There is not one single album in the ARP discography I dislike and always when there's announcement of a new album from him, I start counting the days for the release.
This new album is all about great songs such as the rocking songs "The Wild And The Young", "Wildest Dreams" and "Slaves On The Run", the anthemic "Long Live Rock", the epics "The Crusaders Of Doom" and "Tower Of Babylon", the ballad "Beyond The Light" as well as the instrumental "Truth And Lies".
While the last two albums from ARP were not so great as many of his classic albums, I think this one is already another classic. ARP rocks!
RATING: 10 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
W.E.T. - (2018) Earthrage
W.E.T. needs no further introductions, this is just Jeff Scott Soto delivering some great vocals and the great Erik Martensson of Eclipse on guitars.
There's no weak songs here, all of them are just perfect. My favourites are "Watch The Fire", "Burn", "Kings On Thunder Road" which is one of the best songs I've listened recently, "Dangerous", "I Don't Wanna Play That Game", "The Burning Pain Of Love" and "The Never-Ending Retraceable Dream".
This is just one hell of a melodic rock album. For sure this will be on my top 10 albums of the year!
RATING: 9.8 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
JUDAS PRIEST - (2018) Firepower
It's always nice when you see that the classic bands are working on a new album since they put out new albums not so close after their last one.
Here we have some outstanding songs, some great songs and a couple of Ok songs. The outstanding ones are "Firepower", "Lightning Strike", "Never The Heroes", "Children Of The Sun", "Rising From Ruins", "Flame Thrower", "Spectre" and "No Surrender".
I'm not going to say "The Priest is back" since they were never gone as I also like their previous releases, but this one can be compared to their classic albums.
RATING: 9.5 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
ANGRA - (2018) OMNI
Angra is back with their album #9 and their second one with Fabio Lione on vocals.
There is not one single song I dislike here, just the OMNI songs are just not that good as the other 9 songs. My top 5 here are "Travelers In Time", "Black Widow's Web", "Insania", "War Horns" and "Caveman".
This is their best album since the brilliant "Rebirth" back in 2001 and for sure this is one of the best power metal albums of the year.
RATING: 9.3 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
LORDI - (2018) Sexorcism
Lordi's first listen to me was with the classic album "The Arockalypse", but their recent albums I really didn't like that much and I was not that enthusiastic with this one.
Their new album is full of great songs with catchy choruses, but there are some songs that could have been cut here such as "The Beast Is Yet To Cum" and "Polterchrist". The highlights on the album are "Sexorcism", "Your Tongue's Got The Cat", "Naked In My Cellar", "Slashion Model Girls", "Rimskin Assassin", "Hot & Satanned" and "Sodomesticated Animal".
Even though some other songs are not as amazing as the highlights, I believe this is the best Lordi album released so far.
RATING: 9.3 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
KAMELOT - (2018) The Shadow Theory
Here we have Kamelot album #12 and the third with vocalist Tommy Karevik.
The album starts just amazing with my 3 favourites "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)", "RavenLight" and "Amnesiac" but then the next songs are not on the same level. We have some other good songs and some that are just decent, other highlights are "Kevlar Skin", "Static", "Vespentine (My Crimson Bride)" and "The Proud And The Broken"
This is a nice album from Kamelot but far from my favourites from them.
RATING: 8.1 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
BOREALIS - (2018) The Offering
I have been a fan of Borealis since their debut album back in 2008 and here we have album #4 from them.
This new effort follows the same sound of their previous ones, power metal mixed with some melodic rock. I could highlight many songs here, but be sure to check out the songs "The Fire Between Us", "Sign Of No Return", "River", "Into The Light" and "The Ghosts Of Innocence".
This is better than their previous two albums, but I still want to play some more to see if this in the future will top their amazing debut album.
RATING: 9.2 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
FOLLOW THE CIPHER - (2018) Follow The Cipher
When I saw this band's name first video at the feed of my YouTube, I didn't take my time to take a look since it looked like some death metal band, but since more and more videos were dropping out I was wondering what was it like.
On to their debut album we have some catchy songs and some more symphonic songs. The main highlights are "Enter The Cipher", "Valkyria", "Winterfall", "The Rising", "I Revive" and "Starlight".
Luckily I took my time to watch their other videos and listen to their debut album. This is another good female-fronted metal band, but I would rather compare them to Beyond the Black than to Amaranthe. Overall this is a great debut album.
RATING: 8.8 out of 10 added on July 2nd, 2018
RIOT V - (2018) Armor Of Light
I still remember the first album I got from Riot was the brilliant "Inishmore" on the late 1990's and even with some line-up changes, they always come up with great stuff.
