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Ten – Gothica

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Ten – Gothica
Running time 58:00
Released on 07/07/2017
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

British hard rockers Ten are turning out to be stalwarts of the melodic rock scene; in a career spanning over 22 years, “Gothica” is their thirteenth studio album and their history reads like a novel – far too many twists and turns in the plot to go into here!  Suffice to say that “Gothica”, mixed by Ten favourite Dennis Ward, is described as, “A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination.”  I don’t know about that, but feel free to read on for my humble opinion …

Whether by coincidence, design or happy fluke, there are ten tracks on this album.  I was looking forward to listening to it, but I did find the whole thing, well … slightly odd.  It kicked off innocently enough, with a little bit of incantation and some sterling, power guitar chords on the opening track, “The Grail”. This is a vaguely cinematic-sounding track, not surprising then that the accompanying bio states that, “Gothica is cinematic in every sense”.  I tend to agree, I think.

“Jekyll and Hyde” contains some sweet little tricks to give it a ‘spooky’ feel and again, there are some power chords in evidence, running through the track.  “A Man For All Seasons” has a folky feel to the start of the song which is proof of how diverse Ten are; make sure you check out “La Luna Dra-Cu-La” for a bit of fun laced drama.

There is a more rocky feel on most of the tracks, but they all have a vaguely cheesy feel to them; that’s not to say that they aren’t good songs, but I think you have to like a certain type of music (not that we like to pigeon-hole, once again) to fully appreciate Ten’s work.  I understand the concept of the album and for the most part, I think it’s very good musically; in places it sounds a little dated, like something you would find on an 80s movie soundtrack (see “Travellers” as exhibit ‘A’).

Having said that, Ten are all the richer for utilising so many different musical talents – there are eight vocalists and musicians that feature on this album.  It’s not really for me, but it’s an interesting one that has cross-genre appeal.  Ten have many fans around the globe and I’m confident that they will adore “Gothica” just as much as the other albums that Ten have produced, as “Gothica” is a feel good, bouncy offering that is a little dark in places, featuring some superb skill and musical talent.  I’ll leave you to make your own minds up – let us know if you agree!

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Track List – 

  • The Grail
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Travellers
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • In My Dreams
  • The Wild King Of Winter
  • Paragon
  • Welcome To The Freak Show
  • La Luna Dra-Cu-La
  • Into Darkness

Stand out tracks:  Jekyll and Hyde, The Wild King of Winter, Welcome To The Freak Show

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Spreading The Disease – Insurrection

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Spreading The Disease – Insurrection
Running Time 47:29
Release – September 2017
Independent/Motivated Music Management
Album Review by Lee Preston
8/10

This has been an album I’ve been looking forward to hearing after hearing the debut EP “Viral” by Kent based metallers Spreading the Disease late in 2016, who continuously tour the length and breadth of the country. And I’m pleased to say it surpasses everything the debut promised.

The album starts quite subdued on opening track ‘Find My Path’ before hitting some huge riffs acting as an extended intro before the rest of the albums tracks bludgeon you with razor sharp riffs, varied songwriting and cleverly laid out pacing. This is an album in the true sense, its varied without sounding like a band unsure where to go, quite the opposite, sounding more like a gig with peaks and troughs to give it some pacing, air and a sense of purpose.

Songs vary between groovy metal with an early 90’s vibe bringing Pantera and Prong riffs to a modern abrasive guitar as the basis of song structure, and then going into alt metal in later songs such as ‘Can’t Let Go’ which is an acoustic driven number that has a Tool vibe about it. The vocals are another strong point on this album, the main vocals being an aggressive but clear modern bark with a clear delivery of the lyrical content, which is very direct about modern life. Then there’s the backing vocals which are melodic in a 90s alt rock style, clear but edgy.

All in all, this is a rip roaring album from start to finish. Anyone who likes mid 90s metal, alt rock and modern metalcore will find a lot to enjoy here. Highly recommended!

