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Jan 19, 2015
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Edge of Paradise – “Perfect Shade of Black” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Before even listening to the new EP from the American metal band Edge of Paradise, I could tell that it already had so much going for it. The EP was recorded by rock veteran Bob Kulick, mixed and mastered by the legendary Michael Wagener and the album cover was done by Ioannis who was behind some classic metal artwork. How cool is that? Besides, I thought their “Mask” album was a pretty cool debut, so I couldn’t be giddier than review “Perfect Shade of Black”.

“Perfect Shade of Black” begins with the eerie sounding intro of the title song before the song kicks in with relentless fury. Up next is “In a Dream” which is a very powerful and emotional song featuring some cool tempo changes and Margarita Monet’s wailing vocals. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2014
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Sound of Eternity – “Visions & Dreams” (2014)

Label: Melodic Rock Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Sound of Eternity is a melodic hard rock band from Honduras. Their debut album is entitled, “Visions & Dreams” and lyrically the band presents a strong Christian message which is somewhat unique in this day and age. Of course, bands like Stryper and Barren Cross have been doing it for years, but it is still rare for a young band to emerge with such a positive outlook and message.

“Visions & Dreams” contains 10-songs 45-minutes worth of melodic hard rock with a modern edge. The intro “Visions & Dreams” kicks things off and segues into the best song “Call to Action”. This is a great representation of what SOE has to offer. From there we have songs like “Running to You”, “Broken Heart” and “Reason to Live” which are also stellar and definitely commercially viable. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2014
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Spiders – “Shake Electric” (2014)

Label: Spinefarm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Spiders are a hard rock band from Sweden. On their second album “Shake Electric” the band combines elements of 70’s influenced classic rock, blues and even a punk rock swagger.

The pounding rhythm of “Mad Dog” starts us off with a bang. “Shake Electric” is next and is just a straight forward heavy guitar rock tune. Other highlights include: “Bleeding Heart”, “Back on the Streets”, the punkish “Control” and the bluesy Janis Joplin-esq “Hard Times”. Vocalist Ann-Sofie Hoyles has a ton of charisma behind the mic. The guitar riffs are huge and definitely showcases their affinity for 70’s hard rock. Continue reading »

Nov 23, 2014
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Aziza Poggi – Aria Flame

Interview by Jack Williams

Aria Flame was created in the spring of 2011 by dramatic mezzo soprano singer and composer, Aziza Poggi and percussionist, Erik Sales. Before putting a live unit together, Aziza started composing melodies and writing lyrics on her piano. Guitarist Dan Cruzan and bassist & producer Greg Cloon and later joined in as full time members. They are described as a neo classical dark hard rock outfit with a circus like flare, which was created out of the ashes of progressive Egyptian themed metal band Dendura. Whom which was heard on Comedy Central Network, featured in national magazines such as Metal Hammer and Vocals, and also opening for several international acts such as Epica, Unexpect, Scar Symmetry, Edguy, Doro Pesch and The Agonist. Continue reading »
Nov 23, 2014
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Nubian Rose – “Mental Revolution” (2014)

Label: Livewire/Cargo Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Wow! To say that the Swedish powerhouse metal band Nubian Rose has released their best album would be an understatement. Granted this is only their second record but it is miles ahead of their 2012 debut “Mountain” in terms of production, writing and presentation. I thought “Mountain” was a good enough debut but with their new album “Mental Revolution” the band has really turned it up a notch (or several).

“Mental Revolution” is a high energy, power packed sophomore record with a guitar sound that is just freakin’ massive. When the monstrous riff that accompanies the opener “War” kicks in it’s time to buckle in and enjoy the ride. Sofia Lilja’s vocals are huge throughout the record and soars with the music. Continue reading »

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