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Album Review

Artist: Ayreon Album: The Source Release: 28.04.2017 Label: Mascot Label Group   In a glorious moment of complete ignorance, I only very recently found out that Arjen Lucassen has...

Artist: The Surge Album: The End Goes On Released: 04.2017 Label: self-published   About once a year I come across a demo or a new band that actually piques...

Artist: Ten After Dawn Album: Best of Both Words EP Released: 21.04.2017 Label: Macaroni Penguin Music   Ten After Dawn is an electronic/industrial dark-pop band from Helsinki that recently...

Artist: Alan Menkin, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice Album: Beauty and the Beast: Original Soundtrack Released: 10.03.2017 Label: Walt Disney   Well, this is something I'm sure most of you...

Artist: Brother Firetribe Album: Sunbound Release: 24.03.2017 Label: Spinefarm/Universal   The 80s have returned! Brother Firetribe has paid homage to the music world’s greatest decade with False Metal...

Artisti: Brother Firetribe Albumi: Sunbound Julkaistu: 24.03.2017 Levy-yhtiö: Spinefarm/Universal   80-luku on palannut! Brother Firetribe on tehnyt kunniaa musiikkihistorian hienoimmalle vuosikymmenelle levyillään False Metal (2006), Heart Full of...

Artist: Zeal and Ardor Album: Devil is Fine Release: 24.02.2017 Label: MVKA   Just when you think you've seen it all, you come across something like...

Artist: The Mute Gods Album: Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth Release date: 24.02.2017 Label: InsideOut   My favorite debut album last year was Do Nothing Till You Hear from...

Artist: Lost in Grey Album: The Grey Realms Release: 03.03.2017 Label: NoiseArt Records   Lost in Grey is a newcomer to the Finnish metal scene, even if frontman Harri...

Artist: Tim Bowness Album: Lost in the Ghost Light Release date: 17.02.2017 Label: InsideOut   Tim Bowness is best known as the other half of the British art pop...

Artist: Haken Album: Aquarius; Visions (reissues) Release date: 03.02.2017 Label: InsideOut   British new-generation prog metallers Haken are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band this year, and their...

Artist: Ember Falls Album: Welcome to Ember Falls Release: 17.02.2017 Label: Spinefarm/Universal Music   It's no secret that I've been a huge fan of Ember Falls ever since I...

Artist: Firewind Album: Immortals Release: 20.01.2017 Label: Century Media Records   It’s been 5 years since their last studio album, Few Against Many, came out, but...

Artist: Amaranthe Album: Maximalism Released: 21.10.2016 Label: Spinefarm Records   I've been trying to decide for a good while now whether I should review Maximalism by Amaranthe. As you...

Artist: Metallica Album: Hardwired... To Self-Destruct Released: 18.11.2016 Label: Blackened   Like many of our dear readers, my courtship with heavy metal music started in my early teens with...

Artist: Machinae Supremacy Album: Into the Night World Released: 16.12.2016 Label: self-published   It should come as no surprise that I am a bit of a MaSu fangirl. I...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Odyssey Released: 28.10.2016 Label: self-released   Popular YouTube violinist, Taylor Davis, is back with yet another album. October 2016 marked the release of her second...

Artist: Nightwish Album: Vehicle of Spirit Released: 09.12.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   It's always a good day when you go outside and find a Nightwish demo in your mailbox....

Artist: Sabaton Album: The Last Stand Released: 19.08.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   Sabaton. The great divide on this band never fails to amaze me. People either...

Artist: Leprous Album: Live at Rockefeller Music Hall Release: 25.11.2016 Label: InsideOut Music   Like many, I first heard of the Norwegian prog metal group Leprous when they were...

Artist: Maschine Album: Naturalis Released: 18.11.2016 Label: InsideOut   British progressive rock/metal band Maschine is a new name to me, although they've got one record, Rubidium (2013), under their...

Artist: Trees of Eternity Album: Hour of the Nightingale Release: 11.11.2016 Label: Svart Records   Death is not an unfamiliar topic for the vast majority of...

Artist: In Flames Album: Battles Released: 11.11.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   In Flames, much like Sonata Arctica, have seen a great deal of rising and falling in their popularity...

Artist: Dark Tranquillity Album: Atoma Released: 04.11.2016 Label: Century Media   I still remember it as if it were yesterday: about 9 years ago, I had received a bunch...

Artist: Riverside Album: Eye of the Soundscape Release: 21.10.2016 Label: Inside Out   Arguably one of the greatest progressive rock bands of the 21st century, Riverside faced a tragedy...

Artist: John Wesley Album: a way you'll never be Release: 7.10.2016 Label: InsideOut   John Wesley is known to most prog fans as a sideman, having worked as Marillion's...

Artist: Forever Still Album: Tied Down Release: 21.10.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   Who are Forever Still, you may be asking yourselves. This Danish duo came onto our radar after...

Artist: Epica Album: The Holographic Principle Release: 30.09.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   There can be no denying that Epica has a huge fanbase, nor that they deserve it. With...