 

TRACKLIST

  • 01 Find My Path
  • 02 Words Unspoken
  • 03 Dischord
  • 04 Spreading The Disease
  • 05 Greed
  • 06 Save Me
  • 07 Whores Of War
  • 08 Method To My Madness
  • 09 Can’t Let Go
  • 10 Brexit Wounds
  • 11 Last Goodbye

 

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Power Theory – Something Old, Something New & Something F***ing LIVE!!! from Europe (EP)

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Power Theory – Something Old, Something New & Something F***ing LIVE!!! from Europe (EP)
Running time 22:45
Released on 21/03/2017
Independent
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

Founded in 2006 by guitarist Rob Ballinger, Power Theory previously released one EP and three studio albums between 2009 and 2015.  Having played several high profile festivals over the years, including Germany’s Hard Summer Festival and Chicago’s Ragnarokkr, Power Theory have been steadily building a solid following of fans with their classic, NWOBHM-influenced sound.

As you would expect from a band that cites influences such as Saxon, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, first song “Brace For Impact” begins in a brutal fashion, with some first class drumming and some classic vocals.  This is the ‘something new’ element of the EP and it’s a great opener, giving a proper flavour as to what Power Theory are all about.  It also features the obligatory solos and group vocals, which get the pulse racing and the foot tapping.

“Axe To Grind” is marginally slower, with a nice time signature and some fresh guitar accompanying Jeff Rose’s trademark grainy vocals, with some good, old fashioned ‘vengeance is mine’ type lyrics.

Third track, “Colussus” is slower still, with a menacing feel and some great harmonies; this is followed by the live version of “Dark Eagle”.  Introduced with a soaring vocal and a chuggy signature, the track shows that Power Theory can kick some metal arse on a live stage.

This neat but heavy little package ends with a live rendition of “The Truth Shall Set You Free”, dedicated to those who were lucky enough to be at the gig;  suffice to say it’s another belter.

This is American heavy metal at its finest and nobody could fail to want to get up and jump around whilst it’s playing.  It’s not ground breaking (hey, it’s 2018, not much is, these days) but it will probably stand the test of time.  This EP certainly evoked very fond memories of happy, fuzzy and sweaty metal clubbing times gone by.

 

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Track List –

  • Brace For Impact
  • Axe To Grind (2016)
  • Colussus (2016)
  • Dark Eagle (Live)
  • The Truth Shall Set You Free (Live)

Stand out tracks:  Brace For Impact, Axe To Grind

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Riverdogs – California

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Riverdogs – California
Running time 48:00
Released on 07/07/2017
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Review by Vikkie Richmond
8/10

Rock supremos Riverdogs are not a new band, in fact, they have been around since the wild, excessive days of the 1980s.  Featuring Vivian Campbell (Whitesnake, Dio, Def Leppard) on lead guitar, the band originally had a short career that saw the release of their debut, eponymously titled album, plus 1993’s “Bone” and “Absolutely Live” before going their separate ways.  They reformed in 2003, but it was not until much later, in 2011 that previously written material was released in the form of “World Gone Mad”.  Now, six years later, the Riverdogs are together once more and have crafted their fifth studio album, “California”.

The four piece features all of the original members and this eleven track album is an homage to good, old-fashioned, American rock and roll.  From the first note on the opener, “American Dream”, the riffs are infectious, the vocals are understated, the harmonies are sweet and frankly, this is a pretty timeless album.  It has elements of the 1980s / 1990s to it, but in no way does Riverdogs’ material sound tired, like some other reformed bands that are churning out the same old stuff, year after year.  Instead, it has a familiar sound, a comforting presence, like shrugging on a favourite, slightly worn leather jacket.  It feels … right.

Third track “Something Inside” has a dirty, enticing feel to it and the vocals showcase Rob Lamothe’s silky tones to a very pleasant degree.  There is a distinct change of tempo with the upbeat “Searching For A Signal” and the same can be said of “Catalina”, although the vibe on this one is a little more ‘classic’.

Will I still be listening to this in two, five, even ten years time?  It’s firmly on repeat for the short-term and I suspect it will be one of those records that I return to time after time, because it has an enduring appeal.  You can’t ask for much more than that from an album and I would recommend this one wholeheartedly.

