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Album: Saturnian – Dimensions

September 12th, 2012

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Saturnian
Dimensions
Indie Recordings
24 August 2012

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to go for something, it’s best to go at it as hard as possible. If you’re going to be half-arsed or hesitant, people will notice. If you’re self-aware and embarrassed, the audience will hear it. But if you’re fully conscious that what you’re trying to do is over-the-top, theatrical, and going to be mocked by some, but embrace it simply because you think it’s awesome, you might just pull it off. Saturnian certainly seem to think this is the best tactic.

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Album: Symphony X – Iconoclast

June 30th, 2011

Symphony X
Iconoclast
Nuclear Blast
17 June 2011

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to spend a long time on every album, it’s generally a good idea if it’s worth the wait when you finally release it. Four long, barren, desperate years out from the stellar Paradise Lost, Symphony X return with eighth album Iconoclast. Has all the anticipation been for nothing?

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Future Hits 079: MaYaN

May 13th, 2011

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From: Reuver, The Netherlands
Lazy equation: Epica + Therion x Opeth
URLs: facebook.com/mayanband // MySpace.com/mayanofficial

Thrash Hits verdict:
A more-than-slightly mental project masterminded by Epica guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen playing crazy symphonic extremity and featuring many guests? Marvelous! Mark and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (also of Symmetry) kindly agreed to introduce us to their new project.

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Album: MaYaN – Quarterpast

May 12th, 2011

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MaYaN
Quarterpast
Nuclear Blast
20 May 2011

by Tom Dare

Symphonics in metal have long-since ceased to be limited to the exceptionally evil (Emperor) and the excessively heroic (Blind Guardian et al) and ventures into the totally insane (Therion) aren’t unheard of in the modern era. But Marc Jansen of Epica’s new sideproject MaYaN is one of the most barking mad to have reared it’s twitching head for a while.

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