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ELECTRIC DEATHBEAT...'DEAD ECHO PARANOIA'

(Music Kickup Distribution ) Reviewed 15th September 2015

Electric Deathbeat hail from Northern Finland and their music using the band's words is a combination of Industrial, Gothic and even deathish elements. And those words are technically par for the course. There are 11 tracks here of some rather catchy but strongly industrially tinged and consistently good tracks, with immediate comparisons to bands like Deathstars and Dope Stars Inc. Fronted by JV, this band has the stage image to go with the music and I bet they are good live too. No particular faves here as the tracks are all good, but 'Oceans Above, Haven Below' is beginning to shade it for me upon repeated listens - sounds great through headphones! This band if given the right push in the proper directions could well break the Premier League of this style of music. If they do, you read it here first. Check out the band's website here... 8.75/10 (Dave)

EMPIRE 21...S/T

(Empire 21 Records) Reviewed 26th March 2015

This is the self-titled debut album from new Swedish hard rock/metal act EMPIRE 21 (www.empire21.se). For fans of melodic heavy rock and for those of you who need to consume a heavy dose of massive riffing by world-class musicians - this album IS a must. The members are all experienced from international bands including NARNIA, Darkwater, Rob Rock, Harmony and many more. The band was originally founded by drummer Tobias Enbert and singer Germán Pascual who were both part of the 2009 touring lineup of CJ Grimmark’s band NARNIA. When CJ decided to put NARNIA to rest, the idea of EMPIRE 21 was born. And this is good stuff from this bunch of musicians, with eleven tracks of top quality melodic hard rock, all carefully written without any time pressure, resulting in a no filler regime of music. This album has great potential to reach a very wide audience, thanks to its strong material and high musical energy, so why not treat yourself! It was released last November so it is readily available.. 9/10 (The Nugget)

END BEGIN...'EMPIRE FOOLS'

(Self Release) Reviewed 18th March 2015

A delight to my ears is this album by Progressive Rock/Metal merchants END BEGIN fronted by Dave Rangel, who come from here in the UK. When I first heard THRESHOLD in the early 90s, I thought "hold on a moment, this band are something special", and look where they are now. END BEGIN may turn out to be something special too. This Yorkshire based band has kindly given me their debut album, and I am proud to listen and review such a treasure. I like all types of music, but this is most certainly up there with the best of them. Complex Rhythms and soaring lead guitars coupled with atmospheric synths is what this band is made of. The record is made up of eight brilliant tracks including two epic numbers that run in at over 10 minutes - the mid paced and totally awesome 'Numbers' and closing track 'Becoming'. 'Empire Fools' is an epic, complex and satirical piece of work creating a world of vivid imagery. Telling a gripping tale of one man's journey to save his race, the music challenges the listener to look at humanity's current ways and to truly question their roles in society. This record is somewhat special from a band that sure has a solid future, so do not be a fool, check it out when it gets released on April 1st via BandCamp and Wafer USB - their website is at www.endbeginband.net - recommended...9/10 (Dave)

FM...'HEROES and VILLIANS'

(Frontiers) Reviewed 18th Feb 2015

FM is another British Band that is enjoying the resurgence in the Melodic Rock scene that is in full momentum at the moment. I know for a fact that FM is a fave band of Ravenheart Dave, but I have the pleasure of offering a review for the Ravenheart website. The band has released a hatful of albums since their formation in the mid 80s when I was a wee nipper in nappies. And now I am an older lady (well touching 30) that likes most types of music, I have come to learn that Steve Overland to my ears is vocally a gemstone of the highest quality. Backed up by a loyal and classy band of musicians, Steve and co offer us their latest album due soon, which is a 12 track masterstroke of melodic rock brilliance, with Steve's gritty vocals leading the fray. Every track here is a standout cut, although I do rather like the catchy 'You're The Best' and of course the ballads that FM are famous for, give 'Incredible' and closing number 'Walking With Angels' a listen to hear what I am on about. This is an absolute belter of an album and they are British!! You heroes and villains out there need to buy this otherwise Dave and myself will be knocking on your door!... 9.75/10 (The Nugget)

