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(Self Release) Reviewed 30th November 2015

Fatum Aeternum fronted by Evelyn Shor and Steve Gershin (on male vox), is an Israeli Rock and Metal band, founded in 2006. The band went through major line-up changes during its first years, until the current line-up was formed. This is the band's 4th release, although only one of those is a full length effort ('The Dream Is Dead' released in 2011). After a short intro track which so happens to the title track, there are four further tracks here on this EP of Gothic Metal with Doom elements. Evelyn's vocals are highly original and tend to grow on you, maybe reminding me a little of Kate Bush at times. This is an interesting release featuring the violin, these violin duties taken care of by vocalist Evelyn. I would say that this EP is not an instant hit, but it does grow with repeated listens. The band's website is here... 7.75/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 14th November 2015

EarlyRise was founded by Orly Lari (Vocals, Piano) and Raz Klinghoffer (Guitar, Producer), who combined their different styles and started writing music together. They were later joined by Itamar Goldwasser (Drums), Dima Grossman (Bass), Ido Klotz (Guitar) and finally emerged with their debut album 'What if,' which was self released in May 2011. Now in 2015, we have their newie 'Colors' from this LA based band. And we have 14 tracks of awesome Alternative Rock/Metal, kinda Evanescence with an large element of gutso! Indeed, it could fall into the same category as the Forever Still album that has just been reviewed by this very site. A very good album, with a great vocal performance from Orly. Unlike the Forever Still record that by and large rocked, there are slower numbers here, ‘Sober’ being one such massive song together with ‘Peace‘ and closing atmospheric number ‘Save A Life‘. In summary, this is a massive album that deserves huge recognition. Check out their Facebook here.. 9/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 14th November 2015

I have been following Danish band Forever Still for some while now. I would like to say a big thank you to Maja Schønning, their front lady who has been keeping me posted regards proceedings, and for all the music that she has so kindly been sending my way. Not only is she an awesome vocal presence within the band, it seems she more or less runs the show as well, the driving force within the band set up. This to be perfectly frank, is a damn fine album with those vocals of Maja, well she sure has some power within those lungs of hers! The first six tracks from this record will be familiar to anybody who has the ‘Save Me’ and ‘Scars’ EPs, and no matter how many times I hear these numbers, I am just simply blown away by the music that I hear! Tracks 7-10 do not feature on any earlier EPs to my knowledge and therefore, are unfamiliar to me. But they are equally as awesome as anything else I have heard from the band. This is powerful in yer face alternative Rock/Metal and not a filler to be found and as a consequence, is well recommended from us here. Forever Still’s website can be found at and the album gets released Jan 15th 2016.. 9/10 (Dave)


(Eat The Beat EU/Gracie Prod US) Reviewed 4th November 2015

Exilia formed in 1998 in Milan (Italy), when vocalist Masha met the guitarist Elio Alien. 'Purity' is their sixth full length album bringing the familiar mix of pounding nu metal/alternative metal that the band is well re known for. Some real belters here like the melodic thumping 'Bliss' that will have you jumping around your living room before you can say the word "bliss". This album so happens to be nu metal of the highest quality and they can even throw a little prog metal into the mix - the title track being one such number. EXILIA has conquered audiences with their songs that haunt the mind hours after they've stopped playing. If you have not already done so, this is well worth checking out... 8.5/10 (Dave)


(ROAR Records) Reviewed 3rd November 2015

Fallen Arise is a band that has been around for six years or so and here offer up their second full length album. The Greek band fronted by Spyla (with male vocals from Chris), tells the story on this record of a young girl Adeline, who is doomed to die at the young age of eighteen. And within the music that provides this story, are all the ingredients that give us the listener, a rather good Gothic/Symphonic Metal album, with a full 40 piece orchestra as well. Plenty of highlights within the 13 numbers, but I do rather like the track ‘My Last Breath’, a bouncy in yer face melodic number together with the power ballad ‘As Far The Memory Remains’ - awesome stuff! This album will sure appeal to fans of this style of music most certainly, and as a consequence this is a recommended release… 9/10 (Dave)


