Surprise reigned supreme at the RMR office suite when we discovered all those pretty sturdy bands that roam the limited reaches of the island of Cyprus. Lots of Power Metal, Thrash, and some genuine Punk Rock already crossed our hawse over the years. And that’s pretty wild. All that makes me wanna go visit there and mingle with the metal crowd a bit. But – alas – I can’t these days.
Nobody quite does it like SAATE, the amazing Swedish metallers. You don’t believe me? Well, nobody yet managed to get on the RockmusicRaider blog two times in a row with a video in this fashion.
Already the band’s first video – The Conjuring – got the deck crew’s attention real quick. But this time they topped it up with a few more moving pictures with Sovereign Plea. At levels of quality that soar at least as high as the first video, and with a slightly different tinge to boot.
Sticking to their Power Metal theme, they ditched the Gothic … [...] Click to raid more!
Many a metal wizard is already active in the Power Metal arena, with many more trying to get a foothold in a very crowded genre. And this breeds uniformity, which – by definition – shuns progression and evolution to anything new.
Methinks, that the ‘typical’ sound and style now ingrained themselves into the minds of fans and pros alike. So much so, that a certain expectancy arose with the fan community as to how Power Metal ought to sound.
Known values are good for the soul, are they not?
So, to avoid swimming up mainstream creek without a paddle, bands … [...] Click to raid more!
Looks like the Mediterranean is fertile ground when it comes to metal of all kinds. You got the island folks on Cyprus going strong, at least one very good one dwelling in Portugal.
But then there is a very important community down South in Italy too. Overtures being one of them and they are rocking away from Gorizia, right on the border with Slovenia. The band is now ready to open the doors on their newest and third full-length studio album Artifacts. To me, this is – not quite surprisingly – about the most mature album they produced so … [...] Click to raid more!