Your No. 1 Source For Extreme And Atmospheric Music And Film.

Posts tagged "Symphonic Metal"
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
Almanac – Kingslayer (Nuclear Blast)

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 be done), and this time.. Read More
Xandria, Metaprism, Aonia -  Sheffield Local Authority  18/11/17

Xandria, Metaprism, Aonia – Sheffield Local Authority 18/11/17

It’s fair to say that it has been a tumultuous few months for Xandria, and all credit must go to the band that this tour even went ahead with front woman Dianne van Giersbergen having announced that she was leaving the band towards the end.. Read More
Angel Nation - Aeon (Inner Wounds Recordings)

Angel Nation – Aeon (Inner Wounds Recordings)

A while ago I found myself enjoying an album called ‘Tears of Lust’ by a little known band called EnkeliNation, and this opinion was later reinforced by strong showings at the Bloodstock and Dames of Darkness festivals. Fast forward to 2016, and founder member and.. Read More