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Descendant – Pass The Ammunition

PASS THE AMMO is a mixture of classic sounding heavy metal, modern hard rock and grunge that is very rock based but has a slightly harder edge that gives it some metal cred. You may think that trying to merge all of these styles into one would end up sounding a little underdeveloped and messy, and unfortunately you’d be right…

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The Rods – Vengeance

As far as Dio’s guest vocals on “The Code”, you’ll get what you know will get just Dio singing like his usual surprisingly the song itself sounds a bit some of RJD ‘s material from “Killing The Dragon”. A nice addition if you’re a Dio fan but there’s more the meets the eye to this Rods album even with the name Dio attached to this one tune.

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Cult Of The Fox – The Sea Beneath The Sand

The execution however isn’t quite as good as I would have hoped and the fact is they still sound like a band in its early stages. The biggest complaint I have here with the vocals, which just simply sound too raw and under-developed for my ears personally…

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Stargazery – Eye On The Sky

So I must say it’s very refreshing to be able to consider this album as pure and simple good old HEAVY METAL. Sure, there are some power metal and melodic metal elements here, but both of those genres stemmed from traditional metal anyway. For comparisons look no further than DIO, ASTRAL DOORS and Tony Martin era BLACK SABBATH…

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Conflicted – Never Be Tamed

While progressive metal is most certainly the backbone of the CONFLICTED sound, they also know how important it is to keep a melodic flow throughout a song, so while there are flashes here and there of technical virtuosity it is not laid on too thick as to turn less technical minded folk away. There is a strong power metal element here too, but once again it is never laid on too thick and just helps accentuate the overall sound…

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Los Bastardos Finlandeses – Saved By Rock ‘n’ Roll

If imitation is still the greatest form of flattery, then it’s quite obvious that LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES must love MOTORHEAD a lot. The simple fact is that everything about this album reminds me of something you would usually hear from Lemmy and co…

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Eden’s Curse – Trinity

Now we have the band’s third release in “Trinity” and some welcoming new things pop in place here and one is undoubtedly the voice of James Labrie (Dream Theater) vocalist and guest Helloween singer Andi Deris on “Black Widow”. Labrie doesn’t just guest on one track, he lends backing vocals on the entire CD

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Carlos Lichman – Genocide

The tracks are all heavy metal based once again sounding a bit like a Yngwie Mamlsteen record without any vocals. He combines the backbone of thrash metal with the technical proficiency of progressive metal and adds some pure speed metal for good measure, which leads me to another comparison to the eighties band CACOPHONY..

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Jag Panzer – The Scourge Of The Light

JAG PANZER have returned with their first full-length album since the well-received 2004 long player CASTING THE STONES and while truthfully it’s pretty much more of the same, THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGHT is an album sure to please fans of the band and make a few waves in the traditional metal and power metal circles throughout the year…