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Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed (Agonia)

American Metal band Halcyon Way have been defying categorization and side-stepping musical labels for over 10 years now and this 4th full-length offering continues to challenge critic’s carefully laid out boundaries. If Metal genres were neat wooden fences, Halcyon Way… Continue Reading →

Almanac – Kingslayer (Nuclear Blast)

Like a ruthless assassin pursuing it’s royal folly (it’s a relevant analogy, you’ll see…), Viktor Smolski’s Almanac release “Kingslayer” just one year after 2016’s highly regarded debut “Tsar”. Last year’s album was a good tsarting point (it just had to… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Eden’s Curse – Cardinal (AFM)

Cards on the table – I’ve never really been a particular fan of Eden’s Curse. There’s just so many albums to hear every year that I was of the opinion I’d investigated their first two but the just weren’t my… Continue Reading →

Avatarium – The Girl With The Raven Mask (Nuclear Blast)

It’s the second full-length outing for Swedish Dark/Doom/Heavy Metallers Avatarium, the band that features guitarist Marcus Jidell (ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt, The Ring etc.), his missus Jennie-Ann Smith doing a sterling job on Vocals, bassist Lief Edling (Mr. Candlemass etc.), Carl… Continue Reading →

Crossnail – Sands Of Time (Nightmare Records)

It’s not easy reviewing a two track, especially when one of those two tracks is a cover and the other features a guest vocalist! But that’s what I got, and that’s what I gotta do. Crossnail used to be known… Continue Reading →

Knight Area – Hyperdrive (Lasers Edge)

The strangely named Knight Area (makes me think of a seedy Chess Piece only Night Club, with designated regions – Bishops huddled together in one corner, Rooks in another plotting their downfall, and in a dimly lit area that’s just… Continue Reading →

Ring Of Fire – Battle Of Leningrad (Frontiers)

Whatever genre tag you want to give them (Neo-classical Symphonic Melodic Progressive Power Metal was one I particularly liked…), you can’t argue with the talent in the ranks of Ring Of Fire; Tony MacAlpine – Guitars – Planet X, Seven… Continue Reading →

Iron Mask – Fifth Son Of Winterdoom (AFM)

The Press Release states Iron Mask are a Neo-Classical Power Metal band. If said press release hadn’t claimed this, then I wouldn’t have spent the whole of the first track thinking that someone had played a cruel trick and substituted… Continue Reading →

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