Plector – Dark & Spiteful

Well I’ll say from the outset that I did like most of this album, but originality isn’t the bands strong point and we’ve really heard this stuff all before heaps of times. But luckily for them they do have point number two sorted out. See, where they differ from most bands in the death metal genre is they don’t take themselves too seriously. ..

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Hell In The Club – Let The Games Begin

What kind of monster do you create when you take two of Italy’s most predominant power metal and progressive bands and put them together in one room? Hard Rock ala 80’s? Really? I didn’t see this one coming out from by rear view mirror at all, I mean Avenue of Allies always releases good bands in Melodic Rock/AOR but to have this interesting set of talent together in one project?

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Illuminatus – Glasnost

One of the best written release of the early year as I felt like I was listening to a soundtrack to one’s own emotional journey of self revelation and realization of the world “out there”. Is obvious these guys make music with intend to strike a strong emotion in each song, you add the war machine heavy guitar arrangement and the ferocious vocals of Taylor and you have quite a combination.

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Stratovarius – Elysium

Who knew right? Maybe a come back album and perhaps their best since “Destiny” and “Infinite” for sure. I guess once you put all the crap behind you you still remember is all about the music and the fans and I hope Strato never forgets that message since they still have a very loyal fan base.

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Clandestine – The Invalid

The main focus point of the band is the female fronted vocals of June Park who does have a resounding voice and very strong vocals. I have always said any lady that wants to play in a metal band and takes the vocal duties, truly has a pair because it takes some guts to go out and hang with the boys.

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Ten – Stormwarning

As any fans of the band knows for such classics albums like “Spellbound” and “The Name Of The Rose” are timeless classics in the genre. But as much as the great music has been a key point, the revolving door of line up changes and split ups had laid a foundation of uncertainty over the band for years.

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Coldspell – Out From The Cold

If fans of Hard Rock can remember in 2005 the Swedish band Coldpsell released their debut record “Infinite Stargaze” and landed a bucket list of solid reviews then, leaving some to want more of their brewing styles of classic 70’s and 80’s classic hard rock/aor rock.

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