Album Reviews

Metalite – A Virtual World Review

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.

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ART OF ILLUSION is a new Swedish AOR project formed around songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Anders Rydholm (PROMOTION, GRAND ILLUSION)

I like Lars voice a lot and I was just curious of how my songs would sound like with him as a singer. So much of the music is the singer, the voice, the emotions and the dynamics. I sent Lars 4 songs and we both liked the end result. “Catch You If I Can” is the only song of those 4 that’s on the album. No fault with the rest, but the more we have worked, the more we have found new common grounds and the confidence to tweak and adapt the music has grown. The last songs recorded are “My Loveless Lullaby”, “Snakebite Charm” and “Let The Games Begin” so the album moved more and more in another direction. If you listen to these song’s, you will understand what I mean

Album Reviews

Wildness – Ultimate Demise Review

A highly recommended album to anyone who likes classic big-time anthemic Melodic Rock and despite I started the review with me saying it’s a typical Swedish Melodic Rock/AOR affair, WILDNESS definitely has much more to offer and deliver a masterpiece in our genre here.

Album Reviews

H.E.A.T – II Review

H.e.a.t are back on track – even more than that. With this album, they have outdone themselves. It has great songwriting, a galore of catchy melodies, a kick-ass sound and most of all it is fun as hell to listen to this record. People who are into this kind of music – don’t look any further – H.e.a.t are the perfect choice for you. It is March and with “II” we have the first album of the year contender.

Album Reviews

Eclipse – Paradigm Review

Eclipse blossoms out over the last years and became a strong player in the fields of Melodic Metal. The newest album will help them to strengthen their position, a record that is entertaining and just great to listen to.

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Hammerfall – Dominion Review

For the longest time, I used to consider Hammerfall as one of those “singles” bands, where each of their albums would have maybe 2-5 excellent songs I played over and over, while ignoring the rest, but over time I’ve grown to enjoy almost all of their work.