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Sep 16, 2015
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Xandria – “Fire & Ashes” EP (2015)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Warren Mayocchi

Three new songs, two cover songs and two re-recorded Xandria songs. “Fire & Ashes” is the new EP from Xandria and it really surprised me! This is the second album that the band has delivered with Dianne van Giersbergen as the band’s lead vocalist. On the previous album – “Sacrificium” Dianne was definitely great, but on “Fire & Ashes” her vocals shine brilliantly. This EP contains symphonic metal at its best. The album opens with the three new songs. “Voyage of the Fallen” is backed with prominent drums and guitars. It is the lead vocal and choir that give the song an epic symphonic effect – I love the arrangement. “Unembraced” follows and it is another awesome track, still with the excellent drums and guitars, but with symphonic elements in the music. Continue reading »

May 23, 2014
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Ancient Bards – “A New Dawn Ending” (2014)

Label: Limb Music

Review by Tony Cannella

In the realm of symphonic metal there are very few bands that are more epic and grandiose than Italy’s Ancient Bards. Not many that I can think of at the top of my head, anyway. With their 3rd album “A New Dawn Ending”, Ancient Bards brings the epic-ness to a whole new level and the results are majestic.

After a brief narrative intro that sets up the latest concept, the band launch into the powerful up-tempo, 8-minute track “A Greater Purpose”. Lead vocalist Sara Squadrani is simply awesome and the rest of the band is amazing as well. All of the elements are there, symphonic parts and choirs to add depth and texture to the songs. Continue reading »

Feb 9, 2014

Anna Beliva – “Fire” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Vard Aman

Metalheads who only listen to Metal and refuse to even give anything else a chance need not bother reading beyond this full stop. < That one there if you’ve accidentally overshot it. For those whose tastes are more varied, or who wish to experiment a bit, or who just have an open mind when it comes to music and will listen to anything as long as it’s good, then this album is something you might seriously want to give a listen.

Anna Beliva (aka Anna Belaeva) is the former vocalist of a Russian Symphonic Metal band called Lanewin. (You can read a review of their last album here and an interview with Anna conducted when she was still in Lanewin here). Now Lanewin is no more and Anna is pursuing a solo career making a very different kind of music. Beliva is an obvious twist on her surname, combining her childhood nickname Iva to make it sound like “believer” (if I may paraphrase from Captain Obvious). This is apt because the one thing that has not changed from Lanewin is that her subject matter is largely about being positive and believing in oneself, but like it was with Lanewin, it’s more of an attitude that comes across rather than being the equivalent of a lyrical self help book put to music. Continue reading »

Aug 11, 2013

MasterCastle – “On Fire” (2013)

Label: Lion Music

Review by Tony Cannella

I would be willing to bet that the new album by the Italian power metal band MasterCastle is one of the first concept albums dealing with “Metals”. As you can tell by the song titles that makes up their newest outing “On Fire”, that is exactly what they have done. When you think about it though, how much more metal can you get than doing a concept album based around well… metal. “On Fire” also happens to be the best album of MasterCastle’s career. For this album the line-up has been completed by John Macaluso (formerly of Yngwie, Ark, etc. etc.) and he is a huge addition to the band. Also, there is no shortage of flashy, lightning quick guitar playing courtesy of Pier Gonella, you add in soaring lead vocals from Giorgia Gueglio and it all adds up to powerful album. Continue reading »

May 11, 2013

Hydrogyn – “Private Sessions” (2012)

Label: Rapid Fire Entertainment

Review by Tony Cannella

The Kentucky based melodic hard rock band Hydrogyn first burst onto the scene in 2004 “Best Served With Volume” and followed that up two years later with “Bombshell”. Now, eight years into their career the band has just released their fifth and perhaps best album, “Private Sessions”. I have to admit, that I have always liked Hydrogyn. They have a definite 80s vibe to them – which is always cool – but beyond that they just have good, memorable, classy songs. No opera, death grunts, soaring power metal vocal gymnastics, Hydrogyn is an anomaly in today’s metal scene.

“Private Sessions” opens with a bang, thanks to the huge classic metal opening riff that begins the glorious frenzy of “Something to Say”. Continue reading »

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