ALBUM REVIEW: Anthea – Illusion

If you haven’t heard of ANTHEA, this needs to change and you will find out why after listening to them. The LA based Symphonic Metallers are due to release their debut album Illusion this week and after listening to this mesmerising record, it is easy to see why it’s receiving high praise from critics. This … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Anthea – Illusion

ALBUM REVIEW: Devin Townsend – Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1

What is there to say about DEVIN TOWNSEND that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? He started out as a vocalist for legendary guitarist STEVE VAI’s band all the way back in 1993. Then he left to do his own thing and now has some of that legendary status for himself. His newest release, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Devin Townsend – Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1

EP REVIEW: Foul Body Autopsy – Consumed By Black Thoughts

“We get told to put on a brave face, but sometimes the bravest thing to do is take the face off.” I spotted this quote two years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It's World Mental Health Day today and during these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to keep … Continue reading EP REVIEW: Foul Body Autopsy – Consumed By Black Thoughts

ALBUM REVIEW: Nightmare – Aeternam

NIGHTMARE have been around for a few decades, since 1979 in fact. Judging from their upcoming album Aeternam, it is easy to see why they have been labelled “an integral part of the European metal scene” and “heavy metal pioneers”. The moment you hear the rapid riffs in the album opener Temple Of Acheron, you … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Nightmare – Aeternam

ALBUM REVIEW: Protokult – Transcending The Ruins

When opening the press pack, the bands listed under the “for fans of…” are ARKONA, KORPIKLANNI, WINDIR, NIGHTWISH, TURISAS and SKYFORGER. This piqued my curiosity as that is such a wide range of influences and since this is my first experience of Toronto Pagan/Folk act PROTOKULT, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With that said, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Protokult – Transcending The Ruins

ALBUM REVIEW: Orbital Junction – Egos And Instincts

If CROBAR and CLUTCH conceived a conspicuous love child, ORBITAL JUNCTION could be it. Their debut album Egos And Instincts is out now and after listening to it, it’s easy to see why they have been hailed ‘London’s best new stoner rock band’ by Desertfest. They were invited to play there last year and invited … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Orbital Junction – Egos And Instincts

ALBUM REVIEW: Magni – Magni

Magni is the self titled release by Clint Listing (Voice, Guitars) and Ryan Michalski (Strings, Drums). Styling themselves as progressive folk blackened metal, they aim to marry a lifelong interest in the religion Asatru and their history of doing things in an unusual way.  It incorporates an almost synth like element into the EP and … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Magni – Magni

ALBUM REVIEW: Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Alone Together

Rikard Sjöblom is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist who has been very busy in the last two decades releasing a total of twenty one albums. Rikard Sjöblom exists. Gungflies do not exist but fortunately Sjöblom has taken it upon himself to create one. Alone Together is the twenty second release in his catalogue. A progressive rock odyssey, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Alone Together

ALBUM REVIEW: Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix

Derek Sherinian is one of the most significant keyboard players of our times. He has been a key contributor in several different bands and worked with artists such as Alice Cooper, DREAM THEATRE, KISS and Billy Idol. He has also worked on at least seven solo albums, including Planet X, Mythology and Oceana 2011, with … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix

ALBUM REVIEW: Memories Of Old – The Zeramin Game

Sometimes there is nothing better than losing oneself in realms of fantasy such as Cimmeria, Krynn and Middle Earth. These other worlds feature a wide array of characters, from mighty barbarians and evil wizards to creatures of myth and legend.   Hidden amongst the mists, is a new land to discover. Waiting, to share stories … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Memories Of Old – The Zeramin Game