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Review: Gutvoid “Durance of Lightless Horizons” [Blood Harvest]

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So what happened to death metal? That’s not meant to be sneering or derisive, but it feels like the most concise way to describe my awe at the ...
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Review: Nocturnal Rites “In a Time of Blood and Fire” [Megarock Records]

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Considering how radical it can result, it is uncommon to see transitions from death metal to power metal, as in the case of Nocturnal Rites. The fact that ...
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Review: Nocturnal Rites “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” [Toy’s Factory]

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Nocturnal Rites‘ sophomore album encapsulates much of the trends that were part of the Euro power metal scene’s golden past. As a result, the album is unique among ...
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Review: Blind Guardian “The God Machine” [Nuclear Blast]

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This is a strange metal epic, with catchy power metal, witches and cults, and a delicious dark undertone. We’re sure of that with the first track, “Deliver Us ...
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Review: Riot V “The Privilege of Power” [Epic Records]

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Whereas Thundersteel had put Riot back on the map with its unexpected take on speed/power metal, The Privilege of Power sounds much more confused and basically can be divided into three categories: ...
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Review: Riot V “Thundersteel” [CBS]

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Sometimes you just need to take a break in order to recharge your creativity. Such was with the case with Riot V, as their two post-Speranza albums weren’t ...
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Review: Cloven Hoof “Dominator” [Heavy Metal Records]

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Sometimes bands do the unthinkable and Cloven Hoof is certainly one of the bands that fall into this category. They started out as a NWOBHM band and as ...
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Review: Unto Others ”Strength” [Roadrunner Records]

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With shiny diamonds and tarnished gold comes bittersweet emotions… I got into Idle Hands around the release of their debut album Mana back in 2019 via the traits ...
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Review: Rhapsody of Fire “Glory for Salvation” [AFM Records]

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What a great and majestic power metal album. Rhapsody of Fire give us another symphonic and power metal adventure, full of energy, great choruses and mixes of guitars ...
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Review: Natural Spirit “Під серпом часу” [Epidemie Records]

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The Ukrainian pagan metal band Natural Spirit has released their fourth full-length album “Пiд Серпом Часу” one year earlier via Czech Epidemie Records. And with a gap of ...
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Review: Snailmageddon “Swansong for a Snail”

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Snailmageddon’s ‘Swansong for a Snail’ may just be the greatest album centered around snails ever created. Now that I’ve gotten the obligatory and insincere snail metal joke out ...
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Review: Imperia “The Last Horizon” [Massacre Records]

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One of the symphonic metal masters Imperia this March has released another full-length album “The Last Horizon” via Massacre Records. And that’s their fifth work in a successful ...
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Review: Orden Ogan “Final Days” [AFM Records]

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This March the German metal stars Orden Ogan have released their seventh full-length album “Final Days”, based more on dark sci-fi themes during these apocalyptic times. And once ...
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Review: Zaratus “In The Days Of Whore” [Ván Records]

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The experimental black metal scene this year can heave a sigh of release, the new Grecian band Zaratus has worked hard, presenting this blend of modern and classical ...
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Review: Anthem “Bound to Break” [Nexus]

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Between the mediocre debut and Anthem‘s final record that would feature Eizo Sakamoto for a while, this band would keep getting better and better, as Bound to Break is yet ...
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Review: Druadan Forest / Old Sorcery [Werewolf]

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The Finnish Werewolf Records, well-known for their black metal collaborations, this February has released the Split of two local bands – Druadan Forest and Old Sorcery, where every ...
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Review: Persuader “Necromancy” [Frontiers Music]

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Power metal from Germany has influenced a lot of bands over the years. The Swedish Persuader doesn’t make an exception. On “Necromancy” you can clearly hear the spirit ...
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Review: Crystal Viper “The Cult” [Listenable Records]

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The Eighth studio album from Polish metallers Crystal Viper follows on in their tradition of strong melodies, soaring vocals, and expert lead guitar work held together with perfect production. ...
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Review: Anthem “Gypsy Ways” [Nexus]

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Perhaps Anthem were trying to gain (more) commercial success here, or perhaps they felt like relying more on the vocals than usual, but Gypsy Ways is the oddball in the ...
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Review: Septicflesh “Ophidian Wheel” [Holy Records]

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While the bizarre experimentation of Revolution DNA was still unthinkable of at this point and the mess called A Fallen Temple was yet to be created, I can’t ...
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