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Sebastien: Act of Creation (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Sebastien is one of the very few Czech bands which are also known abroad. Their debut album, ‘Tears Of White Roses’ (2010), was released in Europe and Japan, the second CD, ‘Dark Chambers Of Déjà Vu’ (2015) world-wide. In 2012, Sebastien went on tour in Europe together with Circle II Circle and one year later with…

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Sound Storm: Vertigo (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Italian outfit Sound Storm have been around since 2002, but only guitarist Valerio Sbriglione is still there from the early days, and this their fourth album, actually features a brand new singer in Fabio Privitera (Aeternal Seprium, ex-Bejelit, ex-Mirrormaze (live)). Apparently they started life covering music by bands such as Savatage, Iron Maiden and Metallica, and…

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Squealer: Behind Closed Doors (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Originally formed in the Eighties as classic Power Metal band, Squealer from the north of Hessia, Germany have had a complex history. They mix melodic thrash metal with grooves, and then bring in their original influences. Although the band had plenty of highs during their career, such as touring with Judas Priest, they have also had…

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Starsabout: Halflights (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Halflights’ was the debut album by Polish band Starsabout, originally released in 2016. However, with their new album just being released by PPR, the label has seen fit to reissue the first as well. I must confess that this isn’t the sort of music I listen to for pleasure, as although the label states that this…

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Sulphat’Ketamine: Giant Runk (2015)

Written by: Kev Rowland This digipak full album 2015 release follows on from 2013’s four-track ‘Wild Runk’. I put their Bandcamp description into Google translate and came up with “Power-Trio furiously Rock ‘n’ Roll and fed on everything that was more or less electric in the 60’s and 70’s. Cut for the stage and pushed by an emergency of all…

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