Myrath – Tales Of The Sands review

Kevy Metal

My first real encounter with Tunisia’s Myrath was when they toured with Orphaned Land last year. I had heard some songs from their debut album ‘Hope’ and dismissed them as a Symphony-X clone with a Middle-Eastern touch. Was I ever wrong. As shown on ‘Tales Of The Sands’, Myrath produces a unique blend of progressive Metal and Oriental music, mostly accented by the downright fantastic Tunisian orchestra conducted by keyboard player Elyes Bouchoucha. In a musical climate where everything has already been tried, it’s hard to be blown off your feet by something completely unique. But that’s exactly where Myrath succeeds.

From the moment I started listening to Metal, something has attracted me to Middle-Eastern touches, but it wasn’t until I discovered the likes of bands from that area, such as Orphaned Land and Pentagram – the Turkish one, naturally – that it truly grew into full-fledged love. Myrath deserves…

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Music Unsung

Vanden Plas, overshadowed by the likes of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree. Don’t get me wrong, those two bands are great, but seldom in the prog world, do I hear of Vanden Plas. These guys have consistently “wowed” me with every album they release. If you’re looking for real, heart felt prog music, this band is it.

The song opens with piano that is full of sorrow. The violins kick in, adding the desperate connotation of the songs intro. What follows is 8 minutes of an absolutely brilliant blend of guitar, symphony, and the commanding vocal presence of Andy Kuntz.

The album “Seraphic Clockwork”, as whole, can be considered a prog rock opera. The songs in sequence tell a story of biblical proportion. Vanden Plas is well known for their Catholic undertones, but it doesn’t take a believer to relish in the beauty and awe that this band exudes with…

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Italian band Stamina is the brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Luca Sellitto.  Melodic to progressive metal, hard-rock and fusion. They recorded the first unofficial demo ”The demo songs” in 2003, and the second one ”Here to stay” in July 2004. Both gained them respect, so 2007 saw the release of ”Permanent Damage”.  2008 they played Rock in Flames festival in Salerno supporting Fabio Lione’s band (Labyrinth, Rhapsody, Vision Divine).

In October 2009 the band entered the studio to record the second album “Two of a kind”.
Danish singers Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade) and Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Andrè Andersen, studio backing vocalist of Royal Hunt) took part on some tracks as very special guests. The album was released 2010.
In April/May 2012 Stamina embarked on their first European tour, consisting of 9 shows in 5 different Countries: Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
During the second leg of the tour Stamina had the honour to be the opening act for ROYAL HUNT in occasion of their 20th anniversary world tour. Now they are working on their next release.

Two of a kind  2010


1 – Intro
2 – Eyes Of The Warrior
3 – Burn your Fears
4 – Too Tired To Live
5 – Power Of Love
6 – Supremacy
7 –  Maker Of The Universe
8 – Mystery
9 – Black Moon
10 – Heart Of The World
11 –  Maker Of The Universe (bonus feat.Kenny Lubcke)
12 – Too Tired To Live (bonus feat. Kenny Lubcke)
13 – When The Feeling Is Real (demo) – exclusive bonustrack  for ice warrior records


Giorgio Adamo – lead vocals
Luca Sellitto – guitars
Andrea Barone – keyboards
Roberto Chiumiento – bass

Vision Divine

Vision Divine is a progressive power metal band formed in Italy in 1998.

Originally Olaf Thorsen (born Carlo Andrea Magnani, founding member of Italian power metal band Labyrinth) started it as a solo project, composing the music. Fabio Lione (voclas), Mat Stancioiu (drums) and Andrew McPauls (keyboards) who all were also in Labyrinth then joined in too, and Andrea “Tower” Torricini (bass) completed the line up.

In its first three years the band released two albums, and started touring (South American Tour in December 2000), where for the first time an Italian heavy metal band got the chance to play shows in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Panama and Mexico.

2002 Olaf decided to leave Labyrinth, to focus just on VisionDivine and Andrew and Mat split from the band to focus on Labyrinth and were replaced by Oleg Smirnoff at keyboards (ex Eldritch) and Matteo Amoroso at drums (ex Athena).  Until this time Vision Divine had been always treated as a side project to Labyrinth.

2003 Fabio was replaced by Michele Luppi. With this new line-up they completed the final songs for the album that was to be titled “Stream of Consciousness”. The album was released in April 2004. Then in 2008 Fabio Lione rejoined the band as a full time vocalist.

In 2012 Vision Divine signed with EarMusic/Edel Group Records and released their seventh studio album entitled “Destination Set to Nowhere” on September 14th, 2012 with dates set up in Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy to promote the release.


1999 – Vision Divine
2002 – Send Me an Angel
2004 – Stream of Consciousness
2005 – The Perfect Machine
2007 – The 25th Hour
2009 – 9 Degrees West Of The Moon
2012 – Destination Set to Nowherecover art

1. S’io Fosse Foco
2. The Dream Maker
3. Beyond the Sun and Far Away
4. The Ark
5. Mermaids from Their Moons
6. The Lighthouse
7. Message to Home
8. The House of the Angels
9. The Sin Is You
10. Here We Die
11. Destination Set to Nowhere

Current Line-Up 

Fabio Lione (voc)
Olaf Thorsen (git)
Feederico Puleri (git)
Alessio Lucatti (key)
Andrea ‘Tower’ Torricini (b)
Alessandro Bissa (dr)

The Metal Pigeon


I figured I’d follow up my previous blog entry about Anette Olzon’s abrupt departure from Nightwish with something a little more positive and music related, namely, a few quick thoughts about the Nightwish/Kamelot performance on October 10th at Emo’s in Austin, Texas. By now forums, Reddit, and a ton of other places online have been filling up with talk of just how Floor Jansen and Tommy Karevik have been handling their new roles respectively as the vocalists of Nightwish and Kamelot. To be accurate, Karevik has had a longer gestation period (going on a few months) as Roy Khan’s official replacement — Jansen has had a scant ten days and seven shows to acclimate herself to her new role and the band’s setlist. Most fans are understanding of this fact, knowing that over time and subsequent performances, she’d get better and find the right vocal approach for each song…

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SoulSpell – A metal opera

From Theocracy’s page I hit a Soulspell video on youtube, and if you like Soupergroups and collaborations like Avantasia you will love this one.

A Legacy Of Honor was released in 2008 followed by the second album The Labyrinth Of Truths in 2010. The project has appearances from metal heavyweights such as Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Savatage), Jon Oliva (TSO, Savatage), Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, etc.), Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Nando Fernandes (Hangar). Music is composed by the Brazilian drummer Heleno Vale

Unfortunately, for me, the website is in Portugese only, but you can check in to see the line up that is very interesting, or you can visit their myspace for some English info, or read an interview with Vale here and here

The third album has been released just these few days ago,

Hollow’s Gathering cover art

1.Hollow’s Gathering
2.A Rescue Into the Storm
3.To Crawl or to Fly
5.Adrian’s Call
6.Change the Tide
7.From Hell
8.The Keeper’s Game
9.The Dead Tree
10.A Whisper Inside