Album Reviews

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.

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Heavy Metal Kids – Hit The Right Button Plus (Reissue)

In 2003, U.K power poppers HEAVY METAL KIDS released their comeback album HIT THE RIGHT BUTTON, which was their first release since the 1976 album KITSCH. At the time of the album’s release, it was heralded as a critical success and saw long time HMK fans screaming from the rooftops about how good it was.

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Aspera – Ripples

Ahh, my first prog metal review for 2010…. Prog metal is always an interesting genre to write about as the term itself has gotten wider and wider, and fans have become even more loyal to the genre than in the past.
The main problem though is where to draw the line of calling something progressive music. Some die hard fans think that all prog music must be odd time signatures and general weirdness, and on the hand are the people that are more forgiving in genre description and willing toaccept more artists as prog metal…

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Stop the World – Feeding on the Empty

The streets of South Philadelphia welcome newcomers Stop The World unto the hard rock scene, blending a nice mash up of hard rock grittiness and toughness to the much needed US hard rock avenue. The grunge groovy kick back style that the band presents here on their debut record “Feeding on the Empty” is a breath of fresh air with a genre crowded with weak links and lackluster bands. Leading on vocals is main man Bert Lapore, lending a hand on guitar is the talented duo of Joe Fortino and newly member Tommy Greco.

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Dream Evil – In The Night

Since their stellar 2002 debut album DRAGONSLAYER, DREAM EVIL have slowly taken a fair amount of the power metal sound out of their music and adapted a more traditional heavy metal style. While for the most part this has worked for them, there is a pretty decent amount of the power metal fan base that have since wiped their hands of the band. Hopefully those folks at least give the new album IN THE NIGHT a fair go, as it’s definitely worthy of some attention.

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Worlds Apart – Clean Slate

World’s Apart has been around recording and performing surprisingly since the early 90’s and have delivered some strong material in the past. The San Francisco Bay are rockers are no strangers to the limelight, they have had the privilege to support many national acts such as Dokken, Y&T, Night Ranger, and Firehouse to name a few. Now as part of the top selling artists on their record label Perris Records, the guys return with their 4th CD name “Clean Slate”.