Artists (S)

Sabaton

– Coat of Arms (2010) 4.00 stars


Sacrecy

– Sacrecy (2007) 3.50 stars


Sacrum

– Days of Quarantine (2009) 4.00 stars


Saga

– Saga (1978) 4.00 stars
– Images at Twilight (1979) 4.00 stars
Silent Knight (1980) 4.50 stars
– Worlds Apart (1981) 4.00 stars
– In Transit (1982) 3.50 stars
– Heads or Tales (1983) 4.00 stars
– Behaviour (1985) 3.00 stars
Wildest Dreams (1987) 4.00 stars
– The Beginner’s Guide to Throwing Shapes (1989) 4.00 stars
– The Security of Illusion (1993) 4.00 stars
– Steel Umbrellas (1994) 3.00 stars
– Generation 13 (1995) 4.50 stars
– Pleasure & the Pain (1997) 2.50 stars
– Phase 1 (1998) 4.00 stars
– Full Circle (1999) 4.00 stars
– House of Cards (2001) 4.00 stars
– Marathon (2003) 3.50 stars
– Network (2004) 4.00 stars
– Trust (2006) 4.00 stars
– 10,000 Days (2007) 4.00 stars
– The Human Condition (2009) 4.00 stars
– 20/20 (2012) 4.00 stars
– Sagacity (2014) 4.00 stars


Sahara Rain

– Sand in Your Hands (2009) 3.50 stars


Saigon Kick

– Saigon Kick (1991) 3.50 stars
– The Lizard (1992) 4.00 stars
– Water (1993) 3.50 stars
– Devil in the Details (1995) 4.00 stars


Sailor Free

– Spiritual Revolution Part Two (2016) NOT RATED


Saint Deamon

– In Shadows Lost From the Brave (2008) 4.50 stars
– Pandeamonium (2009) 4.50 stars


Saint Vitus

– Saint Vitus (1984) 3.00 stars


Salem’s Law

– Tale of Goblins’ Breed (1989) 1.50 stars


Salem Hill

– Different worlds (1993) 3.00 stars
– Catatonia (1997) 3.50 stars
The Robbery of Murder (1998) 4.00 stars
– Not Everybody’s Gold (2000) 4.00 stars
– Be (2003) 4.00 stars
– Mimi’s Magic Moment (2005) 4.00 stars
– Pennies in the Karma Jar (2010) 4.00 stars
– The Unseen Cord (2014) NOT RATED


Salty Dog

– Every Dog Has Its Day (1990) 3.00 stars


Salute

Toy Soldier (2009) 4.00 stars
– Heart of the Machine (2010) 4.00 stars


Samavayo / The Grand Astoria

– Samavayo / The Grand Astoria (2015) NOT RATED


Sammy Hagar

– Nine on a Ten Scale (1976) 3.00 stars
– Sammy Hagar (1977) 3.00 stars
– Street Machine (1979) 3.50 stars
– Danger Zone (1980) 3.50 stars
– Standing Hampton (1981) 3.50 stars
– Three Lock Box (1982) 3.50 stars
– VOA (1984) 3.50 stars
– I Never Said Goodbye (1987) 3.50 stars


Samsara Blues Experiment

– One With The Universe (2017) NOT RATED


Samson

– Survivors (1979) 2.50 stars
– Head On (1980) 3.50 stars
Shock Tactics (1981) 3.50 stars


Samuel Hällkvist

Variety of Live (2015) 3.00 stars


Samurai

Samurai (1971) 4.50 stars


The Samurai of Prog

– Undercover (2011) NOT RATED
– Secrets Of Disguise (2013) NOT RATED
– The Imperial Hotel (2014) 4.50 stars
– Lost and Found (2016) NOT RATED
– On We Sail (2017)


Sandstone

– Looking for Myself (2006) 4.00 stars


Santana

– Santana (1969) 4.00 stars
– Abraxas (1970) 4.00 stars
– Santana III (1971) 5.00 stars
– Caravanserai (1972) 4.50 stars
– Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! (1972) 4.00 stars
– Love Devotion Surrender (1973) 4.00 stars
– Welcome (1973) 3.50 stars
– Borboletta (1974) 4.00 stars
– Amigos (1976) 3.50 stars
– Moonflower (1977) 4.00 stars
– Inner Secrets (1978) 3.50 stars
– Shango (1982) 3.50 stars
– Viva Santana! (1988) 4.00 stars
– Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990) 4.00 stars
– Milagro (1992) 4.00 stars
– Brothers (1994) 4.00 stars
– Live at the Fillmore 1968 (1997) 4.50 stars
Santana IV (2016) 4.00 stars


Saracen

– Vox in Excelso (2006) 3.50 stars
– Marilyn (2011) 4.00 stars
– Redemption (2014) NOT RATED


Saraya

Saraya (1989) 4.50 stars
– When the Blackbird Sings… (1991) 4.50 stars


Saris

– Curse of Time (2009) 4.00 stars
– Until We Have Faces (2014) NOT RATED
– Ghosts of Yesterday (2017) NOT RATED


Sass Jordan

– Tell Somebody (1988) 3.50 stars
Racine (1992) 4.50 stars
– Rats (1994) 4.50 stars
– Get What You Give (2006) 3.50 stars

Sass Jordan is one of the best female Rock singers, in my opinion, who is most inspired by (and has the capabilities of being another) Janis Joplin.  Sass, from Canada,  debuted as more of a lightweight pop singer, yet her subsequent albums dramatically shifted direction, first on Racine (with her taking on a more Rod-Stewart Blues-Rock approach), then on Rats (with a slamming disregard for current convention and her taking on a full Grunge-Rock and dirty, “damaged” and “ugly”—the last two words actually being song titles—vocalist approach).  Sass was a “Janis” for the ’90s, and even now with her new group S.U.N., she remains a powerful force.


