LOGICAL TERROR (Interview)

LOGICAL TERROR (Interview)

Italian progressive metallers Logical Terror were formed in 2010 in Modena and have issued a number of cool albums, which have garnered a loyal world-wide following. The band is comprised of Emiliano Gozzi on vocals, Julius Morse Sic on vocals, Claudio Corvo Mulas on guitar, Simone Clementi on guitar and Warren Gnudi on thunderous drums. On the eve of the release of their latest single “Nightmare“, I was thrilled to chat to vocalist Julius about…

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MYMISSES – Straight On My Way (Album Review)

MYMISSES – Straight On My Way (Album Review)

MYMISSES – Bio Mymisses is an hard rock/alternative metal band from Cagliari (Italy). Stefania Cugia (bassist) and Marta Camba (drummer) formed the group initially in 2015 and envisaged a wholly female hard rock band. The pair then approached Laura Sau (guitarist) and Giorgia Pillai (singer) to complete the line up. The band made its live debut at “Women In Rock”.  This was a big music event in Cagliari in January 2016. Mymisses played some hard rock/alternative metal covers…

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MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

Mindfeels are an Italian AOR band who started their career as an instrumental tribute to American jazz and AOR rockers Toto. In fact, the band have even gone so far as to name themselves after a Toto album, albeit with a different spelling (“Mindfields” is the name of the album). It therefore comes as no surprise that the album and music they create is well crafted and melodic, with hints of jazz fusion and heavy…

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LIZHARD – Bigger, Better, Stronger (Album Review)

LIZHARD – Bigger, Better, Stronger (Album Review)

First things first, the band name, Lizhard, and the album cover. What are they all about? They both suggest that they are at the heavier end of the spectrum whereas the reality could not be further from the truth. Take Manowar for example, there is no confusion as to what they offer. Here, you expect a cannonball but get a tennis ball. Still reasonably hard but not THAT hard. Lizhard formed in Italy in the mid-90’s…

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend (Album Review)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend (Album Review)

I love Italy.  I have honeymooned in Sorrento and holidayed in Lake Garda.  The place is the jewel in Europe’s crown and is also becoming well known for its fantastic Power Metal bands, lead by Rhapsody Of Fire. Into The Legend has been a long time in gestation. It took seven years of recordings in four different studios to finally create this amazing and ambitious piece of art.  The whole kitchen sink was thrown at…

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Album Review: Arca Hadian – The Prophecy

Album Review: Arca Hadian – The Prophecy

More Italian Power Metal, which owes a huge debt to Finland’s Sonata Arctica and Cain’s Offering.  The band are made up of Carlo Faraci on vocals, Federico Di Pane on guitar, Patrizio Clerici on bass, Claudio Ruggieri on keyboards and Alessio Spallarossa on drums.  The album is the band’s debut long player and I did largely enjoy what I heard.  It is not the most original of tune collections, but it is certainly polished and…

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Album Review: Energy of the Elements – 03:30 Dehuman Rise

Album Review: Energy of the Elements – 03:30 Dehuman Rise

Love Power Metal?  Love Operatic Metal? Love Energy of the Elements? I listened to 03:30 without any preconceived ideas and was rewarded by a fascinating mix of the old and new from this group, who have a cultured line in fantasy-themed storytelling. Hailing from Turin, these Italian metallers have just issued their debut long player.  The band consists of Fabrizio Balliano (Vocals), Riccardo Balliano (Lead guitar), Roberto Deblasio (Rhythm guitar), Gabriele Gilodi (Keyboards), Emanuele Lepredoro…

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Firelord – Hammer of Chaos (December 11, 2015)

Firelord – Hammer of Chaos (December 11, 2015)

Firelord, is a slammin’ blend of Heavy Metal, Doom and sludgy Blues/Hard Rock and their recent worldwide deal with Sliptrick Records will crank up the engine with the release of the Hammer of Chaos, a gloomy work heavily influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Black Label Society with lyrics revolving on the subjects of rebelling against a corrupted society and a dystopian vision of the future. The 2007 formed Italian band has issued one…

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BASTARDOGS – No Pain No Gain (Album Review)

BASTARDOGS – No Pain No Gain (Album Review)

**Although written by me, this review originally appeared on the Rock United website (www.rockunited.com) during my time as a writer with those fine folks. However, I present it here, with some slight edits and encourage readers to investigate Rock United‘s website as well** BASTARDOGS (Bio) Sleaze rock/metal may have hit notoriety on the sunset strip in the 80’s with bands like L.A. Guns, Motley Crue and Faster Pussycat but the genre is alive and well in Italy…

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