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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 24, 2015
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The Electric Lady – “Black Moon” (2012)

Label: O.R.A. Music

Review by Tony Cannella

After listening to the debut album “Black Moon” from the Finnish hard rock band The Electric Lady, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This is a band that has managed to fly under the radar, but with “Black Moon” The Electric Lady are about to make some noise.

The intro “Prelude” is followed by two songs that put their melodic hard rock sound on full display. “A Man of That Kind” and especially “Secret Love” really caught my attention with their melodic choruses and overall likeability. “Your Heart is 100 Times Bigger Than Mine” has a pretty cool bluesy sound and a slower tempo. Minna Ora’s vocals are quite effective and perfect for this band. “Let it Rain”, “You Can’t”, “Through Ice and Snow”, “Black Moon” and the closing number “That’s the Way” were all very impressive as well. Continue reading »

Mar 21, 2015
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Echosmith – “Talking Dreams” (2014)

Label: Warner Music

Review by Tony Cannella

Echosmith is a band comprised of four siblings – ranging in age from 16-21. They released their debut album “Talking Dreams” in 2013  (now re-released in 2014 with a different cover and a couple of bonus track) and the record features an infectious blend of rock, pop and alternative music which is played with a ton of sincerity and besides that it is just good music played by a group of musicians who are talented beyond their years.

“Talking Dreams” is an album of undeniable pop hooks and 17 year old vocalist Sydney Sierota’s Hayley Williams style vocals help to make it an enjoyable listen. From the opening track “Come Together” the band sets the mood. “Let’s Love” continues things in the same direction as the previous tune. Continue reading »

Mar 12, 2015
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Issa – “Crossfire” (2015)

Label: Frontiers Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The Norwegian queen of melodic hard rock is back with her 4th album. Issa Oversveen released her debut album “Sign of Angels” in 2010 and through her following albums and up to her latest release (“Crossfire”) she has continued to carve out a steady path in the world of melodic hard rock.

Like her previous releases Issa presents an album full of up-tempo, melody heavy melodic hard rock. I have always said that it is impossible to be angry or in a bad mood while listening to Issa’s music and “Crossfire is no different. The bouncy “Crossfire” gets us off to a high energy start that is heavy on the vocal harmonies that will stick in your head long after you’ve heard it for the first time. “New Horizon” is next and instantly became a huge favorite. Continue reading »

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