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Oct 31, 2014
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Will Wallner & Vivien Vain – “Rising” (2012)

Label: Metal Mind Productions

Review by Tony Cannella

Wallner & Vain is the collaborative hard rock/metal project put together by English guitarist Will Wallner (former White Wizzard ) and Croatian power house vocalist Vivien Vain. Despite both being from Europe, Wallner and Vain met in America and secured a star studded line-up of guest musicians for their debut, “Rising”.

While “Rising” boasts a ton of talent, the most important thing is the material and fortunately the songs are definitely well written and recorded. Each song stands on its own and with the likes of the Appice brothers on drums, Tony Franklin, Rudy Sarzo and Derek Sherinian to name a few, how could you go wrong. Throughout the 38-minute disc, Wallner & Vain delivers 9-songs worth of some guitar-driven classic style hard rock and metal. Will Wallner certainly brings back the guitar hero vibe that is missing from so much current metal. Continue reading »

Oct 28, 2014
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Ashes to Ashes – “Bordeline” (2013)

Label: Underground Symphony

Review by Tony Cannella

We always mention how the country of Italy is becoming the epicenter for female fronted bands. Well, the band Ashes to Ashes are a bit different than the majority of Femme Metal bands coming from that part of the world. Instead of the usual symphonic, gothic metal styles Ashes to Ashes are an Alternative metal band from Genova, Italy. The band were founded in 2010 and in 2012 flew to New York to record their debut album as well as play some shows and even found the time to film their first video for the opening track – and one of the standout tunes, “Alice’s Song”.

Ashes to Ashes are fronted by Marta Vassallo who alternates between a clean singing voice and really aggressive growling vocals. Continue reading »

Oct 27, 2014
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While Heaven Wept – “Suspended At Aphelion” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

From Virginia, While Heaven Wept has existed since 1991. As they have done throughout their career, their 5th album “Suspended At Aphelion” merges different genres and influences to create an open canvas with a lot of scope and depth.

I love progressive music, especially progressive metal, but even I have to admit that it can be a crapshoot. There are a lot of cool bands out there in the genre and While Heaven Wept is one of the better ones I’ve heard in recent years. Of course to label them as a strictly progressive would be short sighted, they also incorporate other elements from the metal spectrum. “Suspended At Aphelion” features guest spots from guitarist Victor Arduini a founding member of the great Connecticut progressive metal band Fates Warning and drummer Mark Zonder formerly of Fates Warning and formerly and currently of Warlord. Continue reading »

Oct 26, 2014
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Forever Still – “Breaking Free” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Forever Still is a melodic hard rock band with a decidedly fierce metal edge. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark the band was formed in 2009 and in the time that they have been together, they have already been receiving positive press and recognition. After listening to their debut 4-song EP, it is easy to see why.

So we begin with “The Key”. It opens with a bit of electronic music before the heavy guitars come in. My first impression is the singer Maja. She’s got a truly captivating voice. Near the end of the song comes this hell-ish screaming vocal part from Maja, which is quite impressive. “The Last Day” is a solid mid-tempo number with another bit of screaming from Maja. It is really disarming because it seemingly comes out of nowhere. Continue reading »

Oct 23, 2014
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Meden Agan – “Lacrima Dei” (2014)

Label: No Remorse Records

Review by Tony Cannella

“Lacrima Dei” is the 3rd album Greece’s symphonic metallers Meden Again. “Lacrima Dei” sees lead vocalist Maya making her debut with the band as she replaces Iliana who now fronts Enemy of Reality.

First off, the addition of Maya seems to be a really good decision. Her voice fits in well with the bands intricate musical arrangements and the few songs where she is paired with a male vocalist are some of the highlights. The male vocalists range from traditional metal to extreme metal and either way, Maya’s voice gels perfectly with them. Songs that stand out in particular are: “Divine Wrath”, “Embrace the Sorrow”, “Portal of Fear” and “Commemorate the Fallen”. Another song that stands out is the tear jerking ballad “Loss”. Continue reading »

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