The album starts with my two favourites "Victory" and "End Of The World". Other highlights are "Angel's Thunder, Devil's Reign", "Heart Of A Lion", "San Antonio" and "Ready To Shine".
The last 3 albums under Riot V have been quite good and this is another classic old school metal album by them!
RATING: 8.1 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
ANIMAL DRIVE - (2018) Bite!
Here comes another new band on the Frontiers roster, while I was expecting this to be some kind of hard rock/AOR band, what we have here is melodic rock to some power metal vibe on it.
On to the album, we have a tracklist of 11 great songs and my favourites are "Goddamn Marathon", "Tower Of Lies (I Walk Alone)", "Had Enough", "Time Machine", "Father", "Fade Away" and "Carry On".
I agree that some of the songs sounds a little bit the same through the record, but as long as it's well done, no problem for me. Great debut album!
RATING: 9.3 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - (2018) Prevail II
I've discovered about KATL only with the release of "Prevail I" and here we have the second part.
The first two songs starts the album just brilliant and then we have a couple of other highlights such as "My Immortal", "Heartache", "Velvet Roses", "Modern Day Hero" and "You're Insane".
In regards to compare Part I and Part II, I enjoy both albums the same and is hard to pick my favourite.
RATING: 8.4 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
MAVERICK - (2018) Cold Star Dancer
This is already the third album by Irish band Maverick, it looks like it was yesterday on my way back from work that I was listening their debut album.
After the short intro we have the bombastic title track "Cold Star Dancer" which kicks-off this album superbly. This time the band looks heavier on their songs and I could highlight almost all the songs here but I would point out "Myrmidon", "Kiss Of Fire", "Goodbye", "Seize The Day", "Viper" and "Kings" as the highlights.
It's time for Maverick to be more recognized in the hard rock scene and I'm really expecting this band to be a huge name in the future.
RATING: 9.5 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
CORELEONI - (2018) The Greatest Hits Part I
I've always been a fan of Gotthard, but their last two albums were way below average and here we have Leo Leoni team up with the great Ronnie Romero for some Gotthard cover songs.
That short intro and "Firedance" didn't quite start the album so well, then we have some of Gotthard classic songs on the tracklist and my favourites are "Higher", "In The Name", "Let It Be" and "Anytime Anywhere" as well as the new song "Walk On Water".
I wasn't expecting an album like this until the news came out, but now I'm waiting for a part 2 and really hope they do "The Oscar Goes To You" and "Master of Illusion". Very nice album!
RATING: 8.3 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
JADED HEART - (2018) Devil's Gift
Even though I appreciate a lot Michael Bormann's vocals, Jaded Heart has become a better band with Johan Fahlberg on vocals and the band's music is more heavier on their recent albums.
This one starts amazing with "Wonderland" and during the album we have some great set of songs and the highlights are "One World", "Set Me Free", "Story Of My Life", "Coming Home" and "Phoenix".
The album clocks right at the 1 hour timeplay and some might judge longer albums, but this is worth checking out!
RATING: 8.9 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
GUS G - (2018) Fearless
Gus G's previous solo album was in my top 3 albums of 2015 and on his new effort he prefers to have only Dennis Ward as lead vocalist.
My highlights here in order are "Don't Tread On Me", "Last Of My Kind", "Letting Go", "Chances", "Mr. Manson" and "Fearless".
At first with the singles released, I wasn't really enthusiastic with this album but overall this is a great album that I'll be playing more times during the year. With all the good albums released this year, I'm afraid this time Gus G won't make my top 10 albums of the year.
RATING: 9.1 out of 10 added on June 16th, 2018
PERFECT PLAN - (2018) All Rise
When there's a new band added to the Frontiers roster, we can always expect a good release coming and here we have the Swedes of Perfect Plan with their debut album.
The album starts just amazing with the opener "Bad City Woman" and goes on in a melodic rock/AOR style. I could highlight almost all of the songs here, but I would pick the opener and also the songs "In And Out Of Love", "Stone Cold Lover", "Too Late", "Can't Turn Back", "Never Surrender", "1985" and "Heaven In Your Eyes".
Wooow and then some, this is just one hell of a debut album. Looking forward to a new album from these guys!
RATING: 9.7 out of 10 added on May 31st, 2018
FELSKINN - (2018) Mind Over Matter
What we have here from Felskinn are some melodic rock songs, some slow up-tempo songs and some dark songs.
My favourites on the album are "Pictures In My Dreams", "The Night Before The Dawn", "Our Favorite Game" and "Superhero", but my main highlight is the brilliant "Rain Will Fall", which has one chorus that sticks in your mind for weeks.
