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RevelationZ Site News - RevelationZ Closing Down
Posted by notrap - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sad sad news....
Wish all the guys here good luck!

and please....
STAY HEAVY!!!!!!!



Black Sabbath Reunite With Ozzy Osbourne
Posted by notrap - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The legends are back!!
Can't wait to see them live.



RevelationZ Site News - RevelationZ Closing Down
Posted by Steen - Saturday, August 20, 2011
Hi LDB,

As I wrote above, if the hosting fee is met "the site will stay online in its current state and work as an archive. There will be no new articles, but at least our work will still be available."

All my reviewers would like to stay on, but I am closing the site. The only question is if it stays online in its current state or disappears completely.





RevelationZ Site News - RevelationZ Closing Down
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, August 20, 2011
Sad to hear. This has been my primary go to site since 2003. I have been introduce many new bands and kept up to date with many other artists that I have been listening to from years past.

Steen your site cost me a lot of money in CD purchases :-)

Your site over the years became a community. I feel as though I have gotten to know quite a few of you over the years (through the music). Be it you, Alanna, Nina, Brian and so forth. It is that interaction between each reviewer and it's members is what keeps it unique.

Steen if you reach your goal how many of your current reviewers would be willing to stay on?







RevelationZ Site News - RevelationZ Closing Down
Posted by Nina - Thursday, August 18, 2011

It is really sad news. Beeing part of this website has been an honor and a very special feeling. I would like to thank all of my fellow writers for all the fun, the various views on Metal, great reviews and other experiences throughout the years. And of course, especially you, Steen, for all the hard work, dedication and money, you’ve put into the site.

I wish everyone all the best in the future!



RevelationZ Site News - RevelationZ Closing Down
Posted by Tajs - Thursday, August 18, 2011
Man, I don't know what to say...

From the time I had the honor of writing for the site, RevelationZ has been a constant thing, always there when I wanted to check out new stuff. Steen, I certainly understand that it is a lot of money to pay all by yourself. $1000 is a lot of money, especially when you have a family and a child to support.

Thank you for all your hard work over the years, it was very much appreciated. And thanks for all the fish!

Best wishes,
Tajs



Full Album Due From Osukaru
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, July 23, 2011
I though Carl Johan was a decent vocalist. Though I do have to admit his vocal style brought some limitations to Oz's material on the previous Ep's. Out Of Touch is the one that stands out in my mind where Carl would fit in seamlessly and then in another passages it just did not work well together.

Is anyone familiar with their new vocalist Tiann?



Statement From Joey DeMaio Regarding Manowar's UK Tour
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, July 23, 2011
Still waiting for a North American tour with a west coast Canadian date.



Free Download Of New Anthrax Song Available
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, July 10, 2011
A little more melodic than the early years with Joey but sounding good. Almost the original line up. Still minus Dan Spitz.

It has been a lot of years since I have listened to Joey's vocals but it is sounding a little lower and practiced (controlled) for that range. Time to pull out some old Anthrax out of the archives.



Be The First To Listen To Dream Theater's New Track
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, July 10, 2011
It is a good track. Mike sounds excellent behind the kit. Slightly different style and of course hardware. Deeper snare, more use of the floor toms and I noticed some simple fills that was very tasteful and dramatic. Perhaps It was MM's audition to the public on the first mastered work so I was looking for every little nuance in the final product. I am excited to hear the new DT this Sept. I believe that is the correct time frame we will see the new album.



RevelationZ Staff News
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, July 10, 2011
Sad to see her leave. Her stint (as staff) was short. I appreciated her point of view. I am sure we will here from her from time to time as a member.



RevelationZ Staff News
Posted by Nina - Saturday, July 9, 2011
:-( Sandra will be missed!



Be The First To Listen To Dream Theater's New Track
Posted by ProfessorShred - Friday, July 1, 2011
wow,i really want to like this track...maybe if this would have existed in early 90's I would have,but flash back to the present and after so many great bands(symphony x for instance) invading my brainwaves over the years,and DT just doesn't seem all that special an experience anymore.



Metallica To Release Album With Lou Reed
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, July 1, 2011
"not really 100 percent a Metallica record"... I think they accomplished this task once before. Can you say Load and Reload...and what the hell, lets through in St. Anger. And shall I also look at the horrible mix of Death Magnetic that sound as though they threw away the base tracks. Personally I do not think we will ever hear a Metallica album that is really 100% ever again.

However I have loads of respect for Lou Reed and what he has accomplished for the past 40 years.

Perhaps Metallica will take a walk on the wild side.

Sorry, I could not resist.



Europe Announce Swedish Tour
Posted by Nina - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wohoo, hope to catch them in Malmö!



Alice Cooper Announces UK Tour
Posted by Stuart - Sunday, June 12, 2011
I wish Alice would stop playing all seated venues.



Exodus, Destruction and Heathen Confirm Joint Tour Plans
Posted by Nina - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Man! I would like to see that show!



New Sabaton Video Online
Posted by Steen - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Love that song.



Powerwolf Confirm Album Tracklist
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ressurection by erection. Say no more...



Powerwolf Confirm Album Tracklist
Posted by Nina - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Oops! Dynamite, of course...



Powerwolf Confirm Album Tracklist
Posted by Nina - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
"Sanctified With Synamite"? Seriously, Powerwolf are the greatest when it comes to silly titles! And the music usually rocks pretty hard!



Hatriot EP Available For Download
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I actually can't read the name any other way. When puns go bad...



Hatriot EP Available For Download
Posted by Craig - Monday, May 16, 2011
Hat Riot! Hat Riot! Woohoo!

I'll be grabbing this, liked the songs I heard on their site a few months back anyway.



U.D.O Confirm European Tour Dates
Posted by Nina - Thursday, May 5, 2011
Yeah! That´s great, I will catch him in Malmö, Sweden!




Kamelot - Roy Khan Officially Leaves Kamelot
Posted by Alanna - Sunday, April 24, 2011
I was hoping this wasn't going to happen... but it did. I love every moment of Khan's career with Kamelot, with the exception of the snoozy first disc with him "Siege Perilous". His theatrical style put them on a different level than other power metal bands. They were also headed into a direction that I was anxious to see come to it's peak. Since the progression with Khan has been aborted, that makes (for me) the default pinnacle "The Black Halo". I believe they can continue on without him, I have very much enjoyed some of the live clips that have surfaced with Fabio on board, but it is just not quite the same with Khan.

I'm pretty upset and angry over this, really. Khan can redeem himself if he helps kickstart Conception again. I would completely forgive these transgressions if that were to occur.



Dream Theater Mini Series: The Spirit Carries On
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, April 23, 2011
I am surprised Ozzy has not tried this aspect. Or should I say Sharron Osbourne.



Dream Theater Mini Series: The Spirit Carries On
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, April 23, 2011
Interesting.

I am one who is not fond of the "Reality TV" competitions but this has me intrigued.

DT is turning into a marketing machine. This is a perfect inside look at the auditioning process. I think we will be wowed at the high caliber of musicianship that these drummers will present. It will be a drum clinic.








Kamelot - Roy Khan Officially Leaves Kamelot
Posted by Stuart - Friday, April 22, 2011
To be honest, i think it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise that Khan has left. Youngblood admitted in an interview a while back that they would be playing older, faster and higher-pitched songs on the latest tour that Khan couldn't or wasn't interested in singing.

Since I'm not a fan of the route the band have taken in the last couple of records this may mean a return to the 4th Legacy/Karma sound with a new singer.



Kamelot - Roy Khan Officially Leaves Kamelot
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, April 22, 2011
This is turning out to be a year of turmoil for bands with international acclaim.

I read the the news within hours of their posting. The Khan era was something magical. The band as a whole had great chemistry. Even though Kamelot is Thomas' band, Khan ended up being a key member that helped bring Kamelot to where it is today. Khan is a factor as to why I became a fan of Kamelot.

Like Schaffer of Iced Earth, I am sure Thomas will find another talented vocalist for his band. But in both cases it have to be a wait and see.



Jon Oliva's Pain Release Statement On Guitarists Death
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 22, 2011
He was a fantastic guitarist. I saw him live several times and he always nailed Criss Oliva's solos. That's the biggest compliment I could ever give.



Kamelot - Roy Khan Officially Leaves Kamelot
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 22, 2011
Damn! I had a feeling this might be coming.



Jon Oliva's Pain Release Statement On Guitarists Death
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 22, 2011
R.I.P. Matt LaPorte



Nevermore Guitarist And Drummer Quit
Posted by Stuart - Friday, April 22, 2011
Utterly gutted by this, Van is an amazing drummer and hard enoug to replace. But Jeff defined Nevermore's sound, I simply don't see how they can continue as before without him.



K.K. Downing Leaves Judas Priest
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, April 21, 2011
Downing's retirement is an omen. My guess there is a good chance the Epitaph tour will be the final chapter of JP's long and successful career.



Majesty Are Back
Posted by Steen - Monday, April 18, 2011
Very weird indeed. The name change never did make any sense though.



Majesty Are Back
Posted by Stuart - Monday, April 18, 2011
How very odd, I'm going to hazard a guess and say that they are lo longer on Magic Circle Music and so decided to change their name back.



Former Blaze Bayley Band Members Issue Statement
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, April 2, 2011
There is still more than what meets the eye with this story. Regardless the of financial problems Blaze is having there are better ways of dealing with this. The members of the band deserve better since it was this line up that helped solidify his standing in the metal community. This move will hurt Blaze's future musical endeavors.

I am still curious what this medical condition, as per the previous news thread, is and how it affects Blaze's move.

Self-appointed girlfriend manager? hmmmm...

I am sure with the talents of Dave, Nico and Jay they will re-emerge as a "band" with a new metal offering showing Blaze has made a bad decision with the course of action he has taken.



Former Blaze Bayley Band Members Issue Statement
Posted by Craig - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Oh, Blaze, why do you keep fucking this up?



Blaze Bayley Parts Ways With Band
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sad to here. Blaze found himself a group of excellent musicians only to split up due to unfortunate circumstances. I am sure the financial problems started with SPV. Then running things under his own label is a risk as well. Though I am puzzled about the medical reasons. I was unaware of any health issues (though I would guess that is a private issue). Hope he get well.



Iced Earth Confirm New Vocalist
Posted by Steen - Thursday, March 24, 2011
Yeah, I'll be sure to bid Matt a fine farewell from the front row at Sweden Rock in June.