Artist: Sonata Arctica Album: The Ninth Hour Release: 07.10.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   When mentioned to a crowd, Sonata Arctica is liable to elicit a variety of reactions, but...

Artist: Opeth Album: Sorceress Released: 30.09.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast   Opeth's recent releases have been rather polarizing in the metal community. I had no problem at all with the...

Artist: Insomnium Album: Winter's Gate Release: 23.09.2016 Label: Century Media   These days, Insomnium is one of those bands that hardly needs to be introduced to...

Artist: Blind Channel Album: Revolutions Released: 01.10.2016 Label: Ranka Kustannus   Blind Channel, in the span of a few months, has quickly become one of my favorite live acts....

Artist: Kansas Album: The Prelude Implicit Released: 23.09.2016 Label: Inside Out   Kansas has never been a massive name in Finland, and I’ve only heard ”Carry On Wayward Son”...

Artist: Psychework Album: The Dragon's Year Released: 02.09.2016 Label: Ranka Kustannus   There has been a lot of excitement buzzing around about the new Psychework album, because it marks...

Artist: Devin Townsend Project Album: Transcendence Release: 09.09.2016 Label: Inside Out Music   Few things in the world these days get me more excited than a new release by...

Artist: Witherscape Album: The Northern Sanctuary Released: 22.07.2016 Label: Century Media   Progressive death metal duo Witherscape’s debut album, The Inheritance (2013), was my introduction to the wonderful world...

Artisti: Witherscape Albumi: The Northern Sanctuary Julkaistu: 22.07.2016 Levy-yhtiö: Century Media Progressiivisen death metal -duo Witherscapen debyyttialbumi The Inheritance (2013) oli ensikosketukseni monilahjakkuus Dan Swanön ihmeelliseen maailmaan, ja...

Artist: Fates Warning Album: Theories of Flight Release: 01.07.2016 Label: Inside Out   Progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning started enriching my record collection around the time their previous album,...

Artisti: Fates Warning Albumi: Theories of Flight Julkaistu: 01.07.2016 Levy-yhtiö: Inside Out   Progressiivisen metallin pioneeri Fates Warning alkoi rikastaa levykokoelmaani edellisen albuminsa Darkness in a Different Light (2013)...

Artist: Ayreon (Arjen Lucassen) DVD: The Theater Equation Release: 17.06.2016 Label: Inside Out Music   It is time! Ever since I made the trip to Rotterdam...

Artist: Katatonia Album: The Fall of Hearts Released: 20.05.2016 Label: Peaceville   Some 4 years have passed since the release of Katatonia’s last full-length album, Dead End Kings (2012)....

Artisti: Katatonia Albumi: The Fall of Hearts Julkaistu: 20.05.2016 Levy-yhtiö: Peaceville   Noin neljä vuotta on vierähtänyt Katatonian edellisen täyspitkän Dead End Kingsin (2012) julkaisusta. Yhtye on pysynyt ihmisten...

Artist: End of Aeon Album: Through Infant Eyes Released: 19.02.2016 Label: Haminian   I largely feel like, in my personal experience, fans of female-fronted metal largely...

Artist: Whispered Album: Metsutan - Songs of the Void Released: 20.05.2016 Label: Redhouse Finland Music Publishing   Whispered first caught my attention after the release of their debut album,...

Artist: Amon Amarth Album: Jomsviking Released: 25.03.2016 Label: Metal Blade   It has been weirdly hard for me to decide if I like Amon Amarth or not. If you...

Artist: Lacuna Coil Album: Delirium Released: 01.04.2016 (North America), 31.05.2016 (Europe, Oceania) Label: Century Media   Oh Lacuna Coil, how I used to love you. I don't remember how...

Artist: Moonsorrow Album: Jumalten kaupunki Released: 01.04.2016 Label: Century Media   I'd be genuinely surprised if there's a single person in the world who can claim that Moonsorrow is...

Artist: Thunderstone Album: Apocalypse Again Released: 01.04.2016 Label: Sakara Records (distribution via Sony Music)   Thunderstone is one of those bands where you consistently find yourself wondering, "Where did...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Taylor Davis Released: 2015 Label: self-published   At last I can review some original violin music! While I don't expect it to...

Artisti: Queensrÿche Albumi: Condition Hüman Julkaistu: 02.10.2015 Levy-yhtiö: Century Media   Queensrÿche sai huomioni ensimmäistä kertaa, kun bändin katkera välirikko alkuperäislaulaja Geoff Taten kanssa nousi otsikoihin vuonna 2012. Seurasin...

Artist: Queensrÿche Album: Condition Hüman Released: 02.10.2015 Label: Century Media   Queensrÿche first got my attention when their ugly split with original vocalist Geoff Tate made headlines in 2012....

Artist: Leaves' Eyes Album: King of Kings Released: 11.09.2015 Label: AFM Records, Nuclear Blast   I really want to love Leaves’ Eyes. Liv Kristine is one of my favorite...

Artist: Bring Me the Horizon Album: That's the Spirit Released: 11.09.2015 Label: Sony, Columbia, RCA   For a long time, the majority of my metal friends were metal snobs....

