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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 »

Nov 23, 2014
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Kingfisher Sky – “Arms of Morpheus” (2014)

Label: Suburban Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Wow! The new album from Dutch prog metallers Kingfisher Sky is pretty freakin’ good. Their 3rd album “Arms of Morpheus” continues on the bands progressive/folk-ish path which began with their 2007 debut “Hallway of Dreams” and things just keep getting better and better.

Opening with “Hypnos”, this is a great moody track with changing tempos and a bit of a dramatic vibe; this is a good way to start things. From there we go into “At Least You Tried” continues the album on a positive course. “King of Thieves” is the first single and features a good amount of symphonic and folk elements to go with the prog. Other highlights include: “Open Your Eyes”, “Strength of the Endless” and “The Morrigan”. Continue reading »

Nov 21, 2014
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In This Moment – “Black Widow” (2014)

Label: Atlantic Records

Review by Tony Cannella

After releasing four albums for Century Media the American Metal core outfit In This Moment has taken their act to Atlantic Records and have released their 5th album “Black Widow”.

I really love the dark and sinister vibe that permeates “Black Widow”. It all begins with the intro “The Infection” and continues into my favorite track “Sex Metal Barbie”. From there we get the frenzied “Big Bad Wolf”. Maria Brink continues to prove that she has one of the most unique voices in their genre of music. Lyrically and musically the band has really outdone themselves and the album has a lot of energy and aggression. “Dirty Pretty” is another favorite as this song has a strong – almost danceable – groove. Other highlights include: “Black Widow”, “Sexual Hallucination” and “Sick Like Me”. Lyrically, Maria Brink has a lot to say and she says it plenty of vitriol. Continue reading »

Nov 18, 2014
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Guano Apes – “Offline” (2014)

Label: Sony Music Deutschland

Review by Tony Cannella

The long running German alternative rock band Guano Apes has enjoyed a long career since their inception in 1994. Their 1997 debut “Proud Like a God” featured two songs that made a minor dent in the U.S. charts, those two songs: “Open Your Eyes” and “Lord of the Boards” certainly hinted at a bright future for the Apes. Despite disappearing from the American market, the band has continued to release albums in Europe and now they return with their 5th album, “Offline”.

I have to admit that Guano Apes kind of fell off my radar after the debut. Oh well, it’s my loss I guess because “Offline” has some pretty cool tunes and now I am curious about their music prior to this. “Like Somebody” is a punchy opener but it is the next song “Close to the Sun” which gets my vote as the best track. Continue reading »

Nov 18, 2014
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FYRE! – “Missy Powerful” (2014)

Label: Flaming Passion Music/AFM

Review by Tony Cannella

FYRE! is a powerful and energetic hard rock outfit fronted by Argentinean vocalist Alejandra Burgos. The band has released their debut album “Missy Powerful” via AFM and it features 14-songs and 50-minutes worth of infectiously rollicking hard rock tunes that are impossible not to like and have some affinity for.

Let’s get started… Right out of the gate “We Are Here” is a great opening and introduction to this killer band. “Get the Hell Out” follows and it features a nice up-tempo, bouncy chorus and also includes a saxophone solo and some cool interplay between the lead guitars and sax. “Stay Until the Moonshine” has a bit of an acoustic base but is still an up-tempo rocker. Continue reading »

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