Album Reviews

Joop Wolters – False Poetry

JOOP WOLTERS’ blend of speedy shredding mixed with jazz fusion and sprinkled with a bit of classical inspired stuff is very easy on the ears and is a guitarist’s wet dream. Seriously, this is one of those albums that you listen to and then decide to hang your guitar up in shame as there is so much technicality here that it just shouldn’t be possible for one man to be so versatile…

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Ben Levin Group – Pulse Of A Nation

The latest oddity to come across my desk is a largely instrumental album from the BEN LEVIN GROUP, who were formed of all places at the Berkley School Of Music, which as a lot of you would know gave us the almighty Dream Theater. So as you can imagine, instrumentation is the main course here and I’ll tell you now that these guys are very highly skilled on a technical level…

Album Reviews

Heavenfall – 7 Sins

This often over-indulgence of keyboard does work well in places and really adds a cinematic and melodic wall of sound to songs that may otherwise just sound like standard power metal fare, but at times it can feel a little like overkill and makes the product as a whole seem a little too electronic to be a natural metal album…

Album Reviews

Illuminatus – Glasnost

One of the best written release of the early year as I felt like I was listening to a soundtrack to one’s own emotional journey of self revelation and realization of the world “out there”. Is obvious these guys make music with intend to strike a strong emotion in each song, you add the war machine heavy guitar arrangement and the ferocious vocals of Taylor and you have quite a combination.