This is one album I'll be playing some more times during the year!
RATING: 7.2 out of 10 added on May 31st, 2018
THE POODLES - (2018) Prisma
Recently we had some bands doing cover albums and here we have The Poodles bringing up "Prisma".
There is a huge variety of styles on this cover album and the highlights are "Maniac", "Love Is Gone", "Don't You Worry Child", "Go Your Own Way" and "Set Fire To The Rain".
At first this album didn't bring that much attention but after some more spins, I may say this is a fun album to listen with friends that are not into the rock/metal music. The covers are very well done by the band!
RATING: 8.2 out of 10 added on May 31st, 2018
STRYPER - (2018) God Damn Evil
Michael Sweet is a very busy man. In a period of just two years, we had a solo album, one Sweet/Lynch album and now there's a new Stryper album.
The opener of the album is a very nice song, except for the weird chorus. Other songs on the album remain on the classic sound of the band with my favourites being "Sorry", "Lost", "You Don't Even Know Me", "The Valley" and "Can't Live Without Your Love".
There are some below average songs on the album but overall this is a good effort from the band, though not in my top-5 albums from them.
RATING: 7.4 out of 10 added on May 31st, 2018
ISSA - (2018) Run With The Pack
Issa has been on the Frontiers roster since her debut album back in 2010 and here she comes with her 5th solo album.
The new album is leading more to a slow side with songs that are just Ok or not really good. My favourite songs are the singles "Come Back Again", "Run With The Pack" and the brilliant "Sacrifice Me" with a guest appearance by Deen Castronovo. Out of the singles previously released, I would also highlight the song "Closer To You" and that would be all.
This is not a bad album from Issa but by far is the weakest in her discography.
RATING: 6.4 out of 10 added on May 31st, 2018
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS - (2018) The Deep & The Dark
This is not the first time a new album from Visions Of Altantis drops out and I simply don't care but then I found out it had Clementine and Siegfried on vocals, so I had to check this one out.
The album starts with my two favourite songs on it and it goes on in a great symphonic metal vibe. Other highlights are "The Silent Mutiny", "Book Of Nature", "Dead Reckoning" and "Words Of War". The only weak parts of the album are the ballad songs which are way below average.
Going through their discography, they had quite a few line-up changes during the years and I really hope they can go on with more albums with the current one.
RATING: 8.2 out of 10 added on May 14th, 2018
SHIRAZ LANE - (2018) Carnival Days
Shiraz Lane is one of these new bands in the glam rock genre and here they arrive with their second album.
Please skip the first song which is just boring, besides that we have some cool songs and some very strong songs with the highlights being "The Crown", "Harder To Breathe", "Shangri-La", "War Of Mine", "Shot Of Life" and "Hope".
The first spin of their new album it didn't bring that much attention to me but after some spins I find this a really nice album. Fans of Skid Row and Crashdiet will enjoy this album a lot!
RATING: 8.7 out of 10 added on May 14th, 2018
THE DEAD DAISIES - (2018) Burn It Down
Even though they have been active for 5 years now, it was later last year that I heard them for the first time.
The album kicks of superb with "Ressurected" but the next songs are just way below the opener. From the middle to the end we have the album going up again with the songs "Bitch", "Dead And Gone", "Can't Take It With You" and "Leave Me Alone".
This is a nice hard rock album but I still prefer their previous two albums. If the album had a tracklist order a little different, this could be more attractive to my ears.
RATING: 7.8 out of 10 added on May 14th, 2018
SAXON - (2018) Thunderbolt
I remember the first album I got from these guys was the 1999 masterpiece "Metalhead" and they are now with album #22 in their discography.
I wasn't that pleased with the singles released but now listening to the full album, what a great album this is. There are no fillers here, all songs are just Saxon! My favourites here in order are "The Secret Of Flight", "Predator", "A Wizard's Tale", "They Played Rock And Roll", "Thunderbolt" and "Sniper".
Saxon always brings a good heavy metal album and this time they have done it again.
RATING: 9.3 out of 10 added on May 14th, 2018
CRYSTAL BALL - (2018) Crystallizer
I've been a fan of the band since their first albums with Mark Sweeney on vocals and their recent hard rock albums with Steven on vocals have been quite good too.
On the new album the band experiences a darker side on some songs, which are done brilliant on "Beauty In The Beast" and "Death On Holy Ground". On the hard rock side, the highlights are "Alive For Evermore", "S.O.S.", "Crazy In The Night" and "Dusty Deadly" but the stand-out song is "Curtain Call", which is simply amazing with a chorus to sing along for days.
