Artists (D)

The D Project

– Big Face (2011) 4.00 stars
– Making Sense (2014) 4.00 stars


D’Accord

D’Accord (2009) 4.00 stars
– Helike (2011) 4.00 stars
– D’Accord III (2014) 4.00 stars

See my “D’Accord – An Overview” for more information.


D’Molls

– D’Molls (1988) 2.00 stars


D’Priest

– Playa del Rock (1987) 3.50 stars


Daedalus

– The Never Ending Illusion (2009) 4.50 stars
– Motherland (2011) 4.00 stars


Dale

– Screaming for Silence (2009) 4.50 stars


Dali’s Dilemma

Manifesto for Futurism (1999) 4.50 stars


Dalton

– Riflessioni Idea D’Infinito (1973) NOT RATED


Damanek

– On Track (2017) NOT RATED


The Dame

– Losing Sight of What You Want (2018) NOT RATED


Damnation Angels

– Bringer of Light (2012) 4.50 stars


Damnations Day

– Invisible, the Dead (2013) 3.50 stars
– A World Awakens (2017) NOT RATED


Damn Yankees

– Damn Yankees (1990) 3.50 stars
– Don’t Tread (1992) 3.00 stars


Damon Shulman

– In Pieces (2003) 4.00 stars
– A Brief Moment of Panic (2006) 4.00 stars


Dan Keying

– Black Swan (2008) 3.00 stars


Danger Danger

– Danger Danger (1989) 3.50 stars
– Screw It! (1991) 3.50 stars


Dangerous Toys

– Dangerous Toys (1989) 3.50 stars
– Hellacious Acres (1991) 3.50 stars


Dante

– The Inner Circle (2008) 4.50 stars
– Saturnine (2010) 4.50 stars
When We Were Beautiful (2016) 4.50 stars


Danté Fox

– Under Suspicion (1996) 4.00 stars
– The Fire Within (1999) 4.00 stars
Under the Seven Skies (2007) 4.00 stars
– Lost Man’s Ground (2012) 4.00 stars
– Breathless (2016) 4.00 stars

A better-than-average AOR/Hard Rock band featuring a terrific female singer by the name of Sue Willetts. Both her wide range and powerful delivery bring to mind singers such as Holly Woods (Toronto), Debbie Davis (Witness), Sandi Sayara (Saraya) and a host of other female-led bands of a similar style. The band plays ultra-catchy material and had (has) the potential to be a huge. Too bad the band has yet to make a bigger impact on the industry.


Daphne

– Daphne (1996) 3.50 stars


Dare

– Out of the Silence (1988) 3.50 stars
– Blood From Stone (1991) 3.50 stars
– Arc of the Dawn (2009) 3.00 stars


Dario Mollo & Tony Martin

– The Cage 2 (2002) 4.00 stars
– The Third Cage (2012) 4.00 stars


Darkager

– Silence Times Arrival (2008) 3.00 stars


Dark at Dawn

– Of Decay and Desire (2003) 1.00 stars


Dark Avenger

– Dark Avenger (1995) 3.00 stars


Dark Horse Flyer

– Breakaway (2014) 3.50 stars


Dark Moor

– The Hall of the Olden Dreams (2000) 3.50 stars
– Tarot (2007) 4.00 stars


Dark Radio

– Oakwind (2012) 3.50 stars


Darksky

– Where Angels Hide (2010) 4.00 stars


Darkwater

– Calling the Earth to Witness (2007) 4.50 stars
– Where Stories End (2010) 4.50 stars


Darwin’s Radio

– Eyes of the World (2006) 4.50 stars
– Template for a Generation (2009) 4.50 stars


