THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Album Review)

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Album Review)

The story so far…. The Night Flight Orchestra (NFO for short) are what happens when members of various metal bands in Sweden decide to have a bit of fun. Founded by 2 members of Soilwork (Bjorn Strid vocals and David Andersson guitar) back in 2007 due to an idea they had whilst in the US. As they were driving the many miles between shows they tried to put together the perfect rock soundtrack for the…

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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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VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

I have absolutely no idea how Von Baltzer got their name, and while that may be interesting, it is highly irrelevant. What I can confirm is that they are a Scandinavian band consisting of four experienced musicians who have got it together to produce their debut album, entitled Cultural Daze. Von Baltzer consist of guitarists Christian Kjellström (Atlantis, RockXPress), Erik Palmqvist (Pork from Cork Ireland, Mickey Slim Band), vocalist Ian Parry (Rock Emporium, Consortium Project,…

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WAYLAND – Rinse and Repeat (Album Review)

WAYLAND – Rinse and Repeat (Album Review)

Wayland is a band I’ve attempted to see live over the last few years when they play Denver but they have evaded me every time. Sneaky bastards. Wayland is based in Michigan but seem to play in Colorado every 4-6 months. General bullshittery or a last minute conflict has always rock-blocked me. I discovered Wayland by seeing their name listed on tour promotions with Bobaflex and others. I always research bands on a tour if…

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AGRONA – Realm Of The Fallen – Album Review

AGRONA – Realm Of The Fallen – Album Review

      Welsh death metal band Agrona blast onto the scene and lays devastation in its wake. Well, that’s what the headlines should read. It’s about time a band of this genre stepped up to become the new Cannibal Corpse. The band recently signed up to British label UKEM Records and got straight to work on their first full-length album Realm Of The Fallen. They may look a grim bunch, their faces emblazoned with corpse…

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JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

Jean Beauvoir has a CV as long as your arm but if you haven’t heard of him then you’ll surely recognize him. His famous mohawk is as recognizable as Eddie the ‘Ead or Angus Young in his school uniform. Beauvoir has performed with bands such as Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul along with punk legends The Plasmatics as well as fronting his own bands, Crown of Thorns and Voodoo X plus numerous solo…

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GHOST – Prequelle (Album Review)

GHOST – Prequelle (Album Review)

      Ghost Get Medieval Before I heard their music back in 2010, I did what anyone else looking from the outside would automatically do. “What’s that?”, I hear you say.  I automatically put Ghost into the Death Metal category of my brain, based on the fact they are from Sweden, the land of Black Metal, and the image they had at the time. I obviously jumped the gate there, as I figured out…

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JONATHAN DAVIS – Black Labyrinth (Album Review)

JONATHAN DAVIS – Black Labyrinth (Album Review)

Frontman with nu-metallers Korn, Jonathan Davis has just unleashed his solo album Black Labyrinth. For 25 years he has been the focal point of Korn with his crazed vocal tones and style, his heartfelt and pained lyrics and a whole lot more. So what does he have to offer without his nu-metal brethren backing him up? “Underneath My Skin” is not a surprising start to the album, it sounds very much like Korn with a…

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STRYPER – God Damn Evil (Album Review)

STRYPER – God Damn Evil (Album Review)

I am not a religious fanatic.  I am not a devil worshipper (although I have partaken in many of his sanctioned activities).  I’ve been deemed a gift from heaven (never mind that the person was very drunk). I’ve been called the Anti-Christ (which may be a bit more accurate, but I had just terminated that person’s employment). You could easily hear me singing at the top of my lungs (in my car… in the key…

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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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