ANDY LAFON’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

ANDY LAFON’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

For me, 2018 was a good year in hard rock and heavy metal music. While 2018 produced releases from some big established bands, it also was a year where I still managed to find some new bands. It also exposed me to several artists that knew of, but had never really taken the time to listen to their catalogue.  This is a list of the ten albums that impressed me the most this year, either…

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FIFTH ANGEL- The Third Secret (Album Review)

FIFTH ANGEL- The Third Secret (Album Review)

FIFTH ANGEL After almost 29 years between releases, the band Fifth Angel returns to the music scene with their third album, The Third Secret. They came out of the same Seattle scene in the early 80’s (specifically Bellevue WA) that produced heavy metal stalwarts Queensryche and Metal Church. Following in the footsteps of Queensryche, they shopped a Terry Date produced four song demo that eventually got pick up by Shrapnel Records. Based on the strength of…

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REECE – Resilient Heart (Album Review)

REECE – Resilient Heart (Album Review)

Resilient Heart under the moniker of Reece is the latest solo album from singer David Reece. David will of course always be associated with the mighty Accept and their album Eat the Heat. However, David has been the frontman of many bands, most notably German band Bonfire. In fact, David Reece has released or been a part of an album release every year since 2008. How is that for prolific! Releasing on November 9th, 2018…

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THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

The Unity is a band created by ex-Gamma Ray members, drummer Michael Ehre and guitarist Henjo Richter. The rest of the band members are comprised of former Ehre band Love.Might.Kill. They include singer Giamba Manenti, guitarist Stef E., bassist Jogi Sweers, and keyboardist Sasha Onnen. Formed in 2016 Rise is The Unity‘s second release on SPV/Steamhammer records. Rise is comprised of 13 tracks on the regular release. The deluxe version has an additional six tracks. Three live…

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VOJD (ex-Black Trip)- The Outer Ocean (Album Review)

VOJD (ex-Black Trip)- The Outer Ocean (Album Review)

The Outer Ocean is the first release from High Roller Records artist VOJD. However, it was originally started as the third release from Swedish rockers Black Trip. Why change the name? Well after getting new drummer Anders Bentell and new guitarist Linus Bjorklund the remaining Black Trip members felt that with the new members and the new material it was time to start a new chapter. According to the band’s vocalist Joseph Tholl, VOJD is a much more…

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TEQUILA SUNRISE – Danger Zone (Album Review)

TEQUILA SUNRISE – Danger Zone (Album Review)

Not too long ago I asked The Meister to surprise me and send me something I had not heard before. He came up with Spanish band Tequila Sunrise. Hailing from Madrid, Spain Tequila Sunrise to my recollection are the first all Spanish band I have listened to.  Well done sir! The band consists of Rubén Santos on drums, Ramón Blein guitar, Cecilio Sánchez-Robles guitar, Jorge Cortés vocals, and Jesús Acosta bass. I would call them a melodic…

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METAL CHURCH – Classic Live (Album Review)

METAL CHURCH – Classic Live (Album Review)

My first introduction into trash metal was hearing Metallica‘s Ride the Lightning, and after hearing that I was hooked.  As I began to seek out more, one of the first bands I came across was Metal Church and the 1984 self-titled debut album. As I listened to the album I immediately connected with the song “Gods of Wrath”. I enjoyed the rest of the album, but I lost interest by the time their second album…

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NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up (Album Review)

NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up (Album Review)

35 years and Night Ranger is stronger than ever! On March 24th 2017 the band saw the release of their twelfth studio album, Don’t Let Up, and believe me they do not let up! Night Ranger are known for their most popular song, the ballad “Sister Christian”. While the song was a career defining moment for the group, it also put them in the position of following it up. While they did that with the ballad,…

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HOUSE OF LORDS – Saint of the Lost Souls (Album Review)

HOUSE OF LORDS – Saint of the Lost Souls (Album Review)

On Friday, March 24th House of Lords will release their tenth studio album entitled Saint of the Lost Souls. This is the third consecutive release of theirs I have reviewed for the site, and House of Lords continue to be one of the most consistent bands on the scene today. While singer James Christian, guitarist Jimi Bell, and drummer BJ Zampa have been together since 2005 the band does usher in new bassist Chris Tristram…

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EDEN’S CURSE – Cardinal (Album Review)

EDEN’S CURSE – Cardinal (Album Review)

October 14th is the release date of AFM Records recording artist Eden’s Curse to release their latest album Cardinal. The band took three years to record the follow-up to 2013’s Symphony of Sin. The extra time was taken in an effort to do things properly and to explore every possible opportunity to make each song the best it could be while trying to create a heavier sound. They nailed it with Cardinal! All the songs are well crafted, with progressive…

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