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The Dead Centuries: Race Against Time (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Apparently these guys started off with a fairly standard line-up, with a female singer, but over time various people left and the band evolved so that this recording features just two people, namely Adam Tremblett (guitar, bass, programming) and Bryant McNamara (drums) although second guitarist Jacob McSheffrey joins them for live shows. What we now have…

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Enzo & the Glory Ensemble: In the Name of the Son (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is a project put together by Enzo Donnarumma, and follows on from the debut, ‘In The Name of the father’. Yes, girls and boys, this is a religious album, which according to the label explores and unifies the different genres of prog metal, classical music, symphonic soundtrack, musical, ethnic music, world music. to bring something…

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Il Castello di Atlante: Arx Atlantis (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland When a band has been around for forty years, with a fairly unchanged line-up for more than thirty, it perhaps isn’t unsurprising that they know what they are doing. Aldo Bergamini (guitar, vocals), Andrea Bertino (violin), Davide Cristofoli (keyboards), Paolo Ferrarotti (keyboards, vocals, drums), Dino Fiore (bass) and Mattia Garimanno (drums) follow a classic RPI path,…

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Isproject: The Archinauts (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the debut album by Italian duo Ivan Santovito (vocals, keyboards) and Ilenia Salvemini (vocals), who have been joined by Giovanni Pastorino (keyboards, programming), Simone Amodeo (guitars), Andrea Bottaro (bass guitar) and Paolo Tixi (drums), along with special guest Martin Grice (flutes, saxophones) (all of whom, apart from Andrea, are in Z-band). I am a…

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Jade: The Eclipse (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland I’ve given up trying to find out much information about these guys, as even though this is their second album, some 19 years after the debut, there seems to be very little about them on the web. Needless to say they don’t appear to have a site, and their Facebook page isn’t exactly a treasure trove…

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Jono: Life (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the fourth studio album from Swedish band Jono, which started as a solo project of singer Johan Norrby (hence the moniker ”JoNo”), who has been singing, writing, and playing music in various bands and projects over the years. This applies also for all the other members of the band. Guitarist Stefan Helleblad is a…

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Mangoo: The Heat (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Finnish band Mangoo (pronounced “man go”) have been making a fuzzy distorted noise for quite some time now, releasing their debut EP as long ago as 2005. Four years on and the debut album ‘Neolithic’ was released, followed up in 2012 with ‘Neverland’. For some reason it has taken nearly six years for the third album,…

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Metatrone: Eucharismetal (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Metatrone started life as Metafora back in 1997, but some four years later keyboard player Davide Bruno decided that he wanted to become a priest. After much debate within the band, the decision was taken to change the name to Metatrone (which means “God is since now and forever”), and they started to write power-prog metal…

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Millennium: Destiny (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland I am currently listening to a Japanese release of a Bulgarian band, that was sent to me by a Norwegian to review in New Zealand, and I’m English. Confused? I was, especially as it took me quite a while to pull together information about the band. Formed in 1987 by singer and guitarist Todor Grozdanov (who…

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