Four years after their debut album ‘Eye On The Sky’, Finnish Stargazery releases it’s successor ‘Stars Aligned’.  Thae album contains 13 very good tracks, the last of which is sung in their mother tongue.

Last Autumn’s Dream

Last Autumn’s Dream was formed in 2002 by Mikael Erlandsson from Sweden on vocals, and German guitarist Andy Malecek from Fair Warning.  For their debut album that was released in 2003 they had the aid of John Levén, Ian Haugland and Mic Michaeli, all members from Europe.   But when Europe reunited, they had to find some replacements.  In came Marcel Jacob (Talisman), Jamie Borger (


Having reviewed other Impera albums in the past, I was surprised when I heard this album. It sounds a tad heavier than I’m used to with Impera.  This is their third album, and if you ask me their best so far.

Mother’s Finest

Mother's Finest had their peak already in the 70's. In 1977 the band released their hit "Baby love" followed by a few more longplayers. The last release was ‘Meta-Funk'n-Physical’. They have been pioneers in combining funk ryhthms with rock guitars; years before bands like Living Colors and Mordred picked up this crossover again in the 80's and 90's.


This is the second album from Shadowbane, a band that is based in Hamburg.  It’s release was postponed due to the burning down of the Hammer Studios, where Dirk Schlächter  was busy with the mastering process.


Okay, this is an easy one to start: I like everything this Belgian band did in the past! So, here you have it. And I promise you: with Only The Dead… (Have Seen The End Of War), Pieter Van de Putte and his crew continue that path of victory!

The Storyteller

The Storyteller  is a Swedish band that was formed in the city of Gävle in 1995.  They released their debut album ‘The Storyteller’ in 2000.  This is their sixth album so far. I’d never heard of this band before, so with some curiosity, due to their name, I started listening to this album.  What I heard was traditional power metal, but with epic elements in it, The bio suggests there are also some medieval folk music influenced. But I had to use a lot of imagination to hear those influences…


Outtrigger is a young Swedish band, that was founded in 2009, already released some EP’s, and now this is their first full album. Basically what you get from these guys is music that could please a lot of people.  It’s got it’s hard rock moments, but also hints of Cyber metal, nu metal, and even mainstream rock elements. Despite combining such a heteroclitic mix of genres, I admit liking this album quite a lot.  The songs are quite catchy, and energetic, but I’m afraid people who stick to traditional metal will not like this.


When I tell you I saw this band play live at the first Heavy Sound Festival in Bruges way back in 1983, that probably tells you something about my age. Being one of the first Belgian metal bands to gain some name outside of our little country, it was with great interest I started listening to this album, their first new official release since 1987!


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