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Mostly Autumn: The Ghost Moon Orchestra

Flipping to the heavy side.

It’d be going too far to suggest that Mostly Autumn have suddenly become a prog metal band, but this is the heaviest album they’ve ever done.

Everything here sounds more confident and flamboyant than on previous albums, and there are comparisons to be made with Nightwish and Within Temptation in the way they balance some striding guitar work from Bryan Josh with more temperate, folk moments.

But this isn’t about merely emulating such European bands. This is Mostly Autumn opening up their horizons and becoming more rounded and extrovert.

Vocalist Olivia Sparnenn is a revelation, combining unwitting sensuality with knowing innocence, and the band’s vibe has certainly altered for the better. This album is their game changer.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.