Author: Edwin van Hoof

Royal Corvus – Taste’O’Mania – 2015

Independant / VIP’s Records – October 14, 2015 Review by Edwin van Hoof Through a YouTube link I stumbled upon Royal Corvus, a melodic rock band from Charkov in the Ukraine that instantly smashed all of my skepticism towards melodic rock from that region. Where most Eastern European bands seem stuck in the heydays of arena rock, “Taste’O’Mania” sounds fresh and widely inspired. No horrid pronunciation of English, and a vocalist that severely kicks ass. Investigation for this review learned that the band is famed in their homeland and has, since they formed in 2005, opened for internationally alumni...

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Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (2015)

Century Media Records – October 2, 2015 Review by Edwin van Hoof As if both bands are still battling each other, Queensrÿche (QR) and former vocalist “Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime” release their album almost simultaneously. With the legal battle behind us both acts are now taking the battlefield to win over the hearts of their long time fans and enthusiasts of the band’s typical sound. A sound which remains intact on both releases but differs like day and night. The classic outfit hailed in powerhouse vocalist Todd LaTorre and leans strongly on the classic sophisticated metal sound which marked...

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A Sound of Thunder – Tales From The Deadside (2015)

Mad Neptune Music – September 25, 2015 Review by Edwin van Hoof A Sound of Thunder (ASOT)) was formed in 2008 by guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren. After over a year of numerous line-up changes and false starts, in late 2009 they were joined by powerhouse vocalist Nina Osegueda. The chemistry between Schwartz, Haren and Osegueda was instant, thus recording and writing took a start. Finally in 2011 they were joined by bassist and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Keen, and the definitive band line-up was cemented. Creativity poured leading to this hard hitting Gem. The new album “Tales from...

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Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova (2015)

Legacy Records (Sony Music Group) – July 24, 2015 Review by Edwin van Hoof Literally all must have been said in appraisal to Joe Satriani’s extreme skills and technical abilities as a guitar player as well as a songwriter. Satch is one of the modern day guitar pilgrims exploring the widest range possible, able to align notes in its most diverse nature without ever forcing his hand. He showcased his skills worldwide in long running tours, ‘frustrating’ guitar players all over the globe. His natural groove and fretboard handling have driven fans to the edge of insanity trying to...

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