Iced Earth Confirm New Vocalist
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, March 19, 2011
I Think Schaffer's choice is an interesting one. Block does have an excellent vocal range, but what I like is his vocal dynamics. It should be interesting to see if Schaffer opts to go heavier since Block is a good at the growls. First song I envisioned him singing (w/ his vocal dynamics) is "Violate" off the Dark Saga release. And no doubt he can pull off the songs from the Tim Owen's era. However there are a number of touring songs I question would quite right. Perhaps I identify Barlow as an integral part if IE sound.

At least Steen you will still get to see Barlow this summer. The article seems to read that touring and recording with Block will not commence till this winter.



Iced Earth Confirm New Vocalist
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Interesting! Sounds like a very good choice.



Kai Hansen Joins Unisonic
Posted by Transcendence - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wow what great news! Can't wait for the album.



Redemption - European Mini Tour Announced
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I'll be there!



Matt Barlow Departs From Iced Earth
Posted by VeX - Wednesday, March 9, 2011
They should go after Tim Owens again, He fit really well and has a great voice.



Matt Barlow Departs From Iced Earth
Posted by Steen - Sunday, March 6, 2011
You're right! Just checked the official site where it says:

"In his heartfelt statement, Barlow cites his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as the reasons for his retirement; however, he has committed to perform with Iced Earth on all 2011 European festival dates, which will be his last with the band."





Matt Barlow Departs From Iced Earth
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, March 5, 2011
I am however a little confused with one statement.

"It is going to be phenomenal to share the love of this music during several summer festivals and I know that it will be a time we will never forget. "

This tells me that Matt is at this time remained committed to a few festivals since getting a new vocalist to IE is time consuming. Perhaps this is Matt's final farewell.



Matt Barlow Departs From Iced Earth
Posted by Steen - Friday, March 4, 2011
The decision is understandable but damn, I was looking forward to hearing Matt back in Iced Earth at this years Sweden Rock. It will be most interesting to see who will pick up the torch. Now I can't help but wonder what the situation would have been in an alternate universe where Matt had stayed with Pyramaze.



Matt Barlow Departs From Iced Earth
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, March 3, 2011
I did not see this coming. I wish Matt luck and Jon even more so since history will show Matt vocals has become a significant part of IE's sound. Pretty tough shoe to fill let alone sell.



Iron Maiden wins "Best Metal Performance"
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sorry...repeating statements there.



Iron Maiden wins "Best Metal Performance"
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I agree it is a joke. It was the final frontier w/ that killer video, then perhaps it could be in the discussion. The Grammys are a lame duck and have been for decades. It is about what sells. And Iron Maiden is selling. Now if they picked Final Frontier (w/ that killer video) then we may have something to discuss. I would have gone with Slayer on that one.



Iced Earth Album Update
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I am surprised to see IE back on century media. I figured they would cross over to Metal Blade or Nuclear Blast.



New Whitesnake Video Released
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Coverdale's age is finally catching up with him. decent rock tune though.



Soundgarden - Live Album due in March
Posted by LSO - Monday, February 21, 2011
It was about time they get together again!! Great News!!! We want an album of originals in 2012!



God Dethroned To Split Up
Posted by Craig - Monday, February 14, 2011
Damn. Hope they play Bloodstock now.



Iron Maiden wins "Best Metal Performance"
Posted by Stuart - Monday, February 14, 2011
Which, although good for Maiden, shows how much of a joke the Grammys are. El Dorado is a pretty bland song as far as Maiden go and nowhere near the best song on the album.





Redemption - News Update
Posted by Steen - Monday, February 14, 2011
Just my thoughts. To say my expectations are high must be the understatement of the year. If I ever do an update of my All time favorite songs article then Black and White World will be somewhere in the top three. Every listen leaves me with that "Wow..."-feeling.



Nightwish Reveals New Album And Film Plans
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, February 13, 2011
Interesting. 13 songs for the album. I am going to guess that this will be released before the movie and then re-issued again with a complete score complete with new packaging once the movie is about to be released. Tuomas is an ambitious artist.

I am not surprised he wants to undertake such a project. It will open a lot of doors for him in the future when he opts to become a film composer. Thumbs up to him for following his dreams.





RevelationZ Site Update - News Headlines
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, February 13, 2011
2 thumbs up.



Redemption - News Update
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, February 13, 2011
Very good update. It was good to get a detailed update and news of his health status.

I am still trying to wrap my head around how they intend to raise the bar. Snowfall was a brilliant release and was hands down my favorite of 2009. Snowfall is still in my rotation with Black & White World still leaving me in complete awe. In my opinion Redemption took the reigns of being the best in progressive metal. With that being said I found it interesting in changing producers since they had consecutive successes in their progression in achieving new heights. With news like that I am eager to hear the result, which I hope is by the end of the year.



Pyramaze Part Ways With Guitarist And Bassist
Posted by Steen - Friday, February 11, 2011
Damn, I will mourn this for a while. Michael and Pyramaze created something very special with their first trilogy of albums. It will be intersting to see how the rest will carry on. I wish for the best.



New band Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Posted by Sandra - Thursday, February 10, 2011
ooops my bad ... I must have been tired. Pretty Maids and D-A-D are confirmed for Sweden Rock Klassiker Cruise .. sorry



New band Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Hehe, the all seeing eye is watching!



New band Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I was hoping we could get away with that one :)

On further inspection it appears they were playing some Swedish hard rock cruise and not Sweden rock.



New band Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
What happened to D-A-D and Pretty Maids? Or was I just dreaming... :)



Gary Moore Passes Away
Posted by notrap - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
An amazing guitar player.
RIP Mr. Gary Moore



Judas Priest Working On New Material
Posted by Craig - Thursday, January 27, 2011
Well that's a nice surprise. Hopefully one last classic.



Black Country Communion News
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
BCC debut made my personal top 10 of 2010 and is great to see they will be releasing another. I did not expect another so soon but with the compositional talents of Hughes and Bonamassa I am sure it will be another excellent release.



Tommy Leaves RevelationZ
Posted by notrap - Friday, January 21, 2011
Stay heavy Tommy ;) Cheers



Tommy Leaves RevelationZ
Posted by Nina - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
It is too bad Tommy has decided to leavy the mag! I always enjoyed Tommy´s reviews very much, and his contributions to the site will be missed!




Stratovarius - News on Jörg Michael and Tour
Posted by Ben Sommer - Sunday, January 16, 2011
Ugh - bacterial infection can ruin a singer's instrument, even kill. Old friend from music grad school died last week of pneumonia!



Stratovarius - News on Jörg Michael and Tour
Posted by Craig - Saturday, January 15, 2011
It's great to hear that Jörg is back behind the kit already. The band have handled the announcements about his illness with real class.



Happy New Year From RevelationZ
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, January 2, 2011
Happy New Years to all at RevelationZ.



New Release From Artillery
Posted by Ben Sommer - Friday, December 24, 2010
Love the guitar solis - Maiden-esque



Steve Morse Reissues
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, December 24, 2010
HTW is an unbelievable showcase of Steve Morse's diverse musical talent. He is still to this day my favorite guitarist. What area of music has he not excelled in musically? The man is brilliant.





Manowar Confirm First UK Date In Years
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Unless there are any Scottish dates (Which I doubt) I will be down the front at this one!



New Destruction Song Online!
Posted by Ben Sommer - Monday, December 20, 2010
Uggggh - I wanna SLAUGHTER PUPPIES after listing to this band. Actually surprisingly listenable. The mix is balanced and rocking, and not overly squashed with compression. Sick metal drummer #592 - what is in the water these days that there are so many amazing drummers in rock & metal?



Ross The Boss Frontman In Car Accident
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, December 9, 2010
Christ knows, would have re-written the whole thing if I'd had the time. Not really the most sensitive piece ever written.




Ross The Boss Frontman In Car Accident
Posted by Craig - Thursday, December 9, 2010
I know you just copied it word-for-word, but what kind of shitty, sneering bit of writing is that? Surely it can't have come from the band themselves?



Judas Priest Announce Farewell Tour
Posted by notrap - Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Judas Priest helped to define Heavy Metal.
They gave the step forward after Black Sabbath.

The legends will fall one by one. It’s life everybody knows.
2011 will be a very sad year for all Metal lovers.




Former Annihilator Touring Drummer Dies Of Cancer
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Well, Jeffo, I think you could have managed a slightly more tasteful statement than that.



Judas Priest Announce Farewell Tour
Posted by Sandra - Wednesday, December 8, 2010
It makes me sad thinking about the fact that my children will never never ever experience Judas Priest live... but that's how nature is :(

Who's next?



New Rhapsody Album in 2011
Posted by Steen - Monday, December 6, 2010
"it will be the last one based in the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the debut album "Legendary Tales". ".... Yes, finally! Seriously, I can't wait for this one.






Manowar: 'Dark Avenger Anno 2011'
Posted by Steen - Friday, November 26, 2010
Hhhmmm.... Hopefully the final mix will be rid of those vocal effects.



Stratovarius - Some Extremely Bad News
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, November 18, 2010
That is horrible news, get well soon Jorg!



Former Stratovarius, Helloween And Angra Members Form New Band
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
As Del said to me yesterday, the name "Generica" must already have been taken. Still, this is an amazing line-up. I just hope Uli will be involved in the writing process.



Rhapsody Of Fire Confirmed For Sweden Rock
Posted by Steen - Thursday, November 4, 2010
Rhapsody! Excellent!



Christopher Lee To Narrate Dark Avenger On Manowar's Battle Hymn Re-recording
Posted by Steen - Friday, October 29, 2010
Try telling that to Manowar! :)



Christopher Lee To Narrate Dark Avenger On Manowar's Battle Hymn Re-recording
Posted by Brian - Friday, October 29, 2010
No apologies for pedantry Steen . . . that would be Queen Of Great Britain, of which England is only a small part:-)



Ozzy Osbourne Confirmed For Sweden Rock and Wacken 2011
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Good beginning to SR2011! Seeing as I've never catched Ozzy live.



New Helloween Video Released
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Yes...back to metal.



Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by Steen - Friday, October 15, 2010
I have a feeling that the new Manowar album will be released to coincide with the Thor movie currently in production. May 2011... Mark my words...



New Helloween Video Released
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Got it! At least it's metal...



New Helloween Video Released
Posted by Steen - Monday, October 11, 2010
Hhmmm, now it's gone...



Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, October 7, 2010
Yeah what about the new album, should have been out ages ago!



Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by Craig - Thursday, October 7, 2010
The only thing that doesn't sound good on the original is the drums, everything else sounds brighter and more powerful than the production style Manowar are using these days. This will be a total waste of time at best.



Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by Steen - Thursday, October 7, 2010
Battle Hymns without Ross The Boss.... There's something wrong about that.



Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, October 7, 2010
Really, why re-record it. Remastering and re-issuing is fine. I have battle hymns and it sounded "massive" then and is classic now.