(Bakerteam Records) Reviewed 4th October 2015

Ephyra is an Italian Melodic Death Metal band with Epic and Folk influences, and with a bright future ahead to boot. The band debuted in 2013 with the album 'Journey', an exciting venture in every sense of the word, musically and on a personal level, with songs that ranged from epic, grandiose atmospheres to dark and introspective passages. The band’s musical style meanwhile, has evolved into a modern mix of Death Metal guitar riffs and rhythmic section, growl/scream male vocals, clean female vocals and folk/symphonic/ethnic influences. The lyrical concept links every song to the same story: a warrior needs to find his way in life, constantly matching his own fate. The setting alternates a fantastic background (with battles, wild landscapes and glorious hymns) and dreamlike atmospheres. And all this is well showcased within the eleven tracks on this album, which is immediately brought to the fore on second track 'Human Chaos', the opener ‘Melancholy Rise‘ being an instrumental to ease you gently into the fray. Folk influences are there on the third track 'All At Once', together with its catchy chorus. And it continues in a very similar style with numbers like fourth track in 'Cruel Day', the brooding acoustic ‘Hope’ and the tuneful ‘Land’s Calling’. ‘Along The Path’ is a bouncy offering featuring special guest appearances by Mattia Stancioiu, Davide Cicalese (Furor Gallico,), Silvia Bonino (Folkstone) and Lisy Stefanoni (Evenoire - Flute), so if you like growly vocals coupled with clean female vox, and then add into the mix a recipe of Folk/Metal, then this should be right up your alleyway. It all is rather good - released 20th November... 8.75/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 25th September 2015

Elferya come from Switzerland and like their fellow countrymen November 7, are a totally awesome band. This release is their 2nd full length following their debut cd 'The Straight And Narrow'. Fronted by new vocalist Melody Dylem, Elferya throw at the listener 11 tracks of melodic Gothic/Symphonic Metal offering a great variety of stonking tunes. The title tracks opens proceedings being an instrumental, and if second track in 'With All My Love' did not get you in the mood, the epic and melodic 'Elferya' (this track taking its name after the band), will surely do just that! There are further highlights galore on this cd, just listen to numbers like the massive sounding 'Cruel Night', the Folk Metal of 'The Dreamcatcher', the more laid back folkiness of 'Alone With You', and the metallic and pounding ‘Metal Hearts‘. And let us not forget the closing tune, the beautiful ballad 'Close Your Eyes'. It is albums like this that got me into this style of music in the first place....totally majestic, great vocals, great musicianship and well worth the purchase money as a consequence - an album that will make waves of tsunami proportions within the genre I am sure!!... 9/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 25th September 2015

This band may be from Mexico, but if you start an album with bagpipes, then you have our attention for sure. Basically, this is an album of Symphonic Metal. There are four vocalists too: Yesenia Jacobo - (Soprano), Carla H. Orozco - (Mezzosoprano), Cristobal Basulto - (Barítono), Rafael Molina - (Tenor), and it all gels together rather well. Sung in Spanish, this release is rather Kool. Opener and the title track showcases the vocal capabilities of the band, while second up 'Donde las Sirenas Cantan' is an up tempo melodic corker, again featuring their stunning array of vocalists. Third track 'Desde mi Ayer' is a rather nice ballad as is 'Agnus Dei', I am not familiar with Spanish but I am sure there is a meaning within the lyrics of these awesome tunes. There are other good uns here like the epic sounding ‘Dragon de Medea‘, and the 100% epic closer and 16 minute plus ‘Ultimo Aliento’, a mini EP in its own right. I must say that this is an album that sure does mix the Symphonic (more so vocally) with the Metal (listen to the track ‘Pluton‘) and pull it off rather marvellously. Released earlier this year, this is yet another record that is well worth checking out! The band's Facebook is here. An appealing release..9/10 (The Nugget)


(Into Records/Cargo) Reviewed 23rd September 2015

Martina Edoff comes from a certain country called Sweden, and was one of the founder members of the Glam/Rock Band The Poodles. For this her second solo album, MARTINA was supported by Jona Tee, keyboard player in the Swedish hard rock group H.E.A.T. This hook laden opus is effectively an 11 track journey into the fields of Melodic Rock/AOR, and listening to this, those fields are well and truly green and rosy. Some massive anthemic fist pumping tunes here as one would expect, such as tracks like 'Never Let You Down', the catchy single 'World Has Gone Mad', the melodic 'Come Alive' with its memorable chorus, and well, I think I will stop there as everything here is captivating and addictive. Overall, this is strong up tempo Melodic Rock, chock full of radio friendly tunes, coupled with occasional ballads like 'Spirit of Light' and 'Moment of Truth', and is well worth looking into when released in October... 9.25/10 (The Nugget)


