One of the better bands to emerge from this side of the genre in recent years is Circle of Silence.
Welcome to the End is a solid album which features a nice blend between speedy, melodic power metal and some aggressive thrash riffs
Gothic Symphonic Power Metal is a style I try on a regular basis to enjoy, but often I find it leaving me underwhelmed.
There is an old Saturday Night Live skit which plays with an idea that before the Beatles made it big, they once had a trumpeter in the lineup.
After nearly 13 years of waiting, fans of German metal band Scanner can finally hear their sixth full length album The Judgement. I’ve had very limited previous exposure to their music, but from what I understand their debut Hypertrace is considered a speed metal classic, while their other albums have received more mixed reactions, but still mostly positive.
Maverick were formed two years ago and in that time have released a critically acclaimed EP (“Talk’s Cheap”) and gained a reputation for putting on a great live show. After signing to Massacre Records, the “hard rockin’, heavy hittin’, kick-ass, dual guitar wielding wrecking machine from Belfast, Northern Ireland” are now releasing their debut album, “Quid Pro Quo”.
Have you ever listened to an album that has many elements you love in a band, yet not really be blown away by it? It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while I will listen to an album that reminds me of bits and pieces of bands I love combined with other elements I appreciate in my music yet I find myself not getting drawn into it. Sadly Massacre Records band God’s Army AD seems to fit in that category.
Gloryful showed a lot of promise on their debut but in the end it came up just a bit short, while their sophomore effort Ocean Blade show signs of a great future for the band. Highly recommended for fans of power metal, or just classic traditional metal in general.
Oh dear, a band with such a -pardon me- cliché name clearly indicates what we’ve got to deal with, isn’t it ? And indeed, these guys from Cologne Germany deliver exactly what you would expect just because of that name: classic, old school hard rock with a kick ass mentality.
Traditional Heavy Metal purists will find plenty to like about ULTIMA RATIO REGIS. The overall sound and production of the album feels a little thin on occasion, but it does add something to the authenticity of the older sound. The riffs are many, and apart from a handful of generic rhythm riffs, the guitar work as a whole is top-notch. METAL INQUISITOR’S fourth album is their most complete and relevant work yet and definitely deserves a fair go.