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Review of Aldaaron “Arcane Mountain Cult” [Paragon Records]

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In late autumn of 2022, the French pagan/black metal band Aldaaron finally released their long-awaited album Arcane Mountain Cult via Paragon Records. And although they never officially disbanded, ...
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Interview with Cirith Ungol

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Hi! The new album, “Dark Parade,” seems to explore themes of doom, societal decay, and environmental collapse. What inspired the band to delve into such a dark and ...
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Review: Oïkoumen “Dystopia”

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At the end of last year French newly-fledged item Oïkoumen has released independently their debut album Dystopia, making a confident statement within symphonic metal scene. With strong roots ...
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Interview with EXMORTUS

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Hi! Necrophony marks a significant turning point for EXMORTUS, both in terms of musical direction and signing with Nuclear Blast. How would you describe the evolution of the ...
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Review: Twilight Force “At the Heart of Wintervale” [Nuclear Blast]

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Swedish symphonic power metal group Twilight Force has returned in early winter with brand new record At the Heart of Wintervale, releasing it once again through Nuclear Blast ...
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Review: Dream Death “Journey into Mystery” [New Renaissance Records]

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It would be tempting to write Dream Death off as a Celtic Frost worship band and yet, I’m convinced that Dream Death have more personality than that some ...
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Review: Deathrow “Raging Steel” [Noise Records]

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Once one has become familiar with the big thrash metal bands and decides to dive into the underground, finding quality bands can be a challenge. Deathrow are an ...
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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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