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Posts tagged "Symphonic Metal"
Dark Sarah - The Golden Moth (Inner Wound)

Dark Sarah – The Golden Moth (Inner Wound)

It’s no secret to anyone who has read some of my reviews on Ave Noctum that I have a bit of a dislike of “Disney-style” ballads within the Symphonic/Melodic Metal genre…so why on earth did I volunteer to review an album of “Cinematic Symphonic Metal”?.. Read More
Pentarium –  Zwischenwelt (Boersma Records)

Pentarium – Zwischenwelt (Boersma Records)

Translating to “The Inbetween World”, Zwischenwelt is a slice of Lovecraftian inspired Melodic Death Metal mixed in with some elements of modern metal and plenty of symphonic grandeur. With inspiration from the darkest depths and unfathomable, primordial forces which the human mind cannot comprehend, Pentarium.. Read More
Epica - Epica Vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast)

Epica – Epica Vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast)

That old saying, a tale of two halves, couldn’t be more appropriate than with Epica’s latest offering ‘Epica Vs Attack On Titan’. The foundations to the album are constructed of ultimately 4 songs, but duplicated between the 1st half being a full out symphonic attack,.. Read More
Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Russian Symphonic Melodic Metal band Estate have had a bit of a re-assess in the past 4 years. “Fantasia” was a more than credible Symphonic/Melodic/Power Metal debut, relying as it did on good tunes and memorable melodies, but possibly lacking that final kick, that slap.. Read More
Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse (Mighty Music)

Asphodelia – Welcome Apocalypse (Mighty Music)

This work of dark symphonic metal is Italian band Asphodelia’s first full album release. This surprised me as I heard the opening title track. Confident and powerful to the core, the build up is both symphonic and epic. There’s a power metal reverb, and a.. Read More
Ayreon Universe - Best Of Ayreon – Live (Mascot)

Ayreon Universe – Best Of Ayreon – Live (Mascot)

If someone as musically innovative and fan-friendly as Arjen Lucassen is approached to release a ‘Best Of’, it’s pretty fair bet he will find a way to do it differently, in a way that treats his fans to something new. Two years in the planning,.. Read More
Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Like Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Christofer Johnsson, French maestro Pierre Le Pape surrounds himself with a cast of many and goes down the symphonic rock opera route with various singers from both the sort of bands that you might well associate with the genre along.. Read More
Eleine - Until The End (Black Lodge)

Eleine – Until The End (Black Lodge)

Sweden’s very own ‘Eleine’ are ready to unleash their symphonic, grandiose, 11 track album onto us, following on from the debut self-titled album in 2015. The band have released various singles in their life since their inception in 2011, and they seem to be growing.. Read More
Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

I’ll firstly state here and now that I am a complete and utter fan boy of Therion and have been since the first album released in 1991. I missed the demo years and have tried to buy them but with little success, but even on.. Read More
Interview - Summoning

Interview – Summoning

We recently conducted a survey to discover where extreme metal musicians liked to go on holiday. We found that those of a death metal persuasion favoured places such as Innsmouth and Dunwich; unfortunately many are never seen again. As far as your average black-packer is.. Read More
Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead (AFM Records)

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead (AFM Records)

So it finally arrives, the new album by symphonic metallers Leaves’ Eyes, prior to which we got an indication as to the future direction the band would take with the release of the “Fires In The North” EP released in late 2016. Like all Leaves’.. Read More
Meden Agan – Catharsis (No Remorse)

Meden Agan – Catharsis (No Remorse)

“Catharsis” is the fourth outing for Greek Symphonic Metallers Meden Agan, who continue to make further in-roads into the imposing territory occupied by bands like Epica, Xandria and Nightwish (by pure coincidence, and in-keeping with Symphonic Metal history, it has a bit in common with.. Read More