Jayce Landberg – Good Sleepless Night

Eric Jayce Landberg may not be a name that you instantly recognize, but on his new album released on Escape Music GOOD SLEEPLESS NIGHT, he has managed to enlist the help of vocalists Goran Edman and Mark Boals, both who are better known for their respective stints as lead vocalists for Yngwie Malmsteen. So who is this guy then?

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Hellfueled – Emission of Sins

The fourth installment from Swedish Metallers Hellfueled comes to the forefront after taking a short break from extensive touring with bands such as Mustasch, Saxon, Europe, Masterplan, etc over the last years. In case you didn’t know the rich story of Hellfueled can be traced back to the early 1990’s as kids mere kids jamming together Jocke and Andy found a natural thing in common, playing old school heavy metal.

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Firenote – Firenote

A flame has been lit in the cold corners of Finland by newcomer Firenote!!!. Blasting into the scene with a hungry approach and vivacious hooks and melodies that will make other fans of the genre over zealous. Not traditionally known for mainstream Melodic Hard Rock is this lovely country, which is why often times the best music can be found in spots where the music of choice is significantly different. We know Symphonic sensations like Brother Firetribe, Leverage, Nightwish, etc

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Edge of Forever – Another Paradise

Italian AOR band EDGE OF FOREVER have never been a band short on line-up changes, and with new album ANOTHER PARADISE the changes are the biggest yet. Walter Caliaro comes in to replace previous guitarist Matteo Carnio, but the biggest change is that the bands highly-skilled keyboard maestro Alessandro Del Vecchio has taken on a dual role by becoming the bands lead vocalist. It is a move that seems to have paid off well for EDGE OF FOREVER because Del Vecchio’s melodic and soulful voice is perfect for this type of music.

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Sora – Desire and Truth

Guitar virtuosos are few and far in between, the typical trend amongst them is usually their roles as mere instrumentalists, many which never get a chance to play with an actual band and have their intake into a full band’s collective and creative process. Erol Sora founder and guitarist for the band Sora, took matters into his own band and created the band and released the self title debut “Demented Hour” in 2006…

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Keel – Streets of Rock and Roll

For those of you who we’re too young to remember, Keel was found by former (Steeler) vocalist Ron Keel. Soon thereafter they marked their territory and claimed ground when when “The Right To Rock,” their major label debut produced by Gene Simmons of KISS, became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Records’ history. They went on to garnish some well claim popularity but despite the fact they have sold over 2 million records,

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Royal Hunt – X

The term “going strong” is usually deemed for bands that are alive and kicking and keep producing material long after the peek of their careers. In this case we are talking about Royal Hunt, who is in a unique position that many bands finds themselves into, trying to use pieces of the old formula to fit the new influences to make something creatively successful. Let me start off by admittedly saying that one of my favorite and most influential albums of all time for me was Royal Hunt’s – Paradox album…

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Gamma Ray – To The Metal

The legends of Power Metal are back with their 10th studio album, Kai Hansen and the boys of Gamma Ray are back stronger then ever bringing back the sound that have helped put their staple on the genre. From the days in Helloween, to his career in Gamma Ray, one thing you could count on from Kai is the heavy bottom speed metal trademark that makes these Germans so dependable and consistent.

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Sinbreed -When Worlds Collide

German power metal act SINBREED first came to be in 2000 under the moniker of NEOSHINE when guitarist FLO LAURIN began recording some stuff he was working on. Over the course of the next few years more members were added, a couple of demos were recorded and then in 2009 the band changed its name and began working on what will be their debut album WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

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The Murder of My Sweet – Divanity

The Murder of My Sweet has certainly gathered plenty of publicity attention from Melodic Rock giants Frontiers Records which is notoriously known for the many superb Melodic Rock and AOR groups, so I was waiting patiently and anxiously for this release, as it dwells into the Symphonic and Gothic metal realms. Of course one of the high points of interests here is the gorgeous leading lady Angelica Rylin, but don’t let the looks fool you, is not all eye candy,

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Hansel – Never Say Die

Australia might be better know in a musical sense by pub rock bands like AC/DC, ROSE TATTOO and recently AIRBOURNE, but that hasn’t stopped Newcastle glam rockers HANSEL from trying to take on the world. The style is a mixture of MOTLEY CRUE, POISON, WIG WAM and some GUNS N ROSES and any fans of those bands will feel right at home with this album.

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Painside – Dark World Burden

Brazil will be forever known amongst the rock & metal community as the birthplace of the almighty Sepultura. Sure there’s been a handful of other great bands, but Max and co. have been the main exports. Stepping in for their turn is all-new band PAINSIDE. I went into listening to this album knowing absolutely nothing about the band minus the small bio they have on their Myspace.

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On The Rise – Dream Zone

Hailing from Norway, Terje Eide (lead & background vocals, guitars) started in the music industry at the very young age of 16. He started in some local music contests and later join some recognizable bands in the region working his way to what eventually was a demo recorded in 2001, which peaked the interest of Frontiers Records. Since then On the Rise released the self title debut which went on to receive critical acclaim and now we have the follow up “Dream Zone”.

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