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Remastered version of the band's first classic release. Comes with one bonus track - a live version of "Bringing It Back".

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    $14.00
  • "See here, they have managed to get a deal. MOURNING CARESS, Germany's finest Melodic Deathers! A Spanish label, Arise Records, won the competition, not a bad thing, because they have a good distribution, so Arise-releases are available everywhere.What has changed compared to the mini "Perspectives"? Basically nothing, apart from the even better sound and longer playing time. The highlights of the mini, "A Lifeless Time" and "Hope Dies At Last", can be found here, too, sounding fatter, but apart from that untouched, which is good! What makes MOURNING CARESS differ from the rest of the countless Melodic Death-acts? Not that they play a totally new variant of this style, they just write good songs and have a feeling for gripping melodies without losing control over the song. I even can detect a certain Rock'n'Roll-touch. The super-fat production by Andy Classen (mastered in Finnish Finnvox) crowns the whole thing. Doesn't sound too spectacular, it isn't anyway. The songs often are further enhanced by some acoustic interludes. Mid-paced numbers are in the majority, but the folks also have a few faster tracks in the repertoire. Good Melodic Death doesn't need to come from Sweden. Unfortunately we have a real flood of musically comparable products."Imbalance" for sure is among the better releases. Also remarkable is the quite original voice of singer Gerrit, with a slight Hardcore-touch, which is very characteristic. So, if you see this, arrest it! " - Metal Observer
    $2.00
  • At first I thought this was going to be another Rhapsody clone but I was wrong. Anthropia is the creation of multi-instrumentalist Hugues Lefebvre, who goes by the singular name Hugo. He plays all the instruments except drums and percussion which are handled by Damian Rainaud. This is the first of a trilogy...and yes it is an epic fantasy tale. The Ereyn Chronicles are based on the works of fantasy novelist Quentin Borderie. There are a multitude of influences at work here - the straight ahead power metal of Iron Maiden - the neoclassical stylings of Symphony X - even prog rock stalwarts of Kansas and Rush. The album is laid out like a rock opera with some guest vocalists playing out their parts. It definitely has that big sound but of course nothing as big as epic Hollywood metal kings Rhapsody. One funny note - the band and label mention Genesis as an influence which frankly I didn't hear...until the opening notes of "Where the Secrets Lie" which is either an homage or a direct rip off of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". The disc comes with a bonus video clip.
    $9.00
  • Remastered edition contains 6 bonus tracks include 2 previously unreleased songs."A stunning self-reinvention by a band that many had given up for dead, 90125 is the album that introduced a whole new generation of listeners to Yes. Begun as Cinema, a new band by Chris Squire and Alan White, the project grew to include the slick production of Trevor Horn, the new blood (and distinctly '80s guitar sound) of Trevor Rabin, and eventually the trademark vocals of returning founder Jon Anderson. His late entry insured that Rabin and Horn had a heavy influence on the sound. The album also marked the return of prodigal keyboardist Tony Kaye, whose crisp synth work on "Changes" marked the band's definitive break with its art rock roots. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was a huge crossover hit, and its orchestral break has been relentlessly sampled by rappers ever since. The vocal harmonies of "Leave It" and the beautifully sprawling "Hearts" are additional high points, but there's nary a duff track on the album." - Allmusic Guide
    $9.00
  • "Summer of 1976. The young German left found itself in a state of shock: Ulrike Meinhof, co-founder of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, had hanged herself in her cell at Stuttgart-Stammheim Prison on 9 May. A temporary low-point in a political drama which ruled Germany in the 1970s and also left its mark on culture and rock music. Guru Guru, founded in August 1968, originally saw themselves as part of the student movement, needling the moral concepts of the conservative middle class with public manifestations of philosophies such as "A spliff a  day keeps the doctor away" and enjoyed a dubious reputation as marihuana smokers. Or, as guitarist Roland Schaeffer unambiguously put it during a Rockpalast performance on 6 June 1976: "A bit of weed is all you need."Guru Guru, introduced by band leader Mani Neumeier as "Germany's most practical rock group" at the beginning of the show at Cologne's Studio L, was the first German act to be invited by the TV channel, WDR, to play a Rockpalast show. "I want people to throw their shoes and underpants into the air out of sheer fun, to completely lose their inhibitions," Neumeier explained on the occasion of the release