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Halcyon Way: Bloody But Unbowed (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland There can’t be too many bands around that state that their influences range from Megadeth to Dream Theater, Testament to Chimaira, King’s X to Stryper, and many points in-between. Back with their fifth studio album, the follow-up to 2014’s Billboard-charting ‘Conquer’, Halcyon Way are still refusing to be pushed into any particular sub-genre of metal or…

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Happy55: Warm Things (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Happy55 is a Russian group formed in Voronezh in 2007 by pianist and composer Yaroslav Borisov and drummer Alexander Bityutskih, with the line-up completed by Nikita Bondarenko (electronics) and Gennady Chukhlov (clarinet). They describe their music as chamber electronic and acoustic avant-garde, and consider their major influences to be Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Trilok…

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Hendrik Meurkens / Bill Cunliffe: Cabin in the Sky (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Hendrik Merukens is widely regarded as today’s pre-eminent jazz harmonica player in the tradition of Toots Thielemans, while pianist Bill Cunliffe is a Grammy-winning arranger who has also received multiple Grammy and Emmy nominations in his career. Both are active in their own bands and as session musicians, but this is the first time they have…

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Immortal: Northern Chaos Gods (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Hey guys, Immortal are back. I mean, they’re REALLY back! Just a very quick history lesson, as it is needed for this one. The band were formed by Demonaz (guitars) and Abbath (bass/vocals) in 1990, releasing their first three albums with different drummers, before Horgh (drums) joined the band in 1996. Following on from 1997’s ‘Blizzard…

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Isenordal: Spectral Embrace (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Isenordal blends influences from black metal, funeral doom, folk, and classical music to create a fresh and nuanced style all their own. Personally, I would call this progressive music in its truest sense, yet I am sure the band wouldn’t think of it that way. The band they most remind me of, although they are in…

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius: Guilty of Innocence (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Joe Deninzon is a highly acclaimed electric violinist, who performs in various different bands and multiple sessions, and when he is with progressive rock/crossover group with Stratospheerius, he also provides lead vocals. The line-up is completed by French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (The Syn, Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore….

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