Dave Greenslade

– Cactus Choir (1976) NOT RATED


Dave Kerzner

– New World (2014) 4.00 stars
Static (2017) 4.50 stars


David Arkenstone

– In the Wake of the Wind (1991) 3.00 stars


David Bowie

– David Bowie (1969) 3.00 stars
The Man Who Sold the World (1970) 4.00 stars
– Hunky Dory (1971) 3.50 stars
– The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… (1972) 4.50 stars
– Aladdin Sane (1973) 4.50 stars
– Images 1966-1967 (1973) 1.50 stars
– Pin Ups (1973) 3.00 stars
– Diamond Dogs (1974) 4.00 stars
– David Live (1974) 4.50 stars
– Young Americans (1975) 3.00 stars
– Station to Station (1976) 4.00 stars
– Low (1977) 2.00 stars
– Heroes (1977) 3.00 stars
– Stage (1978) 2.50 stars
– Sound + Vision (2003) 3.50 stars


David Byron

– Take No Prisoners (1975) 3.50 stars
– Baby Faced Killer (1978) 2.50 stars


David Coverdale

– Whitesnake (1977) 3.50 stars
– Northwinds (1978) 4.00 stars
– Into the Light (2000) 3.50 stars


David Drew

– Safety Love (1988) 3.00 stars


David Essex

– Rock On (1973) 2.50 stars


David Gilmour

– David Gilmour (1978) 3.00 stars


David Lee Roth

– Eat ‘Em and Smile (1986) 4.50 stars
– Skyscraper (1988) 4.00 stars
– A Little Ain’t Enough (1991) 3.00 stars
– Your Filthy Little Mouth (1994) 2.50 stars


David Pack

– Anywhere You Go… (1985) 3.50 stars


David Shankle Group

– Ashes to Ashes (2003) 4.50 stars


Dawn of Destiny

– Human Fragility (2009) 3.50 stars


Dawn of Silence

– Moment of Weakness (2006) 3.00 stars


Days Between Stations

– Days Between Stations (2007) 4.00 stars


Day Six

– Eternal Dignity (2003) 4.00 stars
– The Grand Design (2010) 4.00 stars
– Solitary League (2017) NOT RATED


The Dead Daisies

– Revolución (2015) 4.00 stars
– Make Some Noise (2016) 4.00 stars


Dead End Space

– Distortion of Senses (2013) NOT RATED


Dead Heroes Club

– Dead Heroes Club (2004) 3.50 stars
– A Time of Shadow (2009) 4.00 stars
– Everything Is Connected (2013) 4.00 stars


Dear Mr. President

– Dear Mr. President (1988) 2.50 stars


De De Lind

– Io non so da dove vengo e non so dove mai andrò… (1973) 3.00 stars


Dec Burke

– Book of Secrets (2016) NOT RATED


DeeExpus

– Half Way Home (2008) 4.00 stars
– King of Number 33 (2011) 4.00 stars


Deep Limbic System

– The Embryo (2014) 3.50 stars


Deep Purple

– Shades of Deep Purple (1968) 3.50 stars
– The Book of Taliesyn (1969) 3.50 stars
– Deep Purple (1969) 4.00 stars
– Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1970) 3.50 stars
– In Rock (1970) 5.00 stars
– Fireball (1971) 4.50 stars
– Machine Head (1972) 5.00 stars
– Purple Passages (1972) 4.00 stars
Made in Japan (1972) 5.00 stars
Who Do We Think We Are (1973) 4.50 stars
Burn (1974) 4.50 stars
– Stormbringer (1974) 2.50 stars
– Come Taste the Band (1975) 4.00 stars
– Made in Europe (1976) 3.50 stars
– Last Concert in Japan (1977) 3.00 stars
– Powerhouse (1977) 3.50 stars
– Perfect Strangers (1984) 4.00 stars
– The House of Blue Light (1987) 3.50 stars
– Nobody’s Perfect (1988) 3.50 stars
– Slaves and Masters (1990) 3.50 stars
– The Battle Rages On… (1993) 3.50 stars
– King Biscuit Flower Hour: Deep Purple in Concert (1995) 3.50 stars
– Purpendicular (1996) 4.50 stars
– ABandOn (1998) 4.00 stars
– Bananas (2003) 3.50 stars
– Rapture of the Deep (2005) 4.00 stars
– Now What?! (2013) 3.50 stars
– Infinite (2017) 3.50 stars


