Unsurprisingly, due to their ever-consistent release pattern, one such band with a highly anticipated new album for me was Italian melodic metal band Temperance, who has been a personal favorite ever since the release of their self-titled debut back in 2014. For the first few years of their existence, the band only showed signs of improving with age, hitting a massive peak in 2018 with their fourth release Of Jupiter and Moons. I wasn’t sure how they could top that one or its predecessor The Earth Embraces Us All, and sure enough their previous release, Viridian, was their first album I would consider a disappointment. It was still a great album, to be sure, but compared to their past releases it felt like they had oversimplified their sound a bit, like they were falling to the level of similar bands like Amaranthe and Metalite, instead of surpassing them as usual. With their recently released sixth full-length album, Diamanti, the band has mostly returned to form, not quite matching their best efforts, but still putting out a fantastic album that fully showcases their talents.
as opposed to being a melodic prog album, The Voice Within largely consists of some straight-forward, but very technically impressive power metal, with tons of neoclassical shredding and nods to classical music, as well as occasional influences from other genres.
When All the Heroes Are Dead is another great album, which takes Vision Divine into a slightly more straight-forward, heavy-hitting direction compared to its most recent predecessor, largely cutting back on the prog elements…
Sometimes, amazing albums seem to come completely out of nowhere, which is exactly what has happened with Land of Eternal Dreams.
One of the most quietly exciting debuts I’ve heard in recent years was What the Oak Left, released in 2017 by Italian folk/symphonic metal band Atlas Pain.
The Nature of Time is a great release, which shows Secret Sphere continuing to move towards more of a melodic prog sound
One of the most surprising albums for me in recent years was Wardens of the West Wind, the 2015 release from Italian power metal band Wind Rose
“Break The Walls” is the brand new video from Italian Hard Rock/ Sleaze band TWISTED
Professionals are people like them who interact with fans and create a brilliant relationship that every musician should have with the people who love them.