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Fomalgaut: Kray Vselennoy (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland It is true to say that I am not intimately familiar with the rock scene in Uzbekistan, and I don’t understand the Cyrillic alphabet either, which means that I am at a total loss when looking at Fomalgaut’s website and trying to understand what it all means. I believe they were formed about 15 years ago,…

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Fuchsia: Fuchsia (1971)

Written by: Kev Rowland Here we have an album that has received almost mythic status since its initial release on the Pegasus label back in 1971. The band was the brainchild of Tony Durant, who provided vocals and both acoustic and electric guitars, and he was joined by bassist Michael Day and drummer Michael Gregory. But what really makes this…

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Madball: Hardcore Lives (2014)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Hardcore Lives’ was released on June 27th 2014, and was the first album from Madball in four years. Tracked and engineered by famed Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long-time collaborator Zeuss (Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Soulfly, Terror, Whitechapel…). The band that started life as an Agnostic Front side-project, with Roger Miret’s young half-brother…

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Madball: For The Cause (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This 2018 release saw an important change in personnel for the band, as the year before it was announced that guitarist Brian “Mitts” Daniels was leaving after some sixteen years. Luckily the band were able to draft in a temporary replacement in Matt Henderson, who had previously played on 2000’s ‘Hold It Down’. Given that both…

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Sabaton: Heroes (2014)

Written by: Kev Rowland This 2014 release was the first since the stunning ‘Swedish Empire Live’ set the previous year. For me that was Sabaton at their stunning and pummelling best, so I was always intrigued to understand if they had managed to keep up the pace and power when back in the studio, but I needn’t had worried. In…

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Sabaton: The Last Stand (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Just two years after their last studio album, Sabaton were back in 2016 with ‘The Last Stand’. Although not a concept album per se, all of the songs take inspiration from “last stand” military battles. The title song is about the Stand of the Swiss Guard , which took place during the sacking of Rome on…

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Salander Stendec (2014)

Written by: Kev Rowland Salander were the duo of Dave Curnow (Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Bowed Guitar, Vocals) and Dave Smith (Keyboards, Acoustic Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming, Vocals), and in just a few years together they released four albums and a couple of singles. ‘Stendec’ was their third album of 2014, and was announced with the following email…

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Gérson Werlang: Sistema Solar (2015)

Written by: Kev Rowland Originally released through Musea Records in 2015, and now reissued digitally by Progshine, this is the second solo album from Brazilian composer and musician Gérson Werlang. Werlang is probably more well-known for being a member of Poços & Nuvens, who have released half a dozen albums to date, as his only other solo album was back…

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