This is another great album in the Crystal Ball discography, be sure to check this out!
RATING: 8.0 out of 10 added on May 14th, 2018
MAD HATTER - (2018) Mad Hatter
I was browsing the Internet when I came across the release of this album and the cover artwork really attracted my attention, which made me look for this band and listened to their single "Face The Truth", which is just brilliant.
On to the album, apart from the single, we have some catchy power metal songs such as "The Gunslinger", "Dancing Light", "Go", "Phantom Riders", "Vengeance In His Mind", "Bring Me The Moon" and "Mad Hatter Become".
Overall, I have highlighted all of the songs except the opener which makes this album so powerful. Fans of old Helloween will enjoy this album a lot.
RATING: 9.5 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
ROYAL HUNT - (2018) Cast In Stone
Royal Hunt's sound are very known in the metal scene, lots of keyboards and a lot instrumental on the songs and here we find the same stuff.
The first two songs on the album are by way far the strongest ones on the album. Other good songs are "The Wishing Well" and "A Million Ways To Die".
I can't describe on which level is this album compared to other ones by them as I'm not very familiar with their full discography, overall this is a good album with few songs.
RATING: 5.3 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - (2018) Resurrection
Michael Schenker has reunited some of the vocalists he worked with throughtout his career on this new "Resurrection" record and the outcome has been quite good.
The album starts with three of my favourite songs "Heart And Soul", "Warrior" and "Take Me To The Church". The songs are very well distributed on the album, we have some Ok songs and other great songs such as "The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes", "Everest", "Time Knows When It's Time" and "The Last Supper".
If you're a fan of classic / melodic rock, don't miss this album!
RATING: 8.1 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
FM - (2018) Atomic Generation
FM has never been one of my favourite bands on the hard rock / AOR genre even though I've listened to some of their past albums but not that much to remember all of them quite well.
Their new album has some great songs and some songs not so memorable, I would highlight here my favourite "Killed By Love", the rocker "Too Much Of A Good Thing", the bluesy "Playing Tricks On Me" and the ballad "Do You Love Me Enough".
Overall this is a good album with some of that blues side on it. This is not an album that I will be grabbing to listen from time to time.
RATING: 5.7 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
HEAVATAR - (2018) Opus II (The Annihilation)
Heavatar for those who don't know is the other band of Stefan Schmidt (one of Van Canto's vocalists) and I only discovered about them with the release of their first single "None Shall Sleep" later last year.
The album starts with the afore mentioned song which is a great song to start the album and goes on in the same vein of Van Canto sound but with "real guitars". Other highlights are the brilliant "Purpose Of A Virgin Mind", the classical "The Annihilation" and "A Battle Against All Hope", the catchy "Wake Up Now" and the Manowar cover of "Metal Daze".
This is a nice power metal album with some classical touches on it, some points off on the album due to the last song which is an orchestral version which is just boring to listen to.
RATING: 8.2 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
DREAM OCEAN - (2018) Lost Love Symphony
Recently I've enjoyed more female fronted bands and there are plenty of new bands and some old bands out there, here we have Dream Ocean from Turkey with their debut album.
After the long intro we have a good start with "Beyond The Greed" and the album goes on in the same style with the next songs "Hain", "Everstorm" and "Forever" but unfortunately through the middle of the album the songs don't grab that much attention. I would also highlight the songs "Wolfheart" and "Never Enough".
The album goes a a little bit over the 60-minute mark and they could drop out some of the weak songs to get this album a higher rating.
RATING: 7.8 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
MYSTIC PROPHECY - (2018) Momuments Uncovered
Mystic Prophecy is a band that I've come to know them recently and their discography have some great albums, now they have come up with an album of only cover songs.
Honestly I didn't know many of the songs when I saw the tracklist but when I started listening to it, I've recognized some of them. The only ones that did come to my mind first was the opener "You Keep Me Hangin' On" which is done superb by them as well as "Because The Night". Other highlights on the album are "Hot Stuff", "Shadow On The Wall", "I'm Still Standing" and "Proud Mary".
Besides some bad reviews I've read, I really enjoy this album and I'll be playing it more times during the year.
RATING: 7.3 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
CHRIS BAY - (2018) Chasing The Sun
Chris Bay, the vocalist behind melodic metal band Freedom Call has decided to release his first solo album consisting more of only the happy sides of his band.
