CD review EPICA ‘Omega’

It was on January 12, 2020 that Epica, on their way back from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, stopped in New York City to play a show at the venerable Webster Hall. The author of these lines was fortunate enough to see the concert in person, and at the time no one thought it... Continue Reading →

‘An Evening with NIGHTWISH In a Virtual World’ postponed

The interactive 'An Evening with Nightwish In a Virtual World' concert experiences that will kick off the 'Human. :II: Nature.' World Tour have been rescheduled from March to May due to changes in the band’s touring schedule. The new dates are Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, 2021. More information can be found HERE.

CD review THERION ‘Leviathan’

Therion, this name stands for symphonic metal since 1988. Initially devoted to death metal, Christofer Johnsson quickly developed a liking for epic metal, orchestrated with more bombast and drama. In 1996, at the heyday of grunge, Therion released 'Theli', a milestone album, and many years later the band is still at the top of the... Continue Reading →

CD review SURMA ‘The Light Within’

Surma, that is Viktorie Surmová (Bohemian Metal Rhapsody) and Heri Joensen (Týr) who founded the band in 2018. Both artists have already a lot of stage experience and both bring all their experience to Sumra. 'The Light Within' is Sumra's debut and consists of 13 tracks. The title of the album already indicates it, Surma's... Continue Reading →

CD review AYREON ‘Transitus’

A release that has carved the moniker Ayreon on the cover artwork is always more than merely a longplayer. Ayreon is the outlet for Arjan Lucassen's creative ideas, already manifested in stellar outputs such as 'Into the Electric Castle', The Human Equation' and some more. The latest album was the 2017 release 'The Source', followed... Continue Reading →

CD review OSYRON ‘Foundations’ – EP

Hailing from Calgary/Edmonton, Alberta, Osyron added a next record to their musical offer. After having premiered in 2103 with 'Harbinger', the guys released with 'Kingsbane' their sophomore album in 2017. Three years later, a new EP will see the light of days. 'Foundation' is the title of a release that features 5 songs. For the... Continue Reading →

CD review BEYOND THE BLACK ‘Hørizøns’

Looking at the success of their previous albums one has to state that Beyond The Black certainly belong to the more successful German rock band these days. Nevertheless, Jennifer Haben and bandmates did not always receive only positive feedback. Especially the year 2016 was a caesura, with Haben replacing all her musicians, a full line-up... Continue Reading →

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