Album Reviews

Dead City Ruins – Shockwave Review

In the end, Dead City Ruins just oozes with groove and feel, attitude and thunder. A big display of patented Hard Rock with enough diveristy in its core to hook you from the beginning. Other than a couple of average tracks midway through, the Aussie crew proves they are possible contenders for one of the new Fresh Faces of the Hard Rock Scene. One you will most definitely have to add to the checkout list of outstanding releases this year. Knock it back to your bag of Rocking goodies!!!

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Fallen Sanctuary – Terranova Review

I was curious to see exactly what kind of sound Fallen Sanctuary would go for since Serenity has a fairly traditional symphonic power metal sound, which has evolved somewhat over the years, but generally stayed close to a classic Euro power metal sound, while Temperance has more of a modern melodic metal style, with some power metal elements, so I was curious to see whether this new band would lean more towards one style or another

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Anvil – Impact Is Imminent Review

I’m going to do something I vowed when I started doing that I wouldn’t do. I’ve got to lower the boom. We all have a friend in our lives that’s well-intentioned, they try real hard and want to make something of themselves at that one thing that is their dream, but for whatever reason, they just can’t seem to get there, and it mostly has to do with the fact that, despite having some of the skills necessary to do what they want to do, ultimately they miss the mark too many times to make it happen. Anvil, we need to talk.

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Burning Point – Arsonist of the Soul Review

Overall, Arsonist of the Soul is a very fun, high energy power metal album with consistently impressive songwriting and performances throughout, to help make it my favorite Burning Point album to date. New singer Luca Sturniolo shows great promise overall, and while I think he has some room to improve, he fits the band’s sound very nice, and I think in the future he could prove to be the perfect fit for the band. As is, this album is a very easy recommendation for any power metal fan looking for some mostly classic sounding Euro power metal, with a few modern touches here and there.

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Manimal – Armageddon Review

There are some albums where after hearing them multiple times, I’ll continuously go back to revisit either one particular track or a sequence of tracks, and be left thinking to myself how much more I’d like the entire album if everything else could reach that same level. This happened to me with Purgatorio, the previous release by Swedish heavy/power metal band Manimal, with its super strong opening track “Black Plague” in particular bowling me over, and while the rest of that album was solid, the second half largely lost my attention and left me wishing I enjoyed it even half as much as the first few tracks. When I saw the band getting ready to release their next album, I was hoping they could release an album where everything impressed me, but suffice to say, their fourth and latest full length album, Armageddon, has given me the same feeling as its immediate predecessor.

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Brainstorm – Wall of Skulls Review

At this point, there’s no need to go into detail on how recent world events have affected the music industry, but suffice to say, pretty much any band in the world has had to adjust in some way or another. It can be especially hard for a band who seemed to be gaining momentum in a big way in recent years, such as German power metal band Brainstorm, coming off possibly their most successful and well-regarded album to date in Midnight Ghost.

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Arion – Vultures Die Alone Review

My issues with Vultures Die Alone are largely subjective, so anyone who enjoys Lassi Vääränen’s voice will most likely have a better time with the album than I did. On a purely musical level, I’d say it’s about on with Arion’s previous releases…

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Orden Ogan – Final Days Review

After being a bit disappointed with their previous album, I didn’t have the highest of expectations for Orden Ogan, but they have managed to blow me away and fully win me back with Final Days.

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Evergrey – Escape Of The Phoenix Review

Longevity in music is tough to obtain these fast trying days in the digital age of fast downloads, social media and the ever changing and diverse audiences that get to hear and touch your music. Is hard to find bands that stand the test of times, even for such a niche genre as Progressive Metal. Evergrey, the Gothenburg veterans I think have managed to do this