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DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal (earMUSIC)

Some artists have such big impacts with a certain album or song that it is almost impossible for them to attain the same sort of success ever again. Truth be told this trait isn’t all that uncommon, some examples I… Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s get this out of the way now. Sonata Arctica’s brand of melodic metal is not for everyone. If Cannibal Corpse are Last House on the Left and Eaten Alive then these jovial Finns are the Princess Bride and Labyrinth… Continue Reading →

Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divinator (AFM)

It has always surprised me that there aren’t more Folk Power Metal bands – the two styles seem to fit together so well. I guess you could argue that many Power Metal bands over the years have had elements of… Continue Reading →

Twilight Force – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Nuclear Blast)

It’s possible, within in the grand Metal scheme of things, it strikes me that there is no such thing as a one hundred percent serious Symphonic Power Metal Band. They are 100% committed, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about… Continue Reading →

Sellsword – Unto The Breach (S/R)

Well if Andy Barker can do a black metal review, I can do a power metal review. Especially when it’s the Jorvik miscreant mercenary troop known as Sellsword. If you don’t know their name, then come close and listen. They… Continue Reading →

Sabaton – The Great War (Nuclear Blast)

War! What is it good for? A huge amount of subject matter for lyrical content apparently. Not just in Metal either. Something as world consuming as warfare can’t be ignored by anyone and a whole swath of musicians over the… Continue Reading →

Northtale – Welcome To Paradise (Nuclear Blast)

OK, so as this is the band’s debut, maybe I should just mention how Northtale (NorthTale or North Tale whichever you prefer) came to be. U.D.O. guitarist Bill Hudson decided upon his departure from that band that what he really… Continue Reading →

TraumeR – History (Rock Of Angels)

Yep, not a typing error, the band appear to like their name written with a capital R on the end, so as I did with BattleroaR last year, I shall humour them and carry on the tradition. TraumeR (see, told… Continue Reading →

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 →

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