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The Chant – Approacher (Lifeforce)

The Chant – Approacher (Lifeforce)

We’ve got some gothic-tinged dark melancholic atmospheric rock/metal on our hands here from where else than Finland. As I’ve mentioned before, the pedigree Scandinavia has for the dark and slightly morose is plentiful, as we are all aware, and The Chant are out to add.. Read More
Unleash The Archers – Apex (Napalm)

Unleash The Archers – Apex (Napalm)

Still resolutely having nothing to do with peach schnapps or BBC Radio 4, Canadian Metallers Unleash The Archers unleash (obviously…) their much anticipated fourth album. Ready to pound and plunder in equal measure, the band continue to straddle Metal territory somewhere between Battle Beast and.. Read More
Wind Rose – Stonehymn (Inner Wound)

Wind Rose – Stonehymn (Inner Wound)

When you see the cover, clock the image of the band and hear the intro you just know you’re in for a hefty slab of mighty Viking Metal from…errr…Italy. OK, well Italy isn’t hugely known for it’s Viking Metal (I guess it should be Roman.. Read More
Thalamus - Hiding From Daylight (Vicisolum)

Thalamus – Hiding From Daylight (Vicisolum)

Swedish Metallers Thalamus return with thunder in their soul after a 4 year hiatus, rejuvenated and with a desire to capture the energy and fire they had on their debut with this their 4th release. Their dark, deep, down and intense Metal credentials have never.. Read More
Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Jeez Leif – take a break man! I’ve only just reviewed Candlemass (and the rest…) bassist Leif Edling’s impressive Doomsday Project album earlier this year and here’s a new Avatarium album vying for attention. I’m sure right now he’s working on some new Candlemass stuff,.. Read More
Ari Lehman's First Jason - To Be A Monster (Eternal Sound Records)

Ari Lehman’s First Jason – To Be A Monster (Eternal Sound Records)

The band name is a bit of a giveaway, but it’s not a bad claim to fame is it? Ari Lehman was indeed the guy who played Jason in the first chapter of the classic Friday The 13th cult horror movies. And after the relative.. Read More
The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic (Nuclear Blast)

The Night Flight Orchestra – Amber Galactic (Nuclear Blast)

Although this is the band’s third album, I understand it’s their first for Nuclear Blast, so there may be plenty of people unaware of exactly who is in this project – so who the hell are they? OK, so you’ve got Björn “Speed” Strid (mainly.. Read More
The Thirteenth Sun – Stardust (Aural Music)

The Thirteenth Sun – Stardust (Aural Music)

Just to call a band Progressive Metal poses further questions nowadays. Many years ago it was easy, it used to be that you would see the term and just think Dream Theater and that’s an end to it, but it’s a badge that thanks to.. Read More
Seven Kingdoms – Decennium (Napalm)

Seven Kingdoms – Decennium (Napalm)

Formed back in 2007, this is actually Seven Kingdoms’ 4th full length album and their third with the stable line-up fronted by vocalist Sabrina Valentine. This is the band’s first release on Napalm – the band used Kickstarter to raise $23000 to record it –.. Read More
Oversense - The Storyteller (S/R)

Oversense – The Storyteller (S/R)

Oversense. It’s a non-committal, less-than-obvious name isn’t it? It gives away nothing about the style of the album to follow. And to dub Oversense merely as Melodic Heavy Metal is also painting them into a corner that they will come out fighting from with teeth.. Read More
Pyramaze – Contingent (Inner Wound)

Pyramaze – Contingent (Inner Wound)

I’ve followed Pyramaze since their debut album back in 2004 and I must admit I feared the worst a few years back, but with this album (their second in three years) it looks like they are back to top form and there’s no stopping them.. Read More
Wolfpakk - Wolves Reign (AFM)

Wolfpakk – Wolves Reign (AFM)

Wolfpakk are a melodic metal band formed by the hugely talented Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney who invite guest vocalists to join them on their expertly crafted albums. This is their fourth and the third one in a row that I have had the pleasure.. Read More