Epica – The Alchemy Project

Looking at the cover of ‘The Alchemy Project’, I suppose this album by Epica will be very special again. Epica has collaborated with all kinds of singers and musicians from the broad metal scene. As a result, the songs range from melodic metal, to the more extreme metal. ‘The Great Tribulation’ has a slightly theatrical … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Ugly Kid Joe – Rad Wings Of Destiny

Everyone knows Ugly Kid Joe’s big hit ‘Cats in the Cradle’. For those who still don’t know how the band name came about: These rockers from California would do a one-time joint performance with the then successful glam metal band ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’. To accentuate the differences, these men from California chose the band name … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The Dead Daisies – Radiance

The super rock group ‘The Dead Daisies’ released their self-titled album in 2013. Since then they have grown considerably. The lineup changed from time to time (even now there is a different lineup) what remained is the unfading rock. ‘Face Your Fear’ has a surprising start, the rousing rock soon coming in. Bassist Glenn Hughes … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Deni Marinovic – Dreamland

Deni Marinovic received his first electric guitar as a teenager, and taught himself to play the guitar, now he is a multi-instrumentalist. About four years ago his EP ‘Freedom Bells‘ was released, this was (incl artwork) almost a one man project. Dreamland’ is a full CD, again he has played almost everything himself. Only the … Read more, available in English and Dutch

The sign of Leo – Blow up

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Martin Erich has been active on the Groningen music scene (the Netherlands) for about 35 years. In the eighties he played in bands like ’12 Inch from Heaven’ and ‘The Happy Few?’ After a silence he founded the band ‘The Sign of Leo’ about ten years ago. During the Corona crisis … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Threads of fate – The cold embrace of the light

‘Threads of Fate’ was formed about five years ago by singer Jon Pyres. Death appears in novels, poetry and music. So also on the album ‘The Cold Embrace of the Light’. Besides doom and prog metal, Threads of Fate also uses symphonic elements. The first few seconds of ‘Beneath A Starless Sky’ are very quiet, … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Time’s Forgotten – Shelter

Time’s Forgotten is a prog rock/metal band from Costa Rica founded in 2004 by keyboardist Juan Pablo Calvo. Their previous singer, Francisco Longhi, was replaced by Priscilla Ruiz. Therefore, ‘Shelter’, their new album, will sound much different from the previous ones. The songs on ‘Shelter’ do not form a story, yet this is a concept … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Ghost Toast – Shade Without Color

Ghost Toast is an experimental metal band from Hungary. In 2020, they released ‘Shape Without Form’. By then, the songs of ‘Shade Without Color’, the album that will be released on March 3, had also been written. Both albums are based on the poem The Hollow Men, by S. Eliot. In short, it is about … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Magnum – The Monster Roars

The English melodic rock band Magnum exists almost 50 years! Of course, there have been several changes in the line-up, but guitarist Tony Clarkin and singer Bob Catley have been there from the beginning. Their artwork has always looked beautiful. After a number of quite colourful album covers, the artwork of new album, ‘The Monster … Read more, available in English and Dutch

Esther’s top 10 2021

01 – Epica – Omega02 – Dave Bainbridge – To the Far Away03 – Blank Manuskript – Himmelfahrt*04 – 7even Bridges – Million Voices*05 – Ben Poole & Guy Smeets – Acoustic duo live*06 – Swallow the Sun – Moonflowers07 – Franck Carducci – Oddity08 – Nick Fletcher – Cycles of Behaviour *09 – Drifting … Read more, available in English and Dutch