Deep Thought

The Tunnel (2013) 4.00 stars


Def Leppard

– On Through the Night (1980) 2.50 stars
– Pyromania (1983) 3.50 stars


Defyance

– Transitional Forms (2002) 4.00 stars


Degree Absolute

– Degree Absolute (2006) 3.50 stars


Delaney & Bonnie

– Home (1969) 3.50 stars


Delirion

– Silent Symphony (2009) 3.50 stars


Delirium

– Dolce Acqua (1971) NOT RATED
– Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio (1972) NOT RATED
– III – Viaggio Megli Arcipelaghi Del Tempo (1975) NOT RATED


Delpht

– Living in Fantasy (2005) 3.00 stars


Delta

– Apollyon Is Free (2004) 3.50 stars
– Black & Cold (2007) 4.00 stars
– Crashbreaker (2008) 4.00 stars
– Deny Humanity (2010) 4.00 stars
– The End of Philosophy (2013) NOT RATED


Deluge Grander

– August in the Urals (2006) 4.50 stars
– The Form of the Good (2009) 4.00 stars
– Heliotians (2014) 3.50 stars


Demian

Demian (1971) 4.00 stars


Demolition 23

– Demolition 23 (1994) 4.00 stars


Demon

– Taking the World by Storm (1989) 3.00 stars


Dennis DeYoung

– Desert Moon (1984) 3.50 stars
– Back to the World (1986) 4.00 stars
– Boomchild (1988) 3.50 stars


Derdian

– New Era (Part One) (2005) 4.00 stars
– New Era Pt. 2: War of the Gods (2007) 4.00 stars
– New Era Pt. 3: The Apocalypse (2010) 4.00 stars
– Limbo (2013) 4.00 stars
– Human Reset (2014) NOT RATED


Derek Sherinian

– Planet X (1999) 4.00 stars


Derringer

– Derringer (1976) 3.50 stars


Desdemona

– Lady of the Lore (2001) 4.00 stars
– Look for Yourself: A Tale of Love and Pride (2004) 4.00 stars


Desert

– Star of Delusive Hopes (2011) 3.00 stars


Desert Sin

– The Edge of Horizon (2009) 3.50 stars
– Destination Paradise (2012) 3.50 stars


Desert Wizards

– Beyond The Gates Of The Cosmic Kingdom (2017) NOT RATED


Desmond Child

– Discipline (1991) 3.00 stars


Detective

– Detective (1977) 4.00 stars
– It Takes One to Know One (1977) 4.00 stars


Deventter

– The 7th Dimension (2007) NOT RATED
– Lead…On (2009) NOT RATED


DeWolff

– Orchards / Lupine (2011) 4.00 stars


D.F.A. (Duty Free Area)

– Lavori in corso (1996) 4.00 stars
– Duty Free Area (1999) NOT RATED
– 4th (2008) 4.00 stars


DGM

– Change Direction (1997) 4.00 stars
– Wings of Time (1999) 4.00 stars
– Dreamland (2001) 4.50 stars
– Hidden Place (2003) 4.50 stars
– Misplaced (2004) 4.50 stars
– Different Shapes (2007) 4.50 stars
– Frame (2009) 4.50 stars
– Momentum (2013) 4.00 stars
– The Passage (2016) NOT RATED

An energetic Prog-Metal band from Italy that, from 2001-2007, featured one of the finest (and busiest) singers in the genre, Titta Tani (Astra/Empty Tremor/Ashent/etc). Dreamland is the first DGM album on which he appeared (the band’s third release overall), and the music is a complex, driving form of Prog/Power Metal that fits nicely into the style of music often played by groups such as Stratovarius, Elegy, Symphony X, and Labyrinth to name but a few.  Even though the band now has a new vocalist, DGM continues to deliver some rollicking, high-quality material.