FASTER RED...'84 @ 13'

(Self Release) Reviewed 29th April 2015

FASTER RED is an Italian rock band formed in Turin (Italy) in 1984, being active until 1990. In 2011 however, the group gets back together for a series of concerts. And on this, their recently released newie, Faster Red offer the listener ten tracks of catchy alternative rock, with a subtle progressive undercurrent, this style being well demonstrated on tracks like 'Don't Waste Your Life', while on the atmospheric sounding 'Dance In The Rain' they sound a little like Pink Floyd, to my ears anyway, and that is not a bad thing! And there are some mid paced melodic tunes too like the near 7 minute 'I've Made A Mistake' and the foot tapping 'Tonight I'm A Loser', while 'Lonely' is by and large the album's ballad. Overall, this is a rather decent release with some great musicanship, inoffensive rock music that you can play, even with your Grandmother in the room doing her knitting! The band's website is at www.fasterred.com/... 8/10 (The Nugget)

FIRST SIGNAL...'ONE STEP OVER THE LINE'

(Frontiers) Reviewed 6th June 2016

In 2010, a marriage made in Melodic Rock heaven between Canadian singer Harry Hess and producer Dennis Ward was conceived, and it was called First Signal. The concept developed when Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino presented Harry some Melodic Rock songs that harkened back to the magic of the early Harem Scarem sound (of which Harry Hess was lead singer). The First Signal project was met with excellent reviews and media interest, and even when Harem Scarem re-launched with their album 'Thirteen' (one of their strongest to date), Harry was still wanting to go back and sing some excellent songs that he had from various songwriters, under the First Signal moniker. I myself am a fan of Harem Scarem and hence I like anything Harry Hess gets involved with so here in 2016, we have a new First Signal album, their second (thanks Rachel). As to be expected, it is an album that is a strong Melodic release, eleven tracks of Melodic Rock heaven in-fact. I won't go into detail, but if you are a lover of good old inoffensive Melodic Rock/AOR, then get this album! Recommended! 9/10 (Dave)

FROM ASHES TO NEW…’DOWNFALL’ EP

(Better Noise/Eleven Seven Music) Reviewed 9th November 2015

Rock music for a new generation! This is the music that From Ashes To New throw at the listener., not too dissimilar to that of Linkin Park really. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, this band is really good! This is their 2nd EP featuring four tracks of melodic Nu Metal, each track a sure fire winner. They put into the musical blender Rap, Rock, Metal and Electro and you get tracks like ‘Lost And Alone’ as just one golden nugget from an EP of gems. Good? this isn’t good, this is frikin’ awesome! 9/10 (The Nugget)

GRAND SLAM...'A NEW DAWN'

(AOR Heaven) Reviewed 22nd April 2016

Grand Slam (www.grandslamsweden.com) was founded in 2007 in Malmö, Sweden, by drummer Andy Swaniz (ex-Quadruple), with the aim to appeal to a wide audience with their melodic rock style. In the summer of 2012, Grand Slam found the perfect lead singer and frontman to suit their style of music, Andy Sinner (ex-Trash Queen). With the addition of two female backing singers, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, Grand Slam was now ready to go out and perform for a live audience. In 2014, the band then entered the studio and as a result, this is Grand Slam's debut full length offering. There are 10 tracks of prime time fist pumping melodic rock (check out 'Get High'), absolutely wonderful stuff from this Swedish band. This is a near faultless album and well worth looking into if you feel that this is for you, and it should be easy to get from all suitable record stores.... 9.5/10 (The Nugget)

GROOVENOM…’PINK LION’

