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2015 Preview: Von Hertzens, Black Star Riders, Alice Cooper, Nightwish

Four essential albums for 2015.

From returning heroes Black Star Riders to Finnish prog rock upstarts the Von Hertzen Brothers, here are four must-hear albums set to land in 2015.

VON HERTZEN BROTHERS

 

Finnish prog’s first family promise a new album that shuns those epic 12-minute songs in favour of ‘straightforward rock’.

 

Mikko Von Hertzen is a long way from home. We catch up with him at The Warehouse, Bryan Adams’s studio in downtown Vancouver, some 4,600 miles from his native Helsinki. This is where he’s overseeing the mix of Sunday Child, the final piece for the Von Hertzen Brothers’ as-yet-untitled sixth album. “We’re running a marathon here,” he says, chugging his second coffee of the day, “not the hundred metres. We’re that kind of band. Eventually I feel all this hard work will pay off.” 

That’s a feeling shared among the Von Hertzens’ ever-swelling fan base. Finnish siblings Mikko, Jonne and Kie have been plugging away since forming in 2000. Their consistent upward trajectory lately saw their excellent Nine Lives album nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards, and the progressive impetus that distinguishes their catchy, anthemic rock has also assured them regular praise in Classic Rock’s sister magazine, Prog.

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