Author: Edwin van Hoof

UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars (2015)

Steamhammer SPV Records – March 3, 2015 Review by Edwin van Hoof UFO has been carrying the torch of classic rock for nearly 50 years straight. The band is (unfortunately) mainly known for their long gone classic era as well as for their many line up changes throughout their career. What many tend to forget however is the fact that this band is still in pristine shape and still recording and touring. After the dismissal of founding member Pete Way, newly added spirit Rob De Luca (bass) is now flanking Phil Mogg (vox), Andy Parker (drums) and Paul Raymond...

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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (2015)

Nuclear Blast Records – February 24, 2015 Alongside the excellent Revolution Saints album, there’s another album landing on the market this month, which will have fans of classic rock looking forward to. Black Star Riders surprised the scene with their remarkable debut album “All Hell breaks Loose” (2013), strongly rooted in the Thin Lizzy legacy of the band’s members. Though the band initially started out as Thin Lizzy, Gorham wanted to focus on recording new material without usage of his acclaimed past. “The Killer Instinct” clings onto the band’s debut with sharp claws and presents the band’s new lineup...

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Armored Saint – Win Hands Down (2015)

Metal Blade Records – June 2, 2015 Review by Author: Edwin van Hoof I don’t have to state Armored Saint is severely overlooked by many in metal, nor do I have to tell you that this band is operating on the same high level as other front-runners in metal. But I do have to say that I never understood why Armored Saint isn’t playing the big league instead of Metallica. Ow fans, settle down. In all honesty: I love both (as much as Hetfield himself does), but do cherish the uncompromising honesty of the Saint. Armored Saint simply is one...

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Stream Of Passion – A War of Our Own (2014)

Independent – End of the Night – June 24, 2014 Review by Edwin van Hoof Stream of Passion’s “A War of Our Own” is their fourth album and it marks a new chapter in their 10 years spanning career. Starting off as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen, the band reshaped after Ayreon’s departure. Main ingredients are progressive elements and dramatic passages under a melodic gothic veil. A gothic underscore which is mainly derived from the female vocals of Mexican diva Marcela Bovio. However, unlike many of the vocalist in the genre, Bovio is not leaning on the soprano...

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