Starsoup – Castles of Sand (Review)

StarsoupThis is the second album from Russian progressive rock band Starsoup.

Starsoup’s 2013 debut album Bazaar of Wonders was a wonderfully diverse and eclectic collection of progressive rock/metal that has become a firm favourite of mine. As such, I was excited to see that they now have a brand new album out for me to enjoy and get to know. Continue reading

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Ram – Rod (Review)

RamThis is the fifth album from Swedish heavy metallers Ram.

I loved 2015’s Svbversvm. It was just such a good record. Well-written, well-recorded, and delivered with a classic flair for songwriting, it’s one of my favourite heavy metal releases of recent years. Continue reading

Inconcessus Lux Lucis – The Crowning Quietus (Review)

Inconcessus Lux LucisHailing from the UK, this is the second album from black metallers Inconcessus Lux Lucis.

I love a bit of occult black metal, and Inconcessus Lux Lucis’ material hits the spot nicely. Here’s a band that draw in some heavy and thrash metal influences into their blackened sound, and seem extra-blessed by the dark powers because of this. Continue reading

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact (Review)

Lucifer's ChaliceLucifer’s Chalice are a heavy metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

Featuring members and ex-members of bands such as Uncoffined and Horrified, this is a somewhat different proposition. Lucifer’s Chalice play a mix of classic heavy metal and traditional doom metal, with epic-length songs and strong vibes of days gone past. Continue reading

Sons of Crom – The Black Tower (Review)

Sons of CromSons of Crom are a Swedish blackened heavy metal band and this is their second album.

Sons of Crom’s debut album Riddle of Steel was extremely impressive and enjoyable, making its way into my end of year best of list for 2014. Rich and diverse, it really was a stunner that has easily stood the test of time thus far. Continue reading

Edguy – Monuments (Review)

EdguyEdguy are a long-running power/heavy metal band from Germany and this is a 25-year anniversary compilation album, (plus some other things).

Edguy are one of those bands that, for some reason, I’ve never actually heard before this release, despite being aware of them pretty much since they released their first album in 1995. I don’t normally review, (or listen to), Continue reading

Wingless – The Blaze Within (Review)

WinglessWingless are a Polish metal band and this is their second album.

So strongly do I associate Poland with death metal, than upon seeing the album cover of The Blaze Within I immediately jumped to that conclusion with Wingless. Well, you know what they say about books and their covers… Continue reading