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Thoughts Factory – Elements – Album Review

Artist: Thoughts Factory Album Title: Elements Label: Melodic Revolution Records Date of Release: 24 January 2020 During my time at ProgPower Europe 2019, I heard a lot of chat about a band called Thoughts Factory. I’d never heard of them before but when there’s a buzz about a band at this great festival, I tend  Continue Reading »

Auri – Auri – Album Review

Artist: Auri Album Title: Auri Label: Nuclear Blast Date Of Release: 23 March 2018 In all honesty, my love of Nightwish has plummeted over the years to the point where I’ll take a casual listen now and again, but I no longer consider myself much of fan. And that’s coming from a position where I  Continue Reading »

TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc. – ‘The Antithetic Affiliation’ – Album Review

Artist: TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc. Album Title: The Antithetic Affiliation Label: Layered Reality Productions Date Of Release: 22 May 2017 I want to start this review by saying that I owe ‘The Antithetic Affiliation’ a huge debt of thanks. And the reason for this is quite simple: it has reminded me that there is huge  Continue Reading »

Ghost Ship Octavius – Ghost Ship Octavius – Album Review

  Artist: Ghost Ship Octavius Album Title: Ghost Ship Octavius Label: Independent Release Date Of Release: 2015 What I’m about to say might shock you. There are some of you who might even vehemently disagree. But it is true, I can assure you. I am human and I am fallible. I know this for sure  Continue Reading »

Delain – Moonbathers – Album Review

Artist: Delain Album Title: Moonbathers Label: Napalm Records Date Of Release: 26 August 2016 I must apologise for the tardiness of this review. However, I do have my reasons. When I first listened to ‘Moonbathers’, the fifth album from melodic symphonic metallers Delain, I was not overly impressed. I have, over the years, grown tired  Continue Reading »

Memoreve – Insignia – EP Review

Artist: Memoreve Album Title: Insignia EP Label: Independent Release Date Of Release: 21 October 2016 These are the moments that make running this blog so worthwhile. I got into this writing lark over a decade ago to bring great music to the attention of as many people as possible. Ten years later, the goal has  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2015 – Number 18

My Album Of The Year 2015 countdown marches inexorably on and today, I bring you my choice for Number 18. I hope you agree with this choice, it’s a great album. Number 18 AudioPlastik ‘In The Head Of A Maniac’ Bad Elephant Music AudioPlastik is the moniker given to a musical collaboration which will have  Continue Reading »

Half-Way Through 2015 – The Best So Far – Part 1

So far, 2015 has been absolutely huge in terms of the sheer amount of great music that has been released. In fact, the first six months have been ridiculously strong. As such, it is very difficult to bring you my half-way round-up in the normal way – there’s just too much to fit in. And  Continue Reading »

Earthside – Interview Part 1 – “it will defy a lot of expectations in a good way”

It is rare that I undertake an interview with a band about which I know very little. Normally, I have been fortunate enough to hear the album in advance of the interview or, if it’s an established band, I can do my homework and be prepared. In the case of Earthside, they are a new  Continue Reading »

Kamelot – Haven – Album Review

Artist: Kamelot Album Title: Haven Label: Napalm Records Year Of Release: 2015 If I look back around 10-15 years, I had one go-to band for melodic metal: Kamelot. Their albums ‘Karma’ (2001) and ‘Epica’ (2003) remain firm favourites in my collection. The former was actually discovered via a trip to my favourite record store many  Continue Reading »

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