Album Reviews

Mad Max

Mad Max – 35 years and still going strong

Mad Max are celebrating 35 years of producing quality metal fused AOR and musicians Michael Voss (vocals/guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Axel Kruse (drums) and Thomas “Hutch” Bauer (bass) have titled their new release with the imaginative moniker ‘35’. The album sounds like they are still firmly planted in the 80s, but there is enough originality to give it a genuine ‘new’ tag. ...

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The Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief release new album Dissolution

The Pineapple Thief is about to unleash their 12thalbum called Dissolution. Always classed as prog, in my mind this band is one of the few of that ilk that actually fulfils the definition of progressive. They do not just pump out 20-minute songs and call it a concept album. Sure, there are concepts in the Thief’s music and the themes this time ...

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Mob Rules celebrate 25 years with new album ‘Beast Reborn’

Germany’s Mob Rules are close to celebrating their 25th anniversary as purveyors of power-metal, and Beast Reborn is their 9th album together. You could say they’ve been around long enough to be called veterans yet, as can be heard, they still retain the same infectious enthusiasm for the music which propelled them to begin in 1994. Compared to other albums ...

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Review: Otep – Kult 45

Like a bat call to Batman, the disasters of 2018 are used to signal political warrior Otep Shamaya. Metal band Otep could not have picked a better time to return, with issues like Trump and consent being as prevalent as ever. Otep attempts to be the voice speaking against these issues in their new album, Kult 45. Although the album ...

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Review: Halestorm – Vicious

Grammy-winning US rockers Halestorm have successfully crossed the pond, with every date on their 2018 UK headline tour sold out. So they certainly have a lot to measure up to upon the release of their new album, Vicious, which has already charted at #10 in the UK. Opener ‘Black Vultures’ sees Lzzy use every hard rock vocal technique in the ...

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Clif Magness

AOR/Melodic Rock artist Clif Magness releases Lucky Dog

Clif Magness has already had success writing for Wilson Phillips, Quincy Jones, Avril Lavigne as well as the more rock Hanson, Steve Perry and Bonamassa collaborations. His previous solo album called, imaginatively, Solo was released in 1994. Since then, he has been hard at work composing and producing since then and now he has a new solo album called Lucky ...

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At World's End

Review: At World’s End – Emptiness Follows

From the garden of England comes the five piece metal band who go by the name At World’s End and no, they’re not named after a pub in Camden. Over the years At World’s End has gone through some personnel changes. Partly as a result of these, the Kent guys are about to embark on a total re-brand, a change ...

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Destinia - Metal Souls

Review: Destinia – Metal Souls

Destinia is a project by Japanese Metal guitarist Nozomu Wakai. He released his first album in 2014 and on this follow-up, called Metal Souls, he is joined by Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords Of Black), Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies) and Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake). Not a bad line-up for what is an 11 track melodic metal offering. Make no mistake however, it ...

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Two of a Kind - Rise

Melodic rock band TWO OF A KIND release ‘Rise’

Two Of A Kind is a melodic rock band from Holland, whose self-titled debut album was released in 2007. Fred Hendrix, from Terra Nova heads up the band, with Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr sharing vocal duties and bandmates Gesuino Derosas (guitar), Hans in’t Zandt (drums) and Ron Hendrix (keyboards). Rise is 11 tracks of high-quality AOR/Melodic Rock but with ...

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Mr Big - Live from Milan

Mr Big – Live from Milan

Following the release of their 2017 album, Defying Gravity, Mr. Big set out on tour to promote the new release. By this time, drummer Pat Torpey’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease had been made public, but Pat toured with the band regardless and sat behind the drum kit for selected songs, while also providing background vocals, tambourine, etc. on other tracks ...

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