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REVIEWS
PLAYLISTS

The Silent Wedding - Enigma Eternal
FYB Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
85 / 100
Insatia - Phoenix Aflame
Pitch Black Records
Symphonic Power Metal
84 / 100
AfterTime - World We've Lost
Self-released
No Quote
Live Report - Xandria, Kobra and The Lotus, Once Human and Bullet To The Heart
Live Gig
No Score
Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I
Napalm Records
Heavy/Power Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Pyramaze - Contingent
Inner Wound Recordings
Progressive Power Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
MindMaze - Resolve
Inner Wound Recordings
Power/Progressive Metal
86 / 100
Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems
Self-released
Progressive/Power/Heavy Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Firewind - Immortals
AFM Records
Power Metal
86 / 100 Major event
Light & Shade - The Essence of Everything
Scarlet Records
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Lucid Fly - Building Castles In Air
Hour Eleven Music / Vanity Music Group
Alt/Progressive Rock
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Live Report - Queensryche, Armored Saint, Midnight Eternal
Live Gig
No Score
Dark Sarah - The Puzzle
Inner Wound Recordings
Cinematic Metal
88 / 100
Live Report - Sonata Arctica, Leaves' Eyes, Omnium Gatherum
Live Gig
Infinite Spectrum - Haunter Of The Dark
Sensory Records
Progressive Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Temperance - The Earth Embraces Us All
Scarlet Records
Symphonic Melodic Metal
89 / 100
Rage Of Light - Chasing The Reflection
Self-released
no quote
Ascendia - The Lion and the Jester
Self-Financed
Symphonic Progressive Metal
88 / 100 Archive review
Live Report - Circus Maximus, Imminent Sonic Destruction, Ascendia, w/ local support(Acracy)
Live Gig
No Score
DGM - The Passage
Frontiers Records
Progressive Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Trick Or Treat - Rabbits Hill Pt2.
Frontiers Records
Power Metal
87 / 100
Magma Dragon - Path to the Citadel: The Saga of Janina and Arthas
Self-Financed
Symphonic Power Metal
no quote
Mindshift - Horizon
Eclipse Records
Melodic Modern Metal(Melodic Death to Progressive)
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam and Jetsam
AFM Records
84 / 100
Universal Mind Project - The Jaguar Priest
Inner Wound Recordings
Melodic/Progressive Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Live with Primal Fear, and Divinity Compromised
Live Gig
Ravenia - Beyond The Walls of Death
Inner Wound Recordings
Cinematic/Symphonic Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Midnight Eternal - Self-Titled(Midnight Eternal)
Inner Wound Recordings
Symphonic Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Circus Maximus - Havoc
Frontiers Records
Melodic Progressive Rock/Metal
82 / 100
Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
Napalm Records
Symphonic Power Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Oceans of Slumber - Winter
Century Media
Progressive Metal
88 / 100
Sunburst - Fragments Of Creation
Ulterium Records
Melodic Power Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Rhapsody of Fire - Into The Legend
AFM Records
Symphonic Power Metal
91 / 100 Major event
Phantasma - The Deviant Hearts
Napalm Records
Symphonic Rock/Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Teramaze - Her Halo
Mascot Records
Progressive Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Dark Moor - Project X
Scarlet Records
Progressive/Symphonic Rock(with metal)
87 / 100
Eldritch - Underlying Issues
Scarlet Records
Progressive Power Metal
88 / 100
Diemonds - Never Wanna Die
Napalm Records
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Live Report - Amaranthe with Butcher Babies
Live Gig
No Quote
Earthside - A Dream In Static
Self-Financed
Cinematic/Progressive Rock and Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Mercy Brown - Mercy Brown(LP)
Self-Financed
Melodic Death Metal
82 / 100
Queensryche - Condition Human
Century Media
Progressive Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
A Sound of Thunder - Tales From The Deadside
Mad Neptune Records
Heavy Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Millennial Reign - Carry The Fire
Ulterium Records
Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Chaos Frame - Paths Of Exile
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Scardust - Shards(EP)
Self Financed
Progressive Metal
No Quote
Live Report - Evergrey,Voyager, Borealis, Oceans Of Slumber
Live Gig
The Murder Of My Sweet - Beth Out Of Hell
Frontiers Records
Cinematic Rock/Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Praying Mantis - Legacy
Frontiers Records
NWOBHM/Melodic Heavy Metal
86 / 100
Symphony X - Underworld
Nuclear Blast
Progressive Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Borealis - Purgatory
AFM Records
Power Progressive Metal
89 / 100
Darktribe - The Modern Age