(Illusive Records) Reviewed 21st September 2015

Formed in 2009 by Chelsea Pisano and Brandon Iajecznyk, Embracing Soul has developed a Gothic/Rock/Metal sound unlike any other in Canada. They developed their debut LP 'Shadow' for release in early 2010, followed by EP 'Luna' in 2012, single release of 'Soteria's End' in 2014, and continue to expand their sound with this their latest 5 track EP. Indeed, this latest effort from the band encompasses the heavy riffs, the angelic vocals coupled with deathly growls, and the subtle progressive elements that were a familiar sound on their previous efforts. A previous review of their EP ‘Luna’ done by Dave suggested that vocally Chelsea sounded like Amy Lee (Evanescence). Those comparisons can still be made, this is what Evanescence may sound like if they took a heavier more metallic route. Generally though, this is a half decent release that should appeal to Evanescence fans and female fronted nut cases in general. The band’s website can be found at… 8.25/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Released) Reviewed 12th September 2015

Embassy of Silence come from Finland and that in itself tells us that there is a good chance of an awesome package of music here, and yep, an awesome package of music we have! There are eight numbers on this cd of what can best be detailed as Progressive Rock/Metal, with a poppy vocal style from leading lady Ines Lukkanen. This is rather good I myself have to say, and we have the trademark Embassy of Silence sound, which is certainly there within the catchy choruses. Rather good me thinks, with a fave track of mine being the closing epic, the 7 minute plus 'Dear Mr Steele'. Embassy of Silence sure did turn it on with their previous 2 albums and this continues the consistent output from this Finnish band. Their website is here - so don't hang around, go get it! And dare I pronounce the title? Nope, I have had a bit to drink LOL…9/10 (The Nugget)


(Cardiac Records) Reviewed 12th September 2015

Eleine is a Symphonic Metal band from Sweden, fronted by a female singer with the same name. On April 18th 2015 they released their debut album, and it has been well received to say the least. Eleine herself is also known as an alternative model. Working world-wide with brands/companies like Elegant Curiosities, Odium Clothing, Heartbreak Tattoo, to name a few. So what about the music? There are eight tracks here of Melodic Metal with Symphonic influences, ‘Land Beyond Sanity’ being the opener, a pounding track also featuring the male vocals of guitarist Rikard Ekburg. ‘Destiny’ is another heavy number with soaring guitar riffs to ‘ blow your speakers. ‘Gathering Storm’ offers up vague similarities to Within Temptation or Delain, while ‘Devotion’ just simply carries on the awesome start to the album. ‘Turn To Dust’ is an emotional ballad that builds into a ballad of mammoth proportions, with following number ‘A Glimpse of Hope’ being a brief piano led instrumental. ‘A Sin’ has an awesome organ led intro, starts slow and ballady before the band kicks in big time and turns it into a hammering tune with a progressive undercurrent. Closing the album is the number ‘Death Incarnate’ and what a way to close this awesome record. Another absolute heavy melodic belter to leave you wanting hit the repeat button. This is good - website is here…. 9/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 2nd September 2015

Originally called Diadema (they changed their name in 2008), Emerald Mind come from Russia and this is the band’s second album of Power/Progressive metal featuring the beautiful operatic vocals of Svetlana Vysotskaya (The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory). The album contains Emerald Mind’s thoughts about nature and Mother Earth and about their role in life. It contains the band's experiences about growing up and the loss of magic that surrounds us all. There are nine tracks contained within this awesome musical package, it is melodic, it is tuneful and those vocals of Svetlana are a joy to the ears. A brief review but this is sure worth checking out for fans of female fronted Symphonic Metal. It has just been released so check it out at CDbaby ( and have a listen on Spotify too… 9/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 26th August 2015

