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ALLEN-OLZON ”Worlds Apart”

Magnus Karlsson is back for another ride of melodic Metal. We all know the guy from Free Fall, Starbreaker, The Ferrymen and his day-job in Primal Fear, to mention but a few. We also know him from Allen/Lande w...

KHYMERA ”Master Of Illusions”

Here's another band I can file under "bands I have heard of but never listened to". Formed as an alliance between former Kansas singer Steve Walsh and Italian musician/producer Daniele Liverani it turned into a...

DYNAZTY ”The Dark Delight”

I'm gonna start this review with a question that usually ends my reviews - and I think I have ended a couple of Dynazty reviews with it. Why isn't Dynazty a headlining act yet? Why aren't they headlining festiv...

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ”Aeromantic”

I adore this band. Ever since I checked out their debut album Internal Affairs (2012), the nines has been flying around on every single album-review of mine and I stick to that to this day. The band's mix of Cl...

BIFF BYFORD – ”School Of Hard Knocks”

To write a long introduction about this Metal icon is completely unnecessary so if you're into Hard Rock and Metal and is clueless of who Biff Byford is then shame on you. And then google him yourself. After mo...

OZZY OSBOURNE ”Ordinary Man”

Did anyone really see this one coming? It's been a good ten years since the double-O last provided us with new solo music and even though he has been touring and releasing an album with Black Sabbath, the news ...

WAITING FOR MONDAY – ”Waiting For Monday”

Here's a new Melodic Rock signing from Frontiers Records. A signing with a weird name. I mean, whoever waits for Monday? This band hails from Los Angeles and was brought to Frontiers' attention by one Jeff Scot...

SEVEN SPIRES – ”Emerald Seas”

I admit that whenever Frontiers presents a new Metal signing, I usually have a hard time keeping the interest up. What we usually get then is some kind of Power Metal band or a female fronted gothic sounding Me...

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – ”Radiocarbon”

I remember quite well when Swedish Melodic Rock/AOR rockers started out back in 1991 because they were kinda the talk of the town for a short while back then. For some reason, I never really paid any attention ...

BOMBUS – ”Vulture Culture”

Century Media Records It's more than three years since Bombus released their last album, their third, Repeat Until Death. For me, it was also one of 2016's biggest and most positive surprises. Bombus' two fi...

AVATARIUM – ”The Fire I Long For”

With each album, Avatarium have moved further and further away from being Candlemass founder Leif Edling's side project. Truth be told, Avatarium was a real band already by second album The Girl With The Raven ...

THE DARK ELEMENT – ”Songs The Night Sings”

When former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon joined forces with Finish guitarist/keyboardist Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Artica, Cain's Offering) back in 2017 and formed the band The Dark Element, I thought that th...

WORK OF ART – ”Exhibits”

As of lately, many Scandinavian AOR releases, without naming any names, have left me underwhelmed. Not bad - they are all very well produced, clean-cut with big sound-scapes and as for the musicians, well, it's...

AIRBOURNE – ”Boneshaker”

Even though the quota for AC/DC clones have been filled ages ago, I was still pretty much floored when fellow Aussies Airbourne released their debut album Runnin' Wild back in 2007. The energy, spark and sheer ...

ALTER BRIDGE – ”Walk The Sky”

It's fun to go back and read old reviews from years back only to check out which (or if) any opinions have changed since then. It's also quite fun to read some of the comments to some reviews. When I'm now abou...

ECLIPSE – ”Paradigm”

Erik Mårtensson is a machine. This guy's ability to come up with new killer songs seems to be endless. If he's not active with his main-band Eclipse, there are albums out with other projects like Nordic Union, ...

OPETH – ”In Cauda Venenum”

Since Opeth decided to go all in on Prog-rock and lose the growling, much of the Metal in their music went the same way. Not that they're not Metal anymore, they are, but the most brutal parts, the Death Metal ...

SKYBLOOD – ”Skyblood”

Napalm Records It's been a long time coming! The rumours that singer Mats Levén has been working on his solo project have been circulating for years now, but no news has surfaced - until now. Since Levén lef...

PRETTY MAIDS – ”Undress Your Madness”

Frontiers.shop If you're a friend of mine or have followed my site etainmentnewsreviews, you know that I'm a massive fan of Danish rockers Pretty Maids, a fan to the point that I'm almost hesitant if I can s...

LEVERAGE -”DeterminUs”

I knew I had seen the name Leverage somewhere, but I couldn't put my finger on where. Some digging at home put an answer to that question. I found a burnt copy of one of their early albums, Tides from 2006. I c...