Avaland – Theater of Sorcery (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

DarkTribe – Voici L’Homme (2020) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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There’s that cliché out there.

This idea that Power Metal must always sound like some juvenile wet dream. Hairdo dangerously close to glam, tight pants, the glaringly gaudy jacket, and the ubiquitous metal guitar shredder that should catapult you to new heights. All of that embedded in scratchy speed