Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night

I really can’t make up my mind whether I’m a (big) fan of this band or not. I have little love for the first three John Arch fronted records and the first one with Ray Alder at the mike was an uneven effort. The band’s best effort by far is 1991’s Parallels, an album I genuinely love and I’m really into its predecessor Perfect Symmetry (1989) and its follow-up Inside Out (1994). I lost interest after that record and even though I own the three albums that followed, I hardly listen to them at all. After 2005, Fates Warning existed sporadically until they finally reunited back in 2013 with the album Darkness In A Different Light but the album was, unfortunately, an uneven affair that left me mostly cold.

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Eternal Idol – Renaissance

The second album by Rhapsody Of Fire and Labyrinth singer Fabio Leone’s new outfit Eternal Idol – a name obviously picked up from the classic and oh so underrated Black Sabbath album of the same name – is now in stores. The line-up that appeared on the debut album, The Unrevealed Secret (2016), has changed with guitarist and keyboard player Nick Savio and bassist Andrea Burratto (Secret Sphere, Hell In The Club) remaining and this time co-lead vocalist Claudia Layline replaces Giorgia Collelouri with drummer Enrico Fabris completing the line-up. Never a big fan of European Power Metal, Eternal Idol’s debut album was better than expected and even though I really haven’t given that album much attention for some years now, it still felt interesting to see what they had come up with this time.

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Lords Of Black – Alchemy of Souls Part 1

Spanish metalheads Lords Of Black is back again with a new album. This is a lot that really hasn’t impressed me all that much. They don’t suck but to these ears they have always been a standard metal-act that neither make me go “Wow” nor “yuck”. What they have given us, though, is Chile born singer Ronnie Romero, a guy that in no-time went on to front bands like Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, The Ferrymen, CoreLeoni and Vandenberg. To be honest, it was Romero who made Lords Of Black interesting at all and when he announced his departure from the band back in early 2019, I thought the band would be more or less over.

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Sinner’s Blood – The Mirror Star

In the last few months, new music has been released from countries I never heard of sporting any Rock music before. Stardust from Hungary. Bloody Heels from Latvia.
And now Sinner’s Blood from Chile. If anyone can mention any major bands from those countries, let me know because I sure cannot. Stardust and Bloody Heels are more in the vein of Melodic Rock, AOR, sleaze/glam and Arena
Rock but Sinner’s Blood, they’re a full-on Metal outfit. This lot is a collaboration between singer James Robledo and multi-instrumentalist, here the guitarist, and producer Nasson, latest heard on the underwhelming Chaos Magic album which, in truth, is a bit alarming. The band was completed by bassist Nicholas Fischer and drummer Guillermo Periera in 2018 and after lots of writing and rehearsing to and fro, the band finally signed to Frontiers and is now releasing their debut full-length album.

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DGM – Tragic Separation

Before 2016 I didn’t have a clue of who DGM were – and the only reason I found out about them was because of a promo download. The fact that DGM had been around for nine years and released four albums had completely passed me by. To my defense, I’m extremely selective when it comes to progressive Metal and Hard Rock because quite frankly, a lot of it leaves me cold. There are progressive Hard Rock and Metal bands I really love but there are way more of them that I really don’t care about so I really don’t go out of my way to find any new stuff in that genre. That being said, I was immediately glad that the promo of The Passage ended up at my house – because the record was great!

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Ayreon – Transitus

From go, this album wasn’t going to an Ayreon record at all but sometime somewhere when he worked on it, his mind was changed and the project started to get Ayreon-shaped – something I’m happy about. Another thing that’s impressive is that Lucassen has managed to get hold of some really big names for his project – Fish (ex- Marillion), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), John Wetton (Asia, Uriah Heep) and Bob Catley (Magnum) are some of the bigger names that has shown up and on this album none other than Mr Twisted Sister, Dee Snider makes a cameo. One thing that differs this album against the others is the story-line – this has nothing to do with the futuristic, sci-fi space-saga that almost all of the rest of the Ayreon albums are all about. This one is more down-to-earth – a gothic ghost-story and a tale of ill-fated love partially set in the 19th century, with elements of horror and supernatural. The album also comes with an accompanying comic-book. And let’s not forget, the narration comes from one Tom Baker, aka Dr. Who. Kinda impressive, right?

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis

When I took my first listen through my promo download of Ward XVI’s debut album The Art Of Manipulation (2017), I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. The music was obviously some kind of Metal but with a weird twist and I couldn’t get the hang of it. However, I realized that this album wasn’t something that would stick by first listen so I gave it the extra spins I felt it needed and voila, the record grew on me by each spin until I got it. Despite having the album as a download-promo, I knew I had get a hold of a physical copy – and to have the album in my hand made the experience even greater. I will not go into the story-line of what Ward XVI is all about as I did that in the review of the debut, so click the link below if you want to get that story. What I do know is that I have longed for this sequel and that I expect a lot from it.

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Rising Steel – Fight Them All

Look at the cover. Look at the band’s name. Look at the title. And then takes a look at the members’ names. Tony Steel (guitars). Steel Zard (drums). Flo Dust (bass). Mat Heavy Jones (guitars). Ok, so the singer’s name is Emanuelsson, but apart from that, can things be more Manowar than that? I know I rave about me listening to to all new records with an open mind but some bands make this very hard for me. I mean, with this lot, I know without hearing a note what this is all about. Heavy Metal. If this band play anything else than Metal, I will eat my shorts. And no, I haven’t read the press-release before writing this introduction but I will get into that now, for educational purposes – I need to know about this lot because I have never heard of this band before.

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Primal Fear – Metal Commando

In my little world of flowers, Primal Fear has been around forever. But they actually started out as late as 1997, formed by former Gamma Ray singer Ralf Scheepers and Sinner bassist Mat Sinner and their self-titled debut saw the light of day one year later. I admit that I never gave this band the time of day as I have never been much into European (read: German) Power Metal – and I’m still not. It took me all the way to 2016 and the album Rulebreaker before I checked them out and then it was only because I got a promo of that album from Frontiers Records. What surprised me most about that album was that I actually dug it which in turn led me to purchase their 2017 double compilation album Best Of Fear to check out their earlier stuff and lo and behold, I found a whole bunch of great songs on that one.

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U.D.O. – We are 1

As a huge Accept-fan, it was of course a no-brainer that I would follow both Accept and singer Udo Dirkschneider when he left Accept for the first time back in 1987. He called his new outfit U.D.O. and the band’s first album Animal House was all written by Accept and they even played on a couple of songs on the album. It’s not a wild guess that Animal House was probably intended to be the follow-up to Accept’s 1986 album Russian Roulette. Be that as it may, the first four U.D.O. albums were great and it looked like Udo’s career would over-shadow his former bandmates’ by far. But Accept decided to reunite in 1991 and U.D.O. was put on hold for what it looked like by then, forever. But it didn’t last and Udo left again in 1996 and resurrected U.D.O. Only this time things didn’t go all that smoothly.

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