Avaland – Theater of Sorcery – Review

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Hells bells. Avaland‘s cover art for their new album Theater of Sorcery almost got the better of me. Because right away, I could not help but be harassed by a psychedelic vision of Avantasia’s Ghostlights.1) And this came about, because – their art indeed resembles what Tobias Hammet’s outfit presented some time ago. In an ominous and geeky kind of way.

But actually, the cover perfectly fits in with the ubiquitous Power Metal theme. But – more importantly – it goes well with Avaland‘s calling that they claim to be metal operas.

A style direction … [...] Click to raid more!

Byron – The Omega Evangelion – Review

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Sometimes I am not sure what makes me turn towards an album. It may be a random choice. Or – at times – the record will choose you – sort of. As in, you kinda fancy the beat, and next thing you know, you just listened to this thing for 30 minutes or so. In other words, the beat just got the better of you with some sort of metallic zen and a hefty dose of rocky hypnosis. The ultimate sales pitch of an album review promo. That kind of thing.

So, some magic in Byron‘s latest piece … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Bitter Truth – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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Times change, don’t they? The musical landscape and – indeed – the music industry were completely different some 20 years ago. Then the friggin’ bandits from the old Napster arrived, and everything took a tumble.

The same goes for Evanescence. They airdropped onto the Nu Metal1) scene as a Goth’s wet dream with Fallen in 2003. And this catapulted Amy Lee and her stellar voice to instant stardom. Then, she and her buddy separated, and The Open Door released without her copilot. And that’s where the first cracks already appeared in … [...] Click to raid more!

Evanescence – The Open Door (2006) – Review

Last updated on 9 April 2021

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In the beginning, I had my doubts about The Open Door. Ben Moody just left Evanescence in a tearing hurry in October 2003. And that in the midst of the Fallen live tour to boot.

He had his reasons1), I am sure. But this certainly wasn’t the right time nor the nicest thing to do. To add insult to injury, other band members left as well after that.

Amy Lee thus became the undisputed leader of this band. And indeed, Evanescence very much morphed into her own brand after … [...] Click to raid more!