Album Reviews

Phantom 5 “Play To Win” – out 13th October

Following on from the success of their self-titled debut album, the brainchild of producer/guitarist (and for this record, bassist) Michael Voss and vocalist Claus Lessmann have returned with “Play To Win”, which sees them once again joined by Robert Boebel on guitars and keyboards and Axel Kruse on drums. Originally born as “Supremacy”, the band decided to change their name to Phantom 5 before recording their debut album for release last year.  Read more »

Robin Beck “Love Is Coming” review – Out 13th October

Robin Beck has been very over the last few years. In 2009 Beck kicked off her new label, Her Majesty’s Music Room via Sony distribution, with a 20th anniversary Silver Edition reissue of “Trouble or Nothin'” – completely rerecorded. In 2011, Beck put out “The Great Escape,” which included “That All Depends On What You Do Tonight,” her duet with Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple, and “Till the End of Time,” her duet with husband James Christian of House Of Lords. Read more »

Rage – “Seasons Of The Black” – Out Now

“Seasons Of The Black” is the 23rd studio album from Rage in their 33 year career. Built around Peter Wagner, Rage has certainly stood the test of time.

Seasons Of The Black was recorded at the Megafon studios in Burscheid, Germany and at the Soundchaser studios in Zandhoven, Belgium and produced by the band itself. Once again, Dan Swanö (Arjern Anthony Lucassen’s Star One, Marduk, Dissection, Opeth…) did the mix and mastering, and the artwork was created by Karim König. So whats the verdict on this one? Read more »

Accept – “The Rise Of Chaos” – Out now

Teutonic metallers ACCEPT  continue their steady stream of releases with “The Rise Of Chaos”, their fourth studio album since 2010.  Is this a good album, or are they just a long time band trying to cash in?

Hell no they aren’t! The album starts of with “Die By The Sword”, a song that had me singing along the first time i heard it. Lightning guitars, fast drums, and their trademark choir sound drew me into this album very fast. What an opener! Read more »

Quiet Riot – “Road Rage” – Out Now

QUIET RIOT returned to us on the fourth of August with their new album, “Road Rage”. Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004, they are joined by new vocalist James Durbin. “Road Rage” was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the addition of American Idol contestant James Durbin on vocals, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album. Was it worth it?  Read more »

Kryptonite – “Kryptonite” review – out now

Who or what is Kryptonite? Isn’t that the thing that DC comic book villains and occasionally the goddamn Batman use to fight Superman? Well, yes it is. But it’s also a band from Sweden, so let’s stay focused on that for now shall we?

Kryptonite (still the band) began when The Poodles singer Jakob Samuel met up with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (yeah, i don’t know how he had the time either, that man never seems to stop – i can only presume he doesn’t sleep and only survives by consuming the souls of lesser producers. But everything he touch seems to be great so we can forgive a little Faustian style harvesting). Together with Serafino Perugino of Frontiers Music SRL they handpicked members for their new band. Read more »

Empire – “The Raven Ride” – out August 18th

EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) and they released very well received albums between the years 2001 and 2007. On each of these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians. Throughout 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music are reissuing revised editions these albums. Third in line, “The Raven Ride” will be released on August 18th, 2017 with one bonus track. So in case you missed it on The Bards Corner Music News lets talk “The Raven Ride”. Read more »

Mr. Big “Defying Gravity” album review – Out Now

MR. BIG gathered in a Los Angeles studio and in a matter of six days recorded their new album DEFYING GRAVITY, their ninth original studio album and the starting point for a new worldwide tour. Here’s our thoughts on the album (which you can also get by checking out the Bard’s Corner Music News podcast or by checking out the Bards Corner Music News on YouTube).  Read more »

TEN “Gothica” album review – out July 7th

It’s pretty much impossible to have been a fan of melodic hard rock and not have heard of TEN. The British melodic rock band, often dubbed one of the best in the genre, have been around for the last 22 years. With 12 studio albums under their belt, plus a number of EPs, live and compilation albums, they’ve certainly made their mark on the melodic rock scene. The bands lead singer and songwriter, Gary Hughes, has also made a quite a name for himself as a solo artist with 6 albums since the late 80’s, most notably with the two rock opera albums “Once and Future King” part 1 and part 2, which revolved around the legend of King Arthur and featured a host of top guest musicians from other bands. He also wrote and produced the first three solo albums by Magnum’s lead singer Bob Catley, wrote and produced “Circle Of Knives” by fellow British band Serpentine, produced Hugo’s debut and has appeared on albums by Ayreon and Vinny Burns. Read more »

Angelwings “The Edge Of Innocence” review – June 23

Originally formed in 2013 in Gibraltar, Angelwings got together to perform covers of Nightwish songs. A year and a half later they started writing their own material, and June 23rd will see the release of the resulting debut album “The Edge Of Innocence”. In the time in between their demo tracks have seen radio airplay internationally, and they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Saxon, Kings Of Leon and Duran Duran. So how does the album hold up? Read more »