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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Jorn Lande – Heavy Rock Radio (June 3, 2016)

Jorn Lande – Heavy Rock Radio (June 3, 2016)

Jorn Lande is no stranger to covers albums, but Heavy Rock Radio is not an ordinary album of cover songs. It is a true songbook of hits! The original concept was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but not restricted to the hard rock and metal acts that one would expect of Jorn. Acts like The Eagles, Journey, Foreigner, and Kate Bush get the Jorn treatment here. But fret not metal warriors,…

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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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Album Review: Avantasia – Ghostlights

Album Review: Avantasia – Ghostlights

The greatest super group project is back with another album and a world tour. For me, this is the most anticipated album of 2016. Tobias Sammet decided to get back in the studio with his creation, Avantasia. Avantasia started out in 1999 as a metal opera concept album featuring a wide variety of singers and musicians. Sammet never had plans to tour but with the success and demand, the show eventually became a world-class tour….

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My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2015 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

The year is done with new music and what a year it has been! With almost 130 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favourites wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to rate these. Depending on how I felt that day and what I want to listen to, one would rate high on the list, then shortly after fall…

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Album Review: Magnus Karlsson’s Freefall – Kingdom Of Rock

Album Review: Magnus Karlsson’s Freefall – Kingdom Of Rock

Magnus Karlsson of Sweden, who is known for his work with Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Kiske/Somerville and others is back with another collection of amazing vocalists for his Freefall project. In 2013 Karlsson released his first solo musical project and with the success of that Freefall CD, Frontiers Records will now release the sophomore Kingdom Of Rock on November 6, 2015. Karlsson is on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Vocals. On drums, we have Jaime Salazar with production by Jacob…

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Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall-Kingdom of Rock (November 6, 2015)

Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall-Kingdom of Rock (November 6, 2015)

Magnus Karlsson is the mastermind behind the successful initial Allen/Lande trilogy, Starbreaker, Bob Catley, Kiske/Somerville and many more popular Euro metal releases as well as a member of German heavy metal icons Primal Fear. For the second album of his own project, Free Fall aptly titled Kingdom of Rock Magnus once again enlisted a dream team featuring some of the best singers in metal and hard rock! (from Amazon) BUY: Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall –…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2013 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

In 2013 I was dipping into the world of Symphonic Metal. Standing strong on my usual preference of Melodic Rock here are my favorites for 2013. My Top 10 for 2013 were: 10 – Pink Cream 69 – Ceremonial After a long six-year wait, Pink Cream 69 was back in 2013 with their new album Ceremonial. On first hearing this band in early 1990’s, I have followed them through their long career. I was happy…

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