Diagonal

– Diagonal (2008) 4.00 stars
– The Second Mechanism (2012) 3.50 stars


Diamond Dogs

Set Fire to It All (2012) 3.50 stars


Diamond Head

Borrowed Time (1982) 3.50 stars
– Canterbury (1983) 3.00 stars


Diamond Rexx

– Land of the Damned (1986) 2.00 stars
– Rated Rexx (1989) 2.00 stars


Dice

– Four Riders Of The Apocalypse (1977) NOT RATED
– Dice (1978) NOT RATED


Different Strings

– It’s Only the Beginning (2006) 2.50 stars


Digital Ruin

– Listen (1997) 4.00 stars
– Dwelling in the Out (2000) 4.00 stars


Dillinger

– Horses and Hawgs (1991) 2.50 stars


Dimension

– Universal (2002) 3.50 stars
– Ego (2007) 3.50 stars


Dimension Act

– Manifestation of Progress (2012) 4.50 stars


Dimension X

– So…This is Earth (2005) 3.00 stars
– Implication of a Genetic Defense (2007) 3.00 stars


DiMino

Old Habits Die Hard (2015) 4.00 stars

A release from Frank DiMino, former lead singer for the legendary group Angel.


Dio

– Holy Diver (1983) 4.50 stars
– The Last in Line (1984) 4.00 stars
– Sacred Heart (1985) 3.50 stars
– Dream Evil (1987) 3.50 stars
– Lock Up the Wolves (1990) 4.50 stars
Strange Highways (1994) 4.50 stars
– Angry Machines (1996) 3.00 stars
– Magica (2000) 3.50 stars
– Killing the Dragon (2002) 3.50 stars
– Master of the Moon (2004) 3.50 stars


Dionysus

– Sign of Truth (2002) 4.00 stars
– Anima Mundi (2004) 4.00 stars
– Fairytales and Reality (2006) 4.50 stars


Dirty Looks

– Cool From the Wire (1988) 3.50 stars


Dirty Tricks

– Dirty Tricks (1975) 3.50 stars
– Night Man (1976) 3.50 stars
Hit & Run (1977) 3.50 stars


Dirty White Boy

– Bad Reputation (1990) 3.00 stars


Discipline

Push & Profit (1993) 4.50 stars
– Unfolded Like Staircase (1997) 5.00 stars
– To Shatter All Accord (2011) 4.50 stars
– Chaos Out of Order – 25th Anniversary Reissue (2013) 4.00 stars


Distorted Harmony

– Utopia (2012) 4.50 stars
– Chain Reaction (2014) 4.50 stars

This talented Prog-Metal band from Israel blew me away when I heard the debut album Utopia several years ago. In many respects, the group reminds me of Haken, another “newer” group with tons of potential. I’m hoping Distorted Harmony continues to release material for many years to come.


Divided Multitude

– Inner Self (1999) 3.00 stars
– Falling to Pieces (2003) 3.00 stars


Dividing Horizons

– Seizure (1994) 2.50 stars


Divine Ascension

– As the Truth Appears (2011) 4.00 stars
– Liberator (2014) NOT RATED


Divine Regale

– Ocean Mind (1997) 3.50 stars


DivineFire

– Glory Thy Name (2004) NOT RATED
– Farewell (2008) NOT RATED
– Eye of the Storm (2011) 4.00 stars


Diving for Pearls

– Diving for Pearls (1989) 4.00 stars


Division by Zero

Independent Harmony (2010) 3.50 stars


Dixie Dregs

– What If (1978) 4.00 stars
– Night of the Living Dregs (1979) 4.00 stars
– Unsung Heroes (1981) 4.00 stars
– Industry Standard (1982) 4.00 stars
– Bring ‘Em Back Alive (1992) 4.00 stars


