HELLOWEEN – Starlight (October 26, 2018)

HELLOWEEN – Starlight (October 26, 2018)

NOISE Records are proud to announce, Helloween – Starlight: The Noise Records Collection. A deluxe, limited edition boxset containing all the bands Noise recordings, from the long out of print EP’s Helloween & Judas, through their debut album Walls Of Jericho to the masterpieces, Keeper Of The Seven Keys parts 1 & 2 and a new, revised version of The Best, The Rest, The Rare that covers all the obscure and rare tracks from the…

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SWEDEN ROCK Unveils 26 More Bands (News)

SWEDEN ROCK Unveils 26 More Bands (News)

Another 26 bands confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival – Judas Priest, Helloween, Stone Sour, Kreator and many more. Following the confirmations of Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Heavy Load, we are happy to announce another 26 bands for this summer’s festival. Judas Priest always rank high on the wish lists of our guests and have played several amazing shows at Sweden Rock since their 2004 reunions tour. Next summer, the heavy metal pioneers return with…

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MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

Masterplan‘s PumpKings launches off the starting line like a stone being fired from Dennis The Menace‘s slingshot! The album features new recordings of old Helloween compositions. Revisiting his former band, Masterplan leader Roland Grapow has re-vamped the material. The album became available on August 11, 2017, thanks to AFM Records. Guitarist Roland Grapow joined German trail blazing power metallers Helloween in 1989 taking over for founding guitarist Kai Hansen. Remaining with Helloween for twelve years, Grapow also recorded…

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SKELETOON – Ticking Clock (Album Review)

SKELETOON – Ticking Clock (Album Review)

With a name like SkeleToon, I wrongly presumed that these Italian rockers were some fun-loving hardcore band, but not so.  They are a rather tasty Power Metal outfit, who have their roots in the speedy riffing of Helloween – very nice.  However, they do like a joke, even when the music is super technical and serious. SkeleToon was born in 2011 when Mr. Tomi Fooler (Vocals) decided to form a band that was not in a…

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PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records‘ President Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou (drums) and Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards) from the band Vanden Plas.  The pedigree is undeniable and the results are suitably stratospheric. I am a huge Michael Kiske fan from Helloween to…

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SEVEN KINGDOMS – Decennium (Album Review)

SEVEN KINGDOMS – Decennium (Album Review)

Once upon a time, in far land known as Florida, a band came along that turned the traditional scene on its head, leaving the Death Metal bands in its wake with Power Metal searing as anything being produced in the European heartlands.  Seven Kingdoms have released several quality records since their formation in 2007 and their current line up includes vocalist Sabrina Valentine, guitarist Camden Cruz, guitarist Kevin Byrd, drummer Keith Byrd, and bassist Aaron…

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GRAVE DIGGER – Healed By Metal (Album Review)

GRAVE DIGGER – Healed By Metal (Album Review)

Grave Digger is back for 2017 with their newest release since 2014. I first heard of Grave Digger when I did the review for their 2015 release Exhumation – The Early Years. Starting back in 1980 as part of the German heavy metal scene, their first album was released in 1983. On January 13th, 2017 with Napalm Records, Grave Digger‘s 18th studio album Healed By Metal will be released. The band consists of only one…

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PLACE VENDOME – Close to The Sun (February 24, 2017)

PLACE VENDOME – Close to The Sun (February 24, 2017)

Place Vendome storm back into your lives with the release of their fourth album, Close to The Sun, on February 24, 2017. The album, which features former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, will be available via Frontiers Music srl. Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou, (drums) Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards)…

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Crankin the Law – Ep258

Crankin the Law – Ep258

The guys blast a bunch of awesome songs and simultaneously tip their hat to the good guys in law enforcement with Crankin the Law – Ep258. In this hour-plus block of rock, your hosts spin killer law-related tracks from the likes of Helloween, X-Cops, Hardcore Superstar, Motorhead, Saxon, Suicidal Tendencies, Soundgarden, Anthrax, Anti-Nowhere League, and Stryper. They also discuss law enforcement and its effect on society and rock n’ roll. We hope you enjoy Crankin…

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Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Avantasia Live Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 13th, 2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Avantasia is a band I discovered in late 2013. New to the European metal scene I have discovered so many great bands in the last three years. Where have I been? I came across a band called Edguy, and then when I found that the lead singer, Tobias Sammet, was having a Metal Opera Project called Avantasia, I hit the jackpot. Founded in 1999 with…

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