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Album of the Year 2018 – Number 12

Welcome to the latest instalment of my Album of the Year 2018 top 30 countdown. No big introduction today you’ll be pleased to read. As the countdown moves inexorably towards the top 10, there’s just time to remind you that, as always, if you’ve missed any of my previous posts, head down to the bottom  Continue Reading »

Vola – Applause Of A Distant Crowd – Album Review

Artist: Vola Album Title: Applause Of A Distant Crowd Label: Mascot Label Group Date of Release: 12 October 2018 This review is being brought to you via the phrases, ‘whoops’, ‘I dropped the ball’ and ‘nobody’s perfect’ via the school of ‘better late than never’. Yes, I’ve done it again and nearly let another record  Continue Reading »

Aethereus – Absentia – Album Review

Artist: Aethereus Album Title: Absentia Label: Independent Date of Release: 10 August 2018 Aesthesys, Aeon, Aeon Of Horus, Aetherian. The list of bands that insist on having a name that starts with ‘Ae’ is almost never ending. And now you can add another to that significant list – Aethereus. Not only that, but in keeping  Continue Reading »

Still to come in 2018 – Part 4

After a short hiatus to concentrate on a couple of important album reviews, here’s part 4 of my new mini-series where I bring you news of those albums are still to be released during the remainder of 2018. Some have expressed to mew a concern that 2018 has been front-loaded with the best releases, but  Continue Reading »

Live Gig Review: Voyager, Sümer, Temples On Mars – The Borderline, London – 3 July 2018

Artist: Voyager Venue: The Borderline Date: 3 July 2018 If ever I was going to test my ‘Man of Much Metal’ credentials, it was tonight. With England playing a rare knock-out game in the World Cup on the same night, it could have been easy to ditch the gig and find a pub to watch  Continue Reading »

The Fierce And The Dead – The Euphoric – Album Review

Artist: The Fierce And The Dead Album Title: The Euphoric Label: Bad Elephant Music Date of Release: 18 May 2018 I must admit that for all my exploration of progressive-leaning music, the UK’s The Fierce And The Dead have never landed squarely on my radar. Many people I have come to know and respect in  Continue Reading »

Amorphis – Queen Of Time – Album Review

Artist: Amorphis Album Title: Queen Of Time Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 18 May 2018 Just when you think that a band has reached their peak, they come along and prove you wrong. The moral of the story therefore, is never think that a band can’t improve upon a superb release, because they can.  Continue Reading »

Kino – Radio Voltaire – Album Review

Artist: Kino Album Title: Radio Voltaire Label: InsideOut Date Of Release: 23 March 2018 Regular readers of manofmuchmetal.com will know just how much admiration I have for John Mitchell. The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has littered the world of progressive rock with some amazing performances within bands like It Bites, Frost* and Arena, and has  Continue Reading »

Vulture Industries – Stranger Times – Album Review

Artist: Vulture Industries Album Title: Stranger Times Label: Season of Mist Date Of Release: 22 September 2017 ‘Stranger Times’, the fourth album from Norwegian avant-garde metal band Vulture Industries was one album I had little intention in reviewing. When I was given the task of feeding back my thoughts on their sophomore album, ‘The Malefactor’s  Continue Reading »

Threshold – Legends Of The Shires – Album Review

Artist: Threshold Album Title: Legends of the Shires Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 8 September 2017 I still remember, vividly, the first time that I heard UK progressive metal band Threshold. It was the song ‘Falling Away’ from the album ‘Critical Mass’, released in 2002 and I was blown away. The energy, the emotion  Continue Reading »


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