Album Reviews

Epica – The Quantum Enigma

Fifth album in from Epica the symphonic metal band who hail from Holland, but the first I’ve had the opportunity to listen to. Increasingly I’m hearing bands, and predominantly European ones, whose albums tend to be what you might term concept orientated, that is to say there’s an overall story or theme behind them. Each of the five digi-pak versions ...

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Doro – Powerful Passionate Favorites

Celebrating German metal siren Doro Pesch’s career with the Raise Your Fist 30Years Anniversary-Edition, record label Nuclear Blast have included a bonus CD of rare, new and previously unreleased material under the title ‘Powerful Passionate Favorites’ and much as the American misspelling of Favourites aggravates me endlessly, I find quite a few guilty pleasures to be heard on the actual ...

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Avatar – Hail The Apocalypse

Avatar – words cannot describe how nuts and awesome they are live! Avenged Sevenfold personally picked Avatar as their support act across their European tour in late 2013. Due to this massive break for the band they have now received loads of bookings for major festivals such as Download, Bloodstock and Rock On The Range, for late 2014. If your ...

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The Used – Imaginary Enemy

It’s been ten years since The Used released their much-loved album In Love And Death, and even longer since one of their best know tracks ‘The Taste Of Ink’ was released. ‘The Taste of Ink’ wormed its way into the ears and hearts of many a teenage alternative kid. Moving towards the more recent past, 2012’s Vulnerable didn’t make much of ...

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Ronnie James Dio – ‘This Is Your Life’

What an amazing tribute to a gone but never forgotten hero – Ronnie James Dio, who I am sure, would be very proud of this. Biography Ronnie James Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire under the name Ronald James Padavona on the 10th July 1942.  It was a very sad day for all metal heads, as Ronnie bid his ...

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Devil You Know – The Beauty of Destruction

“It’s a different style of music for me,” says Jones of Devil You Know. “It’s heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won’t expect. I’ve been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mould me into who I am ...

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Tuomas Holopainen – Life and Times of Scrooge

Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician Tuomas Holopainen is most famous as the keyboardist with ‘Nightwish‘. Holopainen has based his first solo project ‘Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge’ on a comic book story (illustrated by Don Rosa) – revealing the strange sourness of the central character – Scrooge McDuck. He wrote and worked on the majority of the ...

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Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (And All The Ballads)

When Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is stormed the singles charts worldwide I viewed it as a gushing overwrought take on their previous hit ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You; that it sold even more dumbfounded me. Neither had that really special something, as far as I was concerned, but everyone else and their mother seemed to ...

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Lost Society – Terror Hungry

“LOST SOCIETY are one of the most promising Finnish newcomers of our times, and back with a vengeance in 2014. Founded in early 2010 in Jyväskylä by Thrash/Speed Metal enthusiast Samy Elbanna, the frontman gathered an ensemble of passionate allies to establish a band that would soon be known as Scandinavia’s most energetic start-up export” Spurgatory has an element of ...

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Eskhaton – Worship Death

Death metal for total maniacs! Formed in 2010. Passionate and unmerciful are just two words that spring to mind here, as Eskhaton take to the speakers and obliterate everything in their wake! You don’t just take the lid off one of their tracks, the pressure literally catapults it off and into hyperspace, along with your sanity! Although it isn’t anything ...

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