Classics: IRON MAIDEN ‘Piece of Mind’

The first two Iron Maiden albums belong undoubtedly to the milestones of heavy metal. However, my first Iron Maiden album was their third release 'The Number of the Beast' which had a fascination for me because of the sound, artwork and lyrics. AC/DC were cool, Kiss were special with their make-up, but Iron Maiden was... Continue Reading →

CD review METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ‘S&M 2’

'S&M2' is better than the first attempt from 20 years ago and certainly the new version will become another commercial success for the Metal veterans from the Bay Area. Some of the songs are actually done very well, although the entire album feels like band and orchestra playing next to each other more than performing together as a unit. Combining two pieces of a puzzle doesn't necessary create a great total and that's a bit the case with this release too. The idea of making such an album is awesome and leaving the comfort-zone a bit more would have added extra excitement. 'Let's play safe' is the focus more than leaving the known.

CD review U.D.O. ‘We Are One’

It's not the first time that German metal pioneer Udo Dirkscheider cooperates with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces, but it is the first time that things end up on an album that includes new songs. 'We Are One' is the title of a collaboration that shows its fruitful result in 15... Continue Reading →

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE cover Mozart

Italian orchestral-death metal giants Fleshgod Apocalypse reveal a very special gem for their fans today: The band recorded a stunning video with their interpretation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'Lacrimosa', taken from his masterpiece 'Requiem In D Minor'.Dive yourself into the world of the tearful and check out the video HERE.The band states:"Even if the whole world is in lockdown, we... Continue Reading →

CD review DIAMORTE ‘The Red Opera’

(7/10) DiAmorte is the brainchild of Canadian singer and songwriter Drake Mefestta. After having revealed a first EP in 2015 the guy debut sharp before Christmas with 'The Red Opera'. The album is a ten chapter featuring longplayer that units symphonic arrangements, rock and metal. It's a dramatic storyline about time and betrayal that frames... Continue Reading →

Classics: MORDRED ‘Fool’s Game’

Today I want to take you back into 1989, a time when San Francisco-based Mordred premiered with 'Fool's Game'. After having produced three demo tapes the guys could ink a contract with Noise International and released a debut that showed a well-executed fusion of thrash metal and funk. In the second half of the 80's thrash... Continue Reading →

CD review MAYAN ‘Dhyana”

(9/10) Dutch powerhouse MaYan is back with a new longplayer. It’s not that the band released many records over the last years, but it’s the quality of each of the albums that’s stunning. After having debuted in 2011 with ‘Quaterpast’ the band unveiled their next strike with ‘Antagonise’ in 2014. Both records were critically acclaimed... Continue Reading →

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN announces ‘Symphonized’

In May 2018, Anneke van Giersbergen performed two career-spanning concerts with orchestral arrangements together with Residentie Orkest The Hague. Now those special concerts will be available for all to hear when they are released as ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live album due out on the 16th November 2018. Taking in material from across her career, she... Continue Reading →

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