Scarlet Records
Melodic Power Metal
82 / 100 Surprise of the month
Unleash The Archers - Time Stands Still
Napalm Records
Heavy/Power Metal
88 / 100
Unleash The Archers - Demons Of The AstroWaste
Napalm Records
Heavy/Power Metal(with other genres)
83 / 100 Archive review
Feared - Synder
Self-Financed
Melodic Thrash/Death metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Cain's Offering - Stormcrow
Frontiers Records
Power Metal
88 / 100
Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
Century Media
Doom Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Pyramaze - Disciples Of The Sun
Inner Wound Recordings
Progressive Power Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Midnight Eternal - Midnight Eternal
Self-Financed
Symphonic Metal
no quote
Within Silence - Gallery of Life
Ulterium Records
Melodic Power Metal
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Live Report - Kamelot with Special Guest Dragonforce from Mojoes in Joliet, IL
Live Gig
no quote
Dark Sarah - Behind The Black Veil
Inner Wound Recordings
Cinematic/Symphonic Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Jaded Star - Memories From The Future
Sensory Records
Melodic Heavy Metal
82 / 100
Kamelot - Haven
Napalm Records
Progressive Power Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Kiske/Somerville - City Of Heroes
Frontiers Records
Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
85 / 100
Lords Of The Trident - Frostburn
Self-Financed
Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
The Silent Wedding - Livin Experiments
FYB Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
84 / 100 Archive review
Iris Divine - Karma Sown
Sensory Records
Modern Progressive Rock/Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Anthropia - Non-Euclidean Spaces
Adarca Records
Progressive/Symphonic Power Metal
87 / 100
Celestial Wish - Our Creation
Self-released
Symphonic Metal
no quote
Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers
Century Media
Atmospheric Progressive Death/Doom Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Enemy Of Reality - Rejected Gods
FYB Records
Symphonic Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ilium - My Misanthropia
Nightmare Records
Melodic Power Metal
89 / 100
The Gentle Storm - The Diary
InsideOut Music
Progressive Rock/Metal(with a lot of folk elements)
92 / 100 Album of the month
Temperance - Limitless
Scarlet Records
Modern Melodic Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Orden Ogan - Ravenhead
AFM Records
Power Metal
88 / 100
The Agonist - Eye of Providence
Century Media
Melodic Modern/Death Metal
88 / 100
Periphery - Juggernaut Alpha and Omega
Sumerian Records
86 / 100
Armory - Empyrean Realms
Metavania Music
Melodic Power Metal
91 / 100 Archive review
Annysia - Nephilim
Self-Financed
Symphonic Metal
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks
AFM Records
Melodic Power Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Victorius - Dreamchaser
Sonic Attack
Power Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Liv Kristine - Vervain
Napalm Records
Gothic Rock
81 / 100
Kalidia - Lies Device
Self-released
Melodic Power Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Black Fate - Between Visions & Lies
Ulterium Records
Progressive Power Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Nexus Opera - Tales From WWII
Spider Rock Promotion
Power Metal
83 / 100
Crimson Blue - The Angelic Performance
My Kingdom Music
Gothic/Art/Progressive Rock
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Kaledon - Antillius: The King Of Light
Scarlet Records
Symphonic Power Metal
82 / 100
MindMaze - Back From The Edge
Inner Wound Recordings
Melodic Progressive/Power Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ravenscry - The Attraction of Opposites
Revalve Records
Alternative/Modern Metal
81 / 100
HESS - Hagalaz
Self-Financed
Heavy Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Triosphere - The Heart Of The Matter
AFM Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
86 / 100
Lyriel - Skin and Bones
AFM Records
Melodic Folk/Symphonic Metal
84 / 100
Dimension - Revolution
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
85 / 100
Michael Lepond's Silent Assassins - Michael Lepond's Silent Assassins
Self-released
Heavy Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Hammerfall - (R)Evolution
Nuclear Blast
Heavy/Power Metal
89 / 100 Major event
Noturnall - Noturnall
Metalville
Power Progressive Metal
87 / 100
Allen - Lande - The Great Divide
Frontiers Records
Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
89 / 100
Arctic Sleep - Passage Of Gaia
Self-released
Atmospheric Doom(among other genres) Metal
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
While Heaven Wept - Suspended At Aphelion
Nuclear Blast
Epic Progressive/Symphonic Metal(with some Doom elements)
90 / 100 Album of the month
The Devin Townsend Project - Z2
InsideOut Music
Progressive/Ambient/Heavy Metal?
