Aversed – Impermanent (Review)

Aversed - ImpermanentThis is the debut album from US metal band Aversed.

Containing 57 minutes of material, the album’s style is one that takes melodic death metal as a base, and then builds on this with elements of progressive metal, melodic black metal, melodic thrash metal, and orchestral power metal. The end result is Continue reading “Aversed – Impermanent (Review)”

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)

Iotunn - Access All WorldsIotunn are a progressive metal band from Denmark, and this is their debut album.

Full disclosure – when I saw that this band is fronted by the singer of Barren Earth and Hamferð, I got quite excited and it immediately made me hungry to listen to their album. The man has one of my favourite voices in metal, and on Access All Worlds, he puts it to damn fine use. Continue reading “Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Review)”

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 “Therion – Leviathan (Review)”

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

Jaded Star – Realign (Review)

Jaded Star - RealignJaded Star are based in Greece and play melodic heavy metal. This is their second album.

Jaded Star play a mix of melodic heavy metal and power metal, and they do this very well. Realign is the follow up to 2015’s Memories from the Future, which I enjoyed as a particularly good example of the style. Continue reading “Jaded Star – Realign (Review)”

Judicator – Let There Be Nothing (Review)

Judicator - Let There Be NothingJudicator are a power metal band from the US and this is their fifth album.

Let There Be Nothing is a 60-minute concept album, one that’s epic on scope and ambition. Will this be 2020’s best power metal release? Well, it’s certainly the best one I’ve heard so far, for whatever that’s worth. Continue reading “Judicator – Let There Be Nothing (Review)”

Battle Born – Battle Born (Review)

Battle Born - Battle BornBattle Born are a UK power metal band and this is their debut EP.

Boasting cover art that just screams TRVE METAL at the top of its lungs, Battle Born take their first confident steps into…battle, (ahem), with this 24-minute EP. Continue reading “Battle Born – Battle Born (Review)”

Ice Howl – Cadence of the Cursed (Review)

Ice Howl - Cadence of the CursedThis is the second album from US one-man metal band Ice Howl.

The artist behind Ice Howl gives us 34 minutes of pure metal joy on Cadence of the Cursed. Blending together elements of stoner, doom, heavy, and power metal, these seven songs pack quite the metallic punch. Continue reading “Ice Howl – Cadence of the Cursed (Review)”

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Review)

Twilight Force - Dawn of the DragonstarTwilight Force are a power metal band from Sweden and this is their third album.

This is epic, symphonic power metal, the type that makes no apologies for its extravagance and sumptuous presence. These Euro-metal hymns are enhanced with all manner of additional instruments and symphonic keyboards. It’s the kind of music that embraces all of the clichés about this sort of thing, and does so willingly and with passion. Continue reading “Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Review)”

Northtale – Welcome to Paradise (Review)

Northtale - Welcome to ParadiseNorthtale are a power metal band and this is their debut album.

Formed by musicians with a lot of experience in the metal arena, they have given us 53 minutes of infectious and well-delivered power metal. Continue reading “Northtale – Welcome to Paradise (Review)”