THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

The Unity is a band created by ex-Gamma Ray members, drummer Michael Ehre and guitarist Henjo Richter. The rest of the band members are comprised of former Ehre band Love.Might.Kill. They include singer Giamba Manenti, guitarist Stef E., bassist Jogi Sweers, and keyboardist Sasha Onnen. Formed in 2016 Rise is The Unity‘s second release on SPV/Steamhammer records. Rise is comprised of 13 tracks on the regular release. The deluxe version has an additional six tracks. Three live…

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THE UNITY – Rise (September 14, 2018)

THE UNITY – Rise (September 14, 2018)

Only about a year and a half after the presentation of their self-titled debut album in spring 2017, German-Italian melodic metal act The Unity are ready to strike again. September 14, 2018, will see the release of their current album Rise on SPV/Steamhammer. The recording features 13 brand-new songs and was cut by drummer Michael Ehré (Gamma Ray) at the B Castle Studio. Rise was produced by the band themselves and, like its predecessor, mixed and mastered by Spanish sound engineer Miquel A. Riutort at the Psychosomatic Recording…

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AMORETTES – Born To Break (Album Review)

AMORETTES – Born To Break (Album Review)

High expectations don’t scratch the surface of my anticipation of the forthcoming effort from The Amorettes – Born To Break. Their previous release, White Hot Heat in 2016 found its way into my best 10 albums of the year. And I still spin it from time to time. Great gym workout tunes. Fast furious and simple. If AC/DC were female. It is said that they are “like Airbourne with Joan Jett as a front woman”…

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BULLET – Dust to Gold (April 20, 2018)

BULLET – Dust to Gold (April 20, 2018)

Swedish rockers Bullet return to the scene with their brand new album entitled Dust to Gold. The album will be out April 20, 2018, via SPV/Steamhammer. If you want to understand how this metal act Bullet works, you only have to take one look at the ancient tour bus, with which the five musicians have been conquering the world for years. The black, white and red 1964 Volvo B63508, lovingly referred to as the “Bullet Bus”, with its indestructible six-cylinder engine…

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TRAVELIN JACK – Commencing Countdown (Album Review)

TRAVELIN JACK – Commencing Countdown (Album Review)

Some bands may struggle to produce a sophomore album, as all their energies have been concentrated on getting off to a good start with a successful debut. Travelin Jack, with Commencing Countdown, have bucked that trend. Not just bucked it, mind you, but smashed it out of the park. Commencing Countdown, out now on Steamhammer/SPV, is a diamond of a record with influences ranging from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. You get a feel for…

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Legendary Metal Band THE RODS Signs Worldwide Deal with SPV/Steamhammer

Legendary Metal Band THE RODS Signs Worldwide Deal with SPV/Steamhammer

The new year is off to an awesome start, Steamhammer/SPV having signed legendary metal band THE RODS for the world. The group consisting of the original members David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar, vocals), Carl Canedy (drums) and Garry Bordonaro (bass) always delivered a classic brand of metal and hard rock with strong influences that date back to 1970’s.  . Drummer Carl Canedy says: “The 3rd time’s a charm!” After two unsuccessful attempts, to work with Olly…

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EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (Album Review)

EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (Album Review)

Hailing from Austria, Symphonic Metal band Edenbridge was created in 1998 thanks to Guitarist/keyboarder – Arne Stockhammer known only as (Lanvall), bassist Kurt Bednarsky and the beautiful Sabine Edelsbacher on vocals. As a studio-project Edenbridge became a recording band with the final member Roland Navratil joining the band on drums. Finally in 2000 the debut album Sunrise In Eden was released and they signed a worldwide deal with German Label Massacre Records. Fast forward to…

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EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (February 17, 2017)

EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum (February 17, 2017)

The Austrian symphonic metal act Edenbridge, featuring vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher, has spent more than a year working on their latest album. Now guitarist/composer Lanvall has announced the release date at last: The Great Momentum will be available on February 17, 2017. . As its predecessor The Bonding (2013), The Great Momentum was also produced by Lanvall and again mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold) at his Thin Ice Studio in Surrey, England. The mastering was taken care of by Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, among others) at the renowned Finnvox Studios. Among the guests featuring on the album…

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FREEDOM CALL – Master Of Light (Album Review)

FREEDOM CALL – Master Of Light (Album Review)

Master Of Light is the 9th studio album by German power metal titans Freedom Call, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their art and I can report that they have done just that. Out on Steamhammer Records, it certainly does not claim to have reinvented the wheel but it is a triumph of power metal at its best. Power metal is often described as symphonic with uplifting lyrics and Freedom Call fit the…

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MAGNUM – The Valley of Tears – The Ballads (January 20, 2017)

MAGNUM – The Valley of Tears – The Ballads (January 20, 2017)

Renowned not only for their powerful rock songs but also for countless moving ballads, British rock icons Magnum are set to surprise their fans with a very special release at the very beginning of the coming year. The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads has been scheduled for release on 20 January 2017 (UK/Europe 06 January 2017), an album featuring ten of their most accomplished ballads, all of them remastered and in parts even newly re-recorded and…

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