CD review RIOT ‘Rock World’

‘Rock World’ is like opening a treasure box. The well-selected songs show that greatness of Riot and honors Mark Reale and Riot in a great fashion. Riot is much bigger than what any sales figures ever showed and this rarity collection underlines the importance of Riot for Heavy Metal.

CD review BONFIRE 'Fistful of Fire'

Bonfire is more and more finding back to old strength and 'Fistful of Fire' can compete with the ‘Point Blank’-days, something I truly doubted during the last decades. 'Fistful of Fire' showcases a band that's on fire. Check it out.

FRONTIERS MUSIC postpones April & May releases

Frontiers Music postpones upcoming releases for April and May. Here comes the official statement of the Frontiers Music Team: "It is with great disappointment that we have to announce some changes to our upcoming release schedule. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has caused on multiple facets of our industry, including how... Continue Reading →

CD review ALLEN/OLZON ‘Worlds Apart’

Although the album is released as Allen/Olzon it's Swedish guitarist and producer Magnus Karlsson being a driving force behind this release. He was already deeply involved in the first three Allen/Lande albums and returns to the concept with a twist. This time it's Russell Allen and singer Anette Olzon sharing vocals on this new album.... Continue Reading →

CD review THE UNITY ‘Pride’

The Unity can be truly pride for what they achieved on this album. “Pride’ is heavy enough for the denim and leather fraction as well as it features a melodic aspect that allow the band to open up for Rock fans. This album is one of the best ones so far in this category.

CD review HARDLINE ‘Life Live’

This review could become a rather short one. Why? Since Frontiers Music's live releases are following a similar pattern. The label established a yearly returning festivals with bands taken from their portfolio. Many, or all, of these shows are recorded and later published as live releases. This time it's Hardline, that performed a show at... Continue Reading →

CD review SHAKRA ‘Mad World’

It really feels like a mad world we are living in these days, one of the reasons why Swiss rockers Shakra entitled their new longplayer simply 'Mad World'. Now, what sounds like a depressive view on the current state of the blue planet is actually the opposite. 'Mad World' features 12 new songs that carries... Continue Reading →

CD review H.E.A.T. ‘II’

Since more than a decade Swedish H.E.A.T. became to a deliverer of excellent Melodic Metal albums, all being a treat for your ears. Two years after ‘Into the Great Unknown” has been revealed it’s the next musical strike that stands in line for being released and it's a next melodic highlight they quintet adds to... Continue Reading →

CD review BLACK SWAN ‘Shake the World’

Black Swan, that's vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big). These well-known guys found together and started a colleboration under the banner of Black Swan. The fruitful work now leads to a first album of... Continue Reading →

CD review DEMONS & WIZARDS ‘III’

If you read some of my earlier reviews you noticed that I sometimes refer to the eye-level cooperation between singer and guitarist, being a decisive factor for an album becoming just good or even great. Demons & Wizards build exactly on this collaboration. Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch and Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer are... Continue Reading →

CD review LORDI ‘Killection’

Finnish Rock/Metal monsters Lordi are nearly 3 decades in business, which shows that there must be a bigger fanbase out there, appreciating the heavy monster show. And not to forget in this context the participation at the Eurovision song contest in 2006 that gave Mr. Lordi and his buddies a great platform for reaching a... Continue Reading →

CD review SERIOUS BLACK ‘Suite 226’

It was three years ago when German/US metallers Serious Black released the 'First Light'-album and it became a bit quiet around the band lately. However, the buzz is getting louder again these days with the band having a new album in the pipeline and capturing a support slot on the upcoming Hammerfall tour. Serious Black's... Continue Reading →

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