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Amaranthe – The Catalyst – Album Review

Artist: Amaranthe Album Title: The Catalyst Label: Nuclear Blast Records Date of Release: 23 February 2024 I have followed the career of Amaranthe since the very beginning. As a writer for Powerplay Magazine here in the UK, I reviewed their early material, and interviewed the band on more than one occasion. At the outset, you  Continue Reading »

Silent Skies – Dormant – Album Review

Artist: Silent Skies Album Title: Dormant Label: Napalm Records Date of Release: 1 September 2023 “Are you prepared…” These are, fittingly, the first three words that are sung by Tom Englund at the beginning of ‘Construct’. It is the opening composition of ‘Dormant’, the third album from Silent Skies, the collaboration between Englund and Vikram  Continue Reading »

AVKRVST – The Approbation – Album Review

Artist: AVKRVST Album Title: The Approbation Label: InsideOut Music Date of Release: 16 June 2023 OK, I’m going to start this review by tackling the elephant in the room at the outset: the name of the band. It’s hard enough to get noticed and to gain traction in the music world at the best of  Continue Reading »

Crown Lands – Fearless – Album Review

Artist: Crown Lands Album Title: Fearless Label: Spinefarm / Universal Music Canada Date of Release: 31 March 2023 Music is a funny old thing, especially when mixed with the human mind. Put the two together and I swear that it makes less and less sense every day. Take this album as a prime example. A  Continue Reading »

The Anchoret – It All Began With Loneliness – Album Review

Artist: The Anchoret Album Title: It All Began With Loneliness Label: Willowtip Records Date of Release: 23 June 2023 We all like different things, it’s part of being human. There are some people that enjoy eating mushrooms or lamb, others that like football but don’t support Tottenham, and even some that think that crocs are  Continue Reading »

Voyager – Fearless In Love – Album Review

Artist: Voyager Album Title: Fearless In Love Label: Season Of Mist Date of Release: 14 July 2023 What better way to kick-start my writing again, than with the latest album by the band that previously pulled me out of the doldrums during the pandemic? Voyager, and specifically their kind and charismatic frontman Danny Estrin, invited  Continue Reading »

Ray Alder – II – Album Review

Artist: Ray Alder Album Title: II Label: Inside Out Music Date of Release: 9 June 2023 Back in 2019, Ray Alder, one of the most important voices in progressive music released his debut solo album, ‘What The Water Wants’ – that’s if you ignore the albums released around the turn of the Millennium under the  Continue Reading »

Anubis Gate – Interference – Album Review

Artist: Anubis Gate Album Title: Interference Label: No Dust Records Date of Release: 2 June 2023 If you’re anything like me, you’ll have your preferred styles of music that you always gravitate towards. Within the amorphous heading of ‘metal’, the possibilities are almost endless, and I will flit from one style to other on a  Continue Reading »

Dieth – To Hell And Back – Album Review

Artist: Dieth Album Title: To Hell And Back Label: Napalm Records Date of Release: 2 June 2023 When a band is comprised of bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), ex-Decapitated drummer Michał Łysejko, and vocalist/guitarist Guilherme Miranda previously of Entombed A.D. fame, I’d be a silly man to not at least check out their musical offering. The  Continue Reading »

The Ocean – Holocene – Album Review

Artist: The Ocean Album Title: Holocene Label: Pelagic Records Date of Release: 19th May 2023 I’m nothing if not stubborn. Despite never really clicking with Berlin’s The Ocean – or The Ocean Collective to give them their full name – I always show up when a new album is released, in the hope rather than  Continue Reading »


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