93 / 100 Album of the month
White Empress - Rise Of The Empress
Peaceville Records
Symphonic Death Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Amaranthe - Massive Addictive
Spinefarm Records
Modern Melodic Metal
86 / 100 Major event
Arbor - Echoes Over Oceans
Self Financed
Atmospheric Black Metal
83 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died
Century Media
Technical/Progressive Thrash Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Live Report - Sonata Arctica/Delain/Xandria
Live Gig
No Score
Evergrey - Hymn For The Broken
AFM Records
Dark Progressive Metal
94 / 100 Album of the month
Tantal - Expectancy
BakerTeam Records
Progressive Melodic Death Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
NEOPERA - Destined Ways
Earmusic
Symphonic Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Project Arcadia - A Time Of Changes
Nightmare Records
Modern Melodic/Power Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
enkElination - Tears Of Lust
Self Release
Symphonic Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ghoulchapel - Idols Of Doom
Self Release
Blackened Symphonic Death Metal
78 / 100
Halcyon Way - Conquer
Nightmare Records
Melodic Modern/Progressive Metal
91 / 100 Album of the month
Niels Vejlyt - Sthenic
Lion Music
Instrumental/Shred Guitar
84 / 100 Archive review
Tarja Turunen/Mike Terrana - Beauty And The Beat
Earmusic
Classical/Symphonic
no quote
Fozzy - Do You Want To Start A War
Century Media
Heavy Metal
83 / 100
Queensryche - Queensryche Live from Waukesha, Wisconsin USA
Live Gig
Pray For Sound - Dreamer

Instrumental Post-Rock
81 / 100 Surprise of the month
Scientic - Empire Of The Mind
Self-Financed
Power Progressive Metal
88 / 100 Archive review
Amberian Dawn - Magic Forest
Napalm Records
Symphonic Metal
89 / 100
Kobra and the Lotus - High Priestess
Titan Music
Heavy/Power Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction
Self-released
Progressive Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Nightmare - The Aftermath
AFM Records
Traditional/Power Metal
84 / 100
Sonata Arctica - Pariah's Child
Nuclear Blast
Melodic Power Metal
85 / 100 Major event
Voyager - V
IAV Records
Progressive Rock/Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Century Media
Melodic Death Metal
89 / 100 Major event
WiszdomStone - Rise
Self Release
86 / 100 Archive review
Vallenfyre - Splinters
Century Media
Doom/Death/Crust
85 / 100
Timo Tolkki's Avalon - Angels Of The Apocalypse
Frontiers Records
Melodic Power Metal
83 / 100
Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto
AFM Records
Power/Folk Metal
85 / 100
Epica - The Quantum Enigma
Nuclear Blast
Symphonic Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Evenoire - Heron
Scarlet Records
Symphonic/Gothic Metal with Folk Elements
84 / 100 Surprise of the month
Xandria - Sacrificium
Napalm Records
Symphonic Metal
90 / 100 Album of the month
Anubis Gate - Horizons
Nightmare Records
Progressive Metal
92 / 100 Album of the month
Edguy - Space Police-Defenders Of The Crown
Nuclear Blast
Heavy/Power Metal
93 / 100 Major event
Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism
Nightmare Records
Modern Progressive Metal
91 / 100 Surprise of the month
Delain - The Human Contradiction
Napalm Records
Symphonic Metal
82 / 100
Stream Of Passion - A War Of Our Own
PIAS/Rough Trade
Symphonic Metal with Progressive Influences
88 / 100
Live Report - Iced Earth/Sabaton/Revamp with local support
Live Gig
Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo
Century Media
Modern Rock with Metal Elements
82 / 100 Major event
Elegy of Madness - Brave Dreams
WormHole Death
Symponic/Gothic/Progressive Metal
79 / 100 Surprise of the month
Gus G. - I Am The Fire
Century Media
Modern Rock/Heavy Metal
83 / 100
Adrenaline Mob - Men Of Honor
Century Media
Heavy Rock/Metal
84 / 100
Insatia - Asylum Denied
Self Financed
Melodic Female-Fronted Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Eldritch - Tasting The Tears
Scarlet Records
Power/Progressive Metal
89 / 100
Ex Libris - Medea
Self Release
Power Progressive/Symphonic Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month
Vanden Plas - Chronicles Of The Immortals-Netherworld
Frontiers Records
Progressive Metal
95 / 100 Album of the month
Vanishing Point - Distant is The Sun
AFM Records
Melodic Progressive Metal
93 / 100 Album of the month
Siparo Power Metal Act - Oblivion-Dark Thorns
Self-released
80 / 100 Surprise of the month
Daniele Liverani - Fantasia
SG Records
Instrumental
87 / 100 Surprise of the month
Mandroid Echostar - Citadels EP
Self-released
Modern Progressive Metal.
No quote
Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad
Frontiers Records
Power Metal
85 / 100
Magnus Karlsson - Free Fall
Frontiers Records
Melodic Hard Rock/AOR/Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Magion - A Different Shade of Darkness
Self-released
Symphonic Metal
82/100 Surprise of the month
Angelica - Thrive
Frontiers Records
AOR/Melodic Hard Rock
84/100 Surprise of the month
Rhapsody of Fire - Dark Wings of Steel
AFM Records
90 / 100 Major event
Human Fortress - Raided Land
AFM Records
Melodic Power Metal
88 / 100
Cryogen - Continuum
Dark Millennium Records
Technical/Progressive Death Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Fates Warning - Darkness In A Different Light
InsideOut Music
90 / 100
Archillusion - Desolate Dreamscape
Unsigned
Dark Progressive Metal
86 / 100 Surprise of the month
Live Report - Fates Warning/Halcyon Way Live from Mojoes in Joliet, IL USA
Live Gig
Artizan - Ancestral Energy
Pure Steel Records
Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
89 / 100 Surprise of the month
Sleeping Romance - Enlighten
Ulterium Records
Symphonic Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Ayreon - The Theory of Everything
InsideOut Music
Melodic/Atmospheric Progressive Rock
100 / 100 Album of the month
Arven - Black Is The Colour
Massacre Records
Symphonic/Power Metal
85 / 100 Surprise of the month
Mechanical God Creation - Artifacts of Annihilation
WormHole Death
Technical Death Metal
88 / 100 Surprise of the month