Over the past few years Belgian guitarist/songwriter Dushan Petrossi has had great success with his heavy/power metal band Iron Mask, and for a while it seemed he was focusing all his attention on that one group, much to the disappointment of fans of his other highly regarded project Magic Kingdom. After releasing the massively entertaining but also greatly flawed third album Symphony of War, an album somewhat plagued by over ambition, it seemed the project had been put on hold for a while, potentially forever, but recently Dushan decided to continue with it, and so fans can now finally look forward a fourth album, titled Savage Requiem. After several listens, I can say it’s certainly worth the wait.
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.
I’ll be completely honest and say off the bat…I’d never heard of Robben Ford before listening to this CD. Some of you will be asking ‘Where exactly have you been?’ I’m asking myself the exact same question. While listening to this, his follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville, I decided to do a bit of digging. What I turned up astounded me. How had I not heard Robben Ford before?
The constantly evolving Heavy Metal scene in Melbourne, Australia just seems to keep on giving, and it seems like it’s every other week these days where another band will crop up and release something worthy of the world stage. Although the seeds for DIREBLAZE were sown back in 2009 where they began life as a SLAYER tribute band, before quickly realizing they had the ability and will to create original music, and though they have been a pretty regular feature in the local live scene for a few years now, 2015 sees the release of their debut self-titled album.
Since the release of a handful of demos in 2003, Australian Black Metallers DROWNING THE LIGHT have been flying the CVLT flag and making huge waves throughout the underground scene across the globe. As well as becoming one of the most respected bands in the genre, they have also been one of the busiest with a discography of full albums, E.P’s, demos, cassettes, compilations and splits that dwarfs most bands twice their age. I will not pretend to have heard them all, though I have heard quite a few.
Before you delve any further into this review, let me say right off the bat that this album isn’t for everyone. Regular readers of MGM will note that the site generally steers away from anything that can be classified in some way as ‘core’, especially when another word is combined with it to create the contentious title of “metalcore”. But due to my overwhelming desire to keep you guys up to date with all of the great things the Australian rock & metal scene is doing these days I am more than happy to go a little out of the boundaries when I feel that something is worthy of a mention.
Over the course of the three albums they have now released, CHAOS DIVINE have been adjusting their musical approach from what began as a pretty typical Melodic Death Metal groove on their debut AVALON, to a more Progressive Metal approach on the 2011 follow-up THE HUMAN CONNECTION, and now with their third release, the crowd-funded COLLIDING SKIES, a sort of Modern Heavy Rock/Prog Rock/Prog Metal hybrid.
It isn’t too common to find a power/folk metal hybrid anymore, but one country that has proven reliable for this style in recent years is Italy. Obviously, the leaders in that field are Elvenking, but over the past few years, up and coming band Vexillum have proven themselves to be quite the force as well. They emerged in 2004 under the name Shadow Vexillum, but never really took off until 2011, when they released their debut The Wandering Notes, which showed a ton of promise.
If you were to catch me by surprise and ask me right now who my vote for new band of the year would be, I would have little or no hesitation in telling you RavenEye. The Milton Keynes based blues rock trio are made up of singer and guitarist Oli Brown, drummer Kev Hickman and bassist and Aussie native Aaron Spiers.