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Track List – 

  • American Dream
  • The Revolution Starts Tonight
  • Something Inside
  • Golden Glow
  • You’re Too Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • The Heart Is A Mindless Bird
  • Searching For A Signal
  • Welcome To The New Disaster
  • Ten Thousand Reasons
  • Catalina
  • I Don’t Know Anything

Stand out tracks:  American Dream; The Revolution Starts Tonight; The Heart Is A Mindless Bird.

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Demon Eyes – Out Of Control

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Demon Eyes – Out Of Control
Running Time 72:58
Released on 10/07/2017
No Remorse Records / Gabriel Management
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Demon Eyes who are from Sannois, Lie-de France, were formed in 1982 and originally released their debut album, entitled “Rites Of Chaos” in 1984 followed by “Garde a vue” in 1987.   They went back into the studio for their third studio album in 1990 which was called “Out Of Control”, but due to limited pressing and promotion of the album, it was almost unheard of to the wider crowd of metal lovers.

Now, thanks to No Remorse Records, the album has been reissued but limited to 500 copies which consists of eight original album tracks, two extra studio tracks, five demo tracks and one live track, so very good value!

Listening to this album now it seems very 80s based along the lines of Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest and Deep Purple with a lot of great guitar riffs which isn’t a bad thing at all. It is sung partly in their native language and although my French isn’t good you can still enjoy it and the bonus tracks don’t feel out-of-place!

Founded by the Masson brothers, Thierry “Atomic Tim” and Philippe “Fil Of Steel”, Demon Eyes should really be spoken about in the same vein as classic French band Sortilege. The lineup on this album was completed by Stéphane Guenet, Chris Bruneau and Gil ‘Gun’ Morvan.

With some brilliant drumming and great riffs this album is good listening and easily gets you singing the songs in your head, and with the diverse vocals you keep thinking okay, I’ll listen to just one more track, okay just one more … and before you know it you’ve listened to the whole album. Then there is the final live track, “Pestiferes” which is just fast and loud! You go from one extreme to the other with Demon Eyes, they certainly keep you on your toes. The whole album is full of energy and the music pounds along but, because of when it was originally released, it just doesn’t have the same production values as a lot of today’s metal, and the low-end boom is sadly lacking. Having said that it must have a lot of appeal to some for it to be released again and I sincerely hope it does well for them!

My favourite track was “Shy”, definitely one that had some meaning for me but, apart from that, it was just very rocky with a great guitar riff and drumming that immediately gets you head banging.

If you love early, historic, French heavy metal or are a fan of classic heavy metal / hard rock / NWOBHM then there will be a lot for you to enjoy here!

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Track List –

  • Lady White Bride
  • Songs Of Death
  • Shy
  • Out Of Control
  • Let Me Go To The Party
  • Gotta Wait
  • Just For A Night
  • Dreams Never Lie

BONUS TRACKS

  • Fantomas (French version)
  • Empire et Gloire (Unreleased track)
  • L’invincible Force Deux La Mort (Demo)
  • Mal Divin (Demo)
  • Les Deux Maudities (Demo)
  • Ombre Du Malheur (Demo)
  • Remords Posthumes (Demo)
  • Pestiferes (Live)

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Metal Mirror – Vodka Hell and Angels

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Metal Mirror – Vodka Hell and Angels

Running Time 43:00

Released on 07/07/2017 (independent)

6/10 – Review by Vikkie Richmond

I’m always wary of bands that don’t have a website, although to be fair, this one is under construction.  That would have been fine, except there is no proper bio on the Facebook page either.  Call me old-fashioned, but I like to have something to go on because us lowly reviewers have to wade through a lot of music; frankly, we don’t have time to dig too deep to find information on every band.  How interesting then, that Metal Mirror’s Facebook bio simply says, “Legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal band”.  Modest, hey?

It turns out that MM have been around since the late 1970s (their career spanned three years, from 1979 to 1982) and I suppose one has to hand it to them, because it’s always brave to come back with a new album some thirty years after you’ve released the last one.  Of course, that’s not counting the two ‘live’ albums released in 2006, the ‘compilation’ released in 2014 or the additional live album, “The Dingwalls Tapes” in 2017.

