One of the things I like about Epica is that although they play Symphonic metal with luscious female vocals, early on in their career they managed to carve out their own path and identity in this well-worn genre. Continue reading
Scardust play sumptuous symphonic metal with some progressive elements added in to enhance proceedings.
Usually I find a lot of this kind of thing very generic and I usually lose interest quickly, but bloody Hell Scardust are an exception to this. Sands of Time is a very professional, accomplished, and well-realised release, with both catchy appeal and memorable depth. Continue reading
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
Normally a solo project, the main-man-behind-the-band has been joined by others on this release, helping to flesh out his sound even further than previously. Continue reading
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
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
I’ve developed quite a fondness for Infinight over the years, starting with their hugely enjoyable 2013 EP The Vision, and culminating in their mighty third album Apex Predator, which even made it onto my end of year best of list for 2015. Continue reading
A new Iced Earth album is always an event. After being around for almost 30 years at this point, this is a band that know what they’re doing. Continue reading
Dragonforce are back doing what they do best – fast, bright, insanely well-played and intricate power metal. Yep, fans of the band should pretty much know what to expect at this stage in the game. Continue reading
This is quite a varied release that essentially boils down to about 40 minutes of epic extreme metal.
The music takes Continue reading