Your right Sandra it is a cash grab.





Manowar re-recording Battle Hymns
Posted by Sandra - Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Money ... typical...


How about a new album ????????





Carcass Guitarist Joins Angel Witch
Posted by Craig - Friday, October 1, 2010
That's one of the strangest things I've read in a while. Here's hoping it nabs AW some decent publicity at least.



Falconer Confirm New Album Details
Posted by Craig - Friday, October 1, 2010
Very interesting. This is a band that never stands still.



Riot Issue Album Update
Posted by Craig - Friday, October 1, 2010
Godamn that's good to hear!



New Monster Magnet Video Online
Posted by Stuart - Friday, October 1, 2010
Good song and an amusing video. Interesting that its only Dave's mouth that appears in the video, perhaps trying to hide the weight gain from the record buying public?



Psychotic Waltz Reunite, Announce Tour With Nevermore And Symphony X
Posted by Steen - Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wow! That's fantastic news. I never, in my wildest dreams expected that I would get the opportunity to see Psychotic Waltz live. Excellent!



Falconer Confirm New Album Details
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Could be splendid could be very bad

Same thing Eluveitie did, made an album with only folk songs, and they did it well. Hope Falconer can copy that.



Black Country Communion Tour
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, September 25, 2010
I picked up the album and there is plenty to get excited about. When listening to this release you feel like you are right there watching them.



Allan Lande - The Showdown
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, September 25, 2010
I got shivers down my spine at 3:52 when the solo passages changed. Beautiful transition! November is just around the corned.



Tarja Turunen: Second "Until My Last Breath" video Released
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, September 25, 2010
I already have the release and it is better than her previous. Not that I did not like "My Winter Storm" but this one offers more passages that pushes her musical talents.



Tarja Turunen: Second "Until My Last Breath" video Released
Posted by gizmo - Friday, September 24, 2010
Now that´s something different and better from her than the very uncatchy debut solo album.

This sounds very good. Maybe she will do a great album after all.



Allan Lande - The Showdown
Posted by Alanna - Tuesday, September 21, 2010
AMG!!!! *faints from excitement*



Black Sabbath Announce Seventh Star And Eternal Idol
Posted by Craig - Thursday, September 16, 2010
That's actually a couple of pretty cool reissues. I won't be buying The Eternal Idol again right enough, but I might finally splash out on Seventh Star now...



Quiet Riot Return With New Singer
Posted by Alanna - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Not terrible is my first impression. Huff's voice lacks the gritty, throaty rasp that DuBrow had, and has an altogether smoother approach. However those that are turning out for the concerts to only to hear the hits like "Cum On Feel the Noize" will be satisfied.



Samples Of New Helloween Album Available
Posted by Alanna - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sounds very promising!



Quiet Riot Return With New Singer
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I call bullshit on this. Banali plus two touring musicans for (what should have been) the last album and a new vocalist? How can you call that Quiet Riot? I'm not even a fan of the band and this sickens me.



Dream Theater: full of ideas and energy about the future
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am still shocked.



Samples Of New Helloween Album Available
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Samples sound promising. But then again samples usually do.



Quiet Riot Return With New Singer
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Mark Huff sounds quite a bit like DuBrow. I must admit I do not hear the energy that DuBrow had. It's the little things stylistically that are missing. Mind you it is simply a quick recording for promo of the tour. Be interesting to see them. Last time I saw them in the early 90's none of these band members were touring. It was Cavaso and DeBrow and the other 2 touring musicians I did not recognize.





Jordan Speaks
Posted by Sandra - Friday, September 10, 2010
This video is heartbreaking... And the last chord said it all.

This is exactly how I feel right now...so much better than words.




Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Posted by Steen - Thursday, September 9, 2010
Damn! This is sad and unexpected and it can't have been an easy decision in any way. Best wishes to Mike for the future. He's done a hell of a job in Dream Theater.



Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, September 9, 2010
Damn Microsoft Word, to quote Monty Python "You Americans!"



Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Posted by Craig - Thursday, September 9, 2010
Theater.

But yeah this is a baffling development. Haven't the band already been on a shut-down period while Labrie worked on his new solo album and Portnoy lived his rock star dreams touring with Avenged Sevenfold? I think he's being pretty unreasonable expecting them to just sit tight and wait until he starts feeling the love again while touring with other bands.



Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Posted by Dusse - Thursday, September 9, 2010
Damn, that was pretty unexpected! I have a pretty hard time imagining Dream Theater without Portnoy...



Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Posted by Sandra - Thursday, September 9, 2010
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! :(



New U.D.O Album Title Revealed
Posted by gizmo - Friday, September 3, 2010
You gotta love that man. One of the most productive artist in metal ever, and one who has never done one bad album you always know what you get.
And one hell of a voice



Sabaton To Re-Release Back Catalogue
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I always hate it when bands does this. Running wild, Scorpions, Iron maiden, Priest to name a few. It´s like pissing the fans in the face that has all the albums and then have to buy them all over again. Make the whole thing free on their homepage instead and reward the loyal fans instead of this cash in.

As a little comfort it seems like there will be a lot of extra material available, but it really kills me that this happens time after time. The link to the new bonus track sound pretty cool though.

And the albums are not hard to get these days in the old versions. That´s just not true!

I can easily understand that the band want more money for their effort but to do this is pathetic.



Sabaton To Re-Release Back Catalogue
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Looks like holding off buying The Art of War for two years has paid off!



New Grave Digger Song Online
Posted by gizmo - Saturday, August 28, 2010
A better than expected track, hope the album will follow in the steps of this track or even be a little better, so we can have another great album like Knights of the cross, The reaper or Tunes of war.



Arjen Reveals Star One Singers And Album Concept
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, August 28, 2010
Been waiting for another release with this project. Looks as though it will be the same stellar line up of vocalist from that last one. Dan Swano is one amazing vocalist.




Snowy Shaw Joins Dimmu Borgir Then Returns To Therion
Posted by Stuart - Friday, August 27, 2010
Shagrath has stated that Dimmu will now be a 3 piece.



Snowy Shaw Joins Dimmu Borgir Then Returns To Therion
Posted by Craig - Thursday, August 26, 2010
Strange situation, but it doesn't say anywhere in that statement that he won't be staying with Dimmy as well.



Arjen to release a new Star One album!
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Saturday, August 21, 2010
Last Star One release was excellent. Nice to see it will be thus far the same vocalists. Dan Swano is an excellent vocalist with some amazing vocal range.



Giuffria Reissues on Metal Mind Productions
Posted by Brian - Saturday, August 14, 2010
yeah, good to see Metal Mind looking to reissue some more good quality Melodic Rock - with Giuffria and Boulevard - as well as the Metal stuff they're usually associated with.



Giuffria Reissues on Metal Mind Productions
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wow. I have not listened to them in years. Lucky for me I can pull out my tapes and gander a listen before the CD releases. Now if only they can figure out the legal crap to re-release HOL self titled on CD.



New Virgin Steele Album Details Revealed
Posted by Tommy - Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Expectations are huge as always. Visions Of Eden was a fascinating dark piece.



Sabaton - Uprising Video Available
Posted by Tommy - Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Amazing video and a cool song.



Rhapsody Of Fire To Release 35-minutes symphony
Posted by Steen - Friday, July 30, 2010
I was excited until I read the part about English actors, narration and spoken parts. Now I'm a bit worried. Hopeful but worried.



Sabaton - In The Studio
Posted by Steen - Friday, July 23, 2010
I kind of hope it's not!



Sabaton - In The Studio
Posted by Craig - Thursday, July 22, 2010
I say it's whatever that cover song they played at Sweden Rock is called.



James LaBrie discusses 20 years of fronting Dream Theater
Posted by Sandra - Saturday, July 17, 2010
I’m sad to hear that. When I read that Dream Theater was going to be opening band for Iron Maiden I couldn’t believe my eyes, because I’m a HUGE fan of both bands. However, the problem you mention, about DT being an opening band and having a huge amount of material with long songs was exactly my concern. But what surprises me is that they didn’t fix the sound for DT – Come on, it is Dream Theater and you couldn’t even hear Labrie...that’s just unprofessional and must be a huge disappointment!.
Yeah, that’s a good question! I have been speculating about it too...they want to try something new? Haha, I don’t know because it’s legends we are talking about. But it’s defiantly a good deal for Dream Theater, that’s for sure!




New Grave Digger Album Details Released
Posted by gizmo - Friday, July 16, 2010
Mine too, but i fear they will never come close to the greatness of that album. It has not exactly been great albums they have released for a while now.



New Grave Digger Album Details Released
Posted by Stuart - Friday, July 16, 2010
Tunes Of War is my favourite Grave Digger album so I'll be very interested to hear this one.



James LaBrie discusses 20 years of fronting Dream Theater
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, July 16, 2010
Saw the concert w/ Maiden, I am sorry to say that DT is not an opening band. It was not good. Problem is DT has been around for a long time and has too much material to cover with a lot of epic songs. When they opened for Queensryche back in 2003 the time was shared and the mix for them was excellent. All 3 bands (Fates Warning) were stellar). Their performance would have been better if the sound engineers adjusted mix not having it set strictly for Iron Maiden. DT was so muddy sounding we could not even hear James Labrie. On the brighter side Maiden was excellent yet again and excellent stage set up.

The only question I have is; why does Maiden bother with an open band? So much material so little time. Still waiting for the band to play Sign Of The Cross (I know they did with the Brave New World tour but I missed that concert) and the Clansmen with Bruce.




James LaBrie discusses 20 years of fronting Dream Theater
Posted by Sandra - Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Quite interesting interview!
Enjoy :)





Blind Guardian - New Album E-card
Posted by Sandra - Friday, July 9, 2010
Epicness and badass ! cannot wait :)



Cage update and new song
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ahh great news. This one is highly anticipated.



Metalforce World Cup Song Available To Download
Posted by Stuart - Saturday, July 3, 2010
Yeah that was a real shame wasn't it?



Metalforce World Cup Song Available To Download
Posted by Brian - Saturday, July 3, 2010
That's an appropriate song title for the England team. Just add 'home'.



Crimson Glory Unhappy With Box Set Plans
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Metal Mind seem to love their re-issue cash-ins, but if they have bought the rights to these albums from Roadrunner in good faith then they haven't strictly done anything wrong.

This will all hinge on whether or not Roadrunner had the right to sell the albums to Metal Mind in the first place. Maybe Crimson Glory overlooked something in a contract or signed a deal they now regret agreeing to?



Crimson Glory Unhappy With Box Set Plans
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I remember reading something similar about Metal Mind Records before. Another band, same story.

