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Vanden Plas – Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II Review

Seems like concept albums are all the rage right now, but the latest release from German prog-metal band Vanden Plas is the most ambitious one I’ve seen in quite a while! As you can see by the title and track listing this is a direct continuation of their previous album COTI-Netherworld I” and you the listener are dropped right into this.

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Blackmore’s Night – All our Yesterdays Review

All Our Yesterdays, the tenth studio album from folk rock band Blackmore’s Night introduces the listener to their distinctive sound with the title track which manifests the sounds of Singer Candices’ Russian origins. Although it’s a catchy folk tune it wouldn’t be the greatest opener in my opinion.

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Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live Review

Life looks pretty good in the Joel Hoekstra camp these days. Having last year replaced Doug Aldrich in Whitesnake, and then laying down his wizardry on The Purple Album, he’s now about to release his fourth solo album Dying To Live. So I think it’s fair to say that the Chicago man is well entitled to wear a grin as wide as a church door. The former Nightranger guitarist took on a massive creative role in this process, by handling production duties and overseeing song arrangement. Hoekstra has worn his melodic hard rock influences firmly on his sleeve by also looking after the song writing duties.

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Praying Mantis – Legacy Review

Another line-up change in and Praying Mantis are back with their 10th studio album ‘Legacy’. Featuring 11 tracks of melodic hard rock the beast is certainly unleashed. Featuring new vocalist Jaycee Cuijpers and drummer Hans In’t Zandtnew dimensions have been added to this album giving it a whole new flavour in comparison to previous projects and rightly so, this is definitely a well-practiced and matured band that know their instruments.

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Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen Review

A country famed for its butter cookies and mass consumption of pork, Denmark has never been renowned for churning out commercially successful rock/metal bands. As far as that genre goes, former tennis protégé and Metallica bucket banger, Lars Ulrich, remains their most famous export. But back in the 90’s, a progressive minded bunch of Danes called Royal Hunt; a band founded by ivory tickler Andre Andersen, achieved a generous amount of success with the Moving Target and Paradox albums. After a conveyor belt of changes in personal, notably in the vocal department, a welcome stability has returned to the band with singer DC Cooper flexing his tonsils on new album Devil’s Dozen, their thirteenth and his third since his return in 2011.

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Trixter – Human Era Review

After 25 years of making records, and coming off the back of successful comeback album ‘New Audio Machine’, bubbly rock ‘n’ rollers Trixter return with their latest release ‘Human Era’. This album delivers a host of powerful, yet modern, new material akin to their earlier workings, with influenced sprinklings of a few 80’s mainstays to top it off.

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Whitesnake – The Purple Album Review

Last year a grey cloud hung over the Whitesnake camp following the departure of guitarist Doug Aldrich. Thankfully, a year on that cloud has turned to a healthy purple glow, thanks to some prompting from David Coverdale’s’ missus. What had started as a possible Blackmore/Coverdale venture, eventually collapsed and the legendary vocalist was ready to let it go. But wife Cindy intervened, and hubby done as he was told. And The Purple Album is now reborn and ready to fly. Back in 1973 Coverdale was given the hugely daunting task of replacing the irreplaceable Ian Gillian in Deep Purple.

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Impellitteri – Venom Review

It’s been six years now since Impellitteri released their last album, the critically acclaimed Wicked Maiden. A heck of a long time to wait for any album, but this is Chris Impellitteri folks, a man who defines the word perfection. Since their self titled EP in 1987, their world renowned shredder has been awarded just about every accolade from numerous guitar magazines, including fastest guitar player in the world.