MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

Catharsis is the fourth album by symphonic rockers Meden Agan (apparently in English this translates as “nothing in excess”) from Athens in Greece. Formed originally in Paris by guitarist Diman Koutsoglannopoulos way back in 2005 with their first album coming two years later. After a delay of six years and a move back to Greece, he reset the band up again and they released a second album.  The third album came out in 2015 and this latest…

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ELEINE Announce New Video and Single Release Date (News)

ELEINE Announce New Video and Single Release Date (News)

Swedish Symphonic Metal Band Eleine rather seriously impressed Decibel Geek writer/photographer Shawn “Animalize” Irwin and website editor/writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon in their performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2016. More than that, they impressed our staff as people during a comfortable and candid interview the next day with the whole band. Unfortunately, a technological mishap has forever lost that recorded interview. But check out the review of the Sweden Rock set here. We are pleased to…

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SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

SELENE – The Ravages Of Time (Album Review)

Selene hails from the land of my ancestors, Northern Ireland, which is surprising to me. On June 23rd 2017 Selene will release their 2nd full-length album. With many lesser known Symphonic Metal bands throughout the world, it is not easy to achieve the worldwide status of bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, Delain, Xandria, Leaves’ Eyes and Sirenia. I was asked to write about Selene‘s up coming independent release, The Ravages Of Time. Even though I…

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SIRENIA – Live in Toronto May 17th 2017 (Concert Review)

SIRENIA – Live in Toronto May 17th 2017 (Concert Review)

As I discovered Symphonic Metal only 3 years ago, I went on the search to find out when this style of music came around and what took so long for me to find it. I came across bands like Nightwish, who are legends of this style, and also found Epica, Within Temptation, Tristiana, Leaves’ Eyes, Delain, Xandria and the list goes on. One band that has stood out more for me than any is a…

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XANDRIA – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

XANDRIA – Live in Toronto May 13th 2017 (Upcoming Concert)

Inertia Entertainment presents Symphonic Metal band Xandria Live in Toronto May 13th, 2017 at The Garrison on their first North American headline tour. Xandria from Germany will be headlining their first North American tour with Kobra And the Lotus from Calgary AB and Once Human from Los Angeles CA. Xandria has only been to Toronto once, opening for Delain and Sonata Arctica. With the release of their new album, the band is coming back to North…

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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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ARKONA/SIRENIA North American Tour Announcement (News)

ARKONA/SIRENIA North American Tour Announcement (News)

For the first time in their career, Sirenia from Norway will land on North American soil and tour USA & Canada. Touring for their latest album Dim Days of Dolor released November 2016. Dim Days of Dolor did make my personal Top 10 for 2016. The new album and tour features new lead vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan.  Zoldan is a trained opera singer who has been with Sirenia as a choir singer for over a decade! Taking from the Sirenia official website:…

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XANDRIA – Theater Of Dimensions (Album Review)

XANDRIA – Theater Of Dimensions (Album Review)

Fourteen years after the first release, Kill The Sun, German symphonic metal band Xandria are back with their 7th full album release, Theater Of Dimensions by Napalm Records. A project that started in 1997 by Marco Heubaum has paid its dues and now they are an international touring band. With many line-up changes over the years, Xandria is complete with original members Marco Heubaum (guitar) and Gerit Lamm (drums). Also on guitar and has been with Xandria since…

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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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BURNING POINT – The Blaze (Album Review)

BURNING POINT – The Blaze (Album Review)

Founded 20 years ago in Oulu Finland, Burning Point is back for their 7th studio release — The Blaze on AFM Records. This was released in Europe November 2016 but not in North America until January 20th, 2017. Pete Ahonen – Guitars, is the only original member of the band. In 2015 he passed the microphone to Nitte Valo formerly of Battle Beast. The Blaze will be Valo‘s second album appearance with Burning Point. Also…

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