of the Guru Guru's studio album Tango Fango in an interview with Sounds magazine, adding:  "It would be ideal if people really went bananas. I used to want to be a revolutionary or whatever, now my only aim is to be a good entertainer."Tango Fango was the first Guru Guru album which saw Mani Neumeier no longer rely on his previous trio concept. As early as the end of 1974, he self-critically admitted that Guru Guru had - probably out of habit - stuck too long with their three-piece line-up. Following the release of Dance Of The Flames and internal differences, he disbanded the trio in 1974, bringing out initially with a number of musical buddies the solo recording Mani und seine Freunde and putting together a new Guru Guru line-up in May 1975 with former Brainstorm multi-instrumentalist Roland Schaeffer, guitarist Sepp Jandrisits and erstwhile Kollektiv bassist Jogi Karpenkiel. Neumeier's vision: "The one-sidedness of the trio is a thing of the past; our range now includes anything from calypso to yodelling." As a result, the Rockpalast recording consists of a colourful mix of rock, jazz and slapstick featuring diverse rhythms such as bossa nova, tango and more.Almost thirty years later, on 21 December 2004, Guru Guru were invited to play another Rockpalast concert at the Harmonie in Bonn. In the meantime, Guru Guru had witnessed some dramatic historical events, none of which changed the band's wonderfully anarchistic and colourful working ethos. Neumeier and guitarist Roland Schaeffer are still part of the team, and bassist Peter Kühmstedt and guitarist Luigi Archetti have also been long-standing Guru Guru members. It was a night which combined nostalgia and contemporary sounds - a typical Guru Guru night!"WDR-Studio L, Cologne, Germany, June, 4th 197601.Einmarsch 00:56 02.Salto Mortadella 03:30 03.Banana Flip 05:24 04.L. Torro 05:48 05.Rattenfänger 04:45 06.Ooga Booga Spezial 14:08 07.Bossa Nova 06:50 08.Night Bear 08:49 09.Tomorrow 06:13 10.Medley - Elektrolurch-Mutation/Tango Fango 15:13 11.Medley - Woman Drum/All You Want 04:28 Harmonie, Bonn, Germany, Dezember, 21st 200401.Read Air 03:13 02.Il Maestroso 03:33 03.Living In The Woods 06:12 04.Izmiz 07:55 05.Tribes & Vibes 03:01 06.Kleines Pyjama 04:38 07.Moshi Moshi 03:39 08.Incarnation Stomp 05:10 09.Elektrolurch-Mutation 06:55  
    $17.00
  • "Hailing from Finland, today we have Burning Point and their super catchy Melodic Power Metal released titled “The Ignitor”. With a very exciting mixture of modern Melodic Power Metal elements and a traditional Heavy Metal, Burning Point delivers a very well-crafted release full of powerful guitar sections, catchy chorus parts, and an overall epic feeling that only a handful of bands can pull off.Taking the listener back to the time when Power Metal was epic and felt like an adrenaline shock, “Eternal Flame” delivers a very apt opening for such a fun and engaging release. The band does a great job in establishing a basic core of guitar driven melodies where the keyboards and virtuoso-passages take a back seat and let the rest of the elements shine. Pete Ahonen vocals are spot on and have a powerful range, on tracks like “In The Fire’s of My Self” and “In the Night”, they carry the songs magically and seemingly effortless. “In the Night” has also that classic Heavy Metal vibe thanks to the chorus section that many newer bands seem to be forgetting about.“The Ignitor” features some riffs that are very reminiscent of Catamenia’s cover of “Angry Again”, making this track very powerful and perfect for headbanging till the morning. Pumeling through “Silent Scream”, “Heaven Is Hell”, and “Loosing Sleep”, the band capitalizes on their excellent vocals and guitar skills to deliver very catchy and super effective tracks. For people looking for even more intense thrills, “Demon Inside of You” and “Everdream” deliver high-octane sections that have excellent musicianship and a high replay value.The funky bass guitar line of “Lost Tribe” and the crazy guitar solo work make this song be our favorite track in this release filled with excellent songs. Closing with the Stratovarius-esque “Holier Than Thou”, the band comes full circle in this exceptional release with yet another old-school sounding Heavy/Power Metal anthem that is both extremely catchy and excellently executed.If you are looking for some superb Power Metal that does not focus too much on virtuosity (even though it has some brilliant sections) “The Ignitor” is a release that perfectly fits the bill. Burning Point shows that they have skills to make catchy and epic music while maintaining a healthy balance between older Heavy Metal and more modern Power Metal. This release is perfect for fans of older Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance and similar bands." - Infernal Masquerade
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  • The band gave Terry Brown the boot as producer. Peter Collins came in and kicked the band's ass a bit. The tunes are a bit more progressive sounding but radio fodder like "The Big Money" made these guys trillions.  Remastered edition.
