Album Reviews

Steve Hackett – Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth (Special Edition)

Released by Inside/Out Music – 2010 Review Added March 28, 2010 Discography: 14 Releases with Genesis (1970-77) 2 Releases with GTR (1986-87) 22 Solo Releases (1970-present) 12 Live albums Released – April 30, 2010 Running Time: 46:00 Musical Style: Progressive Rock Links: http://www.stevehackett.com/ Tracklist 1. Fire on the Moon** 2. Nomads** 3. Emerald and Ash […]

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Auras – New Generation

The sound they have created is pure early eighties AOR music that brings back vivid memories of bands like JOURNEY, SURVIVOR, FOREIGNER and TOTO just to name a few. I would personally compare the band closer to JOURNEY though, mainly because the album is biased more toward the ballad aspect of things and also the vocalist GIU OLIVER has an uncanny knack of sounding very similar to the legend that is STEVE PERRY when he wants to.

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Jon Oliva’s Pain – Festival

Legendary vocalist Jon Oliva of Savatage fame has been around a long time by metal standards, the beginning of Savatage and the turbulence road and personal battles that the band had endured during tough times could of been enough for any regular person to just quit and stop playing music all together. In Jon Oliva’s case, he has continue to produce his staple theatrical metal with his own band “Jon Oliva’s Pain”.

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DesDemon – The Awakening (EP)

We are always please to discover new bands via demo tracks and ep’s, hence we welcome this time the sample EP from Desdemon, a New York city based group with a blend of different styles ranging from thrash metal to dark and progressive to gothic. Interesting that we feature here the strong metal vocals of Mistress Tina, lead front lady for the band. As we all know the symphonic metal genre has quite a few front ladies, and the usual trend there is the operatic and theatrical vocals of each of them…

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Krokus – Hoodoo

As unbelievable as it may sound, KROKUS have been around for over thirty years. Of course it took a few albums before current vocalist MARC STORACE took the helm, but from that moment on the band’s brand of AC/DC inspired boogie rock took shape and hasn’t really deviated since.

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Brian Howe – Circus Bar

In the chorus of the opening track on CIRCUS BAR, BRIAN HOWE comments “I’m Back, And I Want You To Notice”. Well, mission accomplished Mr Howe, welcome back. Boy, it really has been a long time since we have heard from BRIAN HOWE, his last solo release TANGLED IN BLUE was released way back in 1997, it was re-released in 2003 as TOUCH but was still the same album.
Before that, he of course recorded a handful of highly successful albums as the second lead singer in legendary group BAD COMPANY…

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Helix – Vagabond Bones

I guess if you have never heard of Helix then you have been living under a rock somewhere. The legendary Canadian Hard Rock outfit who has been around since the 70’s, returns once again with it’s 12th full length studio album and 21st album released overall. It contains performances from members of the 80’s Helix lineup: Brian Vollmer, Brent Doerner, Daryl Gray, and Greg Hinz, as well as former member and co-producer Sean Kelly.

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Charlemagne – Charlemagne

I’m a sucker for lost music or tracks that have never seen the light of day, and personally I think that re capturing the spirit of a band’s years later can bring a whole new light to the music, and further expose some great and vastly underrated bands that never made it big as so many did in the early days of glam and metal in Hollywood. In this instance American based Eonian Records has been doing a markup job of releasing archival music from some old school hard rock and metal releases from that time period, here we feature one in Charlemagne.

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White Lightning – As Midnight Approaches/Paradise….At A Price

ATTENTION RE-ISSUE LABELS……. – THIS is how you do a collectors edition. This package not only includes the band’s first album …AS MIDNIGHT APPROACHES complete with five bonus demo tracks attached to the end of it, it also included for the first time ever, the previously unreleased second album by the band called PARADISE…AT A PRICE, which also features six bonus demo tracks and a bonus live track. So that’s 34 tracks in all, wrapped up in a comprehensive & informative booklet complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs.

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Marshall Law – Power Game (Reissue)

Marshall Law’s sophomore album POWER GAMES was originally released back in 1993. At the time of the release, NWOBHM had been and gone and was making way for the German and American thrash metal that would dominate the metal landscape for the next decade or so. Unfortunately, due to this, the album didn’t sell too many copies worldwide, but did find a strong fan base in Japan where it sold 70,000 copies and landed at number 6 in the national rock charts.