Feridea was founded in 2012 by Henrik Airaksinen, who had been making filmscore music for some time. Originally Feridea was formed by: Henrik Airaksinen - keyboard, Aleksander Viitanen - guitar, Jukka Ahlström - drums, Miika Hänninen - bass, Heidi Mankinen - vocals. Heidi Lahtinen, who had long history of playing classical and folk music joined Feridea as violinist, while Heidi Mankinen is since no longer the vocalist, having been replaced by Katra Solopuro (remember the band KATRA?). On this CD, the band offers the listener basically a straight forward Symphonic Metal sound, revolving around traditional Symphonic and Power-Metal, but with some pop-ish melodies - without forgetting orchestrations of course. Four bombastic tracks of totally awesome music can be found on this album including the closing 9 minute epic power ballad ‘Song Of A Longing Heart’, leaving me wondering when we can expect a possible full length album. And despite running in at nearly 28 minutes, the EP (due 28th August) flies by quicker than a speeding Japanese bullet train, totally brilliant. Their website can be found here… 9.5/10 (Dave)


(Self Released) Reviewed 10th August 2015

FRAM come from Ukaraine and this is a rather good album of covers given the Folk Rock treatment. There are 9 tracks on our copy of catchy little numbers raging from Leonard Cohen's 'HALLELUJAH', the Beatle's 'LET IT BE' and closing with 'OHNE DICH' originally recorded by Rammstein. I must say that this is very catchy and very good, and I also love the title! Check it out if you can and here is their website:, so get your bagpipes out and light up your camp fire!..8.5/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Release) Reviewed 30th July 2015

Christian Rockers Fireflight fronted by Dawn Michele are back with their latest offering. Due to a website glitch, we are having to do this review again, as the original seems to have zapped its way into cyberspace and not come back. Anyway, the band was formed in 1999, so they are well established on the music scene. After having been on a label that is a major player within the Christian Music scene, the band decided to self release this record, with the help of a crowd funding campaign. Anyway, the 12 tracks here are an awesome helping of Pop/Rock with touches of electronica, giving the listener a solid release to get their grubby paws on. There is a message within the lyrics, but the band do not overly preach the message. Furthermore, I myself admit that I am not an overly religious person, but I sure like good music when I hear it. There are standout cuts galore here, that will have you bouncing around like a demented lamb in a field full of dandelions. Listen to tracks like ‘I’ve Got The Power’, the power ballad ‘Here and Now’ and 'The Fallout' from a record chock full of nuggets. The band’s website is at ...recommended...8.75/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Release) Reviewed 29th July 2015

Equinoxem come from Argentina, a country that seems to be making a strong foray into the realms of female fronted Rock&Metal. ‘Nightgenesis’ is the band’s second full length album, and is the second rather good Symphonic Metal album I have had the pleasure of listening too today. We have operatic vocals compliments of Ashe Alder , with male vocals/growls from Matt Tallón. And let us not forget the Mystic Choir: Erika Van De Staaj, Natalia López and Roberto Castiglioni. ‘The Serpent Seal’ opens proceedings and is a mid tempo half decent number to kick things off. Following that, the music throughout the cd is mainly mid tempo and familiar Symphonic stuff and okay, it has all been done and heard before but nonetheless, it is all rather good. However, I did find myself losing interest a bit towards the end of the record, as I felt it was getting a little one dimensional and repetitive. The band’s website is here... 8/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 29th July 2015

Electra Barakos was born in Los Angeles California, but raised in Athens, Greece. Influenced by her father who is a professional Bass player, Electra started her music career from a very early age. She started playing piano when she was 6 years old, wrote her first song and recorded it when she was 8, was involved in a professional children’s choir in Greece, performed for the Greek President, and attended a Performing arts high school in Athens. Now in 2015, this is the rather talented girl's debut full length release, offering the listener 11 tracks of rather good catchy Pop/Rock. This review is actually a re-review as the original seems to have disappeared from the website, but if you like the aforementioned style of radio friendly and inoffensive Pop/Rock music, offering tracks like 'Push Me', 'I Gotta Go' and 'Life's A Bitch', then this release is well worth checking out. Electra's website is at check it out, you know you should. Recommended to all and sundry out there..8.75/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Release) Reviewed 29th July 2015