Satellite

– A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset (2003) 3.00 stars
– Evening Games (2005) 3.00 stars
– Into the Night (2007) 3.00 stars
– Nostalgia (2009) 3.00 stars


Satin Whale

– Desert Places (1974) 4.00 stars
– Lost Mankind (1975) NOT RATED


Savage Circus

– Dreamland Manor (2005) 4.00 stars
Of Doom and Death (2009) 4.00 stars


The Savage Rose

– In the Plain (1968) 2.00 stars


Savatage

– Sirens (1983) 3.50 stars
– Hall of the Mountain King (1987) 4.00 stars
– Gutter Ballet (1989) 5.00 stars
– Streets: A Rock Opera (1991) 4.50 stars
– Edge of Thorns (1993) 4.00 stars
– Handful of Rain (1994) 4.50 stars
– Dead Winter Dead (1995) 4.50 stars
– The Wake of Magellan (1997) 4.00 stars
– Poets and Madmen (2001) 4.50 stars


Savoy Brown

– Blue Matter (1969) 3.50 stars
– A Step Further (1969) 3.00 stars
– Raw Sienna (1970) 3.50 stars
Looking In (1970) 3.50 stars
Street Corner Talking (1971) 4.50 stars
– Hellbound Train (1972) 4.00 stars
– Lion’s Share (1972) 4.00 stars
– Jack the Toad (1973) 3.50 stars
Rock ‘n’ Roll Warriors (1981) 4.00 stars
– Make Me Sweat (1988) 3.00 stars
– Kings of Boogie (1989) 3.00 stars


Saxon

– Wheels of Steel (1980) 4.00 stars
Strong Arm of the Law (1980) 4.00 stars
– Denim and Leather (1981) 3.00 stars


Scapa Flow

– Uuteen Aikaan (1980) NOT RATED


Scardust

– Sands Of Time (2017) NOT RATED


Scarlet Hollow

– Sanctuary (2010) 4.00 stars
What If Never Was (2012) 4.50 stars


Scarlet Inside

– Thirty Rivers To Cross (2016) NOT RATED


Scarlet Rayne

– Theater Humanitarian (1990) 3.00 stars


Scars Souls

– Troia (1998) 1.50 stars


Scelerata

– Darkness and Light (2007) 2.50 stars
– Skeletons Domination (2008) 2.50 stars


Scenario

– A Fearful Symmetry (2001) 3.50 stars


Scenes

– New Beginning (2000) 3.50 stars
– Call Us at the Number You Provide! (2005) 3.50 stars


Schizofrantik

– Ripping Heartaches (2017) NOT RATED


Scorpions

– Lonesome Crow (1972) 2.50 stars
– Fly to the Rainbow (1974) 4.00 stars
– In Trance (1975) 4.00 stars
– Virgin Killer (1976) 5.00 stars
– Tokyo Tapes (1978) 4.50 stars
– Taken by Force (1978) 5.00 stars
– Lovedrive (1979) 3.50 stars
– Animal Magnetism (1980) 3.50 stars
– Blackout (1982) 3.50 stars
– Love at First Sting (1984) 3.50 stars
– Savage Amusement (1988) 3.50 stars
– Crazy World (1990) 4.00 stars
– Face the Heat (1993) 3.50 stars
– Live Bites (1995) 3.00 stars
– Pure Instinct (1996) 3.50 stars
– Humanity – Hour I (2007) 3.50 stars
– Taken B-Side (2009) 3.00 stars


Scott Rolaf

– Light of Day (2011) 3.50 stars


The Scream

– Let It Scream (1991) 4.50 stars


Scythe

– Divorced Land (2001) 3.00 stars


Sea Hags

– Sea Hags (1989) 3.00 stars


Seals & Crofts

– Greatest Hits (1975) 4.00 stars


Sean Filkins

– War and Peace & Other Short Stories (2011) 4.00 stars


Sebastien

– Tears of White Roses (2010) 4.00 stars


Second Heat

– Second Heat (2004) 4.00 stars


Seconds Before Landing

– Now That I Have Your Attention (2017) NOT RATED


Secret Illusion

– Illusion (2011) 3.50 stars


A Secret River

Colours of Solitude (2014) 3.50 stars


Secret Silence

– Escape From Reality (1996) 3.50 stars
– Return (1998) 3.50 stars


Secret Sphere

– Mistress of the Shadowlight (2000) 4.00 stars
– A Time Never Come (2001) 4.00 stars
– Scent of Human Desire (2003) 4.00 stars
– Heart & Anger (2005) 4.00 stars
– Sweet Blood Theory (2008) 4.00 stars
– Archetype (2010) 4.00 stars
Portrait of a Dying Heart (2012) 4.50 stars
– The Nature of Time (2017) NOT RATED


Section 16

– Identity Crisis (2002) 3.50 stars


Section A

– The Seventh Sign (2003) 4.50 stars
– Parallel Lives (2006) 4.50 stars
– Sacrifice (2010) 4.00 stars
– Wall Of Silence (2016) NOT RATED

First-class Prog-Metal from Denmark, especially with guitarist Torben Enevoldsen at the helm. This guy is an undiscovered talent, and the three albums this band released from 2003-2010 are each terrific slices of Prog-Metal. Great instrumentalists, great vocalist, great songwriting, great production…you name it. I’m shocked Section A never got the recognition it truly deserved and I still pray the band is lurking somewhere in a darkened studio creating more magic, just waiting to unleash a new collection of songs on the unsuspecting public.


Semantic Saturation

– Solipsistic (2013) 3.50 stars


The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

– Framed (1973) 4.00 stars
– Next… (1973) 4.00 stars
– The Impossible Dream (1974) 4.00 stars
– Tomorrow Belongs to Me (1975) 4.50 stars
– Live (1975) 4.50 stars
The Penthouse Tapes (1976) 4.00 stars
– SAHB Stories (1976) 4.50 stars
– Rock Drill (1978) 4.00 stars
– British Tour ’76 (2005) 3.50 stars

See my “The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – An Overview” for more information.


The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Without Alex)

– Fourplay (1977) 3.00 stars

See my “The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – An Overview” for more information.


