Dec 252022

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You have free time, that you want to invest in the website
You agree with’s mission statement and act accordingly
You have experience in writing articles / reviews.
Knowledge of the English language.
Love for rock and metal music
Work with deadlines for publications.

You have the time and capability to write at least two reviews each month.
You’re not biased against any genre and if you are then it won’t show in your reviews. You can form a few paragraphs of well written explanations on why an album is or is not good. You can be as unbiased as possible.

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Sep 162023

The Swedish power metal band Axenstar will release their new album “Chapter VIII” via Inner Wound Recordings on December 1st. The album will be available on CD and digital.

‘Heavenly Symphony’, the first single from the album is an uplifting melodic power metal hymn, perfect for fans of bands like Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Helloween and Hammerfall! The single is available on all digital platforms and you can check out the music video below.

The album was mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Persuader, Sorcerer, Aeon) and the epic old school power metal artwork was created by Rafael Tavares.

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Sep 162023

US progressive power metal quintet, Theocracy, will unleash their new studio album, Mosaic, on October 13 via Atomic Fire Records. In celebration if its upcoming release, the band – founder Matt Smith (lead/backing vocals), Jonathan Hinds (guitars, backing vocals), Taylor Washington (guitars, backing vocals), Jared Oldham (bass, backing vocals), and Ernie Topran (drums) – released a video for the record’s title track.

Smith comments, “‘Mosaic’ is one of my personal favorite Theocracy tracks of all time. At its heart, it’s a throwback to the peak of power metal, a galloping and soaring singalong hymn. But it has everything I love about what we do: the melody, the power, the drama, the light and shade, the riffs. Conceptually, the song is about how we can only see the individual scenes of our lives but lack the perspective to see the overall tapestry those scenes eventually combine to create. The good times, the bad times, the things we wish didn’t happen…they are all pieces that God uses to form whatever we eventually end up becoming. And we can certainly relate to that in our own journey as a band over the last few years. So, there’s a little psychology, a lot of spirituality, a little nostalgia, and a healthy dose of wistfulness and wonder. And fittingly, this song takes you on quite a journey in just over five minutes.

The video can be seen below.

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Sep 122023

Dwarven metal force Wind Rose have unveiled a brand-new music video for their epic song,Mine Mine Mine!’, initially released on the band’s 2019 release, Wintersaga! As the Italians rapidly close in on 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Mine Mine Mine!’ has reached almost seven million streams alone.

Enter Middle-Earth with Wind Rose and watch the mighty official music video for “Mine Mine Mine!” below. The unit will embark on their “European Warfront” 2023 headline tour with support from All For Metal and Seven Kingdoms this month, starting in Munich on  September 20. Make sure to grab your tickets while you still can, and catch Wind Rose live this autumn!
Wind Rose on ‘Mine Mine Mine!‘:
“Dwarf warriors from all around the world, we are proud to release the official videoclip for ‘Mine Mine Mine’! This is a gift for you all to celebrate the beginning of our headlining tours season, starting this September in Europe. More dates will be announced soon!”

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Sep 112023

Firewind are celebrating the release of their new live album, Still Raging. Available as a 2CD and Blu-Ray edition through AFM Records, the band’s epic anniversary release, recorded in 2022 at a frenetically-acclaimed hometown show in Thessaloniki, Greece, is out now and available here.

Band mastermind and guitarist, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil), comments: “Happy release day! Today Still Raging Blu-Ray is finally out and we wanted to share one more song with you. ‘Ode To Leonidas’ is from our 2017 concept album, Immortals, which has quickly become a staple at our live shows. We love playing this one, so crank it up and go check out the new live release!”

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Minor Rockstar – Wasted (EP)

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Sep 092023

Landon Cripe showed a talent for music at a young age. From age 9 to 14, he trained in classical piano winning a prestigious Bach Festival competition at the age of 12. But his axe changed to guitar after watching Marty McFly play guitar in “Back to the Future.” After a rough time in his teens, music was put on hold. After 15 years of heavy drug and alcohol abuse, Landon was admitted into a rehab facility in 2012 to begin the healing process. In 2015, Landon took to the studio to record a song on his own which garnered the attention of Ronnie Winter (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) when he played the song for him in a chance meeting. Shortly thereafter Minor Rockstar was formed with Landon as the frontman.

I had a hard time piecing together the discography, in particular the years for the releases. Their first release was apparently a three song EP with the delicious title of “You Had Me At Bacon.” Spotify has this as a 2022 release with more songs than three including “Narcoleptic” which is on this release. I get the feeling that their discography is a sprinkling of singles and short releases which may have gotten patched together over time.

The album starts off with the song “Wasted” which has a strong alternative 90’s rock feel similar to Stone Temple Pilots or Pearl Jam. Clean guitars and bass with drums open with an unsettling chord progression. The lyrics bemoan living life wasted and how it is holding him back. The chorus has heavy guitars come through and intensify the singing then fade back into the clean guitar riff. It is delightfully simple.

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