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Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy Of The Dark Lands (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s face it – it had to happen! I’m just amazed it took so long. From the moment I heard the orchestral version of ‘Theatre Of Pain’ as a bonus track on Blind Guardian’s fantastic “Somewhere Far Beyond” album way… Continue Reading →

Anneke van Giersbergen with Residentie Orkest The Hague – Symphonized (Inside Out)

Anneke van Giersbergen is something of an enigma having constantly evolved her style over the years amassing an impressive back catalogue of work during her tenures with The Gathering, Agua de Annique, The Gentle Storm, Vuur and of course her… Continue Reading →

SepticFlesh – Codex Omega (Season of Mist)

The problem with reviewing a new SepticFlesh album is expectation and having to pick it apart. As in, I have to be objective and meticulous and point out what could’ve been done to make things better. For example, is the… Continue Reading →

Les Chants Du Hasard – S/T (I, Voidhanger Records)

It has been an extremely long time since I’ve actively enjoyed listening to an album that contains no guitars, bass or drums. So long, in fact I cannot actually remember when it was. Well Hazard has changed that all on… Continue Reading →

Abyssic – A Winter’s Tale (Osmose)

After seriously enjoying some recent epic masterworks from Monolithe and other entities from the more ambitious end of the doom death and funeral doom fraternity, I was keen to get my decimated ear drums around this debut from Norway’s Abyssic…. Continue Reading →

Rise of Avernus – Dramatis Personae (Code666)

“Ok guys, we’ve got 29 minutes to create a good impression – so let’s get to work,’ I imagine Rise of Avernus saying to each other with eager glances as they headed into the studio for the recording of their… Continue Reading →

SepticFlesh – Titan (Season of Mist)

It’s a rare occurrence that I don’t want to review an album. But not for the reason you may think. In this instance it’s pure selfishness. If I don’t review this, then no-one else gets to read about it and… Continue Reading →

Narjarhanam – Wa Ma Khufiya Kana A’atham (Haarbn)

Well observed if you guessed correctly that this is a disc from somewhere other than an English speaking country. It’s great getting albums from far flung places that you would not expect anything metal related to derive from, even more… Continue Reading →

Leaves’ Eyes – Symphonies Of The Night (Napalm)

So the symphonic metal delights of Leaves’ Eyes are once again upon us with this their fifth album combining practically everything that has been unleashed before and enhancing all the components to write and record an album that focuses centrally… Continue Reading →

Stormlord – Hesperia (Trollzorn)

I used to play Stormlord’s 2004 album “The Gorgon Cult” a lot. For me it rode a little on the back of Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal style but instead of having the ultra dark and satanic edge, this was… Continue Reading →

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast)

The fact is, there is no-one quite like Fleshgod Apocalypse. This creative bunch of Italian maniacs have successfully created `symphonic brutal death metal’. Chances are, many a spotty teen has dreamt of such a grandiose idea since the inception and… Continue Reading →

Shade Empire – Omega Arcane (Candlelight)

Apart from picking the cream of home grown talent who most countries outside the UK at first see the name and think “who,” Candlelight do a good job of pulling bands that are a bit on the obscure side from… Continue Reading →

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