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Reggie’s August (2016) Roundup


Continuing with what I think will be my regular review format (short and sweet), it’s time to discuss what I was spinning in  August; a variety of interesting things to say the least.  In fact, I was quite pleased with everything I took the time to listen to.  It may be worth mentioning though, that I will not just post only what was released in the last month, but also what was new to me even if it was released months ago. Or even years ago…

downloadCarnifex – Slow Death / Death Metal / Deathcore – Released on 5 Aug 2016 by Napalm Records

A solid dose of brutal riffs.  What more can I say?  Carnifex carnage continues.  There are no ballads on this album!  3.5 out of 5  Read the rest of this entry

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4, 2015 – Part 2


SonC logoSeven more top albums with female vocalists, courtesy of our friends at Sonic Cathedral. Be sure to visit the SC website and Facebook page. If something good is happening in femme rock or metal, SC covers it.

As you all know, seven is a lucky number if there’s a competition and you draw number seven and number seven wins the prize. It’s also lucky if there are seven friends and they receive seven tickets to a metal concert. I keep drawing number 3.14159 these days so I haven’t won anything. No matter, here are seven winners to make me feel much better. Enjoy them! You’ll feel better too.

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Roundtable Review: Underworld by Symphony X


Symphony_X-Underworld-Front-Label: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: 24 Jul 2015

Songs: 11

Length: 64 Minutes

Genre: Thrash/Power/Progressive Metal

Studio Albums: Symphony X (1994); The Damnation Game (1995); The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997); Twilight in Olympus (1998); V: The New Mythology Suite (2000); The Odyssey (2002); Paradise Lost (2007); Iconoclast (2011).

Location: NJ, United States

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Album Review: Max Pie – Odd Memories


maxpie-oddmemories-cover2015Album:  Odd Memories

Label:  Mausoleum

Songs:  10

Length:  62 Minutes

Genre:  Progressive Power Metal

Previous Albums:  Initial Process (2011); Eight Pieces, One World (2013)

Location:  Belgium

For those that live for the robust compositions of progressive metal, Max Pie should spark some interest.  Their new album, Odd Memories, is about to hit store shelves and digital libraries. It leans a bit to the power metal side of the spectrum.  So, it is progressive metal that makes you feel good when you are done hearing it.  The good thing though, is that the album is a bit more diverse than just odd time signatures and power metal, sing along choruses.  Promised Land is a great example of a song that makes you want to sing with the band, and sing it in the shower at the top of your lungs, but Cyber Junkie has a lot more chunk and heavy metal riffing.  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Helloween – My God-Given Right


Helloween_My-God-Given-Right-300x300Album:  My God-Given Right

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  2 Jun 15

Songs:  16

Length: 73 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Walls of Jericho (1985); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988); Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991); Chameleon (1993); Master of the Rings (1994); The Time of the Oath (1996); Better Than Raw (1998); The Dark Ride (2000); Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003); Keeper of the Seven Keys:  The Legacy (2005); Gambling With The Devil (2007); 7 Sinners (2010); Straight out of Hell (2013)

Genre:  Power Metal

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Roundtable Review: Lancer – Second Storm


Lancer-CoverArt-DimitarNikolov.psdLabel: Despotz Records

Release Date:  April 10th, 2015

Songs:  9

Length: 51 minutes

Genre:  Power/Speed metal

Studio Albums: Purple Sky EP 2012, Lancer 2013

Location:  Arvika, Sweden

Recommended for fans of: Iron Maiden, Avantasia, Helloween, Edguy

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Roundtable Review: Run with the Wolf by Drakkar


Drakkar coverLabel: My Kingdom Music

Release Date: March 16th, 2015

Songs: 10 + 5 Bonus Tracks

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: Quest for Glory, Razorblade God, When Lightning Strikes

Location: Milan, Italy

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for February


SC logoAs we did last month and as we intend to do every month, we’re very pleased to share some of the information posted during the month by our friends at Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Sonic Cathedral covers a wide range of female-fronted metal and rock.

Once again we’re presenting the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full review on SC’s website.

Sonic Cathedral has a web magazine and music store and a Facebook page. We highly recommend both of those places to female-fronted bands, labels and fans.

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Album Review: Beyond the Red Mirror by Blind Guardian


beyond_the_red_mirror_earbook“It sounds like a ‘insert the same band name as the album here’ album.”  In my years as a metal fan and hobbyist writer I have heard and lazily used that phrase way too often.  An Amon Amarth, Primus, Slayer, Tool (one can keep dreaming right?) new album pops up, a quick sum up is requested, and that phrase gets the point across to existing fans quick enough.  It can be a good thing as well as bad.  Sure it says that the pedigree of quality is there but also doesn’t take into account any forward (or backward) progress in the bands unique, established sound may have undergone.  Yet after listening to the newly minted release, Beyond the Red Mirror, from German heart-throbs Blind Guardian I honestly can’t think of a better way to describe it summarily.  It sounds exactly like what you would expect a Blind Guardian album to sound like.  Though, allow me to explore that statement just a tad deeper.

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Machinae Supremacy – Phantom Shadow


MachinaeSupremacy-PhantomShadowLabel:  Spinefarm Records

Release Date:  25 Aug 2014 Rest of the World

Songs:   16

Length:  67 Minutes

Genre:  Videogame Inspired Metal (SID Metal)

Studio Albums:   This is their sixth studio album

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