The recent review that was done of Emera’s album ‘Leap Of Faith’ seems to have disappeared into cyberspace along with a couple of others, so here is a quickie. Emera hail from France and offer the listener 10 tracks of rather good Melodic Metal, with rather sweet female vocals. I would say that this is rather good , it being the band’s debut that was released towards the end of 2014. If you like your metal with a bit of ooommppphhh together with loadsa of melody, this is certainly worth checking out. The band’s reverbnation site is here.. 8.75/10 (The Nugget)


(Stygian Crypt Productions) Reviewed 28th July 2015

The history of this Russian band under the mysterious name “Fferyllt” is deeply rooted in the autumn of 2003, when the keyboard player Dmitry Elissev had thought over making a musical project devoted to Western European paganism. The first line-up was gathered in spring 2007 and the band begun active creative work. In 2009 the label Stygian Crypt Productions released the debut album of the band. A year later in 2012 the same label released the second album 'Prediction'. In 2015 FFERYLLT finished work on the third full-length album that is reviewed here. The main features of the cd is the female voice of Ekaterina Godlevskaya, the male growl of М. Chikviladze, choirs and orchestral arrangements, also parts of Western European folk instruments (bagpipe, Irish flute) and more traditional for Symphonic music, the cello, violin, viola and double bass. And it all adds to a Folk Symphonic Metal masterpiece - 11 tracks (my version) of it, with the tracks ‘A Sprengisandi’ and the bombastic 'A Missing Page' being current favourites of mine. Actually, I think Folk Metal has generally become the domain of Beauty and the Beast Metal, with the female vocals now quite often accompanied by male growls. But if you like a good old shot of Folk Metal with your pint of mead, together with plenty of orchestration, pipes and the biz, get this album. Available at CDbaby amongst other locations and recommended… 9/10 (The Nugget)


(Metropolis Records) Reviewed 23rd July 2015

Ego Likeness is an American rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. They were formed in 1999 by artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch. After a hatful of releases, 2015 sees the release of this, their latest epic album that was released mid July. There are 12 tracks here of what can best be described as catchy up tempo darkwave/industrial rock, which will have you bouncing around the floor in no time whatsoever. Despite being a so called metalhead, I do like all types of music, as long as there is melody, and this album is included, being yet another awesome ‘dance floor’ release from Donna and Steven. A host of goodies here including the atmospheric closing title track. Well worth looking into, a decent album…8.5/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 22nd July 2015

Fronted by Tomina Vincent, Flynn Effect is an alternative metal band from Brisbane, Australia. The brainchild of a video game composer, they draw influences from artists like HIM, Rammstein and Lacuna Coil to create a bold but catchy and accessible sound. This 13 track album was released a few months back and has been held up in the reviews pile due to Dave being unwell, but better late than never. Putting into the blender electronic, symphonic and heavy rock elements, these Australians have pulled it off rather well. There are some blistering nuggets on this album including the opener ‘Whispers’, second up ‘Flourescence’, the powerful sounding ballads ‘Petrichor’ and ‘The Runaway’, the Middle Eastern influenced and totally magical ‘Comatose’ and the heavy and symphonic ‘Pretender’. Other sources have described the album as "impressive” and “a wonderful electronica influenced symphonic alternative album that grows with every time you listen to it." We can second that! The band’s facebook is here... 8.75/10 (Dave)


(Season of Mist) Reviewed 7th July 2015

Here is a rather good French band, their musical repertoire consisting of what we would call Industrial/Gothic Metal. Fronted at the mic stand by the rather awesome vocals of Justine Daaé , there are eleven tracks here of the previously mentioned Gothic Metal with Industrial influences thrown into the melting pot. And this is good bouncy stuff on this their 2nd full length, with some pounding catchy tunes such as 'De Guerre Lasse' and 'Chronocide' to annoy your neighbours when played loud :) The album thunders along as a whole rather nicely thank you without any soppy ballads, although final track 'Contretemps' does slow it down a bit introducing a bluesy feel. The album is well recommended... 8.75/10 (Rachel Louise Smith)


