Sumerlands – Dreamkiller (Review)

Sumerlands - DreamkillerThis is the second album from US heavy metallers Sumerlands.

Featuring a member of Vestal Claret, Dreamkiller contains 35 minutes of traditional heavy metal and AOR songwriting smarts. Continue reading “Sumerlands – Dreamkiller (Review)”

Blind Guardian – The God Machine (Review)

Blind Guardian - The God MachineBlind Guardian are a German power metal band and this is their twelfth album.

Blind Guardian return with a new 51-minute opus. Fans of the band will be interested to know that The God Machine doesn’t directly continue with the trajectory of their last few albums, and instead offers a compelling mix of past and present. Continue reading “Blind Guardian – The God Machine (Review)”

Leviathan – Mischief of Malcontent (Review)

Leviathan - Mischief of MalcontentThis is the eighth album form US progressive metallers Leviathan.

I first encountered Leviathan on 2014’s Beholden to Nothing, Braver Since Then. I enjoyed that record, so have made sure to catch up with the band every time they produce something new; 2018’s Can’t be Seen by Looking: Blurring the Lines, Clouding the Truth and Continue reading “Leviathan – Mischief of Malcontent (Review)”

Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2022

Putting this list together for July’s metal releases was incredibly frustrating, as there were at least nine albums that I really wanted to highlight. For the sake of brevity I’ve kept this number to just six, but hard choices had to be made! Continue reading “Monthly Overview – the Best of July 2022”

Fellowship – The Saberlight Chronicles (Review)

Fellowship - The Saberlight ChroniclesFellowship are a symphonic power metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

I love a good power metal album, but I also find I’m constantly disappointed by it, as I’m not easily pleased with the style. Not so with The Saberlight Chronicles – this is a first rate slice of the good stuff. Fun, ridiculously positive and over the top, and packed with great tunes, Fellowship have massively impressed. Continue reading “Fellowship – The Saberlight Chronicles (Review)”

Ice Howl – Darkness from Beyond (Review)

Ice Howl - Darkness from BeyondThis is the third album from Ice Howl, a heavy metal band from the US.

I enjoyed 2020’s Cadence of the Cursed, so Darkness from Beyond is well-received. Now rounded out to a duo and featuring a couple of guests, this new album seems like more collaborative affair. It’s also a bit meatier, with ten tracks and 43 minutes of material to sink your teeth into. Continue reading “Ice Howl – Darkness from Beyond (Review)”

Idol Throne – The Sibylline Age (Review)

Idol Throne - The Sibylline AgeIdol Throne are a heavy metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Combining thrash and power metal, with a touch of progressive metal, The Sybylline Age contains 61 minutes of prime metallic heft. Traditional heavy metal is augmented with thrash metal muscle, neoclassical flourishes, and power metal flair. These elements are distributed across the album to Continue reading “Idol Throne – The Sibylline Age (Review)”

Dampf – The Arrival (Review)

Dampf - The ArrivalThis is the debut album from Dampf, a metal band from Sweden.

Brought to us by dance artist E-Type, and featuring members of Bathory and Sabaton, The Arrival contains 41 minutes of metallic fun; Dampf are in the business of big guitars, danceable beats, and even bigger choruses. Continue reading “Dampf – The Arrival (Review)”

Battle Symphony – War on Earth (Review)

Battle Symphony - War on EarthThis is the debut album from Greek heavy metal band Battle Symphony.

War on Earth gives us a whopping 69 minutes of music to absorb, (including the bonus track). Described as a conceptual metal opera with a sci-fi theme, it’s the result of one man’s vision, who then brought a plethora of people together to realise it. It combines symphonic, folk, power, and classical styles into a meaty heavy metal feast, and contains contributions from Continue reading “Battle Symphony – War on Earth (Review)”

Gwendydd – Censored (Review)

Gwendydd - CensoredThis is the second album from Bulgarian metallers Gwendydd.

Blending aspects of melodic death metal, nu-metal, industrial, and metalcore into 32 minutes of charismatic metal, Gwendydd have produced an enjoyable album in Censored. Continue reading “Gwendydd – Censored (Review)”