Artisti: Riverside Albumi: Love, Fear and the Time Machine Julkaistu: 04.09.2015 Yhtiö: InsideOut   Löysin Riversiden musiikin kaksi vuotta sitten, ja puolalaisten tunnelmallinen proge iski minuun saman tien. Itse...

Artist: Riverside Album: Love, Fear and the Time Machine Released: 04.09.2015 Label: InsideOut Music   I discovered Riverside two years ago, and the Poles’ atmospheric prog struck a chord...

Artisti: Amorphis Albumi: Under the Red Cloud Julkaistu: 04.09.2015 Yhtiö: Nuclear Blast   Amorphis ei ole ollut järin amorfinen viime vuosina, sillä bändi on vaikuttanut välttävän hyväksi havaitun kaavan...

Artist: Amorphis Album: Under the Red Cloud Released: 04.09.2015 Label: Nuclear Blast   Amorphis hasn’t been exactly amorphous in recent years, as the band seems to have adopted an...

Artist: Iron Maiden Album: The Book of Souls Released: 4.09.2015 Label: Parlophone, Sanctuary Copywrites/BMG   Ah, my first album review of my first love. If you’ve read any of...

Artist: Bullet for My Valentine Album: Venom Released: 14.08.2015 Label: RCA Records   I know I’ve been going on and on about how great the new releases in 2015...

Artist: Helloween Album: My God-Given Right Released: 29.05.2015 Label: Nuclear Blast   My luck this year with new albums has been a bit crazy. Several of my oldest, favorite...

Artist: Kamelot Album: Haven Released: 05.05.2015 (North America), 08.05.2015 (worldwide) Label: Napalm Records/Universal   What can I say about Kamelot? They’re a great band. I’ve liked...

Artist: Apocalyptica Album: Shadowmaker Released: 17.04.2015 Label: Better Noise/Eleven Seven Music   Apocalyptica came out with a new album back in April, but due to general business, I haven’t...

Artist: Nightwish Album: Endless Forms Most Beautiful Released: March 2015 Label: Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner   I am an old Nightwish fan. That is to say, for nearly as long...

Artist: Ensiferum Album: One Man Army Released: 20.02.2015 Label: Metal Blade   Ensiferum recently released their 7th studio album, and the third since former frontman and...

Artist: Blind Guardian Album: Beyond the Red Mirror Released: 30.01.2015 Label: Nuclear Blast   Blind Guardian could arguably be my second original metal love, after Iron Maiden, and is...

Artist: Devin Townsend Project Album: Sky Blue & Dark Matters (Z2) Released: 27.10.2014 Label: Inside Out Music   There are few albums that I can say I actually "listened...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: The Anime and Game Collection Released: 2014 Label: self-published   At this point, with several 9-9.5/10 albums behind her, you'd think it...

Artist: Machinae Supremacy Album: Phantom Shadow Released: 22.08.2014 Label: Spinefarm/self-released   It's May 2016 and Phantom Shadow came out in August 2014, so you may be...

Artist: Iced Earth Album: Plagues of Babylon Released: 06.01.2014 (Europe), 21.01.2014 (North America) Label: Century Media   Iced Earth was one of the first metal bands I was introduced...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Melodies of Hyrule - Songs from the Legend of Zelda Released: 2013 Label: self-published   If you're going to make a beloved album collection of...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Legendary Movie Music Released: 2013 Label: self-published   With her two earliest gaming-related releases now in our archive, it makes sense that I'd move onto...

Artist: Turisas Album: Turisas2013 Released: 20.08.2013 Label: Century Media   So the fourth studio album from Turisas came out the other day, leaving most people wondering...

Artist: Wintersun Album: Time I Released: 19.10.2012 Label: Nuclear Blast   When Finns think about Guns N' Roses and the concurrent legend of Chinese Democracy (and the 15 or...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Game On: 2 Player Mode Release: 2012 Label: self-published   By now you might have read my review of Gaming Fantasy, so you might have...

Artist: Taylor Davis Album: Gaming Fantasy Released: 2012 Label: self-published   I have a massive amount of appreciation for Taylor Davis and what she does. Not only does she...

Artist: Machinae Supremacy Album: A View from the End of the World Release: 03.11.2010 Label: Spinefarm Records   I've been working on a blog post regarding albums that I...

Artist: Norther Album: N Release: 13.02.2008 Label: Century Media   Norther is a band with a bit of an odd history, at least in the few years leading up...

Artist: Helloween Album: The Dark Ride Released: 30.10.2000 Label: Nuclear Blast   When autumn rolls around, there are a handful of albums that I start listening to with a...

Artist: Sentenced Album: Down Released: 11.11.1996 Label: Century Media   The Finnish gloomsters Sentenced were on an upward trend in 1996, having released their breakthrough album...

Artist: Anathema Album: Eternity Released: 11.11.1996 Label: Peaceville   British genre hoppers Anathema have a discography full of shifts and changes. Formed in 1990, over the...