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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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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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: Khymera – The Grand Design

Album Review: Khymera – The Grand Design

The Khymera project started out in 2003 as an alliance between Italian producer/musician, Daniele Liverani and then Kansas singer Steve Walsh. This really took off when Pink Cream 69 bassist Dennis Ward came into the picture. Dennis always sings background vocals with his bands, but on this project he takes the lead on the Khymera albums A New Promise and The Greatest Wonder. It was time for Dennis to take complete control with songwriting and production…

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