When I first heard Renatus, I was simultaneously blown away, while also a bit nervous about whether or not Dynazty could top that, or even match it. While their previous two releases didn’t quite reach those same heights, they were still excellent, and now with The Dark Delight, the band has delivered another masterpiece, with some of their absolute best songs to date. Fans of the band are almost guaranteed to be pleased with this release, while anyone looking for some excellent melodic metal with a mix of heavy guitar work, excellent use of trance keys, slight power metal elements and a spectacular vocal performance, is highly recommended to give this a listen, as I don’t see any similar bands putting out a better album than this any time soon!
Whenever I see the name “Meteora”, the first thing I think of is the second Linkin Park album, which I was always a fan of at the time, and still enjoy to this day. However, that name is now being used by a promising, up and coming symphonic power metal band from Hungary, who have recently released their second full-length album, Tragedy of Delusion. After hearing the album several times, I can say I am quite impressed. While the band certainly has some room for improvement, they already have their sound, which works quite well for them, and I think many fans of the genre are sure to be pleased with this album.
Swiss Heavy Metal group Burning Witches are back with their third studio release “Dance With The Devil”. The female quintet has been established as a team of highly talented musicians with their self-titled debut album and “Hexenhammer” of 2018. These ladies have shown they can compose solid old school metal songs inspired by legendary bands of the genre, but on the other hand, they have managed to keep some musical individuality.
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the English band My Dying Bride, defined as one of the doom metal masters, together with Paradise Lost and Anathema. The group has released thirteen studio albums in their long successful career. Even though everything has been put on hold due to very serious adversities, the British sextet has managed to return back to action with their fourteenth effort “The Ghost Of Orion” through label Nuclear Blast Records.
Time Will Tell by Rekuiem quickly became an album I have to add to my collection. There was something about it that I connected with from the first listen and stuck with me long after the most recent spin. This is just a damn fine Metal album, meat and potatoes music that you can just sit back and listen to for the sheer enjoyment of it. I’d love to hear even more from Rekuiem if it’s half as good as this offering.
During this crazy pandemic we’re experiencing right now around the globe it’s the right time for some more kick ass, feel good music. One Desire has returned to the forefront of melodic music, kicking the sophomore curse right in the face, proving the level of skill they have for writing some amazing songs. Midnight Empire takes what they started with the s/t debut and took it to the next level. This is a top contender for Album of the Year for me.
I love it when a good band gets even better. Khymera has shown immense growth and development from its beginnings. Master of Illusion is an album they should be proud of. Perhaps this is the album where the project becomes a band? There are so many outstanding moments on this one, and the chemistry is clear from the performances.
With the exception of the laidback “Reach For The Sun,” DeadRisen’s s/t debut is an amazing slab of Metal. Heavy and melodic with a powerhouse singer, a truly gifted guitarist, and a rhythm section featuring bass whiz Mike LePond and drummer Dan Pretup, along with keyboards by Tony Stahl, this is a very promising band that could very well have a prolific career ahead of them. Out of the band, LePond has the highest profile, but I hope that his SyX duties won’t prevent him from sticking this one out. If they can make a debut this strong, who knows what greatness the future holds for them.
As a Jorn Lande fan, I was skeptical going in, but as an Allen and Olzon fan, I knew that the project wouldn’t suffer.; it would just be a different animal that requires no comparison of the two. Worlds Apart is a great album and the perfect showcase for the singers and the skills of Magnus Karlsson. I think if people give this one a fair shake, they will be pleasantly surprised.