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Wildness: Wildness (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Wildness started in summer 2013 as a studio project, originally founded by drummer and songwriter Erik Modin while Pontus Sköld and Adam Holmström were in to share the lead guitar parts early on. The search for the right lead singer wasn’t easy, but after a few months they came across Gabriel Lindmark, and it didn’t take…

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The Adicts: And It Was So! (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland First establishing themselves in Ipswich, Suffolk, England as long ago as 1975, and putting out their first full length album on Dwed Records ‘Songs Of Praise’ in 1981, The Adicts have had decades to perfect their craft. They have had a few periods of inactivity during their career, but still have most of the original line-up…

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Apartment 213: Collected Violence (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Collected Violence’ contains nearly everything released by Apartment 213, including the ‘Vacancy’ and ‘Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things’ EPs, the splits with Gehenna, Thug, Benümb, Dahmer, Forced Expression, and Nothing Is Over, ‘The Power Of Tools’ Demo, and the tracks from the ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ compilation. The split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed is…

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Almanac: Kingslayer (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland For those who haven’t heard of Almanac before this, they were formed by Victor Smolski after he decided to leave Rage after a fifteen-year tenure. What he is doing now is bringing together stories of murdered kings, of despots and tyrants, framed by power metal being presented by three (!) lead singers. Andy B. Franck’s (Brainstorm)…

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Altavia: Kreosote (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland AltaVia are a new band to me, but apparently, they formed in 2008 in a small town in northern Italy, when after leaving his former band, Andrea Stagni (keyboards and vocals) started searching for new musicians. A friend introduced him to Marcello Bellina (drums, vocals), Mauro Monti (guitars, vocals) and Giuliano Vandelli (bass), who coincidentally were…

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Sonata Arctica: Ecliptica Revisited (2014)

Written by: Kev Rowland 1999 was quite a year for Sonata Arctica: they recorded the ‘Full Moon’ demo that brought them to the attention of Spinefarm, changed the band name from Tricky Beans, and having signed a deal also released their debut album, ‘Ecliptica’. The line-up back then was Tony Kakko (vocals and keyboards), Jani Liimatainen (guitars), Janne Kivilahti (bass)…

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