Sepultura

– Against (1998) 2.50 stars


Serenity

– Engraved Within (2005) 3.50 stars
– Words Untold & Dreams Unlived (2007) 4.50 stars
– Fallen Sanctuary (2008) 4.50 stars
– Death & Legacy (2011) 4.00 stars
– War of Ages (2013) 4.00 stars
– Codex Atlanticus (2016) NOT RATED


Serpentine

– Living and Dying in High Definition (2011) 4.50 stars
– Circle Of Knives 2015 NOT RATED


SETI

– Discoveries (2010) 3.50 stars
– Bold Travels (2016) NOT RATED


Seven

– Seven Deadly Sins (2009) 3.00 stars


Seven Impale

– City of the Sun (2014)
– Contrapasso (2016) NOT RATED


Seven Kingdoms

Seven Kingdoms (2010) 2.00 stars
– The Fire Is Mine (2012) NOT RATED


Seven Seals

– Of Contradictions (2012) 3.50 stars


Seven Seraphim

– Believe in Angels (2003) 4.00 stars


Seven Steps to the Green Door

– The Puzzle (2006) NOT RATED
– Step in 2 My World (2008) 4.50 stars
– The?Book (2011) 4.50 stars
Fetish! (2015) 5.00 stars


Seven Tears

– In Every Frozen Tear (2007) 4.00 stars


Seven the Hardway

– Seven the Hardway (2010) 3.50 stars


Seventh Key

– Seventh Key (2001) NOT RATED
– The Raging Fire (2004) 4.50 stars
– I Will Survive (2013) 4.50 stars


Seven Thorns

– Glow of Dawn (2007) 4.00 stars
– Return to the Past (2010) 3.50 stars


Seventh Wave

Things to Come (1974) 4.00 stars
– Psi-Fi (1975) 4.00 stars


Seventh Wonder

– Become (2005) 4.50 stars
– Waiting in the Wings (2006) 4.50 stars
– Mercy Falls (2008) 4.50 stars
– The Great Escape (2010) 4.50 stars


Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) 5.00 stars


Shadow Circus

– Welcome to the Freakroom (2007) 4.00 stars
– Whispers and Screams (2009) NOT RATED
– On a Dark and Stormy Night (2012) 4.00 stars


Shadowfax

– Watercourse Way (1976) 4.00 stars


Shadow Gallery

– Carved in Stone (1995) 4.50 stars
– Tyranny (1998) 4.50 stars
– Legacy (2001) 4.50 stars
– Room V (2005) 4.00 stars
– Digital Ghosts (2009) 4.00 stars

I miss this band, highly Progressive with some outrageously complex arrangements and instrumentation yet usually heavy enough (especially when it comes to guitar tones) to fall into the Metal category. After the sad and untimely death of singer Mike Baker, the band seemingly disappeared, or at least has released no new material since 2009 (without Baker at the helm). The albums Carved In Stone and Tyranny remain two of my favorite Prog-Metal albums and I, for one, would welcome new material from the band (even though I would still miss Mike Baker’s recognizable voice).


Shadowkeep

The Hourglass Effect (2008) 4.00 stars


Shadow King

– Shadow King (1991) 3.50 stars


Shadowland

– Ring of Roses (1992) 3.50 stars
– Through the Looking Glass (1994) 3.50 stars
– Mad as a Hatter (1996) 3.50 stars
– Falling (2007) 4.00 stars


Shadowman

– Watching Over You (2011) 4.50 stars


Shadow Merchant

– The Tunnel (2014) NOT RATED


Shadowside

– Theatre of Shadows (2005) 3.00 stars
– Dare to Dream (2009) 3.00 stars


The Shadow Theory

Behind the Black Veil (2010) 4.00 stars


Shadrane

– Temporal (2008) 4.50 stars


Shaman

– Ritual (2002) 4.00 stars
– Reason (2005) 4.00 stars
– Immortal (2007) 4.00 stars
– Origins (2010) 4.00 stars

After leaving the excellent Angra, vocalist Andre Matos, bassist Luis Mariutti, and drummer Ricardo Confessori formed Shaman, and the band’s debut release, Ritual, proved to be a real scorcher. Like Angra, Shaman delivered sophisticated and hard-driving Prog-Metal with the occasional Brazilian flavor, with Matos’s melodic vocals being a jaw-dropping highlight, and Ritual remains my favorite of the band’s four releases (the latter two featuring a different yet equally capable vocalist after Matos left the group in 2006 to go solo).


Shaman Elephant

– Crystals (2016) NOT RATED


Shamblemaths

Shamblemaths (2016) 4.50 stars


Shanghai

– Shanghai (1982) 4.00 stars


Shania Twain

– The Woman in Me (1995) 3.50 stars
– Come On Over (1997) 4.50 stars
– Up! (2002) 4.00 stars

Like Faith Hill, I also have a fondness for Shania Twain, and for the same exact reasons. Not only is she beautiful, a sight to behold when seeing her in concert, but despite her material that may or may not appeal to the average listener, it’s hard to argue that her crystal clear, powerful, and emotional voice is anything but off-putting. This woman knows a damned catchy melody when it smacks her in the face, and her output and eventual success proves it. I’m not a huge fan of Country or Country-Rock, but Shania converted me to “at least” listen before passing judgment. Her Up and Come On Over albums are two of the catchiest collections of songs to have appeared in many years, and she deserves credit for that alone, especially since her vocal performances on each release are so damned memorable.


Shaolin Death Squad

Shaolin Death Squad (2004) 4.00 stars
– Intelligent Design (2006) 4.00 stars
– Five Deadly Venoms (2010) 4.00 stars


Shark Island

– Law of the Order (1989) 4.00 stars


Shaw Blades

– Hallucination (1995) 1.00 stars


Shell and the Ocean

– Turn Blue (1989) 3.00 stars


Sherbs

– The Skill (1980) 3.00 stars


Sheriff

– Sheriff (1982) 4.00 stars


Sheshet

Sheshet 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition (1977) 4.50 stars


Shining Fury

– Last Sunrise (2004) 3.00 stars
– Another Life (2006) 3.00 stars


Shiva

– Firedance (1982) 2.00 stars


Shok Paris

– Go for the Throat (1984) 3.00 stars


Shooting Gallery

– Shooting Gallery (1992) 3.00 stars


Shooting Hemlock

Big Green Monster (2010) 3.50 stars


Shooting Star

– Shooting Star (1980) 3.50 stars
– Hang On for Your Life (1981) 3.00 stars
– III Wishes (1982) 3.00 stars
– Burning (1983) 3.00 stars
– Silent Scream (1985) 4.00 stars


