Kerion is a Symphonic Metal band from France.

They began as an instrumental Prog Metal band in 1997 under the name of “Kirlian”. Flora soon joined them on vocals and the band’s sound evolved into meldoic symphonic metal. They released two demos based on the fantasy tale “Staraxis” by Chris Barberi and then their first album in 2008 – “Holy Creatures Quest” covering the third and final part of Barberi’s novel musically.

As newer fans asked to hear old demos, the band decided to rewrite some of the songs and have a real studio recording, as they were not happy with the quality of the demos. Their second album “The Origins”, as its name indicates, is the result of this musical revival.  Kerion work with Phil Giordana from Fairyland, who added vocals to their latest album and conducted the choir recordings. This new album, just released two months ago, is also a conceptual album, you can read the story on the band homepage. I only listened to the CD and gathered it must be dealing with ships and sailors of old, some of the songs have a flair of sea-shanty, vikings and drunken sailor to them, that I particularly like in this case.  Floras vocals are strong yet never too dominant, not operatic, not harsh. I usually dislike female vocals on metal but here they work perfectly, also overlaid by choirs quite often adding fullness.

A really good album that I can recommend to anyone who likes symphonic power.


Conspiracy of Darkness (2003) (Demo)
The Last Sunset (2005) (Demo)
Holy Creatures Quest (March 2008)
The Origins (2010)
CloudRiders Part I : Road to Skycity (2012)Cover art

01. Rider’s Theme
02. The Map
03. Everlasting Flight
04. Bounty Hunter
05. The Sky is My Ocean
06. Fireblast
07. Tribal Vibes
08. Never More
09. Celticia’s Song
10. Ghost Society
11. The Fall of The SkyCity Part I
12. The Fall of The SkyCity Part II
13. Rider’s Theme
14. A New Day

Line up :

  • Rémi – Guitars
  • Sylvain – Guitars
  • Flora – Vocals
  • Stéphane – Bass
  • JB – Drums


7 Days

7 Days is a christian progressive metal supergroup or studio project that released two albums so far.

Names read like a who-is-who of the Scandinavian metal scene:

Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony) the musical ‘mastermind’ behind the band on Keys and Guitars. Thomas Vikström (Therion, Candlemass, Tommy Vitali), Christian Rivel (Audiovision, DivinefireGolden Resurrection, Narnia) and Erik Tordsson (End of September, Crimson Moonlight) on voclas. Andreas Olsson aka Andreas Passmark on bass (Royal Hunt, Narnia, Rob Rock, Divinefire, Harmony). Daniel Flores on drums (Mind’s Eye, Evil Masquerade, Secret Sphere). Kaspar Dahlqvist on Keyboards (Ilium, Treasure Land, Stormwind, Dionysus, Ride the Sky) and Caroline Sigfridsson Vocals (female).


The Weight of the World 2006

Into Forever 2010cover art

1. Through Dark And Light
2. Into Forever
3. The Innocence In Me
4. You Hold The Key
5. Enter A Dream
6. Crossing
7. We Cry No More
8. Under The Sun
9. Scattered Mind
10. Final Wisdom
11. What Matters

Kamelot live review – guest post

Hi this is Heidi from Austria, I am doing a guest post here, gig review of Kamelot / Xandria / Triosphere / Blackguard

First off, this was the first time ever Kamelot came to Vienna and also the first time ever I saw them live. I was half afraid that Tommy would be a disappointment – don’t get me wrong, I loved what he did for Seventh Wonder! But Roy Khan has always been bringing out the beauty of the darker sides of life to me. Tommy is such a positive person … I just cannot imagine him ever writing a song like Memento Mori, my Kamelot all time fav.

But I am off the point. When I came to ((szene)) – the venue – people were still waiting outside on the pavement for doors to open and we could hear soundchecking going on inside. ((szene)) is rather a small venue, maybe 400 or 500 people fit in there, and as Thomas Youngblood announced from the stage the show was sold out. Doors opened late and I had just time to check out the merch tables when the first band Blackguard started playing, announcing that they had a lot of technical difficulties, oh wow. Sound was indeed rather awful at the beginning and the microphone was on overload all the time. But it got better thank god.

