Reviews by Sean Dudley

  • Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
  • Blind Guardian

    Beyond the Red Mirror

    By Sean Dudley | 17 March, 2015

    A strong contender for album of the year

    When you talk about Germany’s Blind Guardian, there really isn’t much more to say that hasn’t been said already in their long career. Forming in 1984 (as Lucifer’s He...

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  • Visigoth - The Revenant King
  • Visigoth

    The Revenant King

    By Sean Dudley | 24 February, 2015

    Old school true heavy/power metal is alive and kicking

    When you look at the name Visigoth in terms of metal music (originally the name referred to a Germanic tribe who invaded and conquered Rome a number of times from 376 AD and ev...

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  • Devin Townsend Project - Z Squared
  • Devin Townsend Project

    Z Squared

    By Sean Dudley | 26 November, 2014

    More amazing music from the mind of Devin Townsend

    One of the most hard-working musicians in the world of music today, but particularly in heavy metal, is without a doubt Canadian native Devin Townsend. A career in music that start...

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  • Sanctuary - The Year the Sun Died
  • Sanctuary

    The Year the Sun Died

    By Sean Dudley | 17 October, 2014

    Sanctuary's new and improved sound will cure that Nevermore withdrawal

    Hands up if you miss Nevermore? Yeah, me too, but while the status of that iconic metal band remains unknown and not looking to continue any time soon, all is not ...

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  • Hammerfall - (r)Evolution
  • Hammerfall

    (r)Evolution

    By Sean Dudley | 07 October, 2014

    A partial return to their roots for Hammerfall to reclaim their spark

    Sweden’s true metal veterans Hammerfall have had quite a rollercoaster ride throughout their existence. While the band is one of the most popular in its genre...

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  • Wolf - Devil Seed
  • Wolf

    Devil Seed

    By Sean Dudley | 12 September, 2014

    Wolf are channelling the spirit and power of true ‘80s heavy metal

    Being a reviewer and metal DJ on Internet radio and overall metalhead for over 25 years, I've heard hundreds of bands and albums over my time. While the power/tr...

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  • Aisles - 4:45 AM
  • Aisles

    4:45 AM

    By Sean Dudley | 06 September, 2014

    A truly unique take on the neo-prog sound

    Within any genre of music you care to name, you’ll always find a few select leaders, and a whole lot of followers. That’s to say that there’s a few that do what they do excep...

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  • Winterun - Winterun
  • Winterun

    Winterun

    By Sean Dudley | 06 September, 2014

    Another first class effort full of hard 'n' heavy rock

    When Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) based outfit Winterun launched themselves onto the scene with their debut full-length effort The Full Effect way back in 2004, they d...

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  • Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper
  • Grave Digger

    Return of the Reaper

    By Sean Dudley | 30 August, 2014

    Arguably one of Grave Digger’s best albums to date

    It’s always an exciting time when Grave Digger, one of the leading European power metal bands, release a new album. The dead men have been around for quite some time a...

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  • Dragonforce - Maximum Overload
  • Dragonforce

    Maximum Overload

    By Sean Dudley | 20 August, 2014

    A great balance of old and new, this is Dragonforce you never expected to hear.

    Dragonforce, aka the modern day Metallica; by which I mean they have been one of a handful of modern day metal bands that have brought in ...

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  • Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls
  • Judas Priest

    Redeemer of Souls

    By Sean Dudley | 07 August, 2014

    Nothing spectacular. Just a good release from one of the best metal bands in the world

    While in the year 2014 we witness the release of UK metal veterans Judas Priest's much anticipated 17th full-length album, Redeemer of...

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  • Sabaton - Heroes
  • Sabaton

    Heroes

    By Sean Dudley | 02 August, 2014

    A solid album displaying an appreciation and salute to heroes that served their countries in war

    I have to congratulate Swedish power metal band Sabaton, and in particular front-man Joakim Brodén, for his tenacity and dedication...

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  • Deva - Murther
  • Deva

    Murther

    By Sean Dudley | 04 July, 2014

    A nice forging of prog metal with opera, symphonic and gothic metal, with classical music

    The popular and ever-increasing and diverse sub genres of heavy metal can be fans favourites, with a bounty of wonderful bands to choose from....

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  • Doro - Powerful Passionate Favorites
  • Doro

    Powerful Passionate Favorites

    By Sean Dudley | 19 June, 2014

    The Queen of Metal - giving back to her loyal fans with this compilation

    Doro Pesch, the Queen of Metal has been synonymous with heavy rock and metal for the last 34 years. She has influenced countless female musicians and has been ass...

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  • Rage - The Soundchaser Archives
  • Rage

    The Soundchaser Archives

    By Sean Dudley | 03 June, 2014

    An interesting collection of tracks covering this iconic band’s journey through 30 years

    When you talk about which bands were the pioneers of European heavy/speed/power metal, we talk about Helloween, Blind Guardian, and then ...

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  • Delain - The Human Contradiction
  • Delain

    The Human Contradiction

    By Sean Dudley | 19 May, 2014

    Delain’s darker tone makes for their most consistent effort so far

    While many of us can come up with a handful of symphonic/gothic metal bands when prompted – Within Temptation, Nightwish, Xandria, Lacuna Coil, Epica, Leave...

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  • Sonata Arctica - Pariah's Child
  • Sonata Arctica

    Pariah's Child

    By Sean Dudley | 01 May, 2014

    A nice forging of everything the band has done in the last 11 years

    Sonata Arctica; the band that continues to frustrate metal fans ever since they considerably changed their style with the Unia album back in 20...

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  • Shores of Null - Quiescence
  • Shores of Null

    Quiescence

    By Sean Dudley | 20 April, 2014

    A brilliant album going against the grain of the norm

    It’s always refreshing to come across a metal band that plays in a genre and has a sound that doesn’t fit into the same vast majority of other bands where some of the ti...

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  • Iced Earth - Plagues of Babylon
  • Iced Earth

    Plagues of Babylon

    By Sean Dudley | 18 February, 2014

    The album we’ve been waiting 10 years for

    Mention the band Iced Earth these days to a bunch of metal heads and you could get completely different opinions on them, both positive and negative. Why? I guess it comes down to a few t...

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