Wow! Very good neo prog band from England! Moria Falls debuts with an excellent CD that is a pleasure to listen to from the first hearing. Very creative and with lots of good songs. As one should expect from a prog band, the musicanship is superb, with many guitar\keyboards solos, duels, interplays. Miffs vocals are really different from most neo prog outfits and it works very well through the record. Ok, one may say nothing here is very original. So what? You don't have to be original to be good and vice versa. And Moria Falls proves this point: their songs are very good and the arrangements make the whole CD flows without a hinch all the way through, from beginning to end.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the 'who is who' of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks, titled '20 Years - Metal Addiction', to celebrate in style. Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves' Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more. Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden's Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs.
The music of The Lord of the Rings film series was composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Howard Shore. Shore wrote many hours of music for The Lord of the Rings, 10 hours of which have been released in the Complete Recordings CD/DVD boxed sets. Additional music, including alternate and unused compositions, was released with the book The Music of the Lord of the Rings. Shore composed the music in an emotional, operatic way, threading through the scores over 90 identified leitmotifs, which are categorized by the Middle-earth cultures to which they relate. The scores for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King won Academy Awards in 2002 and 2004. The latter film also won an Oscar statuette for Best Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
"This 2008 instrumental CD is one of the best British progressive rock albums in recent memory, pure classic prog, close to Genesis (or Steve Hackett solo) and Camel. Yak are a keys/bass/drums trio, but their sound is bigger than that – after hearing this, you will swear that there is a guitarist in the band, one who has the expressive Hackett/Latimer lead style nailed! In fact, keyboardist Martin Morgan is playing the guitar parts from a keyboard, the best emulation of that sustained electric guitar style we’ve ever heard. Of course a guitarist or two will be required live, as the guitar and keyboard sounds are layered. Just when you’ve despaired of ever hearing a British prog band create the real thing again, you are rescued by a Yak. Sounds like Dave Greenslade jamming with Genesis"…
Darkthrone is an influential Norwegian metal band. They formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal albums—A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger (sometimes dubbed the "Unholy Trinity") —are considered the peak of the band's career and to be among the most influential albums in the genre. For most of this time, Darkthrone has been a duo of Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, who have sought to remain outside the music mainstream. Since 2006, their work has strayed from the traditional black metal style and incorporated more elements of traditional heavy metal, speed metal and punk rock, being likened to Motörhead.