We have some songs easily forgotten but there are also some songs really enjoyable for my taste even though they can be considered as happy rock. Favourite songs here are the opener "Flying Hearts" and the single "Radio Starlight" which has a chorus that sometimes I have myself singing alone out of nowhere. Other highlights are "Silent Cry", "Misty Rain" and "Bad Boyz".
This is not a metal album, this is not a rock album but if you're a fan of the happy side of Freedom Call, check this out!
RATING: 6.0 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
AUDREY HORNE - (2018) Blackout
Audrey Horne is a band with some time on the road but it was at the end of last year that I've discovered their music and here we have their new album "Blackout".
The album starts very nice with 3 of my favourite songs on the album being the opener "This Is War" the stand-out on the whole album. Other highlights are "Midnight Man", "Satellite" and "Rose Alley".
Apart from some Ok songs on it, I recommend this very nice hard rock album.
RATING: 7.2 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
PANORAMA - (2018) Around The World
Here it comes another project or maybe a new band for the future, this one featuring Christian Palin (Random Eyes vocalist) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69 bassist).
The album is full of melodic and catchy tunes but the ones that stands out the most are in order "The Glory Within", "Heart Has Been Broken", "Around The World", "World On Fire", "One For All" and "The Highest Mountain".
Let's hope there's from them in the future, great debut album!
RATING: 8.5 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
ODYSSEY DESPERADO - (2018) Don't Miss The Sunset
Here we have the debut of greek band Odyssey Desperado and I'm lucky to have listened to this.
On to the album we have a very nice selection of 10 songs and my favourites here are "Rush Of The Wave", "You And Me Against The World", "Holding On To A Dream" and "Fragile".
The album is pure melodic rock with some catchy songs and some slow-tempo songs, the vocalist remembers a lot of David A Saylor. This is one debut album worth checking it out!
RATING: 8.0 out of 10 added on April 30th, 2018
ARMORED DAWN - (2018) Barbarians In Black
Armored Dawn is a band I've seen their name before drop out somewhere but I never had a chance to listen and I didn't even know they were here from Brazil.
The opener of the album is just an average song compared to the other amazing songs on the album. The main highlights are "Bloodstone", "Chance To Live Again", "Unbreakable", "Sail Away" and "Survivor". I just have some problems with the song "Barbarians In Black".
I was luck I had clicked in one of their videos at YouTube and have come to know about them. This is one hell of an album, the only problem is that this is just a 40-minute play. Fans of Orden Ogan and Sabaton will enjoy it.
RATING: 8.7 out of 10 added on March 26th, 2018
REACH - (2018) The Great Divine
Reach has arrived with their debut album in 2015 with so much energy and as they hail from Sweden, I was thinking they could be a new H.E.A.T., Eclipse, Dynazty, etc.
The album starts amazing with the first 3 songs being the best on it, "Into Tomorrow", "The Great Divine" and "Live Or Die" are great songs but the next songs are just Ok ones which doesn't grab that much attention, I would just add "Off The Edge" and "Running On Empty" as other highlights.
On this new album they have experienced some modern sounds on which I didn't think it fit so well, this doesn't make this a bad album but I was kind of hoping for more from them. Let's wait a new record from them to judge if they will shine in the future!
RATING: 6.2 out of 10 added on March 26th, 2018
JOHAN KIHLBERG'S IMPERA - (2018) Age Of Discovery
Going straight to review the songs on the album! We have "Fear" which is the song that stands out the most on the album together with "Falling" and the closure "It's A Revolution". There are also some good songs such as "Just A Conversation" and "The Right Stuff".
Overall this is a very enjoyable melodic rock album to listen to some songs from time to time but it won't make the top albums of the year.
RATING: 6.8 out of 10 added on March 26th, 2018
DENIED - (2018) Freedom Of Speech
I am a big fan of Jaded Heart and here we have an album with Johan Fahlberg on vocals and other guest vocalists too.
The first song from the album is not really the best but then the album shows some great songs on it. The highlights here are "The Other Side", "Scarred Soul", "Don't You Know Me" and the Twisted Sister cover "Stay Hungry".
This is not a melodic rock album and don't look for catchy choruses here but this a great effort from Denied!
RATING: 7.2 out of 10 added on March 26th, 2018
BLOOD RED SAINTS - (2018) Love Hate Conspiracies
Blood Red Saints debut album was very good to me and with the singles released for the new album, I was amazed by the songs such as I was with their debut album.
The highlights on the album are right at the beginning which are the singles "Live & Die" and "Wake Up" but then the album falls off a lot in quality. Be sure to check out also the rockers "It Is Over" and "Turn On The Night" and that's it!
I had to make some spins on their new album to see if it was good or not but this is way far from good such as their debut album.