So, what about the fresh, new material?  The title track to the album, “Vodka Hell and Angels”  introduced me to Metal Mirror and straightaway I liked the big guitar sound and cymbal-heavy percussion.  Unfortunately, when the vocals kicked in, I nearly turned it off.  I’m not one to give up, so I persisted and second track, “I Love Halloween” started really promisingly, with a dirty riff, however the lyrics are pretty repetitive and that voice just really grated on me – I can’t help it.

This is such a shame, because the band’s sound is really good – track three, “One Way Ticket to Hell” has a great, pacey, get-up-and-dance quality, but the lyrics and vocals just don’t back it up.   In fact, there is track after track of belting, raw, British heavy metal here, along with some cracking guitar solos but I’m afraid it’s just not for me, purely because of the vocals.  That said, I’m aware from the band’s Facebook page that there are over 2,000 people who will probably disagree with me, but then, that’s the beauty of rock; if we all liked the same music, wouldn’t it be boring?  Tell you what, you download it and listen to it; let us know in the comments here if you disagree!

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Track List –

  • Vodka Hell and Angels
  • I Love Halloween
  • One Way Ticket to Hell
  • Devil In The Glass
  • Outlaw Rider
  • Long Black Train
  • Million Dollar Itch
  • Slow Game
  • Dusk Till Dawn
  • Liar Killer
  • Little Dam Punk (With A Big Big Head)
  • The Gates of Hell

Stand out tracks (purely for musicianship):  One Way Ticket to Hell, Outlaw Rider, The Gates of Hell  

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Voltax – No Retreat … You Surrender

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Voltax – No Retreat … You Surrender

Running Time 39:45

Released on 14-04-2017 via Iron Shield Records / Pure Steel Promotions

8/10 – Review by Dawn King

One of things that really bugs me about reviewing is the way other reviewers pigeon-hole albums and bands and one thing that can not be done with the new album by Mexican band, Voltax, is pigeonholing.

Formed in Mexico City in 2006, Voltax have evolved into one of Mexico’s most impressive underground metal bands. They released their demo, “Discharge” in 2006 and their self-titled debut full length album was released the following year.

Despite not registering on MY heavy metal radar, Voltax do have a history and a metal pedigree behind them and never once have they abandoned their classic metal sound. I have seen them be described as “NWOBHM with a hint of Mercyful Fate and a sprinkling of Deep Purple”, “Traditional heavy metal mixed with classic speed metal” and also “With the hint of a progressive feel”.

I would like to describe them just as they describe themselves, “There is no “old school” and “new school” WE are heavy metal, as pure and as heavy as it can be played, no more, no less.”

Their second full length album “Fugitive State of Mind” was released in 2010 and featured artwork by Dimitar Nikolov (Ruthless, Fatal Violence and Air Raid) and in 2011 they won the WOA Metal Battle Mexica, playing the international final at the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle, finishing in third place.

Their third album “Hiding into Flames” was released in 2013 and consolidated the band as a vital force of the Mexican scene.

Now they are back with their new album, the fantastically titled “No Retreat…You Surrender”, again featuring the talents of artist Dimitar Nikolov.

Citing influences such as Judas Priest, Accept, Mercyful Fate, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Uriah Heep, UFO and Black Sabbath, it’s easy to see these shine through in this album. The band has a typical early 80s metal sound of galloping bass lines and thundering drums, mixed with twin guitar harmonies, searing guitar solos and shrieking vocals.

For me, the vocals took a little bit of getting used to, but then, as I have said before in previous reviews, if the vocalist is not singing in his native language, they will tend to sound a bit “off” to native English speakers. Having said this, the guy can sing. He has a hoarse, shrieking voice but he doesn’t bark or grind the vocals, which are, overall, very clear.

This may seem to some people as yet another throwback album, latching on to a sound of a bygone era and wringing it for everything it has while not bringing anything new to the table.

