The Factory – The Factory

Apparently it caused so much stir in those circles that even Foo Fighter Dave Grohl’s D.C. punk band then, Scream decided to write a song about him called “GLC,”. Safe to say he finally kicked his demons and got clean, sad struggle nonetheless.

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Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky

I guess in a way it works for Blackmore and company, I mean always being the secretive and private person that he was from his more commercial days with his previous bands, the man was a mystery all in itself. As unique and odd as anything you will ever admire, but his guitar playing and musicianship was genius!!!.

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Spires – Spiral Of Ascension

I mentioned Opeth earlier and the Spires sound can be compared in spots to the Swedish greats, although not nearly as complex in songwriting. You’ll notice on tracks like “Equilibrium” and “The Infinite Descent”, a malevolent pounding dark guitar rhythms a little like some old school Psychotic Waltz.

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Ralf Scheepers – Ralf Scheepers

What we have here is a tribute not in a tribute CD kind of way, but in Scheepers paying respect to the greats in his own music that didn’t really fit into the mold of Primal Fear. I notice the duet with Tim Ripper Owens on “Remission of Sin”, not only is it bad ass but it sounds as if Ralf and Ripper we’re singing a duet on a Priest record.

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Heaven’s Edge – Heaven’s Edge

A fine example is the 1989 debut album of Pennsylvania based HEAVEN’S EDGE. These guys had it all and could have easily followed the footsteps of DOKKEN, WHITE LION and BON JOVI, but changes within their major label organization (COLUMBIA RECORDS) made it impossible to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame.

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Tycoon -Turn Out The Lights (Retro Review)

This album has been long considered an obscure gem of AOR by purists of the genre, and the fact that this particular style influenced so many bands around that time it was an easy pick why we chose this release. Now we are able to retouch back with a band that could of been so much more only if the cards had been played right..

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