The German titans return with their sixteenth studio effort entitled “Genesis XIX”. This is the first time in Sodom’s history that they have recorded as a quartet rather than a trio. Moreover, this is the first album to feature returning guitarist Frank Blackfire since the famous “Agent Orange” back in 1989. With his re-entry after almost thirty years and the merge with new blood in the roster, the expectations for this new release would naturally be higher than before. “Genesis XIX” features two new musicians, drummer Toni Merkel and guitarist Yorck Segatz as well.
Reaching Into Infinity is another excellent album that shows Dragonforce continuing to deliver a more streamlined version of their classic sound
Built to Last is an excellent album that shows Hammerfall pulling off what they attempted but failed with (r)Evolution
Dragonforce returned to NYC when it hasn’t been since April 2015 on the tour with Kamelot and for me, I cannot pass up on a Dragonforce show
There is no hiding the pride and gratitude on the face of frontman Hansi Kürsch…
Artillery truly are one of the hidden gems of the metal world and hopefully this album will get them even more exposure, because there aren’t that many bands around from back in the day still able to not only live up to their legacy, but improve upon it.
When I saw this album I was super stoked to check it out, and am happy to announce that it doesn’t disappoint. Thunderstone’s Apocalypse Again truly is a majestic work of art
In 2013 Swedish power metal group Lancer entered the scene with their highly addictive self-titled debut, an album which had a very strong 80’s feel to it from start to finish, mixing elements of early Helloween and classic Maiden together to make for a style that was perhaps a bit cliche, but certainly a lot of fun to listen to.
Maximum Overload is a perfect example of how a potentially great band can evolve their sound in ways that take them to a whole new level, while still maintaining all their core elements. Dragonforce fans can expect the same focus on ultra speedy, epic power metal as ever, but with a focus on heavier riff, shorter songs, and more varied songwriting than before. Any power metal fan who isn’t allergic to the more melodic and “cheesy” side of the genre is highly recommended to check this album out.