The Dogs D’Amour

In the Dynamite Jet Saloon (1988) 4.50 stars
– (Un)Authorised Bootleg Album (1988) 4.00 stars
– Errol Flynn (1989) 3.50 stars
– Straight??!! (1990) 3.50 stars
– Dogs Hits & Bootleg Album (1991) 4.00 stars


Dokken

– Breakin’ the Chains (1981) 2.50 stars
– Tooth and Nail (1984) 3.50 stars
– Under Lock and Key (1985) 3.50 stars
Back for the Attack (1987) 4.00 stars
– Dysfunctional (1995) 4.00 stars
– Shadowlife (1997) 2.50 stars
– Lightning Strikes Again (2008) 3.50 stars


Domine

– Ancient Spirit Rising (2007) 4.00 stars


Dominici

– O3: A Trilogy (Part 1) (2005) 2.00 stars
– O3: A Trilogy (Part 2) (2007) 4.00 stars
O3: A Trilogy (Part 3) (2008) 4.50 stars

The band features (and is named after) the original singer from Dream Theater. Only the second and third albums interested me (the first album is all acoustic non-metal), and these are fine pieces of Prog-Metal, with the third album being my favorite.


Dominoe

– The Key (1990)


Don Airey

– All Out (2011) 3.50 stars


Don Dokken

– Up From the Ashes (1990) 3.50 stars


The Doobie Brothers

– Toulouse Street (1972) 3.00 stars
– The Captain and Me (1973) 3.00 stars
– What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974) 2.50 stars
– Minute by Minute (1978) 3.00 stars


Doogie White

– As Yet Untitled (2011) 3.50 stars


The Doors

– The Doors (1967) 4.00 stars
– Strange Days (1967) 3.50 stars
– Waiting for the Sun (1968) 3.00 stars
– The Soft Parade (1969) 2.00 stars
– Morrison Hotel (1970) 3.50 stars
L.A. Woman (1971) 4.50 stars


Doracor

– The Long Pathway (1997) 4.00 stars
– Segni premonitori (1998) 4.00 stars
– Antiche impressioni (1999) 4.00 stars
– Transizione (2001) 4.00 stars
– Evanescenze (2005) 4.50 stars
– Onirika (2007) 4.50 stars
– Lady Roma (2008) 4.50 stars
– La vita che cade (2011) 4.50 stars


Dorian Gray

– It’s Your Day (2001) 2.50 stars


Doro

– Warrior Soul (2006) 3.50 stars


Dotma

– Sleep Paralyses (2011) 4.00 stars

Another Gothic/Symphonic Metal band along the same lines as Nightwish and After Forever with a better-than-average vocalist named Johanna Lesonen. The band shows promise so I’m looking forward to any future recordings.


Dracma

– Limits (1994) 3.50 stars
– A Fine Stormy Weather (1996) 3.50 stars
– Ubud (2008) 3.50 stars


DragonForce

– Ultra Beatdown (2008) 2.50 stars

A Power-Metal band with some Progressive-Metal elements. Just not for me. The “mile a minute” rhythms appear almost continuously on all the tracks (which are all 5-7 minutes), and I do mean ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY, and the guitar-shredding gets really annoying after a while, meaning the band is extremely boring to me since everything sounds nearly exactly the same throughout just about every single track. Way too little variety.


Dragonland

– The Battle of the Ivory Plains (2001) 3.50 stars
– Holy War (2002) NOT RATED
– Starfall (2004) NOT RATED
– Astronomy (2006) 4.00 stars
– Under the Grey Banner (2011) 4.00 stars


Dreamaker

– Human Device (2004) 4.00 stars


Dream Devoid

– Aeons of Forgetfulness (2001) 2.00 stars


Dream Evil

– Gold Medal in Metal (Alive & Archive) (2008) 3.50 stars


Dreamlost

– Outer Reality (2006) 4.50 stars
– Psychomedia (2009) 4.50 stars


Dreamscape

– Trance-Like State (1997) 4.00 stars
– Very (1999) 4.00 stars
– End of Silence (2004) 4.50 stars
5th Season (2007) 4.00 stars
– Everlight (2012) 4.00 stars