(Noizgate Records) Reviewed 3rd May 2016

Founded in 2014, German band (From Dresden) GROOVENOM is pursuing a clear vision in terms of music: Stylish, rhythmic, heavy and most of all danceable - this band manages the balancing act between deathcore and pop music, easily combining solid metal elements with driving techno beats, trendy sing-alongs and groovy rap parts. This is well showcased within opener 'Venom In Veins', and there sure is venom in this band's veins I can tell ya! The deathcore and electro elements continue in second track 'Traitors To The Scene' which pounds along like an out of control rhino on the loose in a safari park in Africa - awesome stuff. The heavy listening experience continues with pounding numbers such as ‘Bright Nights’, the melodic ‘Metal King’, the rap tastic, electro infused ‘Crumbling Façade’ and the metallic title track (one of my faves). Then let's not forget the awesome power ballad 'Walking On Shards' together with the cool instrumental 'Apartment 69' and Candlelight remix of 'Traitors To The Scene' (one of the bonus cuts), all of which provide an oasis of calm within what basically is a tsunami of musical aggression. To be honest, I did find this cd a little heavy going at times, but solid down tuning-riffs, rough breakdowns, forceful growls, virtuosic drumming and influences from various manifestations of modern pop culture, do characterise the sound of the twelve track album plus its four bonus cuts, and as a consequence, if you feel that this is going to be up your alleyway, then do check it out - a grower!…. 7.75/10 (Dave)

HARMONY...'REMEMBRANCE' EP

(Ulterium Records) Reviewed 2nd April 2015

Shortly after their release of 'Theatre Of Redemption' (CD/LP) in 2014, Harmony is back with a 6 track 30 minute+ EP which includes four re-recorded songs from the band's debut album 'Dreaming Awake', as well as two new songs. Feat. the legendary vocalist Daniel Heiman [ex. Lost Horizon] on vocals on all tracks, the band throw at the listener an interesting mix of Melodic Metal. Opener 'Eternity' is a pulsating track incorporating a string section half way, rather cool me thinks! Further tracks that penetrate your musical senses and blow your mind include 'Dreaming Awake' with its subtle progressive tendancies, the awesome power ballad 'Without You' and the melodic, heavy and catchy 'In His Heart'. The EP which I must say is rather good with a strong melodic sensibility, is mixed at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] in Gothenburg, Sweden. Check it out when it gets released in May, and indeed check out their earlier releases too... 8.75/10 (The Nugget)

HINDER...'WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS'

(The End Records) Reviewed 15th May 2015

Hinder is a massive band that were formed in 2001, they come from Oklahoma City, and this album will do no harm towards their cause of conquering the world. Featuring new vocalist Marshal Dutton (who in-fact has been a part of the Hinder family one way or another since 2009) as their lead singer, there are ten tracks here that range from rowdy rock to subtle country influences to memorable pop hooks, all of which retain the DNA-distinct spirit of Hinder. Some potentially massive anthemic hits on this album like 'Hit The Ground', where we are told that the lyrical content is "so genuine", the massive sounding 'Wasted Life', the melodic 'Dead To Me', and the awesome number 'Letting Go'. With their new vocalist who has breathed a new sound and new air into this ever-evolving band, after previous vocalist Austin Winkler departed (substance issues being cited as one problem - he is now clean we believe), this is a great album, like their others I hasten to add, ten tracks that are well worth the purchase price... 9/10 (The Nugget)

HOUSE OF LORDS...'INDESTRUCTIBLE'

(Frontiers Records) Reviewed 12th May 2015

House of Lords debuted in 1989 (when I was just five!) with the release of their self-titled album, a monumental Arena Hard Rock release. Now 26 years on, the new House of Lords album (their tenth studio effort) has just dropped in from Frontiers, and Dave has asked me to review what is a rather good album from these American hotshots. The cd features eleven brand new songs, which masterfully combine the best of Heavy and Melodic Hard Rock incorporating powerful and heavy songs, with major hooks & melodies, coupled with grandiose arrangements that House Of Lords are famous for. It is a belter of an album if you like this style of music with favourite tracks a plenty, all dovetailing together very well indeed. Check out the rather nice 'Pillar Of Salt', the thumping '100mph' the melodic 'Call My Bluff', the ballad 'We Will Always Be One' and the effervescent 'Another Dawn', as prime examples from a very good record. Featuring the soaring vocals of founder member James Christian, this is trademark Arena Rock so get it in June when released! .. 9/10 (The Nugget)