    $5.00
  • "New album  from Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema, introducing the brilliant Sean Jude.Leafblade was born out of a calling. A calling to bring the writing of Sean Jude towards a wider audience; or so thinks Mr. Cavanagh of Anathema, who originally formed Leafbladewith Jude several years ago.In May 2013 Leafblade release their new album, The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh, on the Kscope label.Daniel and Sean are joined on the new album by Anathema's portuguese multi instrumentalist Daniel Cardoso who plays drums, supported by Kevin Murphy and recorded by Mark Ellis who worked on anathema's 2010 masterpiece, We're Here Because We're Here.Produced by Cavanagh, The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh steps up the dynamics from debut albumBeyond, Beyond.Showcasing Cavanagh's unmistakable production work, his signature electric guitar playing and heartfelt 'musical weaving', all of which is built around Jude's unique and brilliant progressive songwriting, his lute-like nylon strings, his articulate lyrics and passionate vocal delivery.Cavanagh feels that the album has found a natural home at Kscope, the label that he has worked with extensively over the past few years, "the writing is absolutely top class and the progressive and organic nature of the music makes it very much part of Kscope's orbit."He continues; "we feel the album is a special one thanks to the beautiful lyrics, top class arrangements and excellent musicianship, and it should appeal to Anathema fans and progressive fans alike."""
    $15.00
  • Certainly one of the greatest Canterbury albums of all time. 30 years after release Nine Feet Underground still generates shivers. Features 24 bit remastering, new liner notes, and bonus tracks.
    $9.00
  • "Anthrax's first album with vocalist Joey Belladonna is a huge leap forward, featuring strongly rhythmic, pounding riffs and vocals that alternate between hardcore-type shouting and surprising amounts of melody. Two tracks left over from the Dan Lilker days are here as well. The traditional metal lyrical fare is more original, while also introducing a penchant for paying tribute to favorite fictional characters and pop culture artifacts ("Lone Justice" and "Medusa" are prime examples). One of Anthrax's best efforts." - All Music Guide
    $5.00
  • So here's my personal confession...after Neal left I felt that Spock's Beard lost their way.  Nick is a fine vocalist but there was something quirky about Neal's writing that had a reverential old school quality that I found lacking.  The albums didn't grab me.  Nick left and Ted Leonard took over on vocals.  Whether it was Enchant or Thought Chamber, he's always stood out and he fits Spock's Beard quite well.  The new drummer Jimmy Keegan slipped into the blend with no dificulty.  The result is (to my mind) a resurgence from this band.  Ryo Okumoto always puts on a show - in particular his heavy reliance on Hammond organ reminds me quite a bit of Steve Walsh.  In fact the sound of the whole album has a Kansas vibe. Coincidentally David Ragsdale guests on one track.  I'm not sure I can remember the last time I said this about a Spock's Beard album - Highly recommended."Very few bands are so recognizable that you know who you are listening to within 2 seconds.  That is all it takes at the beginning of the first track on The Oblivion Particle to know you are listening to Spock’s Beard.  There is no slow buildup or keyboard swells, just straight BAMM!, here we go.  And if the opening notes don’t get you, the organ 5 seconds in will.  The band’s 12th studio album, this one the second with singer Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan, is a culmination of years of perfecting a sound and identity, one that not even 2 major lineup changes could fracture. With this new album, Spock’s Beard up their game again and show that this lineup is here to stay.If there was a track that defined what Spock’s Beard are, it might be the opening track, “Tides of Time.”  There are certain checklist items that mark their sound and they are all in this track.  The organ, the harmonies, the acoustic breakdown, the rocking middle and the epic ending.  Each member finds their moments to shine on this one and it provides a jaw-dropping sound overload that could leave one satisfied at that moment; only there is another 60 minutes to go.The album zigs and zags through a few more experimental moments, mixing in some surprises with more traditional Prog elements.  The album’s second track and first single is “Minion”, is a perfect example.  The opening a cappella harmonies provide the sort of memorable chorus and harmonies we’ve come to expect from the group.  While, the following distorted keyboard section is also standard Spock’s Beard.  