Rage - Speak of The Dead Review by Gary Hill Rage's latest is almost two different albums. The multi part suite that opens this one off is pretty much pure progressive rock, while the tracks that follow are equally unadulterated heavy metal. More
Rage - Carved In Stone Review by Greg Olma Rage have been around since the mid-80's and this CD is a clear indication as to why. The guys have always been producing quality music and although they have on occasion experimented, they have always delivered the goods.
Rebel Meets Rebel - Rebel Meets Rebel Review by Mike Korn If we lived in a world where heavy metal guitarists didn't get gunned down by lunatics with guns, this would a fun and entertaining record that mixes musical genres. But unfortunately, this is not such a world, so "Rebel Meets Rebel" is much more than a mere CD. More
Rebellion - Miklagard Review by Mike Korn More than any other variety of ancient warrior, the Vikings have fascinated heavy metal bands. Sure, you'll hear occasional tunes about rampaging Huns, Roman gladiators and sword-swinging samurai, but only the Vikings have an entire sub-genre of metal dedicated to them, featuring bands like Amon Amarth, Tyr and Thyrfing.
Take an epic metal sound and stripped it down to a more raw production. You’ve got a really good idea of what this disc sounds like. It’s a darned good album, despite not wandering too far from one musical concept. I like it a lot, actually.
Rhapsody - Dawn of Victory Review by Mike Korn By the bristling beard of Odin, what manner of mortals be these? The members of the Italian power metal band Rhapsody have taken the fantasy theme to new...and often ridiculous...heights. More
Rhapsody of Fire - Triumph or Agony Review by Gary Hill This type of metal has always been a mixed blessing for me. On the one hand I do appreciate the musicality and power that it manages to evoke. More
Royal Hunt - Collision Course Review by Gary Hill This CD is considered to be Paradox Part II. Well, since Paradox is one of my all time favorite discs, I had high hopes for this one. More
Royal Hunt - Paper Blood Review by G. W. Hill I came to this disc with a bit of trepidation. Frankly, having spoken with former Hunt vocalist D.C. Cooper on a couple of occasions and finding him to be one of the best hard rock/metal vocalists out there, part of me was afraid to hear what Hunt sounded like without him. More
Royal Hunt - Double Live In Japan Review by Gary Hill Doing a wonderful job of combining classical music with heavy metal, Royal Hunt's albums have always sounded like studio-only productions. It seemed like a lot would be lost in the translation to live performance. More