Continuing with what I think will be my regular review format (short and sweet), it’s time to discuss what I was spinning in August; a variety of interesting things to say the least. In fact, I was quite pleased with everything I took the time to listen to. It may be worth mentioning though, that I will not just post only what was released in the last month, but also what was new to me even if it was released months ago. Or even years ago…
Carnifex – Slow Death / Death Metal / Deathcore – Released on 5 Aug 2016 by Napalm Records
A solid dose of brutal riffs. What more can I say? Carnifex carnage continues. There are no ballads on this album! 3.5 out of 5 Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Seven more top albums with female vocalists, courtesy of our friends at Sonic Cathedral. Be sure to visit the SC website and Facebook page. If something good is happening in femme rock or metal, SC covers it.
As you all know, seven is a lucky number if there’s a competition and you draw number seven and number seven wins the prize. It’s also lucky if there are seven friends and they receive seven tickets to a metal concert. I keep drawing number 3.14159 these days so I haven’t won anything. No matter, here are seven winners to make me feel much better. Enjoy them! You’ll feel better too.
Tags: A Sound of Thunder, acoustic rock, Butcher Babies, Christmas music, electro-industrial metal, John Two-Hawks & Johanna Kurkela, Melodic Metal, Melphomene, Mizantropia, neo-thrash metal, Power Metal, Skeptical minds, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4 2015 – Part 2, symphonic/Gothic metal, The Rue
Release Date: 24 Jul 2015
Length: 64 Minutes
Genre: Thrash/Power/Progressive Metal
Studio Albums: Symphony X (1994); The Damnation Game (1995); The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997); Twilight in Olympus (1998); V: The New Mythology Suite (2000); The Odyssey (2002); Paradise Lost (2007); Iconoclast (2011).
Location: NJ, United States
Length: 62 Minutes
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Previous Albums: Initial Process (2011); Eight Pieces, One World (2013)
For those that live for the robust compositions of progressive metal, Max Pie should spark some interest. Their new album, Odd Memories, is about to hit store shelves and digital libraries. It leans a bit to the power metal side of the spectrum. So, it is progressive metal that makes you feel good when you are done hearing it. The good thing though, is that the album is a bit more diverse than just odd time signatures and power metal, sing along choruses. Promised Land is a great example of a song that makes you want to sing with the band, and sing it in the shower at the top of your lungs, but Cyber Junkie has a lot more chunk and heavy metal riffing. Read the rest of this entry →
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 2 Jun 15
Length: 73 Minutes
Previous Albums: Walls of Jericho (1985); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988); Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991); Chameleon (1993); Master of the Rings (1994); The Time of the Oath (1996); Better Than Raw (1998); The Dark Ride (2000); Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003); Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy (2005); Gambling With The Devil (2007); 7 Sinners (2010); Straight out of Hell (2013)
Genre: Power Metal
Location: Germany Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: April 10th, 2015
Length: 51 minutes
Genre: Power/Speed metal
Studio Albums: Purple Sky EP 2012, Lancer 2013
Location: Arvika, Sweden
Recommended for fans of: Iron Maiden, Avantasia, Helloween, Edguy
Label: My Kingdom Music
Release Date: March 16th, 2015
Songs: 10 + 5 Bonus Tracks
Genre: Power Metal
Studio Albums: Quest for Glory, Razorblade God, When Lightning Strikes
Location: Milan, Italy
Posted by ChristopherMammal
As we did last month and as we intend to do every month, we’re very pleased to share some of the information posted during the month by our friends at Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Sonic Cathedral covers a wide range of female-fronted metal and rock.
Once again we’re presenting the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full review on SC’s website.
Posted in Exploring New Things
Tags: Cailyn, Cantus Lucidus, Coronatus, Crimson Blue, Eye of Providence, Gothic Art Metal, Gothic Metal, Kalidia, Kliodna, Lies' Device, melodic death metal, Melodic Metal, Neo-Classical Symphonic Progressive Rock, Power Metal, Pythia, Set Me Free, Shadows of a Broken Past, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for February, symphonic heavy metal, Symphony for a Hopeless God, The Agonist, The Angelic Performance, Voyager, Whyzdom
“It sounds like a ‘insert the same band name as the album here’ album.” In my years as a metal fan and hobbyist writer I have heard and lazily used that phrase way too often. An Amon Amarth, Primus, Slayer, Tool (one can keep dreaming right?) new album pops up, a quick sum up is requested, and that phrase gets the point across to existing fans quick enough. It can be a good thing as well as bad. Sure it says that the pedigree of quality is there but also doesn’t take into account any forward (or backward) progress in the bands unique, established sound may have undergone. Yet after listening to the newly minted release, Beyond the Red Mirror, from German heart-throbs Blind Guardian I honestly can’t think of a better way to describe it summarily. It sounds exactly like what you would expect a Blind Guardian album to sound like. Though, allow me to explore that statement just a tad deeper.
Release Date: 25 Aug 2014 Rest of the World
Length: 67 Minutes
Genre: Videogame Inspired Metal (SID Metal)
Studio Albums: This is their sixth studio album
Location: Sweden Read the rest of this entry →