Suasion – The Infinite (Review)

Suasion - The InfiniteSuasion are a Belgian modern metal band this is their second album.

Suasion’s music is a modern brand of metal that has electronic, ambient, and orchestral enhancements, alongside influences from metalcore, alternative metal, progressive rock, djent, pop, and industrial. A lot has gone into the making of The Infinite, and the band’s ambition is well-realised. Continue reading “Suasion – The Infinite (Review)”

Mare Infinitum – Cryosleep (Review)

Mare Infinitum - CryosleepThis is the third album from Russian doom metal band Mare Infinitum.

Cryosleep contains 47 minutes of epic symphonic doom metal, although these simple words don’t really do the music here sufficient justice. Mare Infinitum’s style takes a base of death/doom and then builds on this with lavish orchestration and operatic depth. Continue reading “Mare Infinitum – Cryosleep (Review)”

Inhuman – Inhuman (Review)

Inhuman - InhumanInhuman are a Belgian symphonic metal band and this is their debut album.

Inhuman mix together symphonic metal’s epic flamboyance with death metal’s bark and bite. The end result is an album that’s heavier and more aggressive than the norm for many bands who play in this arena, and all the better for it. Continue reading “Inhuman – Inhuman (Review)”

Oceans of Slumber – The Banished Heart (Review)

Oceans of SlumberOceans of Slumber are a progressive metal band from the US and this is their third album.

I have only the briefest of familiarity with¬†Oceans of Slumber, based on seeing just part of their set at the 2016 Damnation Festival. They impressed me, so it’s great to finally be able to properly listen to and absorb some of their recorded material. Continue reading “Oceans of Slumber – The Banished Heart (Review)”

Xandria – Theater of Dimensions (Review)

XandriaXandria are a symphonic metal band from Germany. This is their seventh album.

This is grand, orchestral, operatic metal with lofty ambitions and high aims. It’s been a while since I’ve caught up with Xandria, and it seems they’re hungrier than ever for big things. Continue reading “Xandria – Theater of Dimensions (Review)”