ICONIC EYE...'HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT'

(Sky-Rocket Records) Reviewed 26th March 2015

Iconic Eye formed by Greg Dean as a studio project to record his favourite self penned songs, has quickly transformed into something else. Having secured a slot at the prestigious DOWNLOAD festival this year, the future is looking incredibly bright for this talented bunch of gentlemen. The album features 2 vocalists, at the beginning Lee Small (Shy) was bought in to do session vocals on five tracks, and later the remaining seven tracks were completed by now permanent band member, vocalist Tim Dawes. There are 12 numbers here of inoffensive bouncy Melodic Rock/AOR from this British band, and if this type of music is what you love the most, then please check them out. This is a very enjoyable release including the cover of 'In a Broken Dream', which is a song and single by Australian rock band Python Lee Jackson featuring vocals from Rod Stewart, and it will see the light of day on May 1st. The band's FaceBook is here... 8.5/10 (The Nugget)

IMPERIAL CIRCUS..'ABOVE THE DEEP'

(Self Release) Reviewed 19th February 2011

Here we have a blast of alternative Metal to wake up the neighbours, this five piece from Nottingham proves to me yet again the quality of unsigned talent out there no matter what genre you listen too. Shades of grunge here aswell on this, their debut offering. The intrumental 'Nykur' kicks things off, with the almighty 'In Stitches' following, coupling Leigh Dickens clean vocals with occasional demonic screams. The vocals are one of the plus points on this album as a matter of fact. Vocally, Leigh can do almost anything, backed by a totally competent bunch of musicians. Ballads, forget it as this album is an in yer face aural assault from all concerned. 'A Bitter Pill' and 'Fall From View' are fave tracks of mine on this album, the latter offering an almost progressive feel at times. An impressive debut here and the band is worth checking out at their reverbnation site. A good effort..8.25/10 (Dave)

INNERWISH...'INNERWISH'

(Ulterium Records) Reviewed 21st January 2016

InnerWish hail from Greece and this is their 5th full length album having released their first, 'Waiting For The Dawn' in 1998. This six piece base their lyrical themes on Christianity, and this album released six years after their previous LP, offers 13 songs and 67 minutes of prime time Melodic Metal, with the powerhouse vocals of George Eikosipentakis the driving force behind the music. A nice variety of music in-fact being full of energy, power and emotion. The album was mixed at Studio Fredman [In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall] and mastered by Peter In De Betou [Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth]. Cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Xandria] and design by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]. A flippin' good release if you like your metal powerful but tuneful - release date March 18th... 9/10 (The Nugget)

JADED HEART...'GUILTY BY DESIGN'

(Massacre Records) Reviewed 10th April 2016

Jaded Heart was founded in 1992 as a five-man German hard rock band, members however at this moment in time hailing from Stockholm and Duisburg Germany. The band currently consists of Johan Fahlberg (vocals), Michael Müller (bass), Peter Östros (guitar), Bodo Stricker (drums) and Masahiro Eto (guitar). With a consistent output since their formation, 14 albums including this release, a compilation in 2001 and a live release in 2013, this their latest continues with some awesome tracks. These include their new live hymn 'No Reason', the up-tempo head-bangers 'Godforsaken' and 'Torn And Scarred', the catchy and memorable 'Remembering', the band’s heaviest song to date 'Salvation', the epic 'This Is The End', and the driving number 'So Help Me God', among many others. The digipak has two bonus cuts which are included on the release the label has sent me. I have seen this band develop over the years into the force they are now, and to their credit, this is a massive melodic metal masterpiece. This is right up my alleyway and demands your attention when released 22nd April, it meanwhile will certainly captivate lovers of this genre of music, and maybe others too... 9/10 (Dave)

JORN...'HEAVY ROCK RADIO'

