SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

Behold the warrior! Spartan Warrior! Blasting from Great Britain, Spartan Warrior was a part of the NWOBHM movement issuing their first album, Steel n’ Chains, in 1983. The band consisted of Dave Wilkinson (vocals), Neil Wilkinson (guitar), Tom Spencer (bass), Gordon Webster (drums) and Paul Swaddle (guitar). 1984 saw their self-titled sophomore effort hitting shelves. Back then it really was shelves, nowadays I have to say hitting computer screens. Both releases acquired critical acclaim but tensions…

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES (Bio) Black Veil Brides‘s 2014 self titled album was the first time I had come across the band. At that time, they looked to me a little like Motley Crue, but beyond the image, I didn’t have a clue what they sounded like. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but, for the next 44 minutes, I was totally blown away by the…

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THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

Metal opera legends Therion brought their show in support of the new three CD album (Beloved Antichrist) to Glasgow Audio, along with three supports for a night of metal, opera and craziness. MIDNIGHT ETERNAL When I arrived, the first band had started.  It was a very early start, with Midnight Eternal (a symphonic metal band from the USA) onstage at 6:30!  Singer Raine Hilai had a very nice voice and guitarist Richard Fischer does some…

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MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

Ah, Sweden! A veritable hotbed of music these days. That Scandinavian country just keeps on giving and giving in all music genres. This round we have uncovered another golden gem called simply Mile. This band is a fairly new addition into the music scene having formed in 2012. The band began comprised of former members of the band Cabinett in Marcus Karlsson (vocals), Fredrik Palm (guitars), and Marcus Folke (bass). Joining the crew and completing the lineup,…

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JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

OK, to be honest, I’m a bit confused here. The band Impera issued three great melodic rock albums, 2012’s Legacy of Life, 2013’s Pieces of Eden and 2015’s Empire of Sin. Now we see drummer Johan Kihlberg‘s name attached above the Impera font for the forthcoming Age of Discovery. Due out February 23, 2018, thanks to AOR Heaven, this is not just a rebranding of Impera. The press release bills it as Johan Kihlberg‘s debut…

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SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

Samarkind is a blues-infused hard rock quartet from…well…from all over the place. They’re a virtual United Nations of rock. Their veteran lead singer, David P. Byrne, and bassist, Mark Dempsey, are from Ireland. Their guitarist is Michal Kulbaka, from Poland. Their drummer, Marius Appelgryn, is from South Africa. But, upon a listen, you would think they escaped from the swamps of Alabama. Their style is decidedly bluesy. Byrne’s voice has hints of Ian Gillan (Deep…

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LEGENDRY – Dungeon Crawler (Album Review)

LEGENDRY – Dungeon Crawler (Album Review)

Legendry have been plying their trade since 2015 and Dungeon Crawler is their sophomore full-length effort, following on from 2016’s Mists of Time. The trade they ply can only be described as fantasy metal with a heavy dose of prog mixed in. Most of their lyrical content is based upon the works of pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard. Howard, if you don’t know, is said to be the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre…

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LITTLE CAESAR – Eight (Album Review)

LITTLE CAESAR – Eight (Album Review)

I think we all have those things in life that offer comfort and contentment. Call it your “happy place”. It could be a special blanket, an old photograph or the smell of that old baseball mitt but for me personally, these “things” often come in the form of music. Whether it be discovering new bands and new music or dusting off some of my classic CDs there is not a faster way to my “happy…

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The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

The Spaceman ACE FREHLEY Visits NJ. (Concert Review)

I’m a late bloomer in the world of KISS. To be honest, I just didn’t get it when I was a kid. Mostly I’m amazed at the strong impressions the band has made on so many of my friends. And now I’m slowly coming to realize that they CAN actually play! Some of the great recent video from Gene‘s shows and the DVDs that I have borrowed show their true talent. So I was excited…

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MARK DANIEL – New Truth EP (EP Review)

MARK DANIEL – New Truth EP (EP Review)

I’m a hard Rock guy. A face-melting kinda guy. Blistering solos tastefully positioned in the song. NWOBHM, Power Metal are preferred genres. I hate ballads (mostly…some of the classics from my youth warm my heart though). Don’t misunderstand me though, I’m also a vocals and melody guy. That being said sometimes a little lighter fare really hits the spot. Remember, I’m a melody guy at heart, a lover of 80s pop even. So a recent…

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