Shortino

– It’s About Time (1997) 4.00 stars
– Chasing My Dream (2009) 4.00 stars


Shortino / Northup

– Back on Track (1993) 3.50 stars
– Afterlife (2004) 3.50 stars


Shotgun Messiah

– Shotgun Messiah (1989) 4.00 stars
– Second Coming (1991) 3.50 stars


Shumaun

– Shumaun (2015) NOT RATED


Shy

– Once Bitten Twice Shy (1983) 3.00 stars
– Brave the Storm (1985) 3.00 stars
– Excess All Areas (1987) 4.50 stars
– Misspent Youth (1990) 3.50 stars
Welcome to the Madhouse (1994) 3.00 stars
– Unfinished Business (2002) 4.00 stars
– Sunset and Vine (2005) 4.00 stars
– Shy (2011) 4.00 stars


Siam

– The Language of Menace (1994) 4.00 stars
– Prayer (1996) 4.00 stars


Sieges Even

– A Sense of Change (1991) 3.50 stars
– Sophisticated (1995) NOT RATED
– Uneven (1997) NOT RATED
– The Art of Navigating by the Stars (2005) 4.00 stars
– Paramount (2007) 4.50 stars


Siena Root

– A New Day Dawning (2004) 4.50 stars
– Kaleidoscope (2006) 4.00 stars
– Far From the Sun (2008) 4.00 stars
– Different Realities (2009) 3.00 stars
Pioneers (2014) 4.50 stars
– A Dream of Lasting Peace (2017) NOT RATED


Signal

– Loud & Clear (1989) 4.00 stars


Signum Regis

– Signum Regis (2008) 4.00 stars
– The Eyes of Power (2010) 4.00 stars


Silence

– City (Days) (2012) 4.00 stars
– City (Nights) (2012) 4.00 stars


Silent Call

– Creations From a Chosen Path (2008) 4.50 stars
– Greed (2010) 4.50 stars
– Truth’s Redemption (2014) 4.00 stars


Silent Force

– The Empire of Future (2000) 3.50 stars
– Infatuator (2001) 3.50 stars
– Worlds Apart (2004) 4.00 stars
– Walk the Earth (2007) 4.00 stars
– Rising From Ashes (2013) 4.00 stars


Silentium

– Infinita Plango Vulnera (1999) 3.50 stars
– Altum (2001) 3.50 stars
– Sufferion – Hamartia of Prudence (2003) 3.50 stars
Seducia (2006) 4.00 stars
– Amortean (2008) 4.00 stars


Silent Memorial

– Cosmic Handball (1999) 4.00 stars
– Retrospective (2009) 4.50 stars


Silent Rage

– Shattered Hearts (1987) 3.00 stars
– Don’t Touch Me There (1989) 3.00 stars


Silent Voices

– Chapters of Tragedy (2002) 4.50 stars
– Infernal (2004) 4.50 stars
– Building Up the Apathy (2006) 4.50 stars
– Reveal the Change (2013) 4.00 stars


Silhouette

– A Maze (2006) 3.50 stars
– Moods (2009) 4.00 stars
– Across the Rubicon (2012) 4.00 stars
– Beyond the Seventh Wave (2014) 4.00 stars
– The World Is Flat And Other Alternative Facts (2017) NOT RATED


Silver Horses

– Silver Horses (2012) NOT RATED


Silver Lake

– Silver Lake (2011) 4.00 stars
– Every Shape and Size (2013) 4.00 stars


Silverhead

– Silverhead (1972) 3.50 stars
16 and Savaged (1973) 3.50 stars


Silverlane

– Legends of Safar (2005) 4.00 stars
– My Inner Demon (2009) 4.00 stars
– Above the Others (2010) 4.00 stars


Silvertide

– Show and Tell (2004) 3.50 stars


Simeon Soul Charger

– Meet Me In The Afterlife (2011) NOT RATED
A Trick of Light (2015) 4.00 stars


Simon Says

– Paradise Square (2002) 4.00 stars
– Tardigrade (2008) 4.50 stars


Sinergy

– Suicide by My Side (2002) 3.50 stars


Sinister Street

The Eve of Innocence (1992) 4.00 stars
– Trust (2002) 4.00 stars


Sinkadus

– Aurum Nostrum (1997) NOT RATED


Sinphonia

– The Divine Disharmony (2002) 1.50 stars


Sircle of Silence

– Sircle of Silence (1994) 3.50 stars
– Suicide Candyman (1995) 3.50 stars


Sirenia

– At Sixes and Sevens (2002) 1.50 stars
– An Elixir for Existence (2004) 1.50 stars
– Nine Destinies and a Downfall (2007) 3.00 stars
– The 13th Floor (2009) 3.00 stars


Sirens Cry

– Scattered Horizons (2012) 4.00 stars


Sir Lord Baltimore

– Kingdom Come (1970) 3.50 stars
– Sir Lord Baltimore (1971) 3.00 stars


Sithonia

– Hotel Brun (1998) 3.50 stars


Six Minute Century

– Time Capsules (2008) 4.00 stars
– Wasting Time (2013) 4.00 stars


Skeem

– Skeem (2001) 4.00 stars
– Just Suggesting (2013) 4.00 stars


Skid Row

– Skid Row (1989) 4.00 stars
– Slave to the Grind (1991) 4.50 stars
– Subhuman Race (1995) 3.50 stars


Sky Architect

– Excavations of the Mind (2010) 4.50 stars
– A Dying Man’s Hymn (2011) 4.50 stars
– A Billion Years of Solitude (2013) 4.50 stars
– Nomad (2017) 4.00 stars


Skylark

– Wings (2004) 3.00 stars
– Divine Gates Part III: The Last Gate (2007) 3.50 stars


Slade

– Play It Loud (1970) 3.50 stars
Slayed? (1972) 4.00 stars
– Old New Borrowed and Blue (1974) 3.50 stars