I bought the Transcendence remaster when Metal Mind released it a couple of years ago. I was disappointed that the sound was pretty much exactly the same as the original. It felt like a cheap cash-in.



Samples Of New Blind Guardian Album Released
Posted by gizmo - Sunday, June 27, 2010
The single has leaked some weeks ago. Those song are very mixed they vary from great to sucks.

The track "A voice in the dark" is very good better than expected.

The second track is a Ballad not that good but not bad either, it´s called War of the Thrones.

The third track is a cover of John Farnham´s You´re the voice. It really sucks

All in all my expectations for the new album has been lifted :0)



Ozzy Osbourne Album Streaming on Myspace
Posted by Dark Lord - Wednesday, June 23, 2010
who gives a ---- about Ozzy, the guy became an icon because of Iommi & he was a mediocre singer at his best & a sleazy zombie for the past two decades (& not to mention his reality show tendencies) & he has the nerve to go head to head with Dio???



New Kamelot Album Details Released
Posted by Dark Lord - Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Great news; Kamelot & Jon Oliva!!! can hardly wait |..|



Official Rush Youtube Channel Launched
Posted by Stuart - Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rush fans I would expect.



Official Rush Youtube Channel Launched
Posted by Del1690 - Sunday, June 20, 2010
Who cares?



Wintersun Album Update
Posted by Brian - Saturday, June 5, 2010
That's cleared that up then.



Scott Columbus Confirms He Is No Longer In Manowar
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Interesting!



Sabbat Removed From Arch Enemy Tour
Posted by Stuart - Saturday, May 29, 2010
Cheers Arch Enemy, you have just saved me some money. I shall be returning my ticket to see your band and purchasing one for Sabbat instead. Plus I'll think twice about ever paying money to see you in the furure.

Lets hope a good chunk of your audiance do the same.



Virgin Steele Signs With SPV/Steamhammer
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
By the Gods, this is great news! Can't wait to hear the new album!



Geezer Butler Speaks About Ronnie James Dio
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, May 19, 2010
My heart broke while reading that but I'm glad Geezer shared it.



Ex-Dio Keyboard Player Comments On Ronnie James Dio
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I think it says something about what sort of person Ronnie was when almost every metal musician/fan who has been lucky enough to meet him has spoken about how amazing he was over the past few days.

When did you get the opportunity to meet the wee man Nina?

I would have loved to have spoken to him but closest I got to him off-stage was watching from afar as him and the band jumped out of a taxi and were ushered into the back door of a venue.




Ex-Dio Keyboard Player Comments On Ronnie James Dio
Posted by Nina - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Those were some very insightful and beautiful comments from Jens Johansson - and I believe very true, both concerning Dios enormous talent and his personality! Having had the honor of meeting the man myself, I must say I believe his description of Dio to be very true, a very kind, helpful, respectful and altogether nice person, who treated his fans like royalty. He will be missed on many levels. R.I.P.



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by notrap - Monday, May 17, 2010
I really don't know what to say...
Thank you for everything Mr. Ronnie James Dio.



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by Alanna - Monday, May 17, 2010
It is a sad, sad day when a true legend passes away. RIP The true King of Rock N Roll.



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by Dark Lord - Sunday, May 16, 2010
Rest In Peace HOLY DIVER, you'll be missed |..| you won't be forgotten |..|



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by Nina - Sunday, May 16, 2010

RIP Ronnie James Dio, the world have lost a unique musical talent as well as an amazing person!



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by Tommy - Sunday, May 16, 2010
A true legend and special person.
Thanks for everything Ronnie.



Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
Posted by Craig - Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thanks for the memories, Ronnie.

A sad, sad day.



Joey Belladonna Rejoins Anthrax
Posted by notrap - Thursday, May 13, 2010
It's always good news to see this classic line-up again.
BIG FOUR Concerts?? Anyone knows if this tour come to Iberia?



Sanctuary To Reform
Posted by notrap - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Good news, however I have serious doubts about the quality of this release.
I'm afraid not Stuart.



Sabaton - Another Coat Of Arms Track Available
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, May 13, 2010
White death (about the finnish sniper Simo hayha)
The final solution and Saboteors ( about the war in the Telemark Norway) it the album highlights. Midway is also a fine track.

Nothing at all has changed, but the album is a slighty improvement from their latest effort.



Sanctuary To Reform
Posted by Steen - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Very interesting! I can't wait to hear the new Nevermore album, and now this! Excellent news.



Sanctuary To Reform
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
How vague an "announcement" is this? Details, please!



Sanctuary To Reform
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I'm pretty excited by this!

Question is can Warrel still handle those high notes?



Accept - Teutonic Terror Video Online
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sounds promising, I am very positive surprised with the voice of Mark. Even though nothing can be comparred to UDO´s magnificent voice, then it seems like this is going to be one of the positive surprises of the year.

I had expected much worse



Joey Belladonna Rejoins Anthrax
Posted by Craig - Monday, May 10, 2010
This is a complete joke, but hopefully I'll get to see them with Joey back on board before they find another way to make a total mess of this again.



Power Quest Announce New Members
Posted by Craig - Monday, May 10, 2010
Oh well, my prediction goes out the window then.

I love the idea of Chity singing for Power Quest, but I honestly can't see him staying with them.



Grave Digger - Studio Update
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, May 6, 2010
Always something that they can see the albums after Tunes of war with the exception of knights of the cross, has not had the same quality as the old ones



Heaven And Hell Cancel All Summer Shows
Posted by notrap - Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sad news...
I hope Mr. Ronnie James Dio gets well very soon



Rhapsody Of FIre - Sea Of Fate Video Online
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A respectable Rhapsody video for once, only on a couple of occasions was it slightly silly. I like this attitude. Let the music do the talking! They're back! Woo! (Sorry, can't control myself)



Heaven And Hell Cancel All Summer Shows
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Gutted about this, I was going to see them at not only Bloodstock but supporting Iron Maiden in Dublin.

I hope Ronnie gets well soon but you have got to question why these shows were booked when there was a very real possibility this could happen.



Rhapsody Of FIre - Sea Of Fate Video Online
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I'm guessing the idea behind this video was "Right guys, lets let the music do the talking"

Which isn't really the kind of attitude I want from Rhapsody, I want Dwarves and Goblins running about Fabio's feet and dragon's ruffling Luca's mullet!



Forbidden Confirm New Album Title
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Thrash metal? Never heard of it, your a long way from home here buddy.



Forbidden Confirm New Album Title
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Hey, how 'bout some ripping technical thrash metal?!

Can't wait for this album.



Forbidden Confirm New Album Title
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Heavy Metal Musician In Bollocks Talking Shocker!

Seriously though, I reckon you could perhaps have got away with saying that in the couple of years following 9/11, with paranoia and mistrust rife and terror levels being jacked up left, right and center for no apparent reason but these days, riding out the end of an economic downturn, you would like to think the future is a little brighter.




Forbidden Confirm New Album Title
Posted by Nina - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Brian, I was thinking the same thing exactly! How about the time after World War II, where the whole world was in shock over all the despicable things mankind can do. Plus, as you say, countless other exaples thorough history.

On another note, a new Fobidden album sounds awesome! :-) Great band!



Forbidden Confirm New Album Title
Posted by Brian - Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Utter nonsense "moreso than any other era" !!!
Check out the history books. Look no further back than the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nuclear war appeared inevitable.
Want more examples, just let me know.



Kiss - Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour
Posted by bensommer - Saturday, May 1, 2010
That's awesome hopefully i'll remember to get it.



Stratovarius Reissue Polaris With Live CD
Posted by Steen - Saturday, May 1, 2010
The cash-cow lets out a happy Mooo!



Stratovarius Reissue Polaris With Live CD
Posted by gizmo - Friday, April 30, 2010
One Word "Why"!

And the live tracks is not close to being among their best tracks if we look past Hunting, Kiss of Judas and Father time



New Rhapsody Website Online
Posted by Craig - Friday, April 30, 2010
Hmmm, looks quite hastily thrown together compared to how detailed their old website was before it fell into disrepair.



Stratovarius Reissue Polaris With Live CD
Posted by Craig - Friday, April 30, 2010
Wait...what? The album isn't even a year old! Have they signed to Roadrunner or something?



New Annihilator Song Online
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, April 30, 2010
Sounds promising. Jeff Waters is one hell of a guitar player and has done an excellent job of keeping the Canadian metal scene alive.



New Ozzy Song
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, April 30, 2010
The material is written by Churko and Ozzy. Gus is just the puppet in this one. New song sounds heavy...generic and the I agree the Chorus does hurt. Ozzy must have written the lyrics.

It will probably suck like the last release...and the one before that, and the one before that...

I'll stick with Dio!



New Anathema Track Available To Download
Posted by Sandra - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wow, fantastic news!
Thin Air - just a few listens... and I like it very much, very interesting.
I can't wait for the album!



Long Serving Bassist Leaves Pretty Maids
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wow, I didn't see that one coming.



New Accept Track Available For Streaming
Posted by gizmo - Sunday, April 25, 2010
Better than expected



New Accept Track Available For Streaming
Posted by Craig - Saturday, April 24, 2010
Pretty good! It's not Accept without Udo though, simple as that.



Sweden Rock - Running Order Online
Posted by Craig - Thursday, April 22, 2010
Yeah, this "brainwave" of putting the last band on the wee stage on at midnight has left me with a dilemma. Stratovarius, who are one of the bands I wanted to see most but have seen 3 times before, or Guns N' Roses, who I will probably never get the chance to see again but who stand a good chance of being a disappointment or being an hour late onstage. Hmmmm.

Danzig/Jorn, Fates Warning/Skyclad, Cathedral/Dream Evil, Epica/Unisonic and WASP/Watain are all headaches I could have done without as well.



Sweden Rock - Running Order Online
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Christ! All the bands I want to see are playing at the same time.

Nazareth / Treat
Sabaton / Pendragon
Danzig / Jorn / Quireboys Acoustic
Grave Digger / Bigelf
Guns n Roses / Stratovarius
Fates Warning / Skyclad

Grrrrrrrr.... Some hard choices to be made...

Treat - Sabaton - Quireboys - Grave Digger - Guns - Fates.... I guess.



New Ozzy Song
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Not completely horrible, but not good either. I'll be really glad if I find out Gus G had no part in writing this.



New Ozzy Song
Posted by Stuart - Sunday, April 18, 2010
Now that is one awful chorus. Sadly the rest of the song isnt up to much either.



Pretty Maids Video online
Posted by Tommy - Thursday, April 15, 2010
Decent video, great song. The new album has quite a lot of quality material.



Redemption - European Tour Cancellation
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 9, 2010
Damn! I was really looking forward to this.



Wolf - Hail Caesar video online
Posted by Steen - Monday, April 5, 2010
Cool! Nice pose! I spotted you at three points during the video. Looks like it was an excellent night.



Wolf - Hail Caesar video online
Posted by Nina - Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yeah, Wolf rules! Also, I'm in this video. Around 1:25, for two seconds (just before the beautiful blonde girl)...ohh, the glory!



Dizzy Reed adds GN'R guitarist to Stockholm Rock out performance
Posted by bensommer - Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Who can keep track of who's in that band? Except for being able to name Axl



Iron Maiden - Album and Tour News
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, March 7, 2010
Maiden and DT under one roof! My God that is gonna be one hell of a concert.



Iron Maiden - Album and Tour News
Posted by gizmo - Friday, March 5, 2010
Hope its gonna be a lot better than the previous one which, by far, was their weakest



New Avantasia song online
Posted by gizmo - Friday, March 5, 2010
A friend of mine were invited to Sweden to hear the whole of both albums, she said this was the weakest track.

And have to agree with Craig, I´ll go even further and have to say this track, even though it ain´t great, is better than every track from The Scarecrow.



New Avantasia song online
Posted by Craig - Friday, March 5, 2010
Still, far better than either of the two singles from the previous album.



New Avantasia song online
Posted by Steen - Thursday, March 4, 2010
Disappointed... Slick and forgetable.



Sabaton to kick off extended World War Tour this summer
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, March 4, 2010
Well I shall certainly be at the Garage in Glasgow for this gig!



Stan Bush Album News
Posted by livefreeordi3 - Saturday, February 27, 2010
i can't wait to listen to this, i find myself listening to "Dare" every once in a while haha



Symphony X - New Album To Be Tracked In March
Posted by Sandra - Saturday, February 27, 2010
Great news, I just can’t wait !!!! Hurry up ! :-)



Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki's Neverland - Album News
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Nice looking forward to it.

Their other album had some great tracks especially the one with Hansi from Blind guardian making an appearance.



New Helloween - Dr. Stein Video
Posted by ChippyMinton - Monday, February 15, 2010
Having just listened to this on Spotify I am utterly gobsmacked. I've heard some brilliance from Helloween and I've heard some utter tripe but this has just left me speechless.

It's well played, well performed and in some places quite listenable if you've never heard the songs before but they've ripped the soul out of the songs, they've turned classics into caricatures.




Overkill - New Video available
Posted by Steen - Sunday, February 14, 2010
Yep great song, geat video and a superb album overall. The title track is my current favorite.



Overkill - New Video available
Posted by Craig - Friday, February 12, 2010
What a brilliant song. One of the best from an amazing album.



Avantasia Album News
Posted by gizmo - Sunday, February 7, 2010
Kiske, Oliva, Meine and Catley incredible those 4 great vocalist will be on the same album

Unfortunately i fear the same soft music that ruined The scarecrow, my expectations are very low



Scorpions - 'We have reached the end of the road'
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wow, Scorpions were always one of those bands you thought would never stop going. I'll definitely need to catch them on tour if it's my last chance to see them again.

Sweden Rock headliners this year or next maybe...?



Latest Avantasia Guest Singer: Jon Oliva
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Uhh nice. Oliva. Catley and Meine. What a combination.

But I Still fear the same AORish sweet stuff that was on The scarecrow instead of a killer album.



New Helloween - Dr. Stein Video
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Monday, January 11, 2010
WOW! This is gonna be one release we are not to take seriously. Personally I think this revisit is kind of interesting. I checked out the preview on the Lp and it will not be vintage power metal. However I will pick this one up for shits and giggles. Honestly, it should be taken as good fun. Instead of what some bands my do and try to re-record old material or have remixes. They have simply taken an interesting approach as doing them as cover songs. I like the idea and it should pay homage to such great material given to us for the past 25 years.



Blaze Bayley - New Song Streaming Online
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Monday, January 11, 2010
If 'Watching The Night Sky" is any indication of what we can expect with the forthcoming release it should be another full out Metal release from Blaze.



New Helloween - Dr. Stein Video
Posted by Craig - Thursday, December 31, 2009
Quite a funny video but my God this album is going to suck!



Kamelot - Album news
Posted by Metal Mike - Monday, December 21, 2009
My most anticipated album for 2010!



Circle II Circle News
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Man, could Bill Hudson be any more of a bandwhore?



Manowar - Hell On Earth V Trailer
Posted by Steen - Saturday, December 5, 2009
I can't wait to see this. I remember singing Battle Hymn to the camera before the show in Germany 2007 so hopefully some of that is in there somewhere... or maybe not... Anyway, I'll be buying it soon.



Manowar - Hell On Earth V Trailer
Posted by Stuart - Friday, December 4, 2009
Looks good, I'll either be purchasing it or waiting till Barry gets his hands on it :)



Ronnie James Dio diagnosed with cancer.
Posted by Stuart - Friday, November 27, 2009
Horrible news, I was worried it could be somthing this serious when I heard that the entire UK tour was cancelled.

Hope Dio makes a quick and full recovery. He is a Metal legend and still one of the top Metal vocalists around.



Sweden Rock Festival 2010 - First bands announced
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Not really an awe inspiring start for me. kiske's band will be interesting since they are gonna play some Helloween songs but apart from that I'm not overly excited by anyone else.

Still plenty more to be announced!



Mike Tramp up-date
Posted by My - Friday, November 20, 2009
Mike is now doing a tour in Denmark, rumours says that gigs in Europe for 2010 is about to be booked.
Has anyone heard anything about these matters?
Would be nice to know the countries, where and when...
Take care,
My





Rhapsody Are Back!
Posted by Steen - Thursday, November 19, 2009
Best news of the year. Finally they are back.



Rhapsody Are Back!
Posted by Craig - Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Frozen Tears of Angels of FIRE!!

Welcome back !:)



Grave Digger - Guitarist Manni Schmidt Leaves Band
Posted by gizmo - Monday, October 12, 2009
The band never sounded great again, after The Gravedigger album so I don´t really care that much about it. With every release i hope they´ll come back to form but they never does :0(



Grave Digger - Guitarist Manni Schmidt Leaves Band
Posted by Craig - Friday, October 9, 2009
Shame, the last album was really good as well, and now both the guitarists that played on it are gone...



Shadow Gallery - New album - Third Trailer online
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The music arrangements and composition is Shadow Gallery in every aspect, but I cringe not hearing Baker as the lead. I must admit I am prejudging prior to its full release but Brian Ashland thus far in the promos has not impressed. .



RevelationZ Magazine - Website problems
Posted by Steen - Friday, September 18, 2009
The one I fondly refer to as Arthur. It's just an ordinary garden shed. Not important really.



RevelationZ Magazine - Website problems
Posted by Stuart - Friday, September 18, 2009
Which of your two sheds did you lock it in?



Stratovarius - re-release of the epic double album
Posted by gizmo - Monday, September 14, 2009
One word "WHY"



Manowar - Hell on Earth V DVD information
Posted by Steen - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Finally! I have been waiting for this since the Demons, Dragons and Warriors German tour of 2007.



Falconer to begin working on new album
Posted by gizmo - Monday, August 31, 2009
Hopefully more folk than it is now that would be great.

I have no idea what it else would be!



Sonata Arctica - New video
Posted by Craig - Saturday, August 29, 2009
What's this? Speed? Melody? Guitar? Maybe Sonata aren't a lost cause after all.



Forbidden - New song online
Posted by Steen - Thursday, August 27, 2009
Yeah! Awesome song. Highly promising indeed.



Forbidden - New song online
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wow, sounds very promising!

More like the stuff on Twisted into Form than anything else, which is nice :)



Bon Jovi - New Album Due In November
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Still not 100% certain I want to spend £40-50 seeing Bon Jovi in a stadium. I've not bothered the past few times they have played Glasgow as I'm just not a big fan of stadium gigs.

But apparently I missed a cracking gig last time round as they played a varied set list and not just tracks from the new album plus the big hits so it is tempting.



Shadow Gallery working on new album
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Friday, July 31, 2009
I am not sure what to think of this. Last Christmas they were working on the new matterial. Perhaps some vocal tracks from the Demo's were already done by Baker.



Shadow Gallery working on new album
Posted by YNGWIEVIKING - Tuesday, July 28, 2009
thanx



Shadow Gallery working on new album
Posted by Steen - Monday, July 27, 2009
My guess is that someone in the band is doing the vocals. Carl Cadden-James maybe?
I do know that DC Cooper will be singing on one song on the new album.



Shadow Gallery working on new album
Posted by YNGWIEVIKING - Monday, July 27, 2009
Who is the new lead singer ?



Jorn Lande is back in Masterplan
Posted by Craig - Sunday, July 26, 2009
Ah well I'd say the loss of a beer is a fair price for getting Jorn Lande back in Masterplan. Fantastic news!



Jorn Lande is back in Masterplan
Posted by Steen - Saturday, July 25, 2009
...And there was much rejoicing and drinking of free beer.



Black Sabbath Re-issues
Posted by yngvai - Sunday, July 19, 2009
I'm not buying another fucking thing that has to do with Ozzy solely because of Sharon Osbourne. His newer stuff I wouldn't want anyway, but the day they divorce or she drops dead I'll start looking for these remasters.



Former Crimson Glory singer Midnight passed away.
Posted by Craig - Thursday, July 9, 2009
Very sad news, a unique talent sadly plagued by some serious personal problems. I'm off to listen to Transcendence.



The End Of Metal Church
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sad news this one, I havent heard the newest album but A Light In The Dark was pretty good.

Saw them at a festival a few years back and they were one of the bands of the festival.



Redemption - New Album Teaser
Posted by Steen - Thursday, July 2, 2009
Can't wait to hear this one.



Possible To/Die/For reunion
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Why give hope if it´s not sure they will release anything!



Megadeth Announce Endgame As Title Of New Album - Due In September
Posted by gizmo - Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sounds good but I have my doubts that they will ever come back to the form they were in Rust in peace, Countdown and Peace sells days.

The last 4 albums have been really bad



Manowar EP News
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, June 11, 2009
Well as I am not interested in buying MP3 and not attending any concerts the EP will be impossible for me to get. Hehe once again Manowar shows themselves as donkeys, a lot of fans will be dissapointed by this if the songs from the EP are not on the album. That would really be screwing the fans and not good for a band that really rides high on how they treat their fans.

Good god I gave up on this band long time ago, but i would like to the hear the songs anyway cause i have a little hope that they could do something like Triumph of steel or older material, the later sucks

And why is there not a version of the song in Swedish? that would have been a more obvious language than Norwegian, Croatian, Hungarian or Finnish (should be one hell of a language to learn).



SPV Declared Insolvent
Posted by gizmo - Friday, May 29, 2009
Very bad news :0(



SPV Declared Insolvent
Posted by Craig - Thursday, May 28, 2009
Yikes, it would be a big blow to metal fans if SPV goes under...



Manowar Videos - New song preview
Posted by wildpegasus - Wednesday, May 27, 2009
GREAT! We will be there!

We are happy to enjoy Jack Starr's band BURNING STARR again at this festival, too.

Jack Starr's guitar melodies are extremely stirring, touching, wild and passionate!

You can not find everywhere this electrifying contrast of hard riffs and very emotionally presented moving melodies with a guitar sound full of heart and soul.

I'm pretty excited to get Jack Starr's new Melodic Metal CD
which should come out very soon.

It must be already Jack Starr's 13th CD with changing bands (this talented guitar hero seems to like to be not limited to only one band and style to realize his tremendously great repertoire of ideas!).

The songs which I have heard at the last festival and at the pre-listening session are absolutely great!

I like the new singer's voice (Todd Michael Hall) very much! It is high, powerful and voluminous and he presented his singing in so many different ways and therefore underlines the expression of the extremely moving tunes.

If you have a weakness for screams full of whole elemental power, while high charisma is lying in every tone and every word which is pronounced - you will know what I mean.

The sensational riffs and the catchy chorus lines in Jack Starr's versatile Melodic Metal songs I can remember very well.

It's an uniquely stylistic balance between traditional and today's current sound.

If you furthermore like goose-flesh making ballad tones which rise up to a bursting true metal adventure, the gloomy threatening atmosphere with heavily dragging sounds, surprising, lively and dramatic guitar solo melodies, the wild rocking energy, an interesting spice of Indian, mythical and middle eastern elements and the battering power of the thrilling "live" song "Evil never sleeps" you really should lie in wait for this new CD like I do.

Especially to all European explorers of earth shaking metal events it is firmly recommended to visit the next

Jack Starr's BURNING STARR concert

on July 18th, 2009

at the next Magic Circle Festival in the tremendous "Loreley" amphitheatre
in St. Goarshausen - together with

MANOWAR, HOLY HELL, KINGDOM COME, DOMAIN and many other bands.

MELODIC GREETINGS FROM GERMANY! HOPE WE WILL SEE YOU THERE !!!




Former stratovarius Members Launch Project Strato
Posted by Craig - Monday, May 11, 2009
Colour me interested! I've only heard Twilight Time a couple of times (just bought it recently), but it sounds like a great album, very different from the Mk II Stratovarius.

I just wish they'd get rid of "Strato" from the title and call the band Dreamspace or something.



New Dream Theater song online
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, May 6, 2009
First impression is very good. Can't wait for this album to arrive.



Masterplan update from the band
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, May 3, 2009
:-)



New Heaven & Hell video
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, May 3, 2009
Sweet! It is my favorite Sabbath line up. At age 67 Dio is still sounding remarkably good.



Machines Of Grace featuring TSO, Savatage and Metal Church members ready debut release!
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Sunday, May 3, 2009
Listened to the 2 songs on myspace and I am now anxiously awaiting for the release this summer. Though I tend to do that with anything that is linked to Savatage.



Manowar - The Asgard Saga
Posted by Steen - Saturday, April 25, 2009
This whole thing sounds very ambitious and fraught with pitfalls but I believe Manowar can pull it off. Hopefully they will skip the narration this time around and let the music be the sole conveyor of mighty Nordic thunder god mythology. Here's to the hope that this continues where Sign of the Hammer left off.



Masterplan update from the band
Posted by Craig - Saturday, April 25, 2009
Hey, if they get Jorn back on board it'll be a small price to pay ;)



Masterplan update from the band
Posted by Steen - Saturday, April 25, 2009
I feel it too. A strong thirst is coming...



Manowar - The Asgard Saga
Posted by Stuart - Saturday, April 25, 2009
That's the cat, I take it you are familiar with his handy work?



Manowar - The Asgard Saga
Posted by Craig - Friday, April 24, 2009
Thor the mighty? Thor the brave? Dude that crushed the infidels in his way?



Masterplan update from the band
Posted by Craig - Friday, April 24, 2009
Starting to look like I owe you a beer, Steen...



Manowar - The Asgard Saga
Posted by Stuart - Friday, April 24, 2009
God knows how this is going to turn out, I'm hoping the band provides more Metal and less overblown bluster with the new album.

Oh and Manowar singing about Thor? Well I never!



Redemption news
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is Great News. Redemption's last 2 releases were unbelievable and both can be placed in the all time top 10 best prog releases.

I think Sandra said it best "it's going to be one hell of a summer".





Gary Wehrkamp in new project called Roswell Six
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, April 23, 2009
Very Cool! Listened to the 4 songs and I will be reserving my copy.



Jorn Lande - Full Spirit Black Album Details Revealed; Audio Samples Available;Rejoins Masterplan?
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hmmmmmm....I think not so long ago I mentioned something like Lande making his way back to Masterplan. This is not confirmed of course since it is a rumour but you have to admit where there is smoke there's fire. Interestng to see how that turns out.



To/Die/For Call It Quits
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 17, 2009
Yes, what a shame. They were a great band.



To/Die/For Call It Quits
Posted by Dark Lord - Thursday, April 16, 2009
What a shame; I really really loved this band. Thank God 'Scream Silence' is still there.



Manowar Reunites With Donnie Hamzik for 2009 Tour Dates
Posted by Craig - Sunday, April 12, 2009
Really hope everything is ok with Scott Columbus. I know the first time he left Manowar was because his young son was seriously ill, hope it's got nothing to do with that again.



Redemption news
Posted by Sandra - Friday, April 10, 2009
Awesome news!
I can't wait for this release and the release of Dream Theater's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" it's going to be one hell of a summer.




Redemption news
Posted by Tommy - Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I'm so much looking forward to this. Redemption is one of the best and most interesting bands out there right now.



Sonata Arctica - Album update
Posted by Craig - Monday, April 6, 2009
"Nevertheless, it's definitely not a back-to-the-roots album with fast power metal."

Count me out then. Unia was one big pile of shit.



Tim 'Ripper' Owens Announces Live Lineup For Summer Shows In Support Of New Solo Album
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thats some line-up he has got together. Looking forward to seeing him!



RevelationZ - New Feature added to member ratings
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Hear, hear.



RevelationZ - New Feature added to member ratings
Posted by Brian - Wednesday, April 1, 2009
yes, I wish more people would sign up, log in and express their view. It's always good to get a second (and third, and fourth...) opinion.



Heaven & Hell - Bible Black
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sounds promising...



Dream Theater's Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Coming June 23rd!
Posted by Craig - Saturday, March 21, 2009
Hopefully it'll be more consistent than the last one. That was an album that mixed the brilliant with the shocking.



ANVIL! The Story Of Anvil - DVD Version To Be Released In The UK In June
Posted by Steen - Friday, March 6, 2009
Cool, that must have been awesome. I am really looking forward to seeing it.



ANVIL! The Story Of Anvil - DVD Version To Be Released In The UK In June
Posted by Stuart - Friday, March 6, 2009
Saw the film a couple of weeks back. Excellent documentary.

We actually got lucky in Glasgow and got tickets to a sneak preview which included an Q&A with the director and band plus a 3 song set by the band themselves.

It was quite odd seeing the band rock out in a cinema hall but it was a great night. You can see footage from the bands performance on youtube :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UKr_XQ_Kk8





New Revolution Renaissance MP3 download
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, March 5, 2009
The first track age of aquarius sounded very promising this one sucks a little



New Revolution Renaissance MP3 download
Posted by Brian - Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ah, a press release. This must be the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius.



Magic Circle Festival 2009 details
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Yeah the seat thing is a bit worrying. How can their be a festival with seats? Unless there is a raised platform somewhere???

And if I rember last year the Ultimate Fan Package was only about £60 more than the price of a standard ticket. Big hike this year.

Sadly thats the kind of thing you get at big "event" gigs these days. Bands like Bon Jovi charge silly money for "golden circle tickets" plus assorted gifts. Can be a bit of a con sometimes.





Magic Circle Festival 2009 details
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Yeah, it seems they are cutting down instead of expanding which is disappointing. Hopefully more details will be released soon and hopefully in as entertaining a way as this press release. But what's up with the reserved SEAT!! for the ultimate fan pack? Erm...
The whole idea of the "ultimate fan package" seems questionable.



Magic Circle Festival 2009 details
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Looking into this it seems that Manowar only appear to be playing one day of the festival. Slightly disappointing if thats true.



Blind Guardian working on new songs
Posted by Craig - Thursday, February 19, 2009
Whatever happened to that orchestral album?



Blind Guardian working on new songs
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Still hoping for another Imaginations album, but i doubt it will happen.
That album is today my most heard album in my entire collection. My dissapoinment were big with Nightfall, even bigger with a night a the opera, and for a twist i had no expectations but it was a nood in the right direction.

Dare I really hope for a great album once again from BG.



New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If it's like the 8 good songs on the Scarecrow I'll be delighted.



Revolution Renaissance album news
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Not bad not bad at all

But I still reguard Tolkki as an Ass like Malmsteen ;0)



New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Agreed Tinitus were a pretty average album, i don´t think they are going back too, he is going to continue along the bon jovi way



New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by Sandra - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Oh yeah, that would be great.
However, I'm not that hooked on Tinnitus Sanctus either.. don't think he is going back..
so I have no high hopes.



New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by Steen - Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm hoping for a huge U-turn musically as well as the return of David Defeis. Now that would peak my interest.



New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by Sandra - Sunday, February 15, 2009
Hmm I’m still not over the disappointment.. and soon a new album?!
Then I’ll listen before I buy… I wasted my money when I bought The Scarecrow.. it’s ONLY okay.. Uninspiring… and what a boring DVD…




New Avantasia album before the end of the year
Posted by gizmo - Sunday, February 15, 2009
Let it be better than the very dissapointing The scarecrow, but i have no high expectations of that.

It grows weaker everytime i hear it.



After Forever part ways
Posted by Craig - Saturday, February 7, 2009
Big shrug of the shoulders from me. Wasn't too impressed with them at Sweden Rock a couple of years ago.

The older stuff written by Mark Jansen was quite good though.



New Hammerfall video
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wow, they spent all of 5 minutes writing that chorus didn't they?

Its not a terible song, just underwhelming.



New Hammerfall video
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Cripes, what a piss-rank chorus. That they've got such a mid-tempo opening track for the album doesn't fill me with much enthusiasm either.



New Hammerfall video
Posted by Steen - Monday, January 19, 2009
First impression: Disappointed. Some good elements but way overproduced and lacking in power.



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Craig - Friday, January 16, 2009
You're on!



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Steen - Thursday, January 15, 2009
I hope you're right but I'm willing to stake a beer of choice at this years Sweden Rock Festival if your prophecy comes true. Something like that would demand a celebration.



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Craig - Thursday, January 15, 2009
I wouldn't stake my tattered reputation on it, but I've got a sneaky feeling. Grapow has been trying to work with Kiske again for years. I think they tried to get him as the Masterplan singer before they got Lande, and there was that talked-about Grapow/Kiske/Hansen project that looks like it hasn't come off. Also, with Kiske singing on half the Revolution Renaissance album maybe he's finally ready to drop his guard?

I'd thought about Roland or Jan taking over vocals as well, but the last line of the statement makes it look like there's a fifth memer coming aboard.



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, January 15, 2009
Could also be RG taking over the duties as well. He did so on his first solo release. Though he is nothing like Jorn.



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Thursday, January 15, 2009
I think perhaps Jorn may be back in the mix.



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Are you willing to bet on that?



Mike Di Meo out of Masterplan
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Michael Kiske. Mark my words.



New feature on the site
Posted by Craig - Monday, January 12, 2009
That's cool, guess I'll be able to go back and attach the full reviews if I change my mind. :)



New feature on the site
Posted by Steen - Friday, January 9, 2009
LDB: Excellent, good to hear.
Craig: Yeah, I understand how that might be the best way of doing it. But you're welcome to post a review along with a link to the original as well if you want.

By the way, I'll be adding the option to post a review to empty ratings soon, so it will be possible to add the rating and then go back and attach a review/comment to it at a later time.
Various search options and statistics will also be coming when more ratings have been added.



New feature on the site
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I could post all my own reviews from metalcdratings.com but I think I'll just leave ratings I give them instead.



New feature on the site
Posted by Little Drummer Boy - Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Definitely something I would like to try out this coming new year :-)



New Metallica video
Posted by Steen - Thursday, December 11, 2008
Cool video.



Album update from Stream of Passion
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Hope it´s going to be a little better than the first. I had so high expectations for the first album and was dissapointed. The music was just so slow and boring not at all what i had expected after had been praised so much everywhere. Maybe/hopefully the next will be better.



Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson offers free solo album downloads
Posted by Steen - Saturday, November 29, 2008
Support this guy! He has created some amazing music and hopefully he will be able to continue.



Saxon and Iced Earth announce European tour
Posted by Stuart - Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Perhaps the UK dates are still forthcoming?

Well what I mean is perhaps that traditional 1 date in London is still forthcoming.



Saxon and Iced Earth announce European tour
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Then I am gonna see Saxon after all.

From after Something wicked IE lost my passion hope Barlow can give it back to me, he is the only reason I am going in Copenhagen.

It seems like Jon has just lost it over the years from perfectly good Power metal with Thrash influences to epic stories that does not really fit anywhere, just like the music.

Burnt offerings and The dark saga will always stand as some of the most supreme albums of all time



First bands announced for Sweden Rock Festival 2009
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I'm there already (not literally, of course).

THUNDERSTEEEEEL!!!



Saxon and Iced Earth announce European tour
Posted by Craig - Tuesday, November 25, 2008
No UK dates? Pish!



First bands announced for Sweden Rock Festival 2009
Posted by Steen - Monday, November 24, 2008
I hope you will be able to make it! With 10 bands out of the first 22 I have to see it can only turn out great.



First bands announced for Sweden Rock Festival 2009
Posted by Alanna - Monday, November 24, 2008
OMG I so want to go to that.... !



Grave Digger - 'Ballad Of A Hangman' Video Online
Posted by Steen - Saturday, November 22, 2008
I was one big smile through the song until it came to the weak chorus. Seems too easy to me. The song shows potential and I hope they regain their old strength on the album. Knights of the Cross and Tunes of War are my faves as well. Classics.



Grave Digger - 'Ballad Of A Hangman' Video Online
Posted by gizmo - Saturday, November 22, 2008
Seems like they are back on track after a few albums that could not live up the old great albums like Knights of the cross and the supreme Tunes of war



Rage - New EP details
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Smells like a cash in :0( hate it when bands I like do this



New Edguy video
Posted by gizmo - Monday, November 3, 2008
It´s an ok song but nothing special. The video is nice though.

I don´t hope it´s gonna be somewhere close to The scarecrow, that was too much Bon jovi for me.

I am hoping for something between Mandrake and Hellfire club. If theres just one song on the album with as much power as Nailed to the wheel then I will be impressed and glad.



New Edguy video
Posted by Craig - Monday, November 3, 2008
Not impressed. Hopefully it'll be like The Scarecrow in that they release the worst of the album as a single (or singles).



Shadow Gallery vocalist passes away
Posted by Alanna - Sunday, November 2, 2008
oh NO! That's my first reaction...
Truly, I am crushed.
I loved Mike Baker, he had a fabulous voice, just truly wonderful.
"Hope For Us" was one of my favorite ballads.
Well, it still IS.
I'm just crushed, this is so sad and so sudden.
He really will be missed.



Shadow Gallery vocalist passes away
Posted by Steen - Saturday, November 1, 2008
This is so sad to hear. Mike Baker was one of my favorite singers. He will be missed.



Stratovarius returns in 2009 - New album and live shows
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Unless they announce that Tollki would be back again in the band next year after recovering from megalomania hehe. Somehow nothing about this "joke" band surprises me anymore. They could announce they were all gay and I would not be surprised.

On a more serious note, mabye it will turn out good after all. I Mean the RR album from Tolkki were actually quite good and him removed from the band and some of the tentions gone they might could cunjure up something good. I mean the last Strato album really sucked big time and Element pt 1 and 2 were only had a few good tracks on them.

I hope the album will be good back to the days of Visions and Episode, then I am satisfied.



Stratovarius returns in 2009 - New album and live shows
Posted by Steen - Saturday, October 25, 2008
One thing is for sure, it will be hard to come up with any more surprises from the Stratovarius camp... Weird to have a Stratovarius without Tolkki but I'll wait and see what they come up with.



Stratovarius returns in 2009 - New album and live shows
Posted by Alanna - Friday, October 24, 2008
Good grief. I don't even know WHAT to say about this. I thought Strato was done with and now they have a new guitarist and are going to do another album?

Well bravo! It seems weird, since it was Tolkki's band as far as I knew.. but I know others have gone on without their creator so perhaps Strato can do the same. Koti and Jens made up a huge chunk of their sound IMO and Koti knows how to write Strato sounding songs so this could be a good thing.





Magic Circle Festival Vol. 2 Limited 2-Disc Steelbook Edition now for sale
Posted by gizmo - Monday, October 13, 2008
Who gives a shit :0) I mean an autograph! who cares I only love the music whatever the band writes on (toiletpaper or LP´s) I don´t care.
It´s just a money machine, and it really does´nt suit the band. Another tumble by Joey and Co, there has been a few of those the last years. For a band I before held in high reguards, they are now just ridicolous but I still love the music though:0)

The unautographed release going my way



Magic Circle Festival Vol. 2 Limited 2-Disc Steelbook Edition now for sale
Posted by Steen - Monday, October 13, 2008
What's up with the price on that "even more limited edition"? $110 extra for an autograph and a serial number!!? WTF!



Danish Priest Feast Date Confirmed
Posted by gizmo - Saturday, October 11, 2008
noooo not in fucking Horsens :0( I´ll be going to Malmø then



Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy Release Date Confirmed
Posted by Steen - Thursday, October 9, 2008
No news about a European release date.....yet.



Cage - New Demo track online
Posted by gizmo - Monday, October 6, 2008
Well if the can make a better one than Hell destroyer it would be fantastic



Virgin Steele Reissue news
Posted by Alanna - Sunday, October 5, 2008
Oh MAN I have to have Life Among the Ruins again.
Its one of the best albums..... ever.
I have owned two copies. Both which met terrible fates.
It is an INCREDIBLE album and I am pleased to see it being rereleased along with the Heaven and Hell duology.

If only DeFeis could recreate his days of glory here... I'll keep hoping!



Cage - New Demo track online
Posted by Steen - Sunday, October 5, 2008
Can't wait for this one to be finished. It sounds like Cage are still at the top of their game. High potential in this demo.



Sieges Even split up
Posted by Steen - Thursday, October 2, 2008
Damn! I loved that band.



News from Ex-Crimson Glory singer Midnight
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Ouch! Midnights voice has really deteriorated. Lost Reflection should never be re-recorded and definitely not like this. Painted skies with Jon Oliva on vocals is another matter, a nice surprise!



Cage Podcast online
Posted by Steen - Monday, September 22, 2008
Excellent idea with the podcast. This is one album I am awaiting most unpatiently. If you haven't heard Cage then go out and buy Hell Destroyer right away. Best album of 2007. Pure Metal.



Edguy - New album cover art revealed
Posted by Alanna - Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hopefully Tobi's energies went into this Edguy album rather than the Avantasia. It was very disappointing but he can do better so I have....HOPE!! That cover art though. Can't say that I like that too much.



Edguy - New album cover art revealed
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, September 17, 2008
After the latest Avantasia album I expect some hard evidence to support that last statement.



Magic Circle Festival 2008 Vol. II DVD
Posted by Steen - Sunday, September 7, 2008
I had been hoping to be able to relive at least one of the Manowar concerts in their full length on DVD but it doesn't look like that will happen. Ahh, but I can always close my eyes...



Album and DVD news from Redemption
Posted by Steen - Thursday, August 28, 2008
Ahh, can't wait...
I really can't say enough good things about this band.



New Metallica song online
Posted by gizmo - Tuesday, August 26, 2008
There´s another track out now. It ´s a little better but still something that could easily have fitted in on the Load or reload album which i hate.

I am not surprised that i don´t like it



New Metallica song online
Posted by Stuart - Sunday, August 24, 2008
Listening to the first few mins was just like listening to some outtake from Load or Reload (Re-loaded anyone?) but I was actually taken aback when it kicked in. It's strangely rather good.

Gives me some hope for the new album.



New Metallica song online
Posted by Craig - Saturday, August 23, 2008
Hey, this is pretty not bad!



New Metallica song online
Posted by gizmo - Friday, August 22, 2008
Ohhhh what horror. They have released another piece of pure shiiite.

Well it was what to be expected



New Falconer video
Posted by Steen - Thursday, August 14, 2008
Funny! I got home from work and the promo was in my mailbox. First listen is about to commence.



New Falconer video
Posted by Steen - Thursday, August 14, 2008
Nope, haven't heard Man of the hour yet. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the promo.



New Falconer video
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This is going to be good, one of the best album this year i am sure of that



New Falconer video
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Heard the other new song, Man of the Hour? It's good as well. I'm properly excited about this album now.



New Falconer video
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Ahh! This sounds very promising!



Bob Catley album news
Posted by Craig - Saturday, July 12, 2008
The samples sound very promising, I'm really looking forward to this now.

Just a shame Vince O'Reagan doesn't seem to be involved - his solos on When Empires Burn were fantastic.



Bob Catley album news
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Looking forward to this album almost everything this man touches is pure greatness.



Timo Tolkki: 'There will be one more Stratovarius album'
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Oh no stop this sick man he comes with so many statements that says one and then the next week they say another it´s so pathetic



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Stuart - Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It also explains why Rhapsody are not playing Magic Circle Festival this year. I thought they would have been a shoe-in for playing.



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Steen - Thursday, June 12, 2008
Yeah, my thoughts exactly. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the band comes out unscathed and more powerful than ever. I crave many more Rhapsody albums.



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Craig - Thursday, June 12, 2008
Also might explain why Fabio's finally been given the time off to go back to Vision Divine. This could be a long process.



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Steen - Thursday, June 12, 2008
They already have.... Legendary Tales! Heh, no... It might be titled "Joey - Agony and Ecstasy in eight parts", narrated by Tim The Enchanter.....

But seriously, what a shame. When I interviewed Luca back in 2007 he had several things planned and none of this has happened yet.



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Craig - Thursday, June 12, 2008
Rhapsody vs Manowar? A song needs to be written about this titanic struggle! Nae, an album!



Message from Rhapsody
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I had a feeling that something was wrong but this sounds really sad. Hopefully it will be sorted out soon.



Dragonforce - New album details
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Their firts record sucked
the second were average
the third not great but quite good

Guess this will be a copy of the third album i can´t imagine anything else. I am pretty indifferent about this release.



Dragonforce - New album details
Posted by KingPest - Wednesday, June 4, 2008
With an album title like that I can imagine where this is going...



Falconer finishing new album
Posted by Craig - Thursday, May 22, 2008
Cannae wait!



Falconer finishing new album
Posted by Stuart - Thursday, May 22, 2008
Northwind while not being as good as the first two albums was certainly a return to form for Falconer. Hopefully the new album will be just as good.



Former Stratovarius Members: Timo Tolkki's Main Motivation Was Greed
Posted by gizmo - Thursday, May 8, 2008
Well i never had high reguards for Timo Tollki he seems like an idiot and after the circus in 2004-2005 can´t remember the right year i found it hard to believe the statement he put out earlier.

I must say i trust more the statement from Kotipelto, Jens and Jörg than the one from Tolkki



Former Stratovarius Members: Timo Tolkki's Main Motivation Was Greed
Posted by Craig - Thursday, May 8, 2008
What's more interesting is the suggestion that they might be carrying on as Stratovarius without Tolkki!

When I read Tolkki's first statement on the split up I thought it looked like a refreshingly honest explanation for a band falling apart and calling it a day.

This statement definitely casts a lot of doubt on that.



Former Stratovarius Members: Timo Tolkki's Main Motivation Was Greed
Posted by Steen - Thursday, May 8, 2008
Interesting to hear a different view of this sad situation.



More bands confirmed for Magic Circle Festival 2008
Posted by Steen - Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Yeah it looks to be the event of the year. Don't worry, I will be there singing along to both bands so you don't fall asleep!



More bands confirmed for Magic Circle Festival 2008
Posted by Stuart - Friday, April 25, 2008
Looks like a pretty stong line up doesnt it?

Shame I need to stand through Whitesnake and Def Bloody Leppard on the 3rd day. But seeing Manowar will make it worth it!



New Nightwish video online
Posted by gizmo - Friday, April 18, 2008
a matter of opinion I really dislike this song .



Stefan leaves Hammerfall
Posted by Revgoomba - Thursday, April 17, 2008
WOW! I didn't see that one coming!



New Nightwish video online
Posted by Craig - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
gizmo is pretty wrong.



New Nightwish video online
Posted by gizmo - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The video is really incredible but why on earth do it to the crappiest song nightwish have ever written, I really hate this song not worthy of camparrison of all other NW songs. Probably because i think Marco can´t sing he sonds like a dog barking, his voice suits Tarot much better



Iced Earth - New interview and sound clips available
Posted by KingPest - Friday, April 11, 2008
Ultra generic riffing for sure, but Barlow sounds great. Hopefully Jon has decided to save him self for the full album instead of blowing his entire load on the EP like last time...



Stormwarrior replace Sir Lord Baltimore at Sweden Rock
Posted by gizmo - Saturday, April 5, 2008
Stromwarriors latest 2 albums have been extremely great so its a replacement that really rocks an average band goes out a great band comes in



Stormwarrior replace Sir Lord Baltimore at Sweden Rock
Posted by Stuart - Friday, April 4, 2008
Having downloaded some Sir Lord Baltimore stuff I was quite looking forward to them. But getting to see King Kai Hasen beaking out some early Helloween classics will be much better.

And if there is one thing that the Sweden Rock line up needed this year it was more Power Metal. So I'm rather chuffed about this.



Stormwarrior replace Sir Lord Baltimore at Sweden Rock
Posted by Steen - Friday, April 4, 2008
Excellent replacement! Stormwarrior with Kai Hansen were great at Wacken last year.



Latest news from Timo Tolkki
Posted by gizmo - Friday, February 22, 2008
Well i never had high reguards for Tolkki especially not after the circus with first firing Kotipelto and the rest of the circus, but it seems like he has the law on his side this time.

Though theres 2 sides to every story it is probably as he says, record compnies just skrew you over time after time.



Iced Earth to Headline ProgPower USA IX
Posted by KingPest - Thursday, January 17, 2008
I'm definitely going. Can't pass up the opportunity to see IE with Barlow, JOP, and Rob Rock.



New Avantasia video online
Posted by Craig - Monday, January 7, 2008
Yipes, just listened to Carry Me Over for the first time. Ick.

I hate the way Sammet is trying to pass of these shitty pop rock songs as classic rock power ballads. You're not fooling anyone!



Lost Horizon to record new material
Posted by Craig - Monday, January 7, 2008
I don't think they'll ever get a singer as good as Danny, but listening to the newer Heed songs (and his shameful display at Sweden Rock '07) I'm sort of glad he's gone if the only way to keep him was let him in on the writing.



Lost Horizon to record new material
Posted by Steen - Monday, January 7, 2008
Yes, very exciting news. I have high hopes that they can find a vocalist in the same league as Daniel (or that he reconsiders and returns to the fold) and they create another masterpiece. A Flame To The Ground Beneath is among my all time favorite albums. Listening to it right now in fact...



Lost Horizon to record new material
Posted by KingPest - Monday, January 7, 2008
I loved their last album. Hope the next one is killer too!



New Avantasia video online
Posted by Steen - Sunday, December 30, 2007
Good to hear there's some quality stuff on them. I ordered the two EP's yesterday, so it will be interesting to hear all the songs.



New Avantasia video online
Posted by gizmo - Friday, December 28, 2007
My words exactly Steen. Those two songs really ain´t worth much, but the other songs except the cover song from Lost in space part I and II EP´s are OK. But my expectations have been lowered a lot after these two videos



New Avantasia video online
Posted by Craig - Sunday, December 23, 2007
It's true, Lost in Space is bloody dreadful and not deserving of the Avantasia name.

But there are three tracks on the two EPs that are just brilliant - two very much in the vein of Hellfire Club (not exactly what you're looking for in Avantasia, but better than nothing) and an amazing ballad featuring Mr Bob Catley.

I still have hopes the new Avantasia will have more good than bad songs.



New Avantasia video online
Posted by Steen - Saturday, December 22, 2007
This song along with Lost in space has lowered my expectations for the fortcoming album quite alot. These two songs are generic and disappointing when thinking about the Avantasia legacy.




Matt Barlow is back with Iced Earth!
Posted by KingPest - Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I liked Owens in IE but I'm also glad that Barlow is back. To a lot of people Barlow IS Iced Earth (or at least 50% :D) I'm interested to hear Barlow sing on the new Pyramaze too.



Matt Barlow is back with Iced Earth!
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Very interesting news! Too bad for The Ripper, he did an awesome job. A concept album in two parts with two different singers will be somewhat weird but I am more than happy to have Matthew Barlow back in Iced Earth.



Ayreon teaser trailer online
Posted by KingPest - Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A teaser indeed. I want more.



Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Dead At 52
Posted by Michael - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
VERY SAD NEWS. DuBrow looked good (and sounded fantastic) this summer at Sweden Rock festival. R.I.P.



Mattias Norén leaves the cover artwork business
Posted by Steen - Thursday, November 22, 2007
Damn. This is a real shame.



Ayreon - Album details and Release party
Posted by Steen - Friday, November 16, 2007
NIce. The Deluxe Limited edition will be mine. Oh yes...



Evergrey cancel upcoming tour
Posted by Beast - Wednesday, November 14, 2007
damn!! i love evergrey. new album or no.



Iron Maiden - Scandinavian Tour Dates
Posted by Beast - Tuesday, November 6, 2007
great. 2008 will be a summer to remember. with both manowar and iron maiden within a month of eachother



Brainstorm album news
Posted by KingPest - Monday, November 5, 2007
I hope that what they are saying is true!

Brainstorm is a great band, but I did get border with 'Liquid Monster' rather quickly.



Ayreon - 01011001 - Full Tracklist, Release Dates Revealed
Posted by Steen - Saturday, November 3, 2007
Same here. The guest list is fantastic and I can't wait to hear what Arjen "Two-sheds" Lucassen has come up with.



Ayreon - 01011001 - Full Tracklist, Release Dates Revealed
Posted by KingPest - Saturday, November 3, 2007
I'm very excited for this. I really liked The Human Equation.



The Magic Circle Festival 2008
Posted by Steen - Friday, November 2, 2007
I will be there, that is for certain. I'm still hoping for the seventh album as an encore.... Achilles.... oh yes.



Cage - King Diamond tribute song online
Posted by KingPest - Monday, October 29, 2007
My god, Cage is at the top of their game right now.

Sean Peck is definitely one of the best vocalists in metal right now, and is without a doubt the best in the Halford style.

If you listen to the new Cage album and the listen to the new Iced Earth you realize why a guy like Owens will never take a band to its full potential. Compared to Peck almost all Halford sound-alikes are one trick singers that never developed their own style.



Cage - King Diamond tribute song online
Posted by Steen - Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Great song. Fantastic album!





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