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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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the sea within

Prog rock supergroup THE SEA WITHIN release debut album

The Sea Within is a prog rock ‘supergroup’ with an international cast of players, featuring three Swedes, one German and one American. The musicians in this band have all been around the block a few times, and their list of bands played in includes The Flower Kings, Flying Colors, Steven Wilson and Transatlantic. The band grew out of a desire ...

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HAKEN

HAKEN establish themselves as a force in prog rock on L-1VE                          

Haken are a six-piece London based prog rock metal band who, after a decade, have just released their first ‘live’ CD/DVD, L-1VE, which was filmed and recorded in April 2017 at the now legendary Melkweg, in Amsterdam, on the final night of their 2017 European tour, before a very enthusiastic Dutch audience who were clearly enjoying what Haken (meaning Hook ...

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THE PARADOX TWIN

THE PARADOX TWIN “conspiracy theories and humans on earth being controlled by extra-terrestrials…”

Led and fronted by Danny Sorrell, who also writes the tunes and is the guiding spirit behind The Paradox Twin, who despite having been around for a little while, are only now just releasing their debut album. Their name derives from Gravity Time Dilation, the difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers at varying distances from a ...

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Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me

Ben Poole follows a similar route with Anytime You Need Me as his previous Time Has Come.  Same square-jawed good looks album photo cover albeit a little more macho looking courtesy of being adorned with a black leather jacket and the same pop-flavoured blues rock with some added emphasis on song structures and digging in with a little more soul ...

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Theia Release The Ghost Light

Burton-on-Trent hard rock power trio Theia have their third full length album, The Ghost Light, out now on WDFD Records. Featuring Kyle Lamley on guitars & vocals, Paul Edwards on bass & vocals and drummer Jake Dalton, the band have a new single ‘Throw Me A Bone’ taken from the parent album that’s also out now, alongside an accompanying video ...

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Devildriver – Outlaws ‘Til the End

First off, I won’t lie or hide it, Devildriver I’m not into, I love the style of music they play but they just haven’t ever done anything for me, it’s the way it goes sometimes. We all have those bands that we just don’t get why there is so much hype about them. Sometimes you catch them live at a ...

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Black Swamp Water

Review: Black Swamp Water – Distant Thunder

Honestly, I could say if you are a fan of southern rock, just listen to the opening two tracks and that is all you will need to be convinced that this is a must hear album. From the tranquil sound of a slide on a steel string guitar to the backdrop of steady pouring rain and the thunder rolls in, ...

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