(Self Released) Reviewed 1st July 2015

Edenwar was born in January 2014, inspired by the best sounds of the Symphonic Metal and Epic bands of the last decade. The founders, Nicolas Dobernack from Switzerland and Anna Fiori from Mexico, set their first steps in the fascinating world that lays between Metal and Epic music, mixing innovating sounds with complex atmospheric soundscapes. There are 8 songs here that shows the great potential of the band. This album counts on the collaboration of great musicians including Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio Lione (Angra, Rhapsody of Fire and Kamelot) and Christian Vidal (Therion), that empowers the album quality with excellent results. And let us not forget the EdenChoir featuring 20 people from Mexico. Eight tracks of sheer symphonic bombastic power on this cd and not a bad track to be found. The band's website is at This is very good and well recommended...9/10 (Dave)


(SoundAge Productions) Reviewed 30th June 2015

EDEN hail from Russia and this is another rather good band that has come our way. There are nine tracks of awesome mainly mid tempo Symphonic Metal from a band I know very little about, but they are a five piece fronted by Maya Azarova, well I know that much! All the tracks here offer up an excellent listening experience, with subtle folk elements popping up in tracks like 'Pray' and 'Butterfly'. Not a lot more to say really, except Eden are a band well worth checking out. The album can be purchased here, with a preview viewable here...8.5/10 (The Nugget)


(OneVision) Reviewed 24th June 2015

In order to make his musical ideas real, guitarist and singer/songwriter Ronny Schuster started to search for suitable musicians in the fall of 2011. He consulted his past contacts and found Bert Wolter (bass), Philipp ‘Nafta’ Dießl (drums) and Yves Merten (vocals, guitar) as his companions to lay the foundation for a future co-operation. All three had already crossed Ronny’s path in bands like Testimony, Fimbulthier and Wishmaster (a Nightwish cover band). They then got to know 17-year old singer Nina Irmscher and keyboard player Denny ‘Malle’ Meitsky, who completed the line up of Ebony Wall in December 2011. And in May 2015, their debut album was released and it is reviewed here. And what a corker from this German band! They ply their trade by way of Melodic Symphonic Power Metal featuring both male and female vocals with great use of keys. And if you need a band that describes rather well the above mentioned style of music, you have found them. The cd opens with the thundering 'Strangers In Hell' and there is no let up as the album continues through tracks like 'Creatures of the Night', the melodic 'Dance of the Dead', the catchy and pounding 'Like A Renegade' and the mid tempo 'Die In Flames'. Then there is the customary power ballad 'Everlasting Game' - wonderful. More info can be found here. And to add, I hear that they have dressed as priests while doing their live shows. Interesting!! - A well recommended album...9/10 (Dave)


(Underground Symphony) Reviewed 9th June 2015

Eternal Silence was born in Varese in 2008 from an idea by Marika Vanni (voice) and Alberto Cassina (guitar and vocals) to which are added Alessio Sessa (bass) and David Massironi (drums). The band began its live activities in northern Italy initially proposing covers of bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation and After Forever. In 2011 they recorded their first Ep of 4 original songs titled 'Darkness and Regret' that was published in 2012. The band galvanized by the great response decided to continue writing their own songs, until 2013 when they joined the studio to record their debut album entitled 'Raw Poetry'. The album then immediately gets the interest of the label Underground Symphony and in the same year Davide Rigamonti joined the group as lead guitarist. Now in 2015, we have the pleasure of their 2nd album 'Chasing Chimera', and what a jolly good record it is, offering up an abundance of good Symphonic stuff - a mixture of Heavy Metal, Orchestral epicness and an amazing vocal duo (featuring the vocals of Daniele Scavoni from Spellblast!) Most of the tracks run it at around the 4-5 minute mark, but the epic 'Hell On Earth' runs in at a bombastic 7+ minutes. As previously mentioned, this is great stuff and the album sure deserves one's attention. Their facebook is here.. 9/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Released) Reviewed 3rd June 2015

False Hope Fades, born in late 2012, proudly hails from the city of Chicago. They are four unlikely characters who have united to create something soulful, unexpected, and genuine. Rosie delivers her twisted marriage of mighty melodic vocals and killer gruesome growls with regal determination. Kham's guitar saturates their sound with a heaviness and groove unique to modern metal, while Johnny empowers the group with punchy, heavy riffs that set their sound unequal to most. Brian's drumming guides the band with energy, skill, and unrelenting power. And if you do not believe me, then give this 5 track EP a listen. Opener 'Coward' is the ideal showcase to what this band offers the listener, and I would imagine they are a blast live. The melodic 'Clean' keeps the momentum going as does 3rd track in 'Break'. 'Wake Up' introduces Rosie's growls, while the mid tempo closer 'Words' ends this little album. This is rather good... 8/10 (Dave)


