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Messiah’s Kiss – Prayer for the Dying

Germans with a Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Accept fixation is not exactly a shock. Read More »

Fear Factory: Concrete …Everything Old Is New, Eventually

Back to the beginnings of Fear Factory with Concrete Read More »

Whitesnake – Live… In The Heart Of The City

I’ve previously stated that I love live CD’s. Whitesnake Live… In The Heart Of The City is no exception. In fact, this is one of my all-time favorite live CD’s. No, scratch that. It is one of my top 10 or so favorite CD’s, period. After all I went through to get it, you’d think the experience has been dulled. ... Read More »

Def Leppard – X

Def Leppard - X ...a welcome return of the prime of the Def Leppard. Read More »

Jucifer – I Name You Destroyer

It’s heavy and fun, with killer riffs and an enormous bottom end for a band without a bass player. Read More »

Vanderhoof-Blur in Time

You have a second tier metal band that is in total chaos thanks to an unstable lead singer. So what do you do? Read More »

Rhapsody – Power of the Dragonflame

“Power of the Dragonflame” is the fourth full-length album by this Italian outfit. Whether or not you might like this album depends on how you would react to a band that I’d describe as sounding something like a cross between Yngwie Malmsteen and the operatic bits of Queen. Describing themselves as “Symphonic Epic Hollywood Metal”, Rhapsody play what I would ... Read More »

Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One – Space Metal

Star One is a new project by the Holland’s Arjen Lucassen, the man behind Ayreon. Like Ayreon, the album features several vocalists, Russell Allen from Symphony X, Damian Wilson from Threshold, Floor Jansen from After Forever, and Dan Swanö. No big name guests like Fish or Bruce Dickenson this time, though. This album sees Arjen steering more towards melodic metal ... Read More »

Rush – Vapor Trails

I’ve been a fan of Rush since the beginning of the 80s. One of the great bands of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Rush had been on hold for several years while drummer and lyricist Neil Peart recovered from being devastated by the deaths of both his wife and his daughter within a few months of each other. While bandmates ... Read More »

Muse – Hullaballoo

Unlike most of the stuff I buy nowadays, this is an album by a fashionable young band who’s members weren’t even born when I started collecting records. Hullabaloo is a double album, the first disk made up of collection of b-sides, while the second is taken two live concerts at “Le Zenith” in Paris last October. First, the b-sides collection; ... Read More »