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Bonfire: Temple of Lies (2018)

German band BONFIRE are one of the many veteran bands still having a go in the hard rock and metal circuit. A band with it’s roots going back to the early 70’s, although the Bonfire name didn’t appear until 1986. Apart from a minor break in the 1990’s the band have been active since that year, which is quite impressive,…

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Sons of Alpha Centauri: Continuum (2018)

UK band SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI was formed back in 2001, at the onset a duo consisting of Nick Hannon and Marlon King. They appeared as recording artists in 2007, and while active as recording artists after this as well, this has mainly been in various forms of collaborations and side projects. “Continuum” is the band’s second full length studio…

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Kalmah: Palo (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Ancestor was founded in 1991 by guitarist-vocalist Pekka Kokko and drummer Petri Sankala. After two demos, Pekka’s brother Antti was added to the fold as lead guitarist. Ancestor disbanded after five progressively more melodic demos in 1998, leading to the formation of Kalmah. With a line-up completed by bass player Altti Veteläinen (also Eternal Tears Of…

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Kanseil: Fulische (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the second album from Italian Folk Metal band Kanseil, who say that they are inspired by Eluveitie, Skyforger, Arkona, Agalloch and Alcest and it is no surprise to see that they have played with Korpiklaani among others. Lead singer Andrea Facchin describes their music as “evocative, overwhelming, heavy, varied and dynamic!” Apparently, the album…

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Light This City: Terminal Bloom (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Light This City began in 2002, when best friends singer Laura Nichol and drummer Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them. Still being at high school didn’t stop them, and they released their debut in…

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Marduk: Viktoria (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Looking through my collection, I can see Marduk’s debut album from 1992, ‘Dark Endless’ peeking out among some of their others, and must confess to always having an interest in the Swedish Black Metal act. Guitarist Morgan Håkansson has kept a tight ship over the years, and while they may not have always have pleased their…

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