Their set was only four songs and they played to about 25 people at the start and maybe 50 at the end. I guess their next album will be called something like ‘uhm I was late, didn’t actually make it to your show’ … Their vocalist was outside afterwards talking to people and that was the sentence he heard most often …  I didn’t stay all through their show because Death Metal shouts and screaming never cut any ice with me. The crowd seemed to like it though, and the band was good really, they got a kickass lady on drums too.

Instead I went outside to the backyard where the supportbands’ merch tables had been regaled to (it was freezing cold) and got a copy of Triosphere’s ‘Road Less Traveled’. They were very surprised I bought it before the show 🙂 Triosphere is a band I learned to like just from their youtube videos, about the only female fronted power metal band I can stand at all.  They were up on stage next and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. Such a small thin lady, Ida Haukland has a surprisingly powerful voice that cut through the awesome guitar walls easily, and the energy that emanated from the whole band was amazing. The room soon filled up, I guess they made a lot of new fans that night. I could hear people talk about them afterwards.  They even came outside to the cold to sign CDs, that was cool (literally).

Xandria I didn’t know before, but most of the people there obviously did, the room was getting rather full. Xandria is a Nightwish-style operatic metal band and I didn’t like them.  Their singer is cool, a charming Bavarian (all Austrians have a sneaking liking for Bavarians), but the band was smug and showed a blase attitude that didn’t impress me. The singer also kept fiddling with her in-ear plug and her wireless transmitter that was located beneath her right shoulder (at first I thought she was losing her dress). This was most irritating to me, maybe because for the past five years at most of the gigs I attended I was the one responsible for fixing these things 🙂

They had about two songs on their setlist that I liked a little. The singing was off key in lots of places and the songs sometimes lost all tightness and structure.

At last Kamelot were up. The room was more than crammed now and it got fucking hot and loud in there. Hails and horns up! They started off with Rule The World, the band members came on stage one by one and were greeted by enthusiastic cheers and shouts. In the beginning the sound was really awful, keyboards and drums were too loud and I couldn’t hear Thomas Youngblood’s guitars at all until the guitar solo in ‘The Great Pandemonium’, that was third on the setlist I believe. It got better to a point that I could enjoy the show very much, but the crowd was actually so loud that it sometimes drowned out the finer parts of the music. The second song was Ghost Opera and by then the whole room was screaming, shouting, jumping and singing along. It was an awesome show and an amazing audience.  I wouldn’t have missed this for anything. I think even the band themselves were amazed.

The only thing that was strange was the way they went off stage, I didn’t even realize the regular set was over. The crowd cheered like hell and then the encores started off with a bass solo. This was the only part that I could give a miss, I mean, bass is a groovy instrument. Soloing without drums? No way. He tried to play guitar on his bass, it didn’t thrill me.

The keyboard solo did though, this was earlier on, and on the vid you can hear us all singing along to ‘Forever’.

I am bad at names 🙂 the female vocalist was not introduced, she was totally great as well and the stage show and the energy between her and Tommy were awesome. Last on the list was March of Mephisto and this was really impressive. Two girls hitting the marching drums, and another male vocalist came on stage as Mephisto for some growls and he was acting well and playing with Tommy too.

Well as I hadn’t realized we were already hearing the encores I was totally disappointed when after the song was over the stage technicians started to dismantle the drum set immediately 🙂 Lol, I was the only one in there who didn’t realize it. The band didn’t come out for signing CDs, also a slight disappointment, I had very much hoped they would.

They updated their facebook status only minutes after the show though and it said: Roof of the szene now blown into oblivion. Vienna you are amazing!

It was a great great night and Tommy didn’t disappoint at all, he is very likely the best man they could have found to replace Khan. So Kamelot remains the exceptional band to me that they were ever since Khan took the vocals.

If they had played a second night I would have been there.