Slamer

Nowhere Land (2006) 5.00 stars


Slash’s Snakepit

– It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (1995) 3.50 stars


Slaughter

– Stick It to Ya (1990) 4.00 stars
– The Wild Life (1992) 4.00 stars
– Fear No Evil (1995) 4.00 stars
– Revolution (1997) 3.50 stars


Slave Raider

– Take the World by Storm (1986) 2.50 stars


Slavior

– Slavior (2007) 3.00 stars


Slik Toxik

– Doin’ the Nasty (1992) 4.00 stars


Sinkadus

– Slychosis (2006) NOT RATED
– Slychedelia (2008) NOT RATED
– Mental Hygiene (2010) NOT RATED
– Fractured Eye (2012) NOT RATED
– V (2016) NOT RATED


Smalltape

– The Ocean (2017) NOT RATED


Smashed Gladys

– Social Intercourse (1988) 4.00 stars


The Snakes

– Once Bitten… (1998) 4.00 stars
– Live in Europe (1998) 4.00 stars


Snowball

– Snowball (2000) 1.00 stars


Socrates

– Phos (1976) NOT RATED
– Waiting For Something (1980) NOT RATED
– Breaking Through (1981) NOT RATED
– Plaza (1983) NOT RATED


Socrates Drank the Conium

Socrates Drank the Conium (1972) 4.00 stars
– Taste of Conium (1972) NOT RATED
– On the Wings (1973) NOT RATED


Soft Machine

– Third (1970) 1.50 stars


Solar Fragment

– In Our Hands (2011) 3.00 stars


Solid Vision

– Eleven (2005) 4.00 stars
– The Hurricane (2006) 4.50 stars
– Sacrifice (2010) 4.50 stars


Solstice

– Circles (1997) 4.00 stars
– Spirit (2010) 4.00 stars
Prophecy (2013) 4.00 stars

This terrific Progressive Rock band has been together since the 1980s. The single album from 1984 is unfamiliar to me, whereas in the 1990s Solstice returned with a different vocalist, Heidi Kemp, and I’m a true fan of her work with this band. The music is on the mellower side of Prog-Rock—similar to Magenta, Flamborough Head, Curved Air, etc.—and quite melodic overall. Also note, Clive Bunker, former Jethro Tull drummer, was once a member of this band as well.


Solstice Coil

– A Prescription for Paper Cuts (2005) 3.00 stars
– Natural Causes (2011) 3.50 stars
– Commute (2015) 3.00 stars


Sonata Arctica

– Ecliptica (1999) 4.00 stars
– Silence (2001) 4.00 stars
– Orientation (2001) 3.50 stars
– Winterheart’s Guild (2003) 4.00 stars
– Don’t Say a Word (2004) 4.50 stars
– Reckoning Night (2004) 4.50 stars
– Paid in Full (2007) 4.00 stars
– Unia (2007) 3.50 stars
– The Days of Grays (2009) 4.00 stars
– Stones Grow Her Name (2012) 4.00 stars
– Pariah’s Child (2014) 4.00 stars
– The Ninth Hour (2016) NOT RATED


Sonic Debris

– Velvet Thorns (2000) 4.00 stars


Soniq Circus

– Soniq Circus (2007) 4.00 stars
– Reflections in the Hourglass (2011) 4.00 stars


Sons of Angels

– Sons of Angels (1990) 4.00 stars
– Slumber With the Lion (2001) 4.00 stars


Sons of Apollo

– Psychotic Symphony (2017) NOT RATED


Sons of Seasons

– Gods of Vermin (2009) 4.00 stars
– Magnisphyricon (2011) 4.00 stars


Sonus Umbra

– Digging For Zeros (2005) NOT RATED
– Winter Soulstice (2013) 3.50 stars
– Beyond the Panopticon (2016) NOT RATED


Soul Cages

– Soul Cages (1994) 3.50 stars
– Moments (1996) 3.50 stars
– Craft (1999) 3.50 stars
– Moon (2013) 3.50 stars


Soul Enema

– Of Clans And Clones And Clowns (2017) NOT RATED


Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen (1992) 3.50 stars


Soul Secret

– Flowing Portraits (2008) 4.50 stars
– Closer to Daylight (2011) 4.50 stars
– 4 (2015) NOT RATED
– Babel (2017) NOT RATED


Soulcage

– Soul for Sale (2009) 3.50 stars


Souls of Diotima

– Maitri (2011) 4.00 stars
– What Remains of the Day (2012) 4.00 stars

Here’s a band from Italy I discovered only recently that includes a terrific female singer. Claudia Barsi has a strong, clean voice, which fits perfectly with the Power Metal and Progressive Metal style of the band. She has a wide range and delivers her melodic vocals in both English and the occasional Italian. She’s also of the “non-operatic” school, so there’s not yet another “Nightwish/Without Temptation/etc.” clone here, thankfully. This band shows a great deal of promise.


Soundgarden

– Louder Than Love (1989) 3.50 stars
– Badmotorfinger (1991) 4.50 stars
– Superunknown (1994) 4.00 stars


Sound of Contact

– Dimensionaut (2013) 4.00 stars


Sound Storm

– Twilight Opera (2009) 3.00 stars


Soup

– The Beauty of Our Youth (2013) 3.00 stars


Southern Empire

– Southern Empire (2016) NOT RATED


Southern Sons

– Southern Sons (1990) 3.50 stars


Southgang

Tainted Angel (1991) 4.50 stars
– Group Therapy (1992) 4.00 stars


Space Odyssey

– Embrace the Galaxy (2003) 4.50 stars
– The Astral Episode (2005) 4.50 stars
Tears of the Sun (2006) 4.00 stars


Sparks

– Sparks (1971) 3.00 stars
– A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing (1973) 3.50 stars
– Kimono My House (1974) 3.50 stars
– Propaganda (1974) 4.00 stars
– Indiscreet (1975) 3.50 stars
– Big Beat (1976) 3.50 stars
– Introducing Sparks (1977) 3.00 stars


Spastic Ink

– Ink Compatible (2004) 3.00 stars


Speaking to Stones

– Speaking to Stones (2006) 4.00 stars
– Elements (2012) NOT RATED


Sphere of Souls

– From the Ashes (2006) 4.50 stars

Damn, I wish this band had released more material. The sole album (from 2006) is excellent and I still yearn for more!


