SHAWN “Animalize” IRWIN’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

SHAWN “Animalize” IRWIN’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

As 2018 quickly comes to a conclusion, it is time to reflect on over 130 new music releases that were discovered this year and to pick my Top Ten for 2018. Bringing these down to my Top 10 has not been an easy task. Some worthy mentions would be new releases from Holter, Tokyo Blade, Magnum, Ten, Stryper, W.E.T., Saxon, Mob Rules, Kamelot, Eliene, Udo, and Red Dragon Cartel. The recap of my last few…

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EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (Album Review)

EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (Album Review)

Hailing from Austria, Symphonic Metal band Edenbridge was created in 1998 thanks to Guitarist/keyboarder – Arne Stockhammer known only as (Lanvall), bassist Kurt Bednarsky and the beautiful Sabine Edelsbacher on vocals. As a studio-project Edenbridge became a recording band with the final member Roland Navratil joining the band on drums. Finally in 2000 the debut album Sunrise In Eden was released and they signed a worldwide deal with German Label Massacre Records. Fast forward to…

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ECLIPSE – Monumentum (March 24, 2017)

ECLIPSE – Monumentum (March 24, 2017)

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the hotly anticipated fifth studio album from Eclipse, Monumentum on March 24, 2017. Two years after the successful release of the Armageddonize album around the globe, Eclipse has established themselves as rising stars with audiences in Australia, Japan, America, and Europe (including the 3.5 million viewers who saw Eclipse‘s debut on Swedish national television at Melodifestivalen 2016).   With the musical development and maturity shown across the board on their last two albums, Bleed and…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Another year has passed with new music and what a year it has been. With over 100 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favorite, wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to pick what I feel as my Top 10. One day it might be some heavier music where other days more melodic. So many other great releases came…

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Album Review: Nordic Union – Nordic Union

Album Review: Nordic Union – Nordic Union

NORDIC UNION It started back in the 1990’s for me. Grunge was in and the music I grew up with and loved was all but gone. Wrong! A few bands I loved in the 80’s from Europe were still putting out music like Bonfire and Magnum but then I found bands like Pink Cream 69, Gotthard, Shakra, Ten in the 90’s and Danish hard rock band Pretty Maids. I didn’t know them back in the 80’s but…

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Nordic Union-Nordic Union (January 29, 2016)

Nordic Union-Nordic Union (January 29, 2016)

Nordic Union is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish Hard Rock institution Pretty Maids and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. fame. The partnership between the two fellow Scandinavians worked well and together they have created some musical magic, which will truly impress the fans of these highly regarded musicians. Atkins says: “The music…

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Eclipse’s Armageddonize: A Review

Eclipse’s Armageddonize: A Review

Eclipse began in 1999 as the brainchild of Erik Martensson and Magnus Henriksson and are a strong part of the exploding Swedish hard rock scene. Martensson handles guitar and  the lead vocals, Magnus Henriksson the lead guitar, Robban Back the drums and Magnus Ulfstedt takes care of the bass.   Interestingly Ulfstedt was originally the drummer appearing on the first two album releases, 2001’s The Truth And A Little More and 2004’s Second To None, before they…

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The Revolution of Xtasy: Review of Xtasy’s Revolution Album

The Revolution of Xtasy: Review of Xtasy’s Revolution Album

Pamplona, Spain was the scene for the beginnings of melodic rock outfit Xtasy back in 2011.  The project started out as a studio outing from vocalist Silvia I. and guitarist Jorge Olloqui but in December of 2013 they became a band with the addition of guitarist Angel G., bassist David Clavero, drummer David Tutumba and keyboardist Jakin Tza.  During January and February 2014 the compositions written by Silvia and Jorge, now recorded with the help of some…

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