Over the past decade or so, there’s been an increasing rise in metal bands who play a very melodic style that almost edges into pop territory, at times, usually leaning heavily on catchy vocal hooks and lots of cheesy keyboard effects. While bands like Amaranthe and Temperance are my favorite of this emerging style, other bands have come close to reaching them in recent years, with one particular favorite being Swedish melodic metal band Metalite.
Hold your horses and stop for a minute, because MARCH IN ARMS from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States is a superb sensational band you absolutely don’t want to miss, because they are playing high-class Melodic Metal like a mix between EVERGREY, PAGAN’S MIND, BALANCE OF POWER and ICED EARTH, with here and there some 80s melodic heavy rock/Hardrock influences as well.
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.
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
just weeks before releasing the album, the band announced that they were disbanding and that this would be their final release. I had already heard this album a few times before reading that statement, however, I would be lying if I said knowing this was the last new music I’d ever hear from Falconer, didn’t cause my review process for this to be more emotional than initially expected
Crimson is a very strong debut, and while I think some metal fans may be disappointed by it, anyone looking for a nice, energetic yet fairly calm and relaxing melodic metal album should find a lot to like here. Volturian have gotten off to a strong start, with plenty of catchy, trance infused melodic metal tracks, and while it won’t appeal to everyone, fans of Frozen Crown or Sleeping Romance should at least try a track or two, to see if it’s worth a full listen, while fans of Amaranthe or Metalite should find a lot to like. As a fan of all the above, I find the album quite enjoyable, and will check out any potential future releases by the band.
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!
As a lifelong fan of Savatage, I feel compelled to check out as many of the bands and projects that crop up from the members of the band, and there are a few: from Jon Oliva’s Pain and Doctor Butcher to Chris Caffery’s fantastic solo albums to Zak Stevens and Circle II Circle to even TSO, there is a wealth of additional music that warrants your time. Zak is back with a new project called Archon Angel that out of the bulk of stuff that has been released since the “hibernation” of Savatage, we’ll call it, is closest to what he did with Savatage.
Serious Black is back and has unleashed a fantastic album in Suite 226. A tougher Serious Black is just as good as the happy. With the combined musical skills of each member and a great set of songs, it’s no wonder this album is so good. This is a strong start for the year. I’ll be curious to see where this one stands by the end of it.