DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

Germany’s finest Death Metal band, Dark Age, have flown under the wire.  We salute these heroes with an introduction and subsequent review of all their studio albums to date.  Currently on hiatus, their last two albums were released by AFM Records. WHO ARE DARK AGE? In 1994, Eike Freese (vocals/guitar), André Schumann (drums) and Oliver Fliegel (bass) formed a Death Metal band called Dyer’s Eve in Germany. One year later, the name was changed to…

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BRAINSTORM – Midnight Ghost (Album Review)

BRAINSTORM – Midnight Ghost (Album Review)

BRAINSTORM – Bio Brainstorm were founded in Germany in 1989 by Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert. The first years saw the band build a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearances. In 1997, Brainstorm signed their first record deal.  The self-produced Hungry album was released and a year later the band was back in the studio to record their second album Unholy. A European tour with Iced Earth followed before…

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MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Purgatorio (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Bio Since their formation in 2001, Manimal from Gothenburg have eaten the dreams of starving Metal fans and produced outstanding albums The Darkest Room (2009) and Trapped In The Shadows (2015). They are a literate band, full of deep thoughts and emotional transparency.  No Fake News for these guys – they speak the truth and truth is their power. I was touched when I spoke to lead singer Sam Nyman in 2016, when…

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BLACK COFFEE – Take One (Album Review)

BLACK COFFEE – Take One (Album Review)

Iced or steaming hot? How do you like your coffee? I take mine Black and powerful! The buzz has to be there and so has the strength. All these qualities can be found with the band called Black Coffee. Black Coffee formed in early 2017 after drummer Tommy McCullough introduced singer/bassist, Ehab Omran, to guitarist Justin Young. From the Ohio area, these men provide a classic backdrop for the modern rock world. It would be…

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DARE – Out Of The Silence II (Album Review)

DARE – Out Of The Silence II (Album Review)

DARE – Bio Dare are probably best known for their singer/songwriter Darren Wharton.  He first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy.  In addition, their former keyboard player was the respected academic/tv personality Professor Brian Cox. The band’s debut 1988 album Out Of The Silence was recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles.  It was also produced by famed producer Mike Shipley.  Although…

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FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Bio Frontline from Nürnberg, Germany are veterans of the German hard rock scene.  They were founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars,keyboards), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) and Stephan Bayerlein (drums). Their debut album The State Of Rock was released in 1994.  This record was a breakthrough for the band in Japan, where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts.  Straight after the release, Frontline went on tour and opened…

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CROSSON – Invincible (Album Review)

CROSSON – Invincible (Album Review)

CROSSON – Bio The sound you hear is the roar of astonishment when I heard this record.  I admit it, I had never heard of Crosson until now, but I will make myself more familiar very soon.  The band are Australian and are described as “Futuristic Theatrical Rock Warriors“. They were formed in 2004 in Sydney. The band consists of lead singer Crosson (who also plays guitar), femme fatal Babylon and the temptress Medusa, backed…

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GRIMNER – Vanadrottning (Album Review)

GRIMNER – Vanadrottning (Album Review)

GRIMNER – Bio Grimner are a Folk Metal band.  They were formed in 2008 in the Swedish town Motala by lead guitarist and vocalist Ted, together with the drummer Henry. Throughout the years, Grimner has grown to a strong group of six members. Their first demo A Call For Battle (2010) was sung in English, but the group became decided to record in their native tongue of Swedish. As time has progressed, Grimner has steadily…

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MYMISSES – Straight On My Way (Album Review)

MYMISSES – Straight On My Way (Album Review)

MYMISSES – Bio Mymisses is an hard rock/alternative metal band from Cagliari (Italy). Stefania Cugia (bassist) and Marta Camba (drummer) formed the group initially in 2015 and envisaged a wholly female hard rock band. The pair then approached Laura Sau (guitarist) and Giorgia Pillai (singer) to complete the line up. The band made its live debut at “Women In Rock”.  This was a big music event in Cagliari in January 2016. Mymisses played some hard rock/alternative metal covers…

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LOOSE JETS – Loose Jets (Album Review)

LOOSE JETS – Loose Jets (Album Review)

LOOSE JETS (Bio) Loose Jets are the band assembled in 2015 of guitarists/vocalists Chad Heye, (formerly of the Needles) and James Sardone (formerly of Brickbat).  The band is rounded out with Chuck Spry on drums/vocals and Chris Bare on bass. Coming out of North Carolina, their sound is a mixture of 1970’s KISS or Angel with the best of the 1980’s Sunset Strip acts.  It is more diverse than you would first think, but the heart…

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