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Foreigner

I’ve always wondered what to make of this band.  They have some great rock songs, but are probably best known for their global hit ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, and also for ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’.  Both of these hits were recorded with Lou Gramm on vocals, who was the original vocalist of the band, and who left in 1990, only to return in 1992, and again leaving the band in 2003.

Crazy Lixx

So far this Swedish band has released 3 studio albums, so this self-named album is their fourth effort. What they bring us here is a mix of hair metal, combined with melodic hard rock, so this might be an album that pleases a lot of people. What this band reminds me of, are the glorious eighthies, with stadium bands like Def Leppard and Whitesnake, although their sound is not the same, due to the hair metal influences of course.

Rated X

I guess you can’t get more classic hard rock than what this outfit brings us, which is no wonder if you see the line-up of this band.  First of all you get Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep ¨Purple, Whitesnake) on vocalx, then you get Karl Cochran (Ace Frehley) on guitars, next in line is Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake) on bass guitar, and last but not least Carmine Appice (

Cavalera Conspiracy

The Cavalera brothers Max and Igor delude nobody when it comes to determination and stubbornness. In the 1990s the Brazilians brought up some of the most uncompromising Metal records of music history with Sepultura and show with Cavalera Conspiracy that fatigue is a foreign word f. These lads from Brazil, French and the USA play these awesome mix between death- and trash metal.

Atriarch

An Unending Pathway is the third album by Atriarch (they released stuff before via same-minded labels Seventh Rule and Profound Lore), and it clocks forty minutes. This album, a seven-tracker, was produced by one of the greatest names within the scene, Billy Anderson. The quartet once again created a very distinctive, own-visionary form of Aural Art, which cannot be labelled as ‘Metal’, yet with pertinent, persistent metalized basics anyway.

The Drip

If the longest track on a 6 song ep is  2’.27” then one conclusion can already be that we’re not talking about a Doom Metal band…..

King Diamond

A double CD collection of ‘King Diamond’ songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions, will be released by ‘Metal Blade Records’ next month. King Diamond’s ‘Dreams of Horror’ is the only ‘best of’ album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and ‘Andy LaRocque’ meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalog.

Heart & Friends

I never was a real Heart fan, despite the facts that they had some good songs, not the least of all on of their early successes ‘Barracuda’, but also to the fact that in the eighties I used to listen to AFN network (the radio station for the American Forces in Germany), because this was one of the few radio stations at that time that played AOR.

Vega

British band Vega is back with their third album "Stereo Messiah"! Vega is a band formed in 2009 from the union of former KICK vocalist Nick Workman with the successful and respected song writing partnership of Tom and James Martin! Vega is a melodic hard rock band. And yes I can say: for me the album delivers a big 10!

Nachtblut

Nachtblut, the Lower-Saxonian one, are a German quintet that return with Chimonas, the successor of 2012’s Dogma, and their fourth studio recording in almost ten years of existence. Frontman Askeroth and his horde created once again a catchy, well-produced full length with this one, which has a total running time of fifty minutes.

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