Spheric Universe Experience

– Mental Torments (2005) 4.00 stars
– Anima (2007) 4.00 stars
– Unreal (2009) 4.00 stars
– The New Eve (2012) 4.00 stars


The Spiders From Mars

– Spiders From Mars (1976) 3.00 stars


Spinal Tap

– This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 3.50 stars
– Break Like the Wind (1992) 3.00 stars


Spin Gallery

– Embrace (2009) 4.00 stars


Spiral Key

– An Error Of Judgement (2018) NOT RATED


Spirit

– Time Circle (1991) NOT RATED


Spleen Arcana

– The Field Where She Died (2008) NOT RATED
– The Light Beyond the Shades (2014) NOT RATED


Split Enz

Mental Notes (1975) 4.50 stars


Spock’s Beard

– The Light (1995) 4.50 stars
– Beware of Darkness (1996) 4.50 stars
– The Kindness of Strangers (1998) 4.50 stars
– Day for Night (1999) 4.50 stars
– V (2000) 4.50 stars
– Snow (2002) 4.50 stars
– Feel Euphoria (2003) NOT RATED
– Octane (2005) NOT RATED
– Spock’s Beard (2006) NOT RATED
– X (2010) 4.00 stars
– Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013) 4.50 stars
– The Oblivion Particle (2015) 4.50 stars


Spooky Tooth

Spooky Two (1969) 3.50 stars
– The Last Puff (1970) 3.50 stars


Spread Eagle

– Open to the Public (1993) 4.00 stars


Spyro Gyra

– Morning Dance (1979) 3.50 stars


Spys

Spys (1982) 4.50 stars
– Behind Enemy Lines (1983) 3.50 stars


Squackett

A Life Within a Day (2012) 3.00 stars


Stackridge

– Stackridge (1971) NOT RATED
– Extravaganza (1974) NOT RATED


Stage Dolls

– Stage Dolls (1988) 3.00 stars


Stamina

– Two of a Kind (2010) 4.00 stars
– Perseverance (2014) 4.00 stars


Standarte

– Standarte (1995) 3.50 stars


Stanley Clarke

– I Wanna Play for You (1979) 3.50 stars
– East River Drive (1993) 3.50 stars
– Live at the Greek (1994) 4.00 stars


Star One

– Space Metal (2002) 4.50 stars
– Victims of the Modern Age (2010) 4.50 stars


Starbreaker

Starbreaker (2005) 4.00 stars
– Love’s Dying Wish (2008) 4.00 stars


Starcastle

Starcastle (1976) 5.00 stars
– Fountains of Light (1977) 4.00 stars
– Citadel (1977) 3.50 stars
– Real to Reel (1978) 2.00 stars
– Chronos 1 (2001) NOT RATED
– Song of Times (2007) 4.00 stars


Stargate

– Beyond Space and Time (2012) 4.50 stars


Stargazery

Eye on the Sky (2011) 4.50 stars
– Stars Aligned (2015) 4.00 stars


Starship

– Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985) 3.50 stars
– No Protection (1987) 3.50 stars
– Love Among the Cannibals (1989) 2.00 stars
Loveless Fascination (2013) 4.00 stars


Starz

– Starz (1976) 4.50 stars
– Violation (1977) 4.50 stars
– Attention Shoppers! (1978) 3.00 stars
– Coliseum Rock (1979) 4.00 stars
– Live in America (1983) 4.00 stars


State of Rock

– A Point of Destiny (2010) 4.00 stars


Status Minor

– Dialog (2009) 4.50 stars
– Ouroboros (2012) 4.50 stars


Status Quo

– Hello! (1973) 3.00 stars
– Quo (1974) 3.00 stars
– Live! (1977) 3.50 stars


Steamhammer

Steamhammer (1969) 3.00 stars


Steeler

Steeler (1983) 4.00 stars


Steelheart

– Steelheart (1991) 3.00 stars


Steel Mill

– Green Eyes God (1972) NOT RATED


Steel Seal

– By the Power of Thunder (2006) 4.50 stars
– Redemption Denied (2010) 4.50 stars


Steely Dan

– Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) 4.00 stars
Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) 4.50 stars
– Pretzel Logic (1974) 3.50 stars
– Katy Lied (1975) 3.50 stars
– The Royal Scam (1976) 3.50 stars
– Aja (1977) 4.00 stars
– Gaucho (1980) 3.50 stars
– Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980 (1993) 3.50 stars
– Two Against Nature (2000) 3.50 stars


Steeplechase

– Steeplechase (1981) 4.00 stars


Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf (1968) 4.00 stars
– The Second (1968) 3.50 stars
– At Your Birthday Party (1969) 3.00 stars
– Monster (1969) 3.00 stars
– Steppenwolf Live (1970) NOT RATED
– Steppenwolf 7 (1970) 3.50 stars


Steve Hackett

– Voyage of the Acolyte (1975) 4.00 stars
– Please Don’t Touch (1978) 4.00 stars
– Spectral Mornings (1979) 4.00 stars
– Defector (1980) NOT RATED
– Cured (1981) NOT RATED
– Guitar Noir (1993) 4.00 stars
– Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011) 4.00 stars


Steve Hillage

– Fish Rising (1975) 3.50 stars
Steve Hillage “L” (1976) 4.50 stars
– Motivation Radio (1977) 3.50 stars
– Green (1978) 3.50 stars
– Live Herald (1979) 3.50 stars
– Open (featuring Studio Herald) (1979) 3.50 stars
– And Not Or (1982) 3.50 stars
– For to Next (1983) 3.50 stars


Steve Howe

– Beginnings (1975) 3.00 stars


Steve Hughes

– Tales from the Silent Ocean (2015) 3.50 stars
– Once We Were, Part One (2016) NOT RATED
– Once We Were, Part Two (2016) NOT RATED


Steve Jones

– Mercy (1987) 2.50 stars


Steve Miller Band

– The Joker (1973) 3.00 stars
– Fly Like an Eagle (1976) 3.00 stars


Steve Morse

– Coast to Coast (1992) 4.00 stars
– Structural Damage (1995) 4.00 stars


Steve Perry

– Street Talk (1984) 3.00 stars
– For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994) 4.00 stars


