TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK – A Voice Unheard (Album Review)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK – A Voice Unheard (Album Review)

Tomorrow’s Outlook formed in 2007 in Sørvik, Troms County, Norway. That’s Arctic Northern Norway. Sounds way too cold for this Canadian Metalhead! The original formation saw songwriter Trond Nicolaisen and bassist/songwriter Andreas Stenseth joining forces. In present times as of 2018 the core line-up duo has added guitarist Øystein K. Hanssen. The boys take their time on creating an album. Since inception, Tomorrow’s Outlook has issued only one album, the full-length 34613 in February of…

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ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

Across the musical fields of dawn stride a band of substance, with a steely determination in their eyes, carrying a sack full of magnificent songs that will make your head turn and your heart swell.  Orden Ogan is that group.  A German power metal band with progressive and folk metal elements, they have completely blown away all my preconceptions and this Gunmen album is another excellent release in 2017. The band was formed in 1996…

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NIGHTMARE – Dead Sun (Album Review)

NIGHTMARE – Dead Sun (Album Review)

In general, when I review music from a band with whom I am unfamiliar, I do not research them until I have had time to absorb their latest effort. In this way, I don’t compare their most recent work to their older music before I have given the newest album a chance. I have spent quite a bit of time listening to French power metal artist Nightmare through their latest, Dead Sun, which was released in January 2017….

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Labÿrinth – Architecture Of A God (Album Review)

Labÿrinth – Architecture Of A God (Album Review)

Frontiers Records, the Italian label that brought back many of the 80’s hard rock bands and artists we love including the likes of Warrant, Night Ranger, Stephen Pearcy, Jack Russell’s Great White, and House Of Lords, has also done a good job introducing the world to a variety of different hard rock and metal acts from all over the world. Labÿrinth is an Italian power metal band that has been around since the early 90’s….

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SEVEN KINGDOMS Sign Worldwide Deal with NAPALM RECORDS

SEVEN KINGDOMS Sign Worldwide Deal with NAPALM RECORDS

Seven Kingdoms, hailing from Florida this female fronted Power Metal five-piece has already made its way up since their forming in 2007. After numerous tours around USA and Canada, three full-length studio albums, it’s now ready to take the next step and join forces with Napalm Records. . A band started for fun, found that hard work and dedication to their craft has major pay offs… SEVEN KINGDOMS is carving its own path in metal…

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LYCANTHRO – Lycanthro (EP Review)

LYCANTHRO – Lycanthro (EP Review)

Don’t go around tonight, it’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise! Seems this bad moon has given rise to Lycanthro, a young metal band out of Ottawa, ON. These young musicians have been tearing up local metal shows and have shared stages with the likes of Beyond Creation, Hibria, Untimely Demise and the legendary Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden). Comprised of James Delbridge – Vocals/Guitar, David Shute– Guitar, Michael Lanning – Bass and Jon Picard– Drums, Lycanthro has recently…

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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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MERCURY RAIN – St Matthieu Remastered & Reborn (April 7, 2017)

MERCURY RAIN – St Matthieu Remastered & Reborn (April 7, 2017)

Formed in 1994 by young veterans of the Bristol music scene, Mercury Rain started life unpromisingly as three guys who ‘just wanted to play metal’. Ex-Crisis bassist Jon Hoare and bandmate and drummer Andy Pester had hooked up with guitarist Dion Smith, but Mercury Rain lacked both a singer and a direction until Sonia Porzier gave them both. Responding to a ‘vocalist wanted’ advert she brought to the band both a fabulous voice and a…

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HAMMERFALL – Built To Last (Album Review)

HAMMERFALL – Built To Last (Album Review)

Did you ever have that one band that you love but no one you know has ever heard of them? HammerFall is one of those bands for me. I believe I first became aware of them around 2008, although I cannot recall the exact song that brought them to my attention. I was excited to see that this Swedish band’s 10th studio album, Built To Last, would be released on November 4, 2016. It doesn’t…

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MERIDIAN – Breaking The Surface (Album Review)

MERIDIAN – Breaking The Surface (Album Review)

As Meridian are from Denmark I was going to begin this review of Breaking the Surface by helpfully pointing out that there aren’t any Danish rock bands to speak of. I then remembered Mercyful Fate and Volbeat so that scuppered that opening. Anyway, this Danish outfit (of which there are obviously a few, plus, of course, Lars Ulrich) formed in 2005 and Breaking the Surface is their second album, out once again on Mighty Music. Their modus…

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