(Bernett Records) Reviewed 3rd June 2015

Evolvent fronted by the majestic vocals of Emma Elvaston, is a band from France and this is another good Symphonic/Gothic Metal album that has come our way. There are some good Melodic Symphonic tunes here coupled with the occasional ballad or two that are jolly well done. We also get to hear subtle deathly growls, but these are never over done. This is a record that is well worth checking out. The band's website is at, and I want to add that although this is a brief review, it is a rather good album. Fave tracks including the symphonic pounding 'Love Doesn't Love Me', the ballad 'We Are' and the slow to mid paced title track - a well recommended cd... 8.75/10 (Dave)


(Self Released) reviewed 22nd May 2015

Elvellon is a Symphonic Metal band from Moers, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. Through a combination of orchestral sound, hard riffs and the extraordinary voice of front woman Nele, the five musicians hit right at the heart of the listener with the five tracks on this very good EP. The standard of music being thrown at us here at Ravenheart at the moment is rather awesome to say the least, and this EP is of no exception. All the cuts here are gems, the tracks 'My Wings' and 'Oraculum' being favourites, so quite simply, if you are into Symphonic Metal, then get it - check their bandcamp site here ... 9/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Release) Reviewed 1st May 2015

Save Me is part II of Forever Still's concept album. Their 'Scars EP' was the dark and dreary beginning and now the main character is moving on to the next stage. There are three tracks here, all of which are rather awesome. Fronted by vocal powerhouse Maja Schønning, 'Awake The Fire' opens the EP in bombastic fashion and immediately tells me that this band is heading places. Next up 'Breathe In' shows no let up, being a heavier number but coupled with the band's trademark melodies, while closer 'Save Me' is just simply magical! This EP is the second of three digital EPs that will eventually end up as one physical full length album later in 2015 and we here cannot wait. This Danish Band who I am sure would quite easily set the USA on fire with their music, could and should be the next best thing, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Their bandcamp is here - support independent music, as this EP has bowled me over!!!... 9/10 (Dave)


(Gray Records) Reviewed 23rd April 2015

Fake The Attack come from the county of Hampshire here in the UK, and this is the band's first new music since their 2011 'You Call This Freedom' EP. Fronted by Ashlyn Marshall, this CD is an energetic and diverse work bristling with ideas, embracing sparkling synths and subtle electronics along the way. There are 11 tracks of catchy pop/rock to embrace and it is all rather good. The release is consistent and nothing within the 11 tracks really disappoints. Okay, it may not appeal to the metalheads out there, but by and large this is damn good and ultra commercial in the process. If you enjoy acts like Paramore, Fireflight, Eowyn, The Material and the like, this should be right up your alleyway. The band can be checked out here... nice one - release date was 8th June but it has been postponed for the time being... 8.5/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Released) Reviewed 23rd April 2015

Back in January in 2014, I reviewed a 4 track promo EP that was sent to me by Dutch band End Of The Dream. The EP was rather good and now, in 2015, I have the pleasure to review the band's debut full length effort. Anything from Holland grabs my attention and no doubt the attention of many others too, and this band fronted by Micky Huiijsmans is of no exception. It all kicks off with the awesome and melodic 'Follow The Angels', a 6 minute epic that featured on the EP, and this number grabs you by the short and curlies and immediately gives the listener an idea as to what to expect on this release. Next up 'Away' is equally as good, great mid tempo chorus and superb vocals! 'Colder' exibits Evanescence influences, while the epic and bombastic 7 + minute 'Shadows Embrace', maintains the awesome momentum that this EP gives the listener. 'Collide' is a slower and an emotionally charged number, vocally Micky sounding a little like Amy Lee, which is not a bad thing at all, while 'All I Am' the title track with its catchy chorus, is another great tune with an acoustic undercurrent. The last three numbers do not disappoint, 'Through The Dark', the 9 + minute epic 'Dark Reflection' with its progressive tendancies and closer the ballad 'Gone', all continue to show the awesome promise this band shows with this release. In summary, this album is going to appeal to a wide range of fans whether they support female fronted rock/metal music or not. There are Evanescence influences appearing at times throughout the album, not surprising really bearing in mind that Evanescence did release a track called 'End Of The Dream', but these influences are not a bad thing and I like it. The band's website is here ... well recommended.. 9.25/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 1st April 2015

