Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (2013) – Review

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How to best describe this?

Ah, yeah. The band calls it Heroic Fantasy Power Metal, no less. But it indeed feels like the beginning of the Kingdom of Cheese. This is what happens when a Scottish pirate and a Swiss cheese artist come together to form a band.

The debut of the mighty Gloryhammer called Tales from the Kingdom of Fife happens. That’s what! 

Reminiscent of Hammerfall in many instances, the album for sure does not break any new ground. But whatever ground they break presents itself with an absolutely stellar enthusiasm and technical prowess that puts other debuting bands [...] Click to raid more!

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013) – Review

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Okay, I am hooked. The Austrian synth pop Black Metal universe gets me feeling all funny inside. Especially if this talks to my benevolent Depeche Mode nerve that was long thought dead, but now tries to resurrect itself. 

Seriously!

Summoning with their 2013 Old Mornings Dawn are marching down their straight Roman road to Middle Earth still after all these years. To be more precise, it is 7 long years of waiting – incidentally the critical period in any kind of relationship. 

And the question here will mainly be: Who delivers the better Atmospheric Black Metal? Caladan Brood – the new [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Circle (2013) – Review

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It is the Amorphis trademark sound alright, no doubt about it. But I am still confused. Circle, the 11th studio album of Finnish metal artists Amorphis showcases its pockets of excellence very well. Actually many of them. But then also lots of elements that absolutely make no sense to me. And you just ask yourself: Quo Vadis, Amorphis?

Okay, it may very well be – as it was opined by some of my co-reviewers – that the band has been on the lookout for a different, more unique sound. This was somewhat confirmed in their follow-on album Under The Red Cloud [...] Click to raid more!

Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle (2013) – Review

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Looking for stellar Atmospheric Black Metal? An epic battle of forces unknown? Morrowind on steroids? The 2013 debut album Echoes of Battle of the startup Caladan Brood cuts you right down the middle, chews you up and spits you out again. Straight into the grand Epic Atmospheric Black Metal landscape they portray, mixed into this here black magic potion.

Okay, you purists, admitted! They cruise (very, very) dangerously close to the abominable crime of copycat, sounding like Summoning in a way that is – almost exactly like them. And they indeed take the typically Chinese art of plagiarism a little far. Just look at the logo [...] Click to raid more!