"Midnight sun" is a technical/neoclassical hard rock band from Sweden. Foremost the musicians are true virtuosos making extensive use of their technique without causing the album to sound complicated; instead they use progressions and neoclassical elements to make their compositions even more infectious and catchy. Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen fans have reason to rejoice.
Founded 2004 in the secluded town of Arvika, Sweden, ENFORCER have established themselves as the leaders of the new generation metal bands: devoted to the roots of real metal in any conceivable way, weather its spirit, sound or authenticity. After unleashing their debut »Into The Night« (2008), a sophomore attempt »Diamonds« (2009) and their relentless and energy-driven touring onslaughts, ENFORCER found their destined path with the 2013 album »Death By Fire«. 2015 sees the release of the fourth ENFORCER record, entitled »From Beyond«.
The acclaimed melodic rock outfit SEVEN return with their second album 'Shattered', out via Escape Music September 23. SEVEN originate from the AOR scene in the late eighties where Polydor records having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of Magnum and Little Angels, set their sights on SEVEN, a relatively unknown act that had started life as a successful South African group, reformed to hit the big time in the UK. SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, The Monkees and Brother Beyond. Entering the recording studios, with John Parr at the production helm…
Most entries in the Back to Mine series allow the artists to investigate their wide but dabbling tastes in influences – a bit of dance, a bit of alternative, some roots in '60s pop or soul perhaps, and maybe a stray nugget from something obscure like Krautrock or dub or rockabilly. The other volumes usually come from true DJs or, rarely, those with something special to say. Regardless of whether you enjoy Röyksopp's vision of polished downbeat pop, the duo's interest in post-disco and Euro-dance pays major dividends here for those looking to hear something beyond the usual Klein + M.B.O…
As the title suggests, Japanese music explorer Osamu Kitajima takes the listener beyond the known on a musical voyage into new territory where his compositions are a synthesis of Western electronics and ambient dance rhythms, tempered by the wisdom of ancient Japanese traditions. "Beyond The Circle" is music that is as energizing as it is spiritual and melodic.
Jørn Lande is one of Norway's most accomplished vocalists in the power/progressive metal genres, having fronted many established acts like Beyond Twilight, Ark, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, and Mundanus Imperium. While he is currently working with Masterplan and his Allen/Lande projects, his most consistent output seems to be this solo career. "Spirit Black" is his 7th album since the turn of the century, and the man sounds as polished and professional as ever.
"Book of the Dead" is the second album by metal band Bloodbound. It is the first with Pelle Åkerlind on drums, and the only one to feature the German vocalist Michael Bormann, who was under a one-time contract to record this album. While the singer is mostly known for his melodic rock/AOR works, his adaptability is very much in favor of the band and fronts this effort flawlessly delivering the appropriate heavy/power metal tone. Beyond vocals, the album features a totally devastating rhythm section that manages to sound interesting throughout the album while the guitars retain a fair balance between riffs and melodic lines, both in no short supply.