BUT, for me that is its appeal. I love newer bands reproducing the sounds of older ones because there is always that little bit of individuality that not everyone can hear.

These guys are full on leather and bullet belt heavy fucking metal and I for one hope they stick around for a very long time.

Definitely one for all the heavy metal maniacs out there \m/

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Track List – 

  • El Fin (Intro)
  • Broken World
  • This Void We Ride
  • Deadly Games
  • Go With Me
  • Starless Night
  • Night Lasts Forever
  • Explota
  • The Hero
  •  25, 6 to 4 (Bonus track)

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Ice Age – Breaking The Ice

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Ice Age – “Breaking The Ice”

Running Time 45:05

Release on 21-10-2017 via GMR Music / Head First Entertainment

8/10 – Review by Tsarina Wilson

Metal fans of a certain age may well recognise the name Ice Age as they have been around, on and off, since 1985.  Surprisingly, this band from Gothenburg, Sweden never released an album, just a couple of very well received demos. They have a long and potted history but now the band are back I’m going to concentrate on the debut album which they are finally releasing!

With a line-up that includes original members Sabrina Kihlstrand (vocals) and Viktoria Larsson (bass) and two new members Linnea Landstedt (guitars) and Andre Homqvist (drums), “Breaking The Ice” contains five re-recorded classic tracks from their 1980’s demos and five brand new songs! It’s like being on a mad roller coaster, the songs are fast and heavy, vocals are amazing and the music is full of twists and turns but their sound is worthy of any metal band around today.

Sabrina’s vocals are gravelly and intense, perfect for this type of raw metal and it’s a shame it’s taken them so long to release an album, because we have been deprived of their amazing music for far too long!

The whole of “Breaking The Ice” is a non-stop, raw metal pleasure (think early Megadeth / Annihilator with female vocals), the guitar playing is fast and loud, and with some crazy drumming Ice Age are the complete package. I would imagine an Ice Age concert would leave you exhausted but invigorated. There are not many bands that can keep you on the edge of your seat while just listening to their songs but this band certainly do that! One of my favourite tracks on the album ‘Hell Or Nothing’ also has a personal meaning for Sabrina with regards to a previous Manager who she clashed with back in the 1980’s.

It may have taken Ice Age over thirty years to release an album but it’s so been well worth the wait. Let’s hope there is a lot more of this to come!

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Track List –

  • Fleet Street
  • Hell Or Nothing
  • Clever
  • General Alert
  • Instant Justice
  • Breaking The Ice
  • Total Collapse
  • Mental Disorder
  • No Need To Bleed
  • A Case Of Cerebral Death

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Worhol – The Awakening

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Worhol – ‘The Awakening’

Running Time 37:56

Released on 10-03-2017 via Imminence Records / WormHoleDeath

9/10 – Review by Tsarina Wilson

“The Awakening” is the debut album from Texan symphonic metal / rock band Worhol.  If the name sounds familiar that’s because guitarist / pianist / composer Larry Worhol and his daughter, vocalist / pianist / composer Ashley are related to pop art icon Andy Warhol and wanted the family name to be the band name. Larry and Ashley are both very passionate about the music they love, have music degrees and a love of classical music, which is why they decided to form this band along with bassist / visual artist Craig Malinowski and drummer Marty Naul to realise their vision. They have been together since 2013 and have gradually been writing new music and touring, releasing a music video which received much interest. After signing a record deal with Imminence Records and a publishing deal with WormHoleDeath they are now ready to unleash their first album … and what an album it is!

“The Awakening” is one of those albums that, once you’ve listened to it, you have to keep going back to it! I say that because I’ve found myself drowning in Ashley’s vocals!

“Time To Say Goodbye” is my favourite track on the album, full of haunting vocals and lyrics, the whole album is full of twists, turns and musical variation and just when you think you have heard a good track, boom! The next one is equally as punchy!

You can air guitar to the solos in your head and you get lost in another world listening to them. There are very few female singers in this genre who will give you goose bumps but Ashley definitely does this to me throughout the course of the album, it’s so powerful without being overpowering, yet in the background orchestral hints keep you listening throughout without it ever becoming boring.

