HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Lint XXV (Remastered Anniversary Edition)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/HouseofShakira/ Swedish melodic rockers House of Shakira recently released this nicely packaged double disc edition of their debut offering “Lint”, which is turning 25 this year. The booklet contains some interesting liner notes, but more importantly, you get a remastered version of the album as well as an entire disc containing…

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,…

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…

MARA – Loka Mær

RELEASE YEAR: 2022 BAND URL: MARA – LOKA MÆR (smarturl.it)   The Swedish quartet known as Mara is one of the more intriguing and noteworthy acts to be found in today’s black metal scene, and these purveyors of blistering darkness are about to unleash a 6-track album that blends precision, atmosphere, and majestic melodies to…

CAP OUTRUN – High on Deception

RELEASE YEAR: 2021BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/capoutrun/ When glancing at the album cover, I had no idea what to expect, but “High on Deception” turned out to be a spirited melodic prog rock offering with quite prominent traces of AOR coursing through it. This Swedish/American gang of hugely skilled musicians sure know how to keep things interesting…