Last Autumn’s Dream was formed in 2002 by Mikael Erlandsson from Sweden on vocals, and German guitarist Andy Malecek from Fair Warning. For their debut album that was released in 2003 they had the aid of John Levén, Ian Haugland and Mic Michaeli, all members from Europe. But when Europe reunited, they had to find some replacements. In came Marcel Jacob (Talisman), Jamie Borger (
Having reviewed other Impera albums in the past, I was surprised when I heard this album. It sounds a tad heavier than I’m used to with Impera. This is their third album, and if you ask me their best so far.
What started out as a private charity event, organized by Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and his wife Jacky Price was opened to the rockfans in 2012, resulting in a performance in the prestigious London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Having so far released 4 full studio albums, this is the first live album by this stunning band, recorded live at the Garage in London on16th May 2014 during their first ever headline tour.
This is the second album from Shadowbane, a band that is based in Hamburg. It’s release was postponed due to the burning down of the Hammer Studios, where Dirk Schlächter was busy with the mastering process.
The Storyteller is a Swedish band that was formed in the city of Gävle in 1995. They released their debut album ‘The Storyteller’ in 2000. This is their sixth album so far. I’d never heard of this band before, so with some curiosity, due to their name, I started listening to this album. What I heard was traditional power metal, but with epic elements in it, The bio suggests there are also some medieval folk music influenced. But I had to use a lot of imagination to hear those influences…
What do you get when you combine the vocals of Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers Stryper, and the guitar of George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) ? A fantastic sounding combination. Add James Lomenzo (ex Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and finally Brian Tichy (ex Whitesnake) on drums.
Pat Travers is a Canadian born guitar virtuoso, who was rather famous some thirty odd years ago, having had success with his 1977 ‘Makin’ Magic’ album and also with his 1980 ‘Crash and Burn’ album. So it’s no shame if you’ve never heard of him if you were born in the nineties or later, since he went out of the spotlights.
But the guy made a comeback in 2012, with a new band lineup, except for drummer Sandy Gennaro who returned behind the skins.
Outtrigger is a young Swedish band, that was founded in 2009, already released some EP’s, and now this is their first full album. Basically what you get from these guys is music that could please a lot of people. It’s got it’s hard rock moments, but also hints of Cyber metal, nu metal, and even mainstream rock elements. Despite combining such a heteroclitic mix of genres, I admit liking this album quite a lot. The songs are quite catchy, and energetic, but I’m afraid people who stick to traditional metal will not like this.
When I tell you I saw this band play live at the first Heavy Sound Festival in Bruges way back in 1983, that probably tells you something about my age. Being one of the first Belgian metal bands to gain some name outside of our little country, it was with great interest I started listening to this album, their first new official release since 1987!