(Frontiers) Reviewed 3rd June 2016

Tell you what guys and gals, if you want to hear some covers that have been awesomely given the JORN LANDE hard rock treatment, then this will be for you. I appreciate that one is either a covers person or not but I fall into the former. What does one get for their money? Well firstly Jorn is a Norwegian hard rock and heavy metal singer. He is known for being the former vocalist of bands Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Vagabond, The Snakes, and most notably of power metal band Masterplan, as well as for his solo career as Jorn. He has released a stack full of albums in one guise or another, and this album is his latest offering. Basically, what you do get for your money is 12 tracks of hard rock covers from artists that include Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Kate Bush, Queen, John Farnham, Journey, The Eagles and Foreigner. Damn awesome and well worth a buy - available from today... 9/10 (Dave)

KONG...'ENTER THE MANESJ' EP

(Self Released) Reviewed 4th June 2015

Kong come from Norway and have recently released this 4 track EP. If you like old school hard rock/heavy metal, being influenced by 70’s and 80’s hard rock/Heavy metal acts like KISS, Iron Maiden, Metallica and the like, then this should be right up your alleyway. All four tracks from this popular band rock with that aforementioned 70/80s attitude, screaming all the while for your attention. Scandinavia has this habit of giving us some decent rock bands, add Kong to that list. The band's website is at www.kongrocks.com/, Kong is King!!... 8/10 (Dave)

LAMORI...'TO DIE ONCE AGAIN'

(WormHoleDeath) Reviewed 24th May 2016

LAMORI is all about Passionate Hard Rock. A mix of hard n’ heavy with mellow sweet melancholy from the deep reservoirs of darkness. Twelve numbers here, catchy melodic Gothic Rock and Metal to capture the listener in a web of old romanticism. Need I say anymore, a brief review, but no matter how brief this review is, I would say get this album, especially if you like HIM, The 69 Eyes and the like. Well recommended from the peeps at Ravenheart Music and that includes myself… 8.75/10 (Rachel Louise Smith)

LOFFT...'FOLLOW TO SURVIVE'

(Make Big Records/Believe Digital/Soulfood!) Reviewed 19th May 2015

Call it what you flippin' well like - "Modern Rock", "Alternative Rock" - LOFFT from Hamburg, Germany celebrate Rock, that old four-letter-word. Their songs are totally energizing and straight to the point - and you're welcome whether you want to headbang or dance. Songs like 'All I Ever Wanted', 'Count On Me' or 'Inferior' practise the riffs somewhere between CREED, PUDDLE OF MUDD and VOLBEAT. LOFFT's real strength however, is the ability to write great ballads. If the tracks 'Power To Destroy' (great guitar solo) or 'Talented To Hurt' don't melt your heart, then you simply do not have one, period!. This is a great album, 12 tracks of rock solid songs with stax of melody. Check the band's Facebook out here - gets released 12th June - frikin' good!... 8.75/10 (The Nugget)

MAGNUM…’SACRED BLOOD, DIVINE LIES’

(Steamhammer) Reviewed 26th February 2016

The legendary rock veterans Magnum! What can I say? A band that has been going for years and years, and like a good wine, they seem to get better with age. One of the first bands that I properly ever got into and have stuck with ever since, their first album (‘Kingdom of Madness’ on Jet Records) was released in 1978, and here we are in 2016 and 19 studio albums on including this one (there are live albums too), they are still going strong. Led by Bob Catley who I had the pleasure once not too long ago, of chatting with on a train on my way to work, this is yet another awesome piece of work from this Birmingham (UK) band. Of the 19 studio albums, there have been one or two that perhaps and let’s be honest here could have been a little better, but by and large, everything this band releases into the market place is so damn good. This album offers up the classic Magnum mix of prime time rockers and ballads, and needless to say it keeps the band well and truly in the Premier League with their unique sound. No Aston Villa shenanigans here LOL – Aston Villa by the way for those that may not know is a top English soccer club based in Birmingham, that are currently bottom of our Premier League here in England and at the time of writing, look set to be relegated. Anyway, I digress, every cut on this album is awesome, I am loathe to point out any highlights, but the atmospheric and rather bouncy ‘Gypsy Queen’ coupled with the excellent emotionally sung ballad ‘Your Dreams Won’t Die’ are just two cuts from a tsunami of fantastic tunes. Tony Clarkin who is the songwriter and also the guitarist is on top form as is their chief striker Bob Catley, and long may it continue. This album is the biz!!… 10/10 (Dave)

