Album Reviews

Extremities – Gaia

21st February 2018 Reinier de Vries

Surprise surprise, a package landed on my doorstep with 3 promo cd’s in it. All Painted Bass Records releases and 2 of them are worth reviewing for sure. The other band isn’t metal or rock [Read »]

Album Reviews

Angra – Omni

18th February 2018 Reinier de Vries

The ninth album of Brasilian power/progressive metal band Angra is the first EOTYL (end of the year list) material. Personally I find this one of their top 4 albums. There are a lot of fast [Read »]

Album Reviews

Labyrinth – Return to Live

18th February 2018 Kenn Jensen

Labyrinth has over the years made quite a few cool and innovative albums, but one stands out: ‘Return To Heaven Denied’ from 1998. And what better way to celebrate a reunion than to play in [Read »]

Album Reviews

Squealer – Behind Closed Doors

17th February 2018 Markus Falkenberg

Thrash Metal with Power Metal thrown in, or Power Metal with Thrash Metal thrown in? This is hard to say, because both genres are present in Squealer’s latest album ‘Behind Closed Doors’. The Thrash Metal [Read »]

Album Reviews

Heavatar – Opus II – The Annihilation

14th February 2018 Reinier de Vries

Stefan Schmidt (Van Canto) is the mastermind behind this classical power metal band Heavatar. Adding influences of Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart to metal music isn’t new of course. Especially guitar virtuosi like Yngwie Malmsteen and several [Read »]

Album Reviews

Loudness – Rise To Glory

10th February 2018 Reinier de Vries

The Law of Devil’s Land and Dissilusion are still my favorite Loudness albums. Especially ‘Crazy Doctor’ and the magnificant intro ‘Exploder’ followed by ‘Dream Fantasy’ were my favorite songs. Singer Minoru Niihara had such an accent that [Read »]

Album Reviews

Manigance – Machine Nation

3rd February 2018 Reinier de Vries

Manigance has everything a good melodic but progressive power metal band should have. Excellent guitar pieces of Francois and Bruno, strong written songs, nice melodies, a tight rhytmn section and a good powerful singer. They even [Read »]