Symphonity made their debut in 2008 with Voice From the Silence, a pretty nice album that fell on the more melodic side of the genre.
Christopher Bowes sure is a master of gimmicks. First, he formed pirate metal band Alestorm, who due to their unique sound and addictive sing along anthems have become very successful. Then in 2012 he started a new fantasy themed power metal band called Gloryhammer.
There are many great melodic metal bands coming from Italy, but one band that I think deserves more attention than they get is the relatively unheralded but consistently impressive Hollow Haze. They started out as a solid progressive heavy metal band in the early 2000’s, putting out four albums in that style, with their third album “End of a Dark Era” serving as my introduction to the band.
Elan is quite simply stunning. Everything melds together beautifully here. This is the sort of song that wouldn’t have felt out of place on the soundtrack to Lord of the Rings.
With many bands it can be easy for their latest album to be ignored and lost in the shuffle, especially if it happens to be released during a particularly busy time of year. Such has never been the case for Blind Guardian, whose album releases are always treated as some kind of special event among power metal fans. Keeping with their tradition of taking as much time as is required to create a rich and deeply layered album, their tenth full length release Beyond the Red Mirror comes almost exactly four and a half years after its immediate predecessor At the Edge of Time. As soon as the album was revealed, it was instantly considered a top contender for 2015 by many, and happily the band has once again delivered.
Twenty months after their extremely impressive debut Mask of Lies, American band Mindmaze is back and looking to step their game up even further with Back From the Edge. This time around, the band has brought in Symphony X bassist Mike Lepond as a session member
If I’ve been a little bit harsh on Towers in the Distance, it’s only because I’ve heard so many female fronted symphonic power metal albums in the last few years
Finnish symphonic band Amberian Dawn has been one of the most consistently entertaining female fronted metal bands since 2008, and despite some major lineup changes over the years, they show no signs of slowing down
Sacrificium is an album that had a lot to live up to. German band Xandria had been a respectable gothic metal band until 2008, when their exceptionally talented vocalist Lisa Schaphaus-Middelhauve decided to leave