Kiske/Somerville’s City Of Heroes-By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Kiske/Somerville’s City Of Heroes-By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Kiske/Somerville – City Of Heroes 2015 The long awaited second project from Kiske/Somerville, titled City of Heroes will finally be released April 17 (in Europe) and April 21 (in North America). This new release brings us 12 new songs. . As a big fan of Amanda Somerville‘s work with Avantasia, and Michael Kiske‘s Place Vendome, and Unisonic, I am really excited to hear these two talented artists work together again. Joining them on this new…

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The Meister Goes Shooting Angels

The Meister Goes Shooting Angels

“Apocalypse is finally here, the end of the world and humanity is condemned, angels are coming down to earth to kill us all and send us to hell. So, you load your shotgun and prepare yourself to hit the road and start some angel hunting. Before this, you need to find the perfect music to join you and motivate you through the journey, fulfilling you with energy, power and “let’s rip some fuckin’ wings” attitude….

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ANGUS is Back! A Review Of Both Reissued Albums

ANGUS is Back! A Review Of Both Reissued Albums

  Dutch legendary heavy metal band Angus finally gets both their albums reissued on CD with plenty of bonus material thanks to Sonic Age Records and their subsidiary Cult Metal Classics. Both albums got released in the mid 1980´s on a small label with very limited distribution. Sentinel Steel Records reissued both albums on one CD in 2001, but this is the first time they get issued on individual CDs with plenty of bonus material (including their first…

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Carving An Icon – Viper Solfa – Album Review by Shawn Carter

Carving An Icon – Viper Solfa – Album Review by Shawn Carter

  Carving An Icon – Viper Solfa – Album Review by Shawn Carter   I first heard Ronny Thorsen, frontman for the Norwegian gothic/symphonic black metal band, Trail of Tears was forming a new band, Viper Solfa about a year ago when I heard the first single, “Whispers And Storms” off of their debut album, Carving An Icon out March 31st. Since then I’ve been patiently waiting for more! Recently I got it. I received…

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Appetite For The Rocket Queens: A Concert Review

Appetite For The Rocket Queens: A Concert Review

Where were you when you first heard “Welcome To The Jungle”? Do you remember? I do. Guns n’ Roses‘ Appetite For Destruction album had a severe impact on the formative days of my youth and was literally a soundtrack to our after school hours. My childhood friend and I had a hold of the record long before most anyone else had even heard of Guns n’ Roses, before it became a huge smash, before “Sweet Child O’ Mine” became…

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Brighton’s FURYON Escape Sophomore Slump With ‘Lost Salvation’

Brighton’s FURYON Escape Sophomore Slump With ‘Lost Salvation’

Seldom does a modern rock album get loaded into my media player that I don’t want to delete moments after playback, but for the moment, Furyon’s second full length effort ‘Lost Salvation’ has softened my calloused heart and ears instantly for a number of reasons. First; the absence of “tough guy/douchebag” lyrics. Second; the guitar tracks are nearly void of pinch harmonics, which have certainly become the “2 handed tapping” of the 21st century. And…

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High Voltage In Sweden – 220 Volt live in Borlänge

High Voltage In Sweden – 220 Volt live in Borlänge

220 Volt Live in Borlänge, Sweden. Photo by Mikael Svensson It´s been 27 years! 27 years since I last attended a 220 Volt concert, then as part of a Swedish ”Monsters of Rock” package featuring the cream of Swedish hard rock and featuring the main contenders for the crown that Europe wore. The package included Treat, Electric Boys and of course 220 Volt, the band from the Northern county of Jämtland and its “capital” Östersund….

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The Scorpions dig into the vaults on Return to Forever

The Scorpions dig into the vaults on Return to Forever

    Return to Forever is the latest release by German rock icons, The Scorpions. The record is a combination of both new songs and previously unfinished songs from various periods in the band’s 50-year career. Not the heaviest of albums, but classic Scorpions all the way. Musically, the performance is strong as always. The chemistry is evident as current line-up has been together for over a decade. It’s mind-boggling how well Klaus Meine’s voice has held up so well…

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Fighting The System With a JADED HEART

Fighting The System With a JADED HEART

German melodic hard rock outfit Jaded Heart has been around for 25 years and during that time transformed from a pure AOR/MHR combo to a melodic metal band and has in the process gone through numerous member changes. Remaining from the original line up is only bass player Michael Müller. Today Jaded Heart is a German/Swedish joint venture but let´s first take the time machine to around 1990 and the Berlin Wall had just fallen. Jaded Heart…

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Decibel Geek and Juno

Decibel Geek and Juno

Who or what is a Juno Award, you might ask, that is unless you’re from Canada. Well simply put, The Juno Awards are Canada’s equivalent to The Grammy‘s and showcase the best in Canadian music from genres across the board. The Juno Awards are named for Pierre Juneau who was the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The awards began in 1970 and celebrate the best in…

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