Steve Rothery

– The Ghosts of Pripyat (2014) 3.00 stars


Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys

– Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys (1989) 4.00 stars


Steve Thorne

– Emotional Creatures: Part One (2005) 4.00 stars


Steve Vai

– Flex-Able (1984) 4.00 stars
– Passion & Warfare (1990) 5.00 stars
Sex & Religion (1993) 4.00 stars
– Alien Love Secrets (1995) 4.50 stars
– Fire Garden (1996) 4.50 stars


Steve Walsh

– Glossolalia (2000) NOT RATED
– Shadowman (2005) NOT RATED


Stevie Nicks

– Bella Donna (1981) 3.50 stars


Stillwater

Stillwater (1977) 4.00 stars
– Runnin’ Free (1998) 3.50 stars


Stingray

Stingray (1979) 4.00 stars


Stolen Earth

– A Far Cry From Home (2012) 4.00 stars


Stonehenge

– Angelo Salutante (2001) 4.00 stars


Stonerider

– Hologram (2016) 4.00 stars


Stone Temple Pilots

– Core (1992) 4.00 stars
– Purple (1994) 4.00 stars


Stone the Crows

– Stone the Crows (1970) 4.00 stars
Ode to John Law (1970) 4.00 stars
– Teenage Licks (1971) 4.00 stars
– Ontinuous Performance (1972) 4.00 stars


The Stooges

– The Stooges (1969) 3.00 stars
Fun House (1970) 4.00 stars
– Raw Power (1973) 4.00 stars


Stories

– About Us (1973) 3.00 stars
Traveling Underground (1973) 4.50 stars


The Storm (San Francisco)

– The Storm (1991) 4.00 stars
– Eye of the Storm (1995) 4.00 stars


The Storm

– Sweet Surrender (2010) 4.00 stars


Storm at Sunrise

– Garden of Forgotten Ideals (1999) NOT RATED


Stormental

– Stormental (2006) 3.00 stars


The Storyteller (Sweden)

– Underworld (2005) 3.50 stars


Storyteller (USA)

Corridor of Windows (2000) 4.50 stars


Strangefish

– Full Scale (2003) 4.50 stars
– Fortune Telling (2006) 4.50 stars


Strange Land

– Anomaly (2001) 3.00 stars


Strangers on a Train

The Key Part 1: The Prophecy (1990) 1.00 stars
– The Key Part 2 : The Labyrinth (1993) 2.00 stars


Strangeways

– Native Sons (1987) 5.00 stars
– Walk in the Fire (1989) 5.00 stars
– Any Day Now (1997) 3.00 stars
– Age of Reason (2011) 4.00 stars


Stratosphere

– Fire Flight (2010) 4.00 stars


Stratovarius

– Fourth Dimension (1995) 4.00 stars
– Episode (1996) 4.50 stars
– Visions (1997) 4.50 stars
– Destiny (1998) 4.50 stars
– Infinite (2000) 4.50 stars
– Intermission (2001) 4.00 stars
– Elements Pt. 1 (2003) 4.50 stars
– Elements Pt. 2 (2003) 4.00 stars
– Stratovarius (2005) 4.00 stars
– Polaris (2009) 4.00 stars
– Elysium (2011) 4.50 stars
Nemesis (2013) 4.50 stars
– Eternal (2015) 4.00 stars


Strattman

– The Lie of the Beholder (2014) 4.00 stars


Strawbs

– Strawberry Music Sampler No. 1 (1969) 2.50 stars
– Strawbs (1969) NOT RATED
– Dragonfly (1970) NOT RATED
– From the Witchwood (1971) 3.50 stars
– Grave New World (1972) 3.50 stars
– Bursting at the Seams (1973) 3.50 stars
– Hero and Heroine (1974) 4.00 stars
Ghosts (1975) 4.00 stars
– Nomadness (1975) 3.50 stars
– Deep Cuts (1976) NOT RATED
– Blue Angel (2003) NOT RATED
– Deja Fou (2004) NOT RATED
– The Broken Hearted Bride (2008) NOT RATED
– Dancing To The Devil’s Beat (2009) NOT RATED
– The Ferryman’s Curse (2017) 4.00 stars


Stray

Saturday Morning Pictures (1972) 4.00 stars


Stream of Passion

– Embrace the Storm (2005) 3.50 stars
– The Flame Within (2009) 4.00 stars


Streetheart

– Meanwhile Back in Paris (1978) 3.50 stars


Streets

– 1st (1983) 4.00 stars
– Crimes in Mind (1985) 4.00 stars


Street Talk

– Transition (2000) 3.50 stars
– Restoration (2002) 3.50 stars


Stretch Heart

– Stretch Heart (2017) NOT RATED


Stride

– Imagine (2005) 4.50 stars

Another band that left me wanting to hear much more. Imagine, the band’s final of three albums, is excellent!


Strings 24

– Strings 24 (2009) 3.00 stars


Strongbow

– Strongbow (1975) 3.50 stars


Strutt

– Dreams (1990) 3.50 stars


Stryper

– The Yellow and Black Attack! (1984) 3.50 stars
– Soldiers Under Command (1985) 3.50 stars
– To Hell With the Devil (1986) 3.50 stars
– In God We Trust (1988) 3.50 stars
– Against the Law (1990) 3.50 stars
– No More Hell to Pay (2013) 3.50 stars


Styx

– Styx (1972) 3.50 stars
– Styx II (1973) 3.50 stars
– The Serpent Is Rising (1973) 3.50 stars
Man of Miracles (1974) 4.00 stars
– Equinox (1975) 4.50 stars
– Crystal Ball (1976) 4.50 stars
The Grand Illusion (1977) 5.00 stars
– Pieces of Eight (1978) 4.50 stars
– Cornerstone (1979) 2.50 stars
– Paradise Theatre (1981) 3.50 stars
– Kilroy Was Here (1983) 3.00 stars
– Edge of the Century (1990) 3.50 stars
– The Mission (2017) NOT RATED


S.U.N.

– Something Unto Nothing (2012)

A band fronted by the terrific Sass Jordan.


