Therion – Leviathan (Review)

Therion - LeviathanTherion are a Swedish symphonic/operatic metal band and this is their seventeenth album.

Where do you go after a three-hour metal opera marathon such as 2018’s Beloved Antichrist? Well, in Therion’s case, you condense, you prioritise arena-friendly catchiness, and you produce 46 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable material. Continue reading

Ruins of Elysium – Amphitrite: Ancient Sanctuary in the Sea (Review)

Ruins of Elysium - Amphitrite Ancient Sanctuary in the SeaRuins of Elysium are an international symphonic metal band and this is their second album.

Containing 73 minutes of symphonic power metal, Amphitrite: Ancient Sanctuary in the Sea is an epic work that covers a range of different aspects of power and heavy metal, all lusciously prepared with a rich symphonic and operatic coating. Continue reading

Demoniac – So It Goes (Review)

Demoniac - So It GoesThis is the second album from thrash metal band Demoniac, from Chile.

The core of what Demoniac do on So It Goes is razor-sharp hyper-aggressive thrash metal. Bursting with jagged riffs, pierced with molten leads and solos, and crowned with barbed vocals, it’s clear that Demoniac know a thing or two about this sort of music. Continue reading

Leviathan – Words Waging War (Review)

Leviathan - Words Waging WarThis is the seventh album form US progressive metallers Leviathan.

Having enjoyed 2014’s Beholden to Nothing, Braver Since Then and 2018’s Can’t Be Seen by Looking: Blurring the Lines, Clouding the Truth, I was looking forward to this. Now that it’s here, Words Waging War provides 68 minutes of progressive metal that’s well-written and well-performed. Continue reading

Intervals – Circadian (Review)

Intervals - CircadianIntervals are a Canadian progressive metal band and this is their fourth album.

Following on from 2017’s The Way Forward, Circadian delivers high quality modern progressive metal. This is essentially a solo album, only with guests and session musicians. It’s an instrumental release, which is a style I normally shy away from, but Intervals is Continue reading

Countless Skies – Glow (Review)

Countless Skies - GlowThis is the second album from Countless Skies, a melodic/progressive metal band from the UK.

Glow contains 46 minutes of Scandinavian-influenced melodic death metal that has been merged with a progressive metal approach, which has resulted in a high-quality album being produced. Think of a charismatic mixture of Devin Townsend, Wilderun, Insomnium, Amorphis, Opeth, etc. Continue reading