METATRONE...'EUCHARISMETAL'

(Rockshots) Reviewed 9th February 2016

METATRONE ("metaphysical throne of God") are one of the greatest exponents of Christian Metal Music. Combining a strong metal attitude with lyrics inspired by their faith and Catholic tradition, they have released 3 full length albums ('La Mano Potente' in 2005 soon followed by the English version called 'The Powerful Hand' and 'Paradigma' in 2010). Thanks to these 3 efforts the band formed by Father Davide Bruno (Keyboards, a priest of the Archdiocese of Catania - Italy), Stefano Calvagno (Guitar) and Jo Lombardo (Vocals), gained a strong reputation in the Christian Metal/Rock Scene. Their mission has always been to play heavy metal songs deeply inspired by a Christian Catholic view of life and the human being, with lyrics in English, Italian and Latin. The album features two new band members, Dino Fiorenza on bass (Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert) and Salvo Grasso on drums (Hypersonic, DenieD). This their latest album is a step forward in their musical career: Double bass-drumming, stunning vocal hooks, heavy guitar riffing, Father Davide Bruno’s stunning growls, all this giving the songs more power and strength to the message the band portrays. Lyrically 'EUCHARISMETAL' deals with child abuse ('Alef Dalet Mem'), religious and Christian fanatism ('Molokai'), parable of the prodigal son ('Latest News From Light') and Catholic Prayer on 'Regina Coeli'. This album I am sure will conquer all the fans of so-called White Metal, Christian Metal or EUCHARISMETAL. And I will say that this is good, musically and lyrically, with tons of heavy guitar riffs blended with great melodies sung by the awesome vocals of Joe (Lombardo). Metatrone are back and rocking, even flirting with Melodic Rock/AOR on the track ‘Keep Running’ !! Check these guys out – released 11th March and well recommended… 9/10 (Dave)

MOONSPELL...'EXTINCT'

(Napalm Records) Reviewed 18th Feb 2015

Well what can I say when this album link was given to me by Dave to review. An album to wake up the people of this quiet village in Essex :) This to be honest is my style of music, although I do like all types of music from the softer stuff to the harder metallic music. Moonspell from Portugal is well known on the music scene, having come to fruition in 1992, and with a tsunami of albums under their belt, this their eleventh is their newie due soon on Napalm. The band deliver some rather good Dark Gothic Metal on this cd, that really does propel this band to the top of the Premier League of this style of music. There are stand out cuts a plenty here, and with Fernando Ribeiro`s sombre vocals colliding with modern riffing, blackened melodies and operatic grandeur, the band remains one step ahead of the rest, always resisting all genre boundaries! Well worth checking out when released 6th March... 9.5/10 (The Nugget)

MY DECEPTION…’SINFUL TWILIGHT’

(Ethereal Sound Works) Reviewed 28th August 2015

My Deception come from Portugal. Although basically a guy fronted band, there are at least two tracks that feature a backing female vocalist (Catia Kate Machado). This is catchy, thumping Gothic Metal with clean ‘gothy’male vocals and I must say it is rather good! Opener ‘Daylight Deception’ featuring Catia on backing vox sets the scene quite nicely, and this melodic and pounding Gothic Metal style continues into the 2nd track ‘Nothing Inside’. And it carries on…. ‘Infernal Temptation’ is an awesome bombastic tune while ‘Cold Life’ together with its chilling intro (wind, thunder and chiming bells) features the aforementioned Catia on backing vox once again – a totally magical and melodic number reminding me of HIM! There are further highlights all over the place on this 9 track album such as the pulsating tracks ‘Ode To Nothingness’ and the closing number ‘Sacrifice’. Actually, everything here is so catchy, so melodic and so gothy! Check them out on Spotify – well recommended especially if you prefer bands like HIM, Charon etc! 9.5/10 (The Nugget)

