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Skelator – Cyber Metal (Gates of Hell)

I thought it had been 9 years since I bought a release by this US band, in fact it was a touch sooner as they had a split release with Substratum in more recent times. If you need to categorise… Continue Reading →

Majestica – Above The Sky (Nuclear Blast)

A Symphonic Power Metal band…from Sweden…on Nuclear Blast…called Majestica? And right now the readership has split straight into two camps – the first who read that and went “Oh bloody hell, I know exactly what THAT will be like” and… Continue Reading →

Emerald – Restless Souls (Rock Of Angels)

On the surface, Emerald appear to be one of those underground, grafting European Heavy/Power Metal bands that either (1) do a couple of decent albums and vanish, (2) release a few independent ones and keep going for years or (3)… Continue Reading →

Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Gates of Hell)

Italian “epic” heavy metal, actually on their debut full length album, and having checked my collection, yes it is true. The name Vultures Vengeance has been a part of the underground for 10 years or so, although I am going… Continue Reading →

Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring (Cruz Del Sur)

Canadian epic doom/US power metal at it modern finest is how I would best describe Smoulder. This is a band I once again discovered trawling through an online music platform.  It’s no doubt that their influence comes from Solitude Aeturnus,… Continue Reading →

Steel Prophet – The God Machine (Rock Of Angels)

If you are a Steel Prophet fan that yearned for the day when they would sound just a little more like Mystic Prophecy then guess what you lucky, lucky person you, cos it’s your lucky day! In a real hands-across-the-ocean… Continue Reading →

Kamelot, Evergrey, Visions of Atlantis – Manchester Club Academy 21/3/19

Tonight is a power metal fans dream come true, Kamelot, a massive enterprise in the aforementioned sub-genre, are rolling into Manchester, and tonight is just one of three dates of the UK leg of their current tour, and with a… Continue Reading →

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Nuclear Blast Records)

I love Battle Beast, their albums, live shows, attitude and all round approach to writing catchy heavy metal songs but I definitely struggled to engage with this fifth album. There is absolutely nothing wrong or weird about the album, every… Continue Reading →

Bloodbound – Rise Of The Dragon Empire (AFM)

It’s simple really. Do you like Melodic Power Metal? Do you like that Melodic Power Metal to have bombastic Symphonic arrangements? And big, memorable choruses? Do you…like Dragons…? Do you? Do you really? Then you will love Bloodbound! Previous album… Continue Reading →

Iron Savior – Kill Or Get Killed (AFM Records)

If you know your power metal then you obviously know the Hamburg outfit Iron Savior, whose prolific release rate is matched only by their ability to record heads down purist metal albums. Over their twenty year history the band has… Continue Reading →

Iron Fire – Beyond The Void (Crime Records)

Danish Power Metallers Iron Fire present their ninth album “Beyond The Void”. Anyone who has heard the band (whether a fan or not) at any point in their nearly 20 year career will know that you can dip into any… Continue Reading →

Rhapsody Of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (AFM)

So the Italian cinematic power metal maestros are back with their 11th album, some three years after the awesome “Into The Legend” release. I am discounting the “Legendary Years” album as a full length because it is a re-recorded compilation,… Continue Reading →

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