I also got my copy of ‘Silverthorn’ that night of course and it has been running on my car stereo ever since 🙂

Mad Hatters Den – Dark Wheel EP Review

Hailing from the cold Palisades of Tampere, Finland comes the traditional Melodic Heavy Metal outfit Mad Hatters Den. I had been sitting on this EP for a while now and ever since I heard it I don’t know why it took me so long to freaking review this one. All good music must come to light and Mad Hatters simply delivers and wets the appetite of any Metal fan bringing forward a mix of classic rock with 70′s laden keyboards meets European Power Metal shift rhythms to deliver a quite interesting EP titled “Dark Wheel”.


Mad Hatters Den – Dark Wheel EP Review.

Mob Rules – Cannibal Nation Review

Mob Rulesreblogged from

German power metaller’s Mob Rules are a band whose name brings instant recognition if for no other reason than its link to Ronnie James Dio and Black Sabbath. Those who also know the band are in for a particular treat as they have released in what is in my estimation the finest album of their careers. Their eighth full length album Cannibal Nation for SPV is everything so many imitation power metal bands attempt to create: an epic masterpiece that is in the same vein as the greats like Helloween and Hammerfall, yet ekes out their own existence. Though the name of the album could be misleading, it’s chock full of complex rhythms, soaring guitar solos, brilliant vocal passages, and tight song structures …

Read more about this review on Myglobalmind:  Mob Rules – Cannibal Nation Review.

Golden Resurrection

Golden Resurrection is a Christian neo-classical power metal band, formed in 2008 by Christian Liljegren and Tommy ReinXeed. Lilijgren also founded Narnia, now disbanded but definitely worth checking out as well. He is also vocalist for Divinefire and Audiovision. Tommy ReinXeed is a multi instrumentalist, founder of ReinXeed, an epic soundig neo-classic metal band. If you go listen to all of those bands, they sound very much alike, and for those who dig that sound this is a whacking lot of music to check out and like. These guys have some serious talent.

During 2009 Golden Resurrection wrote the songs that they recorded for their debut album ‘Glory To My King’. The material was a little like resurrection of early Narnia, rather powerful stuff yet very meldoic and synth heavy. Japan showed big interest in the band and several labels offered contracts. The debut album by Golden Resurrection was released in 2010 and recieved high praise from Burrn! Magazine Japan.

Their second album is more symphonic and melodious still, ‘Man With A Mission’  was released a year ago in October 2011. The band toured Sweden, Norway, Finland & Germany, but dropped the rest of the dates after two band members left. They went back to working on new material, for their third album ‘One Voice For The Kingdom’ that is set for release in January 2013.

Man With A Mission

cover art
1. The Light Overture
2. Man with a Mission
3. Identity in Christ
4. Golden Times
5. Finally Free
6. Generation of the Brave
7. Standing on the Rock
8. Metal Opus 1 in C# Minor
9. Are You Ready for the Power
10. Point Of Know Return (Japan Bonus)
11. End Of The World (Japan Bonus)
12. Pray For Japan (Japan Bonus)


Christian Liljegren – Lead & backing vocals
Tommy ReinXeed – All guitars, backing vocals & orchestration
Steven K. – Bass
Svenne Jansson –  Hammond Organ & keyboards
Alfred Fridhagen – Drums

Valkyrian Music

Californian progressive metal visionaries The Faceless to headline in the UK supporting their highly acclaimed third album, Autotheism, in January and February 2013, with The Safety Fire in support. Dates are as followed:

Wed 30 January – Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 31 January – Southampton, The Cellar
Fri 1 February – Brighton, The Haunt
Sat 2 February – Nottingham, Rock City
Sun 3 February – Glasgow, King Tut’s
Mon 4 February – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Tue 5 February – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Weds 6 February – Manchester NQ Live
Thurs 7 February – London O2 Academy Islington
Fri 8 February – Sheffield, Corporation
Sat 8 February – Leeds, The Cockpit

Autotheism was released on 13 August 2012 and is widely regarded by critics and fans as one of the most exciting progressive metal albums of the year. Guitarist and band leader Michael Keene and drummer Lyle Cooper are joined…

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