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Temperance – Diamanti Review

Unsurprisingly, due to their ever-consistent release pattern, one such band with a highly anticipated new album for me was Italian melodic metal band Temperance, who has been a personal favorite ever since the release of their self-titled debut back in 2014. For the first few years of their existence, the band only showed signs of improving with age, hitting a massive peak in 2018 with their fourth release Of Jupiter and Moons. I wasn’t sure how they could top that one or its predecessor The Earth Embraces Us All, and sure enough their previous release, Viridian, was their first album I would consider a disappointment. It was still a great album, to be sure, but compared to their past releases it felt like they had oversimplified their sound a bit, like they were falling to the level of similar bands like Amaranthe and Metalite, instead of surpassing them as usual. With their recently released sixth full-length album, Diamanti, the band has mostly returned to form, not quite matching their best efforts, but still putting out a fantastic album that fully showcases their talents.

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Rhapsody of Fire – Glory for Salvation Review

Despite my issues with the title track and a few odd decisions here and there, I still greatly enjoy Glory for Salvation, and consider it as yet another excellent Rhapsody of Fire release, as well as one of their better albums to date. It’s a very diverse album, with many different sounds and many different moods, and it does an excellent job of showcasing Giocomo Voli’s vocals, as well as Alex Staropoli’s keys and symphonic arrangements. Songwriting is generally excellent, performances are excellent across the board, and there’s a good amount of variety to it, that fans of the band with different tastes should all find something to like here.

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Burning Point – Arsonist of the Soul Review

Overall, Arsonist of the Soul is a very fun, high energy power metal album with consistently impressive songwriting and performances throughout, to help make it my favorite Burning Point album to date. New singer Luca Sturniolo shows great promise overall, and while I think he has some room to improve, he fits the band’s sound very nice, and I think in the future he could prove to be the perfect fit for the band. As is, this album is a very easy recommendation for any power metal fan looking for some mostly classic sounding Euro power metal, with a few modern touches here and there.

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Manimal – Armageddon Review

There are some albums where after hearing them multiple times, I’ll continuously go back to revisit either one particular track or a sequence of tracks, and be left thinking to myself how much more I’d like the entire album if everything else could reach that same level. This happened to me with Purgatorio, the previous release by Swedish heavy/power metal band Manimal, with its super strong opening track “Black Plague” in particular bowling me over, and while the rest of that album was solid, the second half largely lost my attention and left me wishing I enjoyed it even half as much as the first few tracks. When I saw the band getting ready to release their next album, I was hoping they could release an album where everything impressed me, but suffice to say, their fourth and latest full length album, Armageddon, has given me the same feeling as its immediate predecessor.

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Jeff Scott Soto – The Duets Collection Volume 1 Review

Jeff Scott Soto has been going strong for three decades and still has such a powerful voice. Despite the lack of touring due to Covid, which is something he has done most of his career, he has managed to keep himself busy making music, doing online performances with various musicians, and making this album. He truly is one of the unsung heroes of the music world who deserves far more recognition and respect for his talents than he gets. I know with TSO and Sons of Apollo he’s getting his name out there more and more, but his name should be spoken in every household all over the world. As should the folks he has on The Duets Collection Volume 1. Not only does he have amazing singers involved, but his band is incredible as well. Some may scoff at this as just another Hits package retooled under different auspices. Maybe you’re right to a degree, but these performances are brilliant and deserve to be checked out.

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Heartland – Into The Future Review

Those who are already fans, they’re back!! New to Heartland? You need to get Into The Future if you love AOR Melodic Hard Rock because this is top-notch stuff right here. This is well worth a decade’s wait. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another decade for more. 

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The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II Review

There is something to be said for consistency and no band has consistently continued to not only release continuously excellent material but seemingly find ways to top themselves time and time again better than those party-loving, wine-drinking, lovers of life The Night Flight Orchestra. Returning with their 5th release and the stunning follow-up to Aeromantic (2020) is the sequel entitled Aeromantic II.

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DeVience – Dangers of Double Dealing & Exclusive London Show

Output from the band may be rare (for many reasons over the last couple of years) but this track suggests there is fire in the belly to make this work and hopefully more music, more shows and the level of recognition that the lads deserve is forthcoming. 

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The Professionals – SNAFU – Review

Genre: Classic Punk Rock Label: JPT Records Released: Out Now Members:  Paul Cook , Drums Tom Spencer , Guitar \ Vocals Toshi JC Ogawa , Bass Tracklisting: Easily Lead Gold and Truthful Spike Me Baby Punk Rock and a Hard Place M’Ashes Heartburn Never Say Never So No Go The Elegant Art of Falling Apart […]