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…

KRAEMER – All the Way

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/erikkraemer12/ The brand-new outfit named Kraemer, which is essentially a project designed to display the talents of vocalist Erik Kraemer (Simulacrum), will release this eleven-track effort of theirs in just a few days, and what we have here is basically hard rock that is well-played and nicely produced but which lacks…

BLOODY FALLS – Burn the Witch

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/BloodyFalls     Finnish act Bloody Falls dabble in groove metal with prominent overtones of thrash metal and melodic death metal to it. Rumbling and aggressive but always with a keen focus on weaving appealing melodies into the mix, this ten-track effort by the Finnish quintet shows potential and hints at…

AYREON – Transitus

Over the past 26 years and 10 epic albums, Arjen Lucassen has made a firm name for himself in progressive rock/metal circles with his Ayreon project. Each release has been an epic tale filled with rich characters, impressive chops, and vocal guests from all areas of the metal spectrum. 2004’s "The Human Equation" and the…

LORDS OF BLACK – Alchemy of Souls Part II

I was quite pleased with the Spanish power metallers’ previous offering, namely the first part of the "Alchemy of Souls" (2020) musical narrative, and so naturally, I was keen on hearing how this brand-new effort of theirs would sound. As it turns out, it is a bit of a mixed bag with respect to quality…

ALIRIO – All Things Must Pass

The incredibly talented Brazilian vocalist Alirio Netto (Shaman, Khallice) released these ten tracks of his not that long ago via Frontiers and "All Things Must Pass" is melodically strong and pretty damn impressive with respect to its massive sound and punchy production.  As opposed to numerous other releases by the label, Alirio’s brand of hard…

SPEKTRA – Oveload

Spektra is a brand-new outfit hailing from Brazil and "Overload", which was produced by the skilled combo of Alessandro del Vecchio (who seems to appear on nearly every Frontiers release these days!) and Jeff Scott Soto, is the group’s debut offering. Actually, Del Vecchio and Soto have either written or co-written all eleven tracks that…

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Undisputed

The British melodic hard rockers known as Blood Red Saints quite recently unleashed this eleven-track effort via Frontiers Records, and what these gentlemen conjure up is something akin to a cross between FM and Def Leppard, which means that you get a fair number of tasty melodies, solid hooks, and big choruses that are dying…

MAYANK – Mayank

Mayank is a brand-new outfit featuring the talented Gui Oliver (Landfall) on vocals and what we have here is melodic hard rock that veers towards AOR acts such as Journey, Foreigner, Boston, and Winger. The project’s 11-track debut offering is easy on the ear and quite straightforward in terms of its arrangements and structures and…

RIAN – Twenty-Three

Melodic hard rock from Sweden is what we have here and this album boasts a powerful production and a solid number of effective hooks. These guys can certainly play and they have a really cool and impressive ability to weave different melodies together to create layers and textures within the compositions, but the record lacks…

TOBY HITCHCOCK – Changes

Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) recently released this third solo record of his and as with its predecessor, "Reckoning" (2019), we are treated to melodic rock/AOR and the man is in possession of a stunning voice and delivers immense vocal power throughout, which is great. You will also receive a solid dose of infectious melodies…

ONE DESIRE – One Night Only – Live in Helsinki

I was mighty impressed by the Finnish hard rocker’s latest studio offering entitled "Midnight Empire" (2020) and so I was curious as to how this live album (it is a package containing a CD and a DVD containing the album release performance) would turn out. While listening to more raw and loose versions of their…

MORIBUND OBLIVION – Endles

Moribund Oblivion is a Turkish black outfit and these guys have been it at for years and churned out a whole string of full-length releases since the band’s inception in 1999. Their latest onslaught, which is entitled "Endless", contains aggressive black metal with melodic sensibilities to it, and it is deliciously rough around the edges…

CHALICE OF SIN – Chalice of Sin

Chapel of Sin is a brand-new outfit spearheaded by vocalist Wade Black (Leatherwolf, Seven Witches, Crimson Glory) and what we have here is a relatively old-school heavy metal offering that recalls Accept, U.D.O., Judas Priest, and Jag Panzer among others. With a punishing rhythm section and an abundance of riffs that are either pounding or…

DUSK OF DELUSION – World At War

The French metalcore/melodic metal combo Dusk of Delusion is back with a five-track EP where the hard-hitting music is accompanied by lyrics revolving around World War I, which is an incredibly interesting topic in and of itself. With sharp, aggressive riffs and varied vocals, these guys churn out songs that certainly deliver a solid punch…

VILEMASS – Gore Weed Distortion

I have picked up "Gore Weed Distortion", the debut album from the Italian deathsters Vilemass, on the strength of the title track expecting even better things revealed throughout the record. The last of the three of Cult Of Parthenope records presented by me (at least for now), is definitely the heaviest and the most brutal.…

WINTARNAHT – Hriuwa

The German entity that is Wintarnaht, which is essentially a one-man project by founding member Grimwald, performs relatively fast-paced black metal with a cold vibe and a harsh feel to it. The record’s wintry atmosphere is appealing and there are quite a few solid riffs and melodies present on the disc, but the whole thing…

HELL IN THE CLUB – Hell of Fame

The Italian hard rockers/heavy metallers known as Hell in the Club have been rather prolific over the years and this brand new 2020 offering of theirs entitled “Hell of Fame” is the fifth full-length assault in merely nine years. Not bad, eh? Apart from being a productive bunch these skilled musicians quite clearly know how…

MARK SPIRO – 2 +2 = 5 – Best Of + Rarities

Not that long ago, Frontiers Records released this 3CD set by renowned songwriter Mark Spiro who has worked and collaborated with countless notable artists and musicians over the years (including Giant and Bad English), and what we are getting here are two discs containing his greatest hits and then a third one consisting of rare…

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