A-Z sign a deal with Metal Blade Records

A-Z (pronounced "A through Z") equals Ray Alder (Fates Warning; vocals) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord; drums), and also means "anything is possible" - and with this line-up of musicians, that is no exaggeration. This exciting new band reunites Alder with Zonder, and they're joined by Philip Bynoe (Warlord, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt) on... Continue Reading →

DREAM THEATER announce a new album

Prog metal veterans Dream Theater just announced their next Studio Album, entitled ‚A View From the top of the World’. Release date is October 22nd, 2021 and the album comes via InsideOut Music. “We just love to play our instruments,” observes Petrucci. “That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that... Continue Reading →

O.S.I. re-issue ‘Office of Strategic Influence’ and ‘Free’ on CD and vinyl

On July 30th, O.S.I. will release vinyl and CD re-issues of their classic albums, ‘Office of Strategic Influence’ (2003) and ‘Free’ (2006), via Metal Blade Records - the first time both records will be available on vinyl! ‘Free’ was mastered for vinyl by Alan Douches at West West Side, and 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of this seminal release.‘Office of Strategic Influence’ and ‘Free’ can... Continue Reading →

Review INTERLOPER ‘Search Journey’

Interloper from California, that is Andrew Virrueta, Aaron Stechauner and Miles Baker. The foundation of Interloper happened in 2014 and it took a while before things became tangible. Two independently released singles have marked the start that led to a contract signing with Nuclear Blast and a first EP, that was revealed in early 2021.... Continue Reading →

Review PHARAOH ‘The Powers That Be’

Fans of American metallers Pharaoh had to be patient for quite a while. They had to wait nine long years before the fifth album of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- based quartet finds a way into the record stores. The guys premiered in 2003 with the 'After the Fire' album and went through a pretty consistent release... Continue Reading →

Review LUNA’S CALL ‘Void’

Luna's Call offer with their new work 'Void' a perfect basis for analysts and friends of the sophisticated detail. What the guys from Lincoln, UK deliver is music, that is made of beautiful acoustic melodic arcs, which lead to extreme death metal excesses. The whole music is embedded in multilayered and complex song structures that... Continue Reading →

Review GOJIRA ‘Fortitude’

The quartet started in 2001 when they successfully completed a renaming from Godzilla to Gojira. The debut 'Terra Incognita' was released in the same year and since then the band has become essential.Gojira slowly and steadily built up a fanbase that is constantly growing. This can be recognized among other things by the chart entries,... Continue Reading →

CD review LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT ‘LTE 3’

What's a real supergroup? Often, these kind of 'supergroups' should be labeled as 'bands with known musicians included'. In the case of Liquid Tension Experiment we can truly talk about a supergroup for two reasons: the stellar musical capabilities and the songs that are jaw-dropping. What the quartet delivers on the third longplayer is the... Continue Reading →

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