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Apr 14, 2014
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Tuomas Holopainen – “The Life and Times of Scrooge” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

On his debut solo album, Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has created a concept album based around the graphic novel “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”! According to Mr. Holopainen this project was 14 years in the making and written during his downtime from Nightwish.

Granted Scrooge McDuck may not be a very metal topic to tackle, but “The Life and Times…” isn’t really a metal album… so there! “…Scrooge” features 10-songs and almost an hour worth of symphonic, classically influenced music with folk and cinematic influences as well – with the album artwork done by the book’s author Don Rosa. There are several guest musicians, including four singers: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen & Tony Kakko. Continue reading »

Apr 7, 2014
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Asami – Voice of Divine Children (Japanese version)

質問文翻訳 Yoshiaki Miyasaka

Voice of Divine Childrenは、いつ誕生したのですか?

VODCに加入する前から、Asamiさんは既にGuardian Hackerのシンガーとして知られていました。このバンドへは、どのようにして加入が決まったのでしょう? Continue reading »
Apr 5, 2014
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Stream of Passion – “A War of Our Own” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Originally starting out in 2005 as an Arjen Lucassen project, the band Stream of Passion has evolved into so much more. With their 4th album, “A War of Our Own” that evolution continues…

“A War of Our Own” is a 13-song, 1 hour musical journey that showcases what fans have grown to love about this symphonic/gothic metal band. Not the least of which are the dramatic and beautiful vocals of Marcela Bovio. Each song is meticulously crafted and is nice additions to the growing SOP catalogue. The opening track “Monster” is like a monster out of the gate. The song features some huge riffs at the beginning but shifts tempos throughout and is just plain stunning – and the best song. You have to love Marcela’s voice; she’s much underrated, in my opinion. Continue reading »

Mar 27, 2014
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Magistina Saga – “Two-Facedness of A Tale” MINI ALBUM (2013)

Label: Starwave Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Japan, Magistina Saga may not be widely known just yet, but on their 3rd mini-album, “Two-Facedness of a Tale” the band looks to change that, and they just may.

With “Two-Facedness…” Magistina Saga took what was cool about their previous EP and expanded upon it. The band continues to sing in Japanese, and the songs are well written and crafted. Overall their sound is not too different but the bands progression is obvious. Also, the vocals of Iori and the musical ability of this band are magical and epic.

I have already reviewed their previous EP “The Tone of Temptation” and with “Two-Facedness of a Tale”, Magistina Saga has improved and progressed quite a bit. Continue reading »

Mar 25, 2014
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Eths – “Ex Umbra In Solem” EP (2014)

Label: Season of Mist

Review by Tony Cannella

The French modern metal band Eths have been around since 2000. The band released their last studio album in 2011 and now returns a new singer in Rachel Aspe and a new 30-minute EP entitled “Ex Umbra In Solem”.

“Ex Umbra In Solem” features one brand new song, three live tracks and three older songs re-recorded with their new vocalist Rachel Aspe. Their style runs the gamut to modern metal with traces of thrash and melodic death metal. Make no mistake about it; the songs are contentious and aggressive. The opening to the title song is a bit disarming but it immediately it segues into the thrashy riff-o-rama that makes up the opening track and the vocals alternate between the aggressive style and Rachel’s clean, melodic approach. Continue reading »

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