MYRAH...'UNTIL THE END OF TIME'

(Art Gates Records) Reviewed 4th June 2015

Myrah (www.myrahband.com) fronted by Patrik Essman come from Sweden - their journey began in 2005 in the cold mountains of Sweden, and since then Myrah has released three EP’s and two full-length albums; 'Six Feet Down' (2010) and 'My Deliverance' (2012), both receiving great reviews worldwide. Now in 2015, the band offers us with this latest release 11 tracks of rather catchy Gothic Metal. The catchiness is immediately apparent in the opening tunes 'Taken', 'My Angel' and 'I Lied', these numbers being a sure fire way to start an album. Yay, this is bloomin' good. And it continues throughout with further corking numbers including 'Into Oblivion', the awesome 'She Rides The Night', and the epic 'The Storm'. Myrah embellishes their Rock/Metal music with a Gothic feeling, giving the listener great melodies and emotions that engage the mind, and linger there for a long time. This recording is good and well recommended from the Ravenheart team.. 8.5/10 (The Nugget)

MY REFUGE...'A MATTER OF SUPREMACY'

(Bakerteam Records) Reviewed 5th October 2015

This is the debut full length release from Italian Power Metal Band My Refuge. And it ain't bad, rather good actually! Fronted by Davide Vella, this band deliver to the unsuspecting listener 10 tracks of Melodic Power Metal, which is rather pleasing to the ear. There is a twin guitar assault from Mauro Paietta and Simone Dettore, with bass duties taken by Salvatore Chimenti not forgetting Valerio Ferrari on Drums. Needless to say these musicians combine to produce some massive tracks like 'The Cage (Oh Demon In My Eyes)' with it's melodic chorus, the regal and fist pumping 'Calling Of The Wind', the balladic 'Endless Night', the pounding 'Living In Anger' where vocalist Davide lets rip, the near folk vibe of 'The Raven' and the catchy closing foot stomping number ’Somewhere’. And lets us not forget the further ballad, the dynamic 'Empty Room’ that bring a little calm to these rather awesome proceedings. Overall, this record is good, it is powerful, melodic, anthemic stuff and is well recommended by us here... 8.5/10 (Dave)

NACHTGESCHREI…’STAUD UND SCATTEN’

(Massacre Records) Reviewed 10th August 2015

Nachtgeschrei (translates to English as "screams of the night") hail from Germany, and have released an album of some awesome Folk infused Metal on this their 5th full length cd. Although this was sent to me as an album that includes male and female vocals, I can hear no female vocals on this album, so hence this appears in our guy bands section. The numbers here sung in German, feature clean male vocals and is a very catchy and melodic album that will have you tapping your feet in no time at all. Folk Metal seems to be very much in vogue at the moment and I can see no fault in that. Having just been released on one of the biggie labels (7th Aug), this cd should be easy to obtain. Recommended, so buy and enjoy as let's face it, music is the language of life!… 8.5/10 (The Nugget)

OZONE...'SELF DEFENCE'

(Escape Music) Reviewed 15th January 2016

Chris Ousey has had an excellent singing career that goes way back to the times of 'Monroe', 'Virginia Wolf', the fantastic 'Heartland' an outstanding solo recording and more recently 'Snakecharmer'. Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? His first major recording was with the band 'Wildlife' in 1980. After the demise of 'Wildlife' Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band 'FM', a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and right up to 2015. Steve has also fronted many great bands in recent years, such as 'The Ladder', 'Shadowman' and of course he has recorded three fine solo albums. And with a little help from their friends including Mike Slamer (City Boy, Streets, and Seventh Key) doing just about everything else (well almost), the two O's have produced one helluva Melodic Rock album, but with their pedigree, that should not be of any surprise. If 80s sounding Melodic Rock that has been dragged into the 21st century by the short and curlies tickles your fancy or whatever, then check this one out. Released late last year and readily available at all the usual outlets...8.75/10 (The Nugget)

