Sweden’s iconic musical Vikings Amon Amarth began in 1992 in Tumba and has become a prominent force in heavy metal over the past 30 years. After signing a deal with Metal Blade, the guys were able to release a strong debut album, ‘Once Sent From the Golden Hall’. This record was the gateway to a world-spanning journey that continues to this day.
With this new studio effort, Dark Tranquillity have chosen to keep the high quality standards for what their songwriting is concerned. “Moment” flows consistently, but it feels more like a safe passage in the three decades career of the band, as it has less impact than some of their previous releases like “Fiction”. The alternated clean vocals and death growls combined with the chilling keyboard parts are the strongest elements and they manage to keep the interest of the listener while the record flows. The contribution of the new guitar duo in the band’s overall sound could be defined as positive, hence, the audience remains with a feeling of hunger for more technical guitar parts and shredding. Overall, “Moment” sounds better and stronger than its predecessor “Atoma”, while it remains strictly loyal to the band’s own signature style.
“Verminious” is not the album that conquers the listener from the first moment. Listening to the tracks with more attention shows that this record has a particular scent. “Verminious” sounds like the deepest but also dramatic and melodic work of the band to date. It might be difficult to identify any outstanding tracks, maybe those could be “Child Of Night” or the title track. This is a sharp, smart collection of songs in an album that is made to listen in its entirety. Moreover, it provides a much more rewarding and listenable experience in comparison to some of the band’s old material. It will undoubtedly please the band’s crowd, but it could also become a more accessible record for fans of other genres of metal music.
The Harrowing of Hearts proves that the polish band has taken a new gothic rock approach without changing their nature.
Similar to Vanhala’s love for brilliant filmmaking such as 12 Monkeys and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the story begins just as it ends, leaving the LP with perfect symmetry and harmony, which helps the listener to play this one on repeat for hours on end.
Whether you crave for that Beyond the Permafrost or Serpents Unleashed feeling, sometimes, you have to look past it and realize; time has allotted itself for Skeletonwitch to expand their creative endeavors as well as welcoming Adam Clemans on board, who joined the group back in 2016. Arguably, Skeletonwitch’s Devouring Radiant Light, which arrived on July 20th via Prosthetic Records, could be one of the best albums of 2018, or close to the mark as these melodic death/ thrash metallers presented a black-metal-esque ambiance that you cannot escape from hearing.
Dark Tranquillity new album hits the store shelves with excellent melodic death metal songs carrying on the tradition of Gothenburg-death metal
Omnium Gatherum once again left their mix and mastering in the very capable hands of Dan “the-Man” Swanö
These Swedish Melodic Death Metallers have maintained a strong quality within their twenty-year career. Despite going through a few different lineup changes, including the latest Ola Flink’s departure from the group in June, they have evolved. Known for incorporating the traditional Melodic Death Metal style with elements of Metalcore has made them a distinctive act. Celebrating twenty years strong as a band since their formation in 1995, it was time for the tenth studio album, The Ride Majestic.