Embersland is a six piece Melodic Metal band from Barcelona with male (harsh and clean) and female vocals, and this the band's second album is yet another good recording to come the way of Ravenheart Music. The vocal duties are shared between May, Will and Xavi and this 9 track album offers up quite a variety for the listener to enjoy. I must say that I myself enjoyed this album, with the epic 9+ minute opener 'Sunrise (Part II) being one of my favourite numbers, 'Sunrise (Part I)' by the way being the closing track on their debut release 'Sunrise'. 'Second up 'Closer' is a powerful but punchy tune and sets the scene for what is to follow. The Symphonic 'WTF...Fuck Off' is not a disgruntled overpaid Chelsea soccer player (sorry Chelsea fans) talking to a referee, but is an interestingly titled track and a good one too, and being a tough N London girl, offers up solid proof that this band talk my language :) Other highlights are a plenty including the slower and rather more atmospheric 'Where Are You', the ballad 'Deadweight' and the wonderful 'Be There For Me'. It is my pleasure to review music this good - the band's website is here.. 9/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Release) Reviewed 11th March 2015

EVYLTYDE is a female-fronted British metal band based in and around the London area, who bring the sound of traditional classic metal into the modern age, with a mix of killer riffs, searing power chords and melodic vocals!!! Established in August 2013 by Danny Merton (guitars) and Hannah Delany (vocals), after both were recruited for a project to reform a cult UK metal band from the 80s, the band throw at us on this release some classic metal with melody that will leave you screaming for more. Indeed, there are some classic cuts galore here from the opener 'Down Below', the riff tastic 'Kick You Down' and 'Chastity', the acoustic based 'Disappear' and the metallic 'Living To Die'. I have heard a lot about Evyltyde on the underground music scene here in this part of England (Essex), and listening to this release confirms all that I have heard. The band's website is here - this is rather good me thinks, played with lots of venom!... 8.75/10 (The Nugget)


(Self Released) Reviewed 3rd December 2014

Fate Prevailed is a six-piece metal band from Ontario with a full and addictive sound. Combining melodic female vocals with heavy instrumentation and screaming vocals, the band appeals to a wide variety of listeners. The music is progressive, technical, and changes with every song. Although this album is being classed as an EP with only 5 tracks, it runs in at around 37 minutes, so could even be put into the full album category. Apart from the opener 'The Hunt Is On' that runs at just a little under five minutes, the remaining four numbers all run at over 6 minutes with the epic 'Merciless' well over 10 minutes. So one gets their monies worth here. Vocally, Ariane Ganga reminds me at times of Vicky Johnson from UK band WINTER IN EDEN. This album is tuneful and rather good, and despite the harsh vocals, they are not over the top, the clean female vocals working well with the mainly death male vox. Coming from different musical backgrounds each member of the band brings new life to the music as they come together. Dark lyrical themes, raging solos, and haunting melodies make Fate Prevailed a band one needs to hear. And to add, closer 'Surrounded' is a fave of mine - great keys/guitar interplay. The band's website is at, and to be honest, this release is well recommended... 8.75/10 (Dave)


(Self Release) Reviewed 19th November 2014

Forever Still hail from Denmark and their rather good 'Breaking Free' EP was reviewed by us here in July 2013 (doesn't time fly?) Now it is time for a little three track goodie called 'Scars' from this very good young Danish band fronted by Maja Schønning. And you know what?, this band is knocking on the door of the premier league. If you like bands like Firefly, Paramore and Evanescence, then this should be right up your alleyway. The opener 'Scars' is by far the heaviest track here but is loaded with melody. 'Once Upon A Nightmare' follows and is a heavy melodic offering, the kinda song that would have Evanescence/Paramore fans in music heaven. Closer 'Miss Madness' is an awesome power ballad to end this awesome EP. The EP in-fact is the first of three digital EPs that will eventually end up as one physical full length album in the spring of 2015. It can be downloaded directly from the bands website:, where the band let their fans pay what they want for it. Well worth it I think!... 9/10 (Dave)

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