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.girishandthechronicles.com/ The Indian hard rockers Girish and the Chronicles have made quite a name for themselves in the scene these past few years, and judging by the quality of this incredibly driven and energetic offering of theirs, it is easy to see why people are freaking out about this talented group.…

SUNRUNNER – Sacred Arts of Navigation

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sacred Arts Of Navigation | Sunrunner | Fastball-Music (bandcamp.com) I was intrigued by the album artwork and the song titles to “Sacred Arts of Navigation” by the US quartet known as Sunrunner and very much looking forward to immersing myself in the 11-track opus, but sadly, their particular mixture of prog…

DEGREED – Are You Ready

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: degreed (degreedmusic.com) The latest output by Swedish hard rockers Degreed sounds absolutely massive in every sense of the word and if you desire passionate vocals, an incredibly tight and powerful rhythm section, and thunderous choruses that will blow you away, look no further than “Are You Ready”. Listening to these barnstormers…

TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS – Tyrant Lizard King

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.tyrannosaurusnebulous.com/ The good people over at Stampede Press mailed a promo copy of this twelve-track sonic assault my way and I am forever grateful to them for doing so. Apart from being visually impressive with respect to the artwork, there was something about the cool song titles that drew me in…

SPIRITS OF FIRE – Embrace the Unknown

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritsOfFireBand/ The project named Spirits of Fire is a rather overlooked one from my perspective but hopefully this superbly crafted heavy metal juggernaut of theirs titled “Embrace the Unknown” will reach a wider audience and receive more praise than their otherwise solid debut offering from 2019 did. While Tim “Ripper” Owens…

ANNIHILATOR – Metal II

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.annihilatormetal.com/ The renowned Canadian thrash/speed/groove metal mongers Annihilator, which is masterminded by the hugely skilled Jeff Waters, were one of the groups that I grew up listening to, but I must admit that I have found quite a few of their later albums to be patchy affairs. “Metal II” is essentially…

NASSON – Scars

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/nassonchile Checking out new bands and debut albums is always something that I am looking forward to, and this one by the Chilean melodic heavy metal trio known as Nasson was no different. Actually, Nasson himself is the main man behind this project as well as the primary songwriter here, and…

EDGE OF FOREVER – Seminole

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL:  https://www.facebook.com/edgeofforeverband/ Italian hard rockers/heavy metallers Edge of Forever are back with a new opus, and let it be known that I am thoroughly impressed with how melodically strong and energetic this record sounds. The songs and lyrics revolve around Native American culture and what awaits you are an abundance of hooks,…

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