ALBUM REVIEW: Marco Garau’s Magic Opera – The Golden Pentacle

Are you looking for a new quest to partake in? Well look no further. MARCO GARAU’S MAGIC OPERA have released great one. Their first adventure is The Golden Pentacle, understandably fans and critics alike are rejoicing at this quest. The Golden Pentacle is an epic tale that takes place in a far away land in … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Marco Garau’s Magic Opera – The Golden Pentacle

ALBUM REVIEW: Sirenia – Riddles, Ruins & Revelations

SIRENIA were one of my gateway bands into Symphonic Metal all those years ago and their latest release Riddles, Ruins & Revelations is further proof that they continue to thrive. A Symphonic Metal Institution was used to describe them and judging from the sounds of this album, I fully agree. The album kicks off with … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Sirenia – Riddles, Ruins & Revelations

ALBUM REVIEW: Everdawn – Cleopatra

As most of you know, Symphonic Metal is my personal favourite sub-genre of metal. It shows you that opposites can attract to create something truly special. EVERDAWN’s upcoming record Cleopatra showcases this remarkably well, it also shows us why the band are future icons for this genre. The album kicks off with Ghost Shadow Requiem. … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Everdawn – Cleopatra

ALBUM REVIEW: Therion – Leviathan

Whatever end of the metal music spectrum you prefer, THERION are a hard name to miss. I knew the band name but never sat down to listen to them until now. After hearing the epic sounds of their latest album Leviathan, it makes me wonder why I hadn’t started listening to them sooner. As mentioned, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Therion – Leviathan

“This time both fans and critics seem very pleased and we’re happy for that.”

For decades THERION have been blowing fans and critics away with their sounds. Their latest offering Leviathan is no exception. Rock Out Stand Out's Lotty Whittingham spoke to band vocalist Thomas Vikström about Leviathan, the creating process during a pandemic and what songs he is looking forward to playing live when bands can tour again. … Continue reading “This time both fans and critics seem very pleased and we’re happy for that.”

ALBUM REVIEW: Majestica – A Christmas Carol

It’s not hard to miss that there has been so many adaptions of A Christmas Carol, I don’t personally mind as it’s one of my favourite stories. Alongside The Muppet Christmas Carol and Blackadder Christmas Carol, I now have a new favourite adaption of this Charles Dickens classic to add to my list. It’s not … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Majestica – A Christmas Carol

ROCK OUT STAND OUT ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER 2020

The end of year is drawing near and what a year it has been, we will hear more in our album of the year posts that will be online next month. In the meantime, here is the last album of the month post of 2020. Here's what our team members have picked. Ashley: Blind Guardian … Continue reading ROCK OUT STAND OUT ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER 2020

“Even if you don’t like Christmas, I still think it’s a great power metal album”

There is a brand new adaption of Charles Dickins classic A Christmas Carol. It's not a film or TV adaption, it's a new album from Power Metallers MAJESTICA. Ahead of this album's release, Rock Out Stand Out's Lotty Whittingham spoke to bassist/vocalist Chris David about this new record, mental health and answers a few fan … Continue reading “Even if you don’t like Christmas, I still think it’s a great power metal album”

ALBUM REVIEW: Eleine – Dancing In Hell

It’s no secret that Sweden are one of the top breeding grounds for new metal bands. In the past year, I have heard the name ELEINE pop up around my friendship circle and the Symphonic Metal circuit. After hearing the strong sounds from their upcoming album Dancing In Hell, they could easily join the list … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Eleine – Dancing In Hell

ALBUM REVIEW: Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking

It's a monumental battle and an infused Viking tale that is historically told epically through fourteen chapters of adrenaline pumping battle anthems. It also contains brilliantly atmospheric and powerful orchestral arrangements. The German-Scandinavian quintet fronted by the duo of Elina Siirala and Alexander Krull delivers fantastically on one of the band’s best albums to date. Right from the opening … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking