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I have been listening to metal since the age of... 14 or so. Besides music, I'm also interested in boxing, fitness, meeting new people and enjoy reading about a variety of topics.

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Review: Conception “State of Deception” [Conception Sounds Factory]

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Do we really need comeback albums from bands that have resurrected from the dead anymore? Sure, whenever a band is about to deliver a comeback album, a part ...
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Review: Gehenna “En busca del valle de Gehenna” [Avanzada Metálica]

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When it comes down to early progressive/power metal bands, your options are obviously rather limited. You’ve got Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, Queensryche and Adramelch, but there’s one band ...
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Review: Savatage “Hall of the Mountain King” [Atlantic Records]

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Let me get something off my chest right away: by no means am I a huge Savatage fan. I enjoy plenty of their early stuff, but even back ...
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Review: Saber Tiger “Invasion” [Tusk Force]

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It’s 1992 and Japanese metal is going through some undeniable changes. Anthem are standing on their last legs before collapsing and Loudness delivers a respectful comeback before turning ...
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Review: Virgin Steele “Life Among the Ruins” [Shark Records]

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After the semi-epic Age of Consent, it would take Virgin Steele five years to release an actual follow-up and while that record saw the band getting their act together, Life ...
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Review: Metal Church “Hanging in the Balance” [Rising Sun Productions]

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There are two things you can be certain about when it comes down to Metal Church. For one, they retained a sense of integrity over the decades. Second ...
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Review: Savatage “Gutter Ballet” [Atlantic Records]

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When bands depart from their earlier and often heavier sound, there are always some obvious risks involved. Some bands get away with it, but I’d argue that most ...
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Review: Majestic Downfall “Aorta” [Personal Records]

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Although I’m pretty fond of Majestic Downfall, I should admit that they’re a strange band to my ears. On one hand, they’ve certainly improved over time, as the ...
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Review: The Ruins of Beverast “Rain upon the Impure” [Ván Records]

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Like an ugly, yet captivating painting that somehow manages to capture’s one attention, Rain upon the Impure is one of those things that could only fall under the category of ...
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Review: Metal Church “Masterpeace” [Nuclear Blast America]

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I’m not sure why, but I can’t help but think that Metal Church’s later period has been rather overlooked. A shame, really, as I’ve recently dived into the ...
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Review: Paradise Lost “Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos” [Century Media Records]

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While I’ll clearly call myself a Paradise Lost fan, Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos wasn’t something I was necessarily looking forward to. Lost Paradise still ranks as the worst ...
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Review: Paradise Lost “Lost Paradise” [Peaceville Records]

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When we’re talking about doom/death metal bands, it goes without saying that the early incantations of such are what it’s usually all about. Lost Paradise hints very little about the ...
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Review: Majestic Downfall “Waters of Fate” [Chaos Records]

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It often fascinates me how certain bands manage to out-play the ones they were inspired by in the first place. Enter Majestic Downfall, who must have studied October ...
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Review: Fates Warning “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” [Massacre Records]

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There’s something about the directions Fates Warning took throughout the 90’s that just doesn’t sit well with me. Parallels marked the start of the band’s lightweight period and follow-up Inside ...
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Review: Master “Master” [Nuclear Blast]

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While plenty of early death metal bands are often lumped together in the old school death metal category, it’s pretty obvious that sub-variants quickly started to emerge over ...
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Review: Saber Tiger “Decisive” [Edge Trax]

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Although progressive/power metal veterans Saber Tiger have been doing their thing since the early 80’s, it took them 11 years to finally release a debut (which is also ...
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Review: Pestilence “Testimony of the Ancients” [R/C Records]

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By the time the 80’s were over, several death metal bands tried to take death metal one step further and although bands such as Atheist and Death managed ...
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Review: Eternal Flight “Positive Rage” [Cruz del Sur Music]

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Having recently rediscovered French power/progressive unit Dream Child, it felt natural to give semi-related Eternal Flight a shot, which were formed by vocalist Gérard Fois and new members ...
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Review: Exises “Reternity” [Cymbeline Records]

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How often do bands become better after taking a ten year gap between their debut and their follow up? Yeah, not many, but sci-fi geeks Exises were a ...
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Review: Anthem “Bound to Break” [Nexus]

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Between the mediocre debut and Anthem‘s final record that would feature Eizo Sakamoto for a while, this band would keep getting better and better, as Bound to Break is yet ...
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