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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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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