I was lucky enough to catch Midnight on tour last year with Abbath, and they put on an excellent show. It was fun and raucous, summoning up visuals of The Mentors and the sounds of Motorhead and Venom sodomizing punk rock. Rebirth By Blasphemy is an album I see myself returning to many times this year and is already a standout for me this early on
There are so many reasons why I am a fan of this project. It’s a powerful trio of some extremely talented guys. Deen Castronovo pounding the skins and laying down some stunning vocals, not hiding similarities to the mighty Steve Perry whose songs Deen performed for many years as a member of Journey
Serious Black is back and has unleashed a fantastic album in Suite 226. A tougher Serious Black is just as good as the happy. With the combined musical skills of each member and a great set of songs, it’s no wonder this album is so good. This is a strong start for the year. I’ll be curious to see where this one stands by the end of it.
Overall, I find Viridian to be a slight disappointment, as it ends the band’s trend of getting better with each release, and instead ends up falling a bit short, but it’s still yet another great release, with plenty of extremely catchy choruses, great instrumental work and some truly outstanding vocals and vocal melodies, as always.
Webster Hall was the scene of a somewhat juxtaposed metal sounds this evening. From the straight-ahead raw style of Starkill to the melodic synth and composition based sounds of Epica, the night had a little something for everyone.
After how great their previous release was, I was excited to hear what Darktribe would put out next, and for the most part, Voici L’Homme has lived up to my expectations. While it isn’t quite as strong a release as The Modern Age, it’s still a consistently entertaining album, which continues with what worked before, while continuing to add in more progressive elements. Fans of the previous release should be pleased, while power metal fans looking for something that can be heavy at times, while also being a bit restrained, a bit more progressive and a bit less cheesy than the genre standards, would be highly recommended to give this album a listen.
Aside from that slightly anticlimactic ending, Space Ninjas From Hell is another triumph for Victorius, as it’s possibly their best, most consistently entertaining and delightfully cheesy release to date, with some of their tightest, most energetic songwriting so far.
This is an amazing album, though for me, if I heard a few more Power house songs, it would have for sure been a 10/10. But, I believe this is an album is perfect coming forth, first step, into the solo artist scene! This is an album that any Power Metal lover will want to get their hands on! Hopefully we might see a tour coming from the group in the future!
An amazing live album, a refresh back to the group’s old roots with some new blood, and it was done AMAZINGLY! Please go check out the album for yourself, and see when the group is coming near you! One thing I have found out is they really give 100,000% at their shows, and cannot wait to be back in front of their sonic cannon of sound!