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Daily Album Premiere Thursday: BRAINSTORM – Midnight Ghost

20. September 2018

Midnight Ghost is the 12th album from German Power Metal band Brainstorm.  Brainstorm was form in 1989 by guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, and drummer Dieter Bernert.  They were joined by current vocalist Andy B. Franck in 1999 and bassist Antonio Ieva in 2007.  This veteran crew ...READ MORE

Daily Album Premiere Wednesday: ACE MAFIA – Ace Mafia (EP)

18. September 2018

Ace Mafia would have been a sure thing in 2001. Unfortunately, the band’s generic Modern Hard Rock sound combined with singer K. Ghibli’s late 90’s entrenched vocal style just makes it sound like another recording project that took so long to get released that it completely missed ...READ MORE

Daily Album Premiere Tuesday: FEDERAL CHARM – Passengers

17. September 2018

Rival Sons released a new single on the same day as the new Federal Charm album Passenger, and one could slip the Sons’ track somewhere in the running order of the full-length and the casual listener might not grok that a cuckoo slipped into federal Charm’s nest. Federal Charm’s ...READ MORE

Daily Album Premiere Tuesday: VANDALLUS – Bad Disease

10. September 2018

Bad Disease seems an incongruous title for Vandallus’s second album when coupled with the rather distracting cover art; the person featured seems quite healthy, physically at least. That said, three of the nine tracks—“Infected”, “Heart Attacker”, and the title track—give at least a ...READ MORE

Daily Album Premiere Monday: NEGACY – Escape From Paradise

9. September 2018

Do we have outstanding vocals?  The question every Progressive or Power Metal band should answer with ruthless self-reflection.  If the band can’t confidently respond with an affirmative, the band must reconsider its choice of genre or resign itself to mediocrity.  The icy truth for Negacy is ...READ MORE
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