But the verse and middle of the song is much darker and takes us on a surprising journey.The most unique song the album is the brilliantly titled “Bennett Built a Time Machine”, which the album’s cover is based on.  Drummer Jimmy Keegan takes lead on the vocals here and sounds incredible.  His voice actually fits the track better than Leonard’s probably would have.  The song is one of the album highlights and helps keep the record from sounding redundant.  It is almost a pop song most of the way through until turning on the jets and shifting into Prog mode.There are some heavier moments such as “Hell’s Not Enough” and “Get Out While You Can”. “The Center Line”, however, might be the most similar to something you might have found on their group’s previous album “Brief Nocturnes…”  The track opens with an expansive piano recital piece, before turning into a combo Prog-Western bounce with acoustic guitars carrying the groove. Ted’s voice lifts the choruses flawlessly and creates an almost cinematic soundscape.Even with all of these great moments, it is the album’s closing track that is the best song on the album.  “Disappear” might be one of the best songs the band has recorded since Neal left the group.  “We could disappear, you and me, we could be, anyplace else not here” sings Ted in the chorus as he wonders what might be if we left with no one knowing what happened.  The song is really the closest thing to a ballad on the album, but it doesn’t stay that way for long.  2 minutes in, the song stirs into a frenzy just before a brief cameo by Kansas’ David Ragsdale, appearing with his violin.  Of course, the big epic orchestral ending takes us home as Alan Morse provides the finishing touches with his unique finger picking soloing excellence.Spock’s Beard are Prog rock’s most reliable unit.  They have yet to disappoint and always provide comfort to their faithful fans with music that is both inspiring and breathtaking.  And while The Oblivion Particle shows a harder edged Spock’s Beard, it also displays a group that shows no signs of slowing down and is ready to take on all comers." - The Prog Report 
    $12.00
  • "The Prog Rock supergroup whose debut became the surprise hit of 2012 returns with a brand new album featuring an even more impressive lineup of stellar musicians and artists lending their talents to this incredible project!Features performances by mindblowing musicians Steve Stevens, Rick Wakeman, Steve Morse, Peter Banks (in his final appearance) as well as Captain Kirk himself William Shatner, PLUS members of Yes, Dream Theater, Nektar Asia, Gong and more!Deluxe digipak packaging!Performed by:Rick Wakeman Steve Stevens Chris Squire Peter Banks Steve Morse Larry Fast Alan Parsons Sonja Kristina Jordan Rudess Steve Hillage John Wesley Nik Turner Geoff Downes Roye Albrighton Gary Green Tony Kaye William Shatner Colin Moulding Mel Collins John Wetton Derek Sherinian Billy Sherwood Fee Waybill Patrick Moraz Jim Cuomo "
    $15.00
  • "Right from the start I was impressed with the debut from this Roman Power/Prog Metal quintet, Noveria. Even just inspecting the artwork, which was created by none other than Simone Bertozzi, sparked my immediate interest. The bands sound instantly reminded me of Nevermore. The guitar work churned out by Francesco Mattei is very Loomis’-esque; super heavy chugging guitar, bordering almost death metal riffage (again ala Loomis) carries the songs into interesting territory.I anxiously awaited the vocals to enter not knowing if I’d be hearing Warrel Dane stylings or a more raspy approach ala Arch Enemy based on the riffage alone. Once Frank Corigliano‘s vocals finally entered it all made sense. Corigliano has more of a traditional power metal alarm clock vocal, but not overly zealous where it becomes comical. Frank’s vocals remind me very much of Jonny Lindkvist of Swedish Power Metal band, Nocturnal Rites (whom I am a fan of).Everything is very solid here, big heavy fast pace riffage, locomotive drumming, fanciful keys, and a booming vocal that complete this Roman outfit. While nothing super stands out, it is a release I definitely want to give more listens to see what else I can pick from. I also don’t mean to downplay the technical abilities of this band, they can all play…well! The unfortunate thing is t’s just all been done before. This release upon first listen is Nevermore with Jonny Lindkvist on vocals. This is not a bad thing, but it’s not necessarily flattering either. Fans of these bands will completely dig on Noveria. I hope to hear more from them in the future to see if Noveria expand upon the ideas from Risen and make it their own." - All About The Rock
    $15.00
  • Legendary first album comes with 4 unreleased bonus tracks. Now available at a great price.
    $5.00