Dreamtale

– Beyond Reality (2002) 3.50 stars
– Ocean’s Heart (2003) 3.50 stars
– Difference (2005) 4.00 stars
– Phoenix (2008) 4.00 stars
– Epsilon (2011) 4.00 stars
– World Changed Forever (2013) NOT RATED


Dream Theater

– When Dream and Day Unite (1989) 3.50 stars
– Images and Words (1992) 5.00 stars
– Awake (1994) 4.00 stars
– A Change of Seasons (1995) 4.00 stars
– Falling Into Infinity (1997) 4.00 stars
– Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999) 4.50 stars
– Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) 4.00 stars
– Train of Thought (2003) 4.50 stars
– Octavarium (2005) 4.00 stars
– Systematic Chaos (2007) 4.00 stars
– Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009) 4.00 stars
– Official Bootleg: Cover Series: Uncovered 2003-2005 (2009) 3.00 stars
– A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011) 4.00 stars
– Dream Theater (2013) 4.00 stars
– The Astonishing (2016) NOT RATED

Dream Theater is probably the ultimate “granddaddy” of all Progressive Metal bands that inspired a high percentage of acts within the same genre, and by which every other group within the genre is often compared whether it deserves the comparison or not. Face it, Dream Theater is to Prog-Metal what the band Genesis is to Prog-Rock.

I loved the band when it first appeared on the scene in the 1990s, and still enjoy most of its releases. I have, however, grown less enchanted with the band through the years, and it’s likely because Dream Theater (in my mind) has overstayed its welcome a bit. Sure, the releases are always high quality, but the band no longer inspires me as it once did. Perhaps because I seem to have heard it all before. Seriously, the band probably has the longest list of bootleg albums (authorized or not) that I’ve ever seen, so suffers from overexposure. And James Labrie’s voice (although good) feels so “samey” nowadays, whether with Dream Theater or outside the band on his many side projects or during his frequent “guest appearances.” Again, overexposure abounds with this band, making anything new “less special.”

Still, the group deserves the respect of every single fan of the genre since, without Dream Theater, the genre might not have exploded onto the music scene when it did and, in turn, inspired so many thousands of bands.


Dream the Electric Sleep

– Beneath the Dark Wide Sky (2016) NOT RATED


Dreamtide

– Dream and Deliver (2008) 4.00 stars


Dreyelands

– Rooms of Revelation (2010) 4.50 stars


Drifting Sun

– Drifting Sun (1996) 4.00 stars
– On the Rebound (1999) 4.50 stars
– Trip the Life Fantastic (2015) 4.00 stars
– Safe Asylum (2016) NOT RATED


Drive, She Said

– Drive, She Said (1989) 4.00 stars
– Drivin’ Wheel (1991) 4.00 stars
– Excelerator (1993) 4.00 stars
– Real Life (2003) 4.00 stars
– Pedal to the Metal (2016) 4.00 stars


Dropshard

– Anywhere But Home (2011) 3.50 stars
– Silk (2014) 3.50 stars


Druckfarben

– Druckfarben (2011) 4.50 stars
Second Sound (2014) 4.50 stars


Druid

– Toward the Sun (1975) 3.50 stars


Dr. Dopo Jam

– Entree (1973) NOT RATED
– Fat Dogs And Danishmen (1974) NOT RATED


Dr. Z

Three Parts to My Soul (1971) 3.50 stars


Duff McKagan

– Believe in Me (1993) 3.00 stars


Dust

Hard Attack (1972) 4.00 stars


The Dust Connection

Trails (2009) 4.00 stars


Dynamic Lights

– Shape (2005) 4.00 stars


Dynazty

– Bring the Thunder (2009) 3.50 stars