PHEDORA…’THE HOUSE OF INK’

(Self Released) Reviewed 6th December 2015

Phedora come from Poland and have a sound that would send the Americans into raptures. With influences from bands such as Breaking Benjamin, RED, Pain of Salvation, Bring Me The Horizon, Fair to Midland and Linkin Park, one can see where this band is coming from. Although Polish, there is very little sign of any European accent, as the band belt out winner after winner on this thirteen track record. A review shorter than the skirt I am wearing at present, but if the above bands tickle your doo dah, then check this lot out… 8.5/10 (The Nugget)

PLAN THREE..'SCREAMING OUR SINS'

(Ninetone Records) Reviewed 26th May 2011

We review the occasional male offerings here at Ravenheart Music, and I must say that this band sure has captured one's interest here at the Towers. Plan Three is Swedish, and they play the type of music that would send Americans crazy. A kinda post Grunge sound, similar to an extent to Creed, The Calling or a more upbeat Radford. I admit to not having heard of this band until a track of theirs 'Brush It Off', was played on the mighty Kerrang Radio. Indeed, I must say that Kerrang now seems to be playing some decent rock/metal music again, steering away from the Indie Rock that used to be so common on that station not too long ago. Back to Plan Three, I love this band, with the vocals of Jacob certainly suiting this type of music - the quiet verse powerful chorus style. Some awesome offerings here, the powerful and catchy 'Still Broken' one such track amongst a goldmine of music. But the highlight amongst the 11 tracks has to be the single, the power ballad 'Brush It Off'. Mind blowingly good. This is post grunge Americana/Modern Melodic Rock at it's best and they are well worth checking out! 9.5/10 (Dave)

PRETTY MAIDS...'MOTHERLAND'

(Frontiers) Reviewed 18th March 2013

Okay, The Pretty Maids may suggest an all girl band, but they are a well established Danish Melodic Metal band, and I am reviewing here their latest release. This band has been around for somewhile now, with a whole host of releases under their belt, many of which grace my CD collection. 'Motherland' will see the light of day later in March, and there are 13 tracks of awesome Melodic Metal and dynamic Power Ballads to please the ear of many a melodic rock fan. There are powerful and very catchy tracks like the opener 'Mother Of Lies', 'The Iceman' that sure packs a punch, the melodic 'Sad To See You Suffer', 'I See Ghosts' and the pounding 'Who What Where When Why'. And then we have the ballads, and some awesome ones too including 'Infinity' and 'Wasted'. If you like your rock music melodic, catchy but still with some serious ooommmppphhh!, then check this album out. Every track here is a sure fire winner, awesome stuff... 9/10 (Dave)

PYRAMAZE...'DISCIPLES OF THE SUN'

(Inner Wound Recordings) Reviewed 2nd April 2015

There are some guy band albums coming our way at the moment which by and large it has been decided that I review them or at least most of them! And I am glad I am, as this is another awesome melodic metal release, this time from Pyramaze. The band was founded by guitarist Michael Kammeyer in 2002 with the intention of creating an epic melodic metal band from scratch. And fast forward to 2015 and actually, 'Disciples of the Sun' is definitely going to be one of the most interesting and best melodic metal albums to be released this year, and fans of the genre won’t be disappointed! It is heavy, dark, progressive, melodic, extremely catchy and full of guitar riffs. These riffs complemented by the epic and cinematic keyboard arrangements of Jonah W, along with the blistering infusion and foundation provided by drummer Morten Gade Sørensen. New vocalist Terje Harøy brings power and catchy melodies with a modern flair, without sacrificing the dark and progressive edge that Pyramaze is known for. This is a blistering release, the title track one example that sets the world on fire, really really good! And if that is not enough, the track 'Back For More' will leave you coming back for more! The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey] and I would recommend it to any metal fan that likes their music heavy but very catchy. And closing with a quote from the band - "Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us.... we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!" Released Europe: May 22nd, UK: May 25th, North America: May 26th...9.25/10 (The Nugget)