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Mar 25, 2015
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The Gentle Storm – “The Diary” (2015)

Label: Inside Out Music

Review by Tony Cannella

Arjen Anthony Lucassen is never one to stay silent for long. The guy has so much music in him that he has carved out an iconic career for himself. From Ayreon to Star One, Stream of Passion and beyond. Each project is different from the last and he has never repeated himself. His latest musical endeavor finds him paired up with vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen for a band called The Gentle Storm. Their debut is titled “The Diary” and is another masterpiece from this talented Dutch multi-instrumentalist.

“The Diary” comes as a two disc set featuring two different versions the album. The first disc is a more laid-back (or Gentle) version the album whilst the second disc is the Storm version which features heavier more up-tempo renditions of the songs. Continue reading »

Mar 24, 2015
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Nocean – “Based on a Lie” EP (2015)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Sweden, Nocean is a melodic hard rock/metal band that plays, well… melodic hard rock and/or metal. Their debut EP is out now. “Based on a Lie” is the title and it is a fairly potent 16-minutes of straight-forward, in-your-face metal-ness.

The fist pumping opener “Promise” gets us off to a rocking start. “Counting the Hours” is slower in tempo but has a great riff running through it. “Causing Chaos” opens with a classic metal power riff before settling into a steady groove with a heavy-as-hell bass-line. “Based on a Lie” is completed by the commanding “Intervene”. Like the opener, this is a great way to close the record. Continue reading »

Mar 21, 2015
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Viper Solfa – “Carving an Icon” (2015)

Label: Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Viper Solfa is a band made up of some the best Norwegian metal musicians. They were formed in 2013 by Ronny Thorsen from Trail of Tears and they have just released their debut album, “Carving An Icon” via Massacre Eecords. In addition to Mr. Thorsen, the band is completed by female vocalist Sphinx (Ram-Zet, Endling), guitarist Morfeus (Mayhem, Limbonic Art), bassist Endre Moe (Trail of Tears) and drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (Trail of Tears).

The 52-minute disc kicks off with the relentless “Deranged”. Ronny Thorsen’s fierce vocals remain intact and joining him is female vocalist Sphinx who eschews the usual method of the operatic vocals in favor of a more melodic mid-range style. This in fact works extremely well. Continue reading »

Mar 14, 2015
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Unseelie – “Urban Fantasy” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

“Urban Fantasy” is the title of the debut full-length album from France’s Unseelie. The band plays symphonic gothic metal which is of a very high quality. The band is an excellent example of why the female fronted metal world is thriving. Drawing from influences such as Lacuna Coil, Tristania and The 3rd and the Mortal, Unseelie has managed to create an epic, multi-tiered debut.

“Urban Fantasy” is an ambitious album that is divided into three sections the first is Biocide which features the first three songs “Strangers”, “Quantify Your Soul” and “The City Feeds on You”. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is the title of the next section and begins with the excellently melodic and melancholic “Frontier” This song goes through tempo changes and there is a big bombastic feel to it which is really cool. Continue reading »

Mar 13, 2015
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Temperance – “Limitless” (2015)

Label: Scarlet Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Formed in 2013 in Italy, the melodic metal band Temperance released their debut self-titled full-length in 2014. They have now returned with their sophomore effort entitled “Limitless” and the results are exquisite.

Temperance utilizes three distinctive vocal styles. Chiara provides soaring female vocals and she is accompanied by more aggressive male vocals AND a pure metal male voice. I would compare them to a band like Amaranthe. Both musically and vocally they have similar styles and both are awesome. The album begins with a children’s choir which opens up “Oblivion”. The mid-tempo melodicism of the excellent track “Amber & Fire” is next. This song has a great groove and a killer guitar solo. “Save Me” has a strong keyboard presence but that doesn’t keep the song from being heavy. Continue reading »

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