Sub Rosa

– The Gigsaw (2010) NOT RATED


Subsignal

– Beautiful & Monstrous (2009) 4.50 stars
– Touchstones (2011) 4.50 stars
– Paraíso (2013) 4.50 stars
The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime (2015) 4.50 stars
– La Muerta (2018) NOT RATED


Sugarloaf

– Sugarloaf (1970) 3.50 stars
The Best of Sugarloaf (1993) 4.00 stars


Sugartooth

– Sugartooth (1994) 3.00 stars


Sun Caged

– Scar Winter (2000) 3.50 stars
– Dominion (2001) 3.00 stars
– Promo 2002 (2002) 3.50 stars
– Sun Caged (2003) 4.50 stars
– Artemisia (2007) 4.50 stars
– The Lotus Effect (2011) 4.50 stars


Sunchild

– The Gnomon (2008) 4.00 stars
– The Invisible Line (2009) NOT RATED
– The Wrap (2010) NOT RATED
– Isolation (2012) NOT RATED
– Synesthesia (2015) NOT RATED


Sun Red Sun

– Sun Red Sun (1995) 3.50 stars
– Lost Tracks (2000) 3.50 stars


Sunstorm

– Sunstorm (2006) 4.50 stars
– House of Dreams (2009) 4.50 stars
– Emotional Fire (2012) 4.50 stars
– Edge of Tomorrow (2016) 4.50 stars


Superdrama

– The Promise (2014) 4.00 stars


Superior

– Behind (1996) 4.50 stars
– Younique (1998) 4.50 stars
– Ultima Ratio (2002) 4.50 stars

This is one group I discovered in the late-’90s, but it sadly disbanded after only three stunning studio albums. In many respects—the high level of musicianship, the complex song arrangements, the general creativity—I felt Superior to be Germany’s answer to Dream Theater, yet for the most part, the band’s sound is even more “metal” than DT could ever be. Regardless, Superior is sorely missed, especially due to the (and please forgive the pun) superior quality of the band’s three albums compared to thousands of other releases from the same era.


Supernal Endgame

– Touch the Sky – Volume II (2014) 4.00 stars


Supersister

– To the Highe$t Bidder (1971) 4.00 stars
– (Sweet Okay Supersister) Spiral Staircase Sass (1974) 4.00 stars


Supertramp

Supertramp (1970) 3.50 stars
– Indelibly Stamped (1971) 3.50 stars
– Crime of the Century (1974) 4.50 stars
– Crisis? What Crisis? (1975) 4.50 stars
– Even in the Quietest Moments… (1977) 5.00 stars
– Breakfast in America (1979) 5.00 stars
– Paris (1980) 5.00 stars
– Famous Last Words (1982) 4.00 stars
– Brother Where You Bound (1985) 3.50 stars
– Free as a Bird (1987) 3.00 stars
– Some Things Never Change (1997) 3.50 stars


Supper’s Ready

– Listen to the Pictures (2000) 3.50 stars


Supreme Majesty

– Tales of a Tragic Kingdom (2001) 4.00 stars
– Danger (2003) 4.50 stars
– Elements of Creation (2005) 4.50 stars


Survivor

– Survivor (1979) 3.50 stars
– Premonition (1981) 3.50 stars
– Eye of the Tiger (1982) 3.50 stars
– Caught in the Game (1983) 3.50 stars
– Vital Signs (1984) 3.50 stars
– When Seconds Count (1986) 3.50 stars
– Too Hot to Sleep (1988) 4.00 stars
– Reach (2006) 3.50 stars


Susan

Falling in Love Again (1979) 4.00 stars


Suspyre

– The Silvery Image (2005) 3.50 stars
– A Great Divide (2007) 4.00 stars
– When Time Fades… (2008) 4.00 stars
– Suspyre (2012) 4.50 stars


Sweet

– Sweet Fanny Adams (1974) 4.00 stars
– Desolation Boulevard (1974) 4.00 stars
– Give Us a Wink (1976) 4.00 stars
Off the Record (1977) 4.00 stars
– Level Headed (1978) 3.50 stars
– Cut Above the Rest (1979) 3.50 stars
– Blockbusters (1989) 4.00 stars


Sweet Smoke

– Just A Poke (1970) 4.00 stars
– Darkness To Light (1973) NOT RATED


Switch Opens

– Joint Clash (2012) 3.00 stars


Syd Arthur

– On an On (2012) 3.00 stars


Syderal Overdrive

– The Trick of Life (2011) 3.50 stars


Sykes

– Out of My Tree (1995) 4.00 stars


Sylvan

– Deliverance (1998) 3.50 stars
– Encounters (2000) 4.00 stars
– Artificial Paradise (2002) 4.50 stars
– X-Rayed (2004) 4.00 stars
– Posthumous Silence (2006) 3.50 stars
– Presets (2007) 3.50 stars
– Force of Gravity (2009) 3.50 stars


Symakya

– Majestic 12: Open Files (2011) 4.00 stars


Symbolic

Nevertime (2011) 3.00 stars


Symbols

– Symbols (1998) 4.00 stars


Symfonia

– In Paradisum (2011) 4.00 stars


Symphonity

– Voice From the Silence (2008) 4.00 stars


Symphony

– Mind Reflections (2008) 4.00 stars


Symphony X

– The Damnation Game (1995) 4.50 stars
– The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997) 4.50 stars
– Twilight in Olympus (1998) 4.50 stars
V: The New Mythology Suite (2000) 5.00 stars
– The Odyssey (2002) 5.00 stars
– Paradise Lost (2007) 5.00 stars
– Iconoclast (2011) 5.00 stars
– Underworld (2015) 4.50 stars


Symphorce

– Become Death (2007) 3.50 stars


Synaesthesia

– Synaesthesia (2014) 3.50 stars


Syncromind Project

– Syncronized (2011) 3.50 stars
– Second (2014) NOT RATED


Syndone

– Eros & Thanatos (2016) NOT RATED


Synopsis

– Gamme (1981) 3.50 stars


Syzygy

– The Allegory of Light (2003) 4.50 stars
Realms of Eternity (2009) 4.50 stars