I could easily see Worhol being sought after by film makers for soundtrack music, with the powerful vocals and intense music this album has, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Guitars in track seven, “We, The Abused” are amazing … they build you up, drop you then pick you up again!

Ashley’s voice is so hypnotic yet so classical and with the background music and orchestral arrangements, you can’t help but listen to every second of the “The Awakening” in case you miss something. It truly keeps you listening and I can only imagine and can’t wait to see what Worhol would be like in concert, they would keep crowds riveted and I for one would be there to see them!

“The Awakening” is a fabulous debut album and it’s been a thrill to have this as my first ever review!

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Track List –

  • Voices From Above
  • Bowing Before You
  • Time To Say Goodbye
  • Already Forgotten
  • Rage And Revenge
  • In This Town
  • We, The Abused
  • Jurisdiction
  • Is This What’s Left Of Me

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Sinheresy – Domino

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Sinheresy – Domino

Running Time 41:53

Released on 07-04-2017 via Scarlet Records

8/10 – Review by Dawn King

I always thought I knew, or had least, heard about a wide range of metal, bands and genres, but reviewing has shown me just how little I do actually know.  SinHeresY are yet another band that, I am ashamed to say, I knew nothing about until their new album dropped into my inbox ready to be reviewed.

A mix of the symphonic sounds of Nightwish and Within Temptation along with the progressiveness of Symphony X and Children of Bodom, the first thing I thought when I saw their line up was, “Oh god! Not another female fronted band!”

Now, if you have read any of my reviews before, you will know I am a great advocate for the female fronted metal band and I truly believe they have the right and the ability to be in amongst the greats of the genre. But this was the third or fourth one I had reviewed in the space of a few months and I was getting, to be honest, a little bit cheesed off with them.

Imagine my surprise then when this little gem blasted through my speakers! But a little history lesson first.

Formed in Trieste, Italy in 2009 by bassist Davide Sportiello and guitarist Lorenzo Pasullo, completing their line up in 2011 with keyboardist Daniele Girardelli, SinHeresY class themselves as ‘symphonic modern metal’ and, also in 2011, their first EP “The Spiders and the Butterfly” was released.

This was followed in 2013 by their debut full length album “Paint The World” and both releases were met with positive reactions from both fans and critics alike, enabling them to support the likes of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Lordi, Tarja, Anathema and Korpiklaani.

Now, four years later, they are back with their new album “Domino”, a superbly mixed album that is complex at times, yet elegant at others, a strong evolutionary step that blends new elements beautifully with old, and also earned the band third place in the iTunes Italia Metal Chart.

Engineered by Mika Jussila of the legendary Finnvox Studios, the sound is excellent, and the solid engineering also serves to highlight the strength of a female / male vocal team that, despite being a mix of deep, modern, almost punk rock-esque at times vocals from Stefano and the angelic, almost operatic voice of Cecilia, works so well. The vocals struggle to be understood at times, but this could be the fact they are not singing in their native language and their Italian accents are shining through.

This is forgiven, though, as the skull crushing guitar riffs and pulsating rhythm section more than make up for it. Says Mika, “All tracks are produced and arranged in a very cool way and the sound is modern, punchy and powerful”, and no two songs sound the same, with each track having its own melody and layout.

It’s such a shame that the smaller female fronted bands like this are not given the airplay and exposure that the bigger bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation, Sirenia, Lacuna Coil and After Forever (to name a few!) are given. They are just as good, if not better, and deserve for their name to be out there among the big boys (girls?!)

I was more than pleasantly surprised with this album and I will certainly be giving the EP and first full-length album a listen.

This is a must have album for any symphonic metal lover, especially those who may have become disillusioned with the genre’s predictability, or those looking for something “a bit different.”

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Track List –

  • Domino
  • Star Dome
  • Without A Reason
  • My Only Faith
  • Unspoken Words
  • Under Your Skin
  • The Island of Salt and Grass
  • Ocean of Deception
  • Believe
  • Another Life

Stand out track: My Only Faith

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