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MARKO HIETALA – Pyre Of The Black Heart (Album Review)

Background: Marko Hietala is probably best known as bassist and the harsher voice of symphonic metal outfit Nightwish. For the first time, he has stepped out on his own with his album Pyre Of The Black Heart. The album has been available for a while now in his own language of Finnish, but he has […]

SWEDEN ROCK 2020 – First Band Reveal (News)

This morning it seems after a couple of bands jumped the gun and posted, Sweden Rock 2020 – First Band Reveal is here. Here’s the PR email, translated by Google Translate: Now we can present the first 31 acts, out of a total of 90, for next year’s Sweden Rock Festival! Volbeat is today one […]

TARJA – In the Raw (Album Review)

Symphonic Metal has slowly gained popularity in the North American market. Yes, we had Evanescence, but for many parts around the world there was Nightwish who made their mark in the symphonic genre with their first release in 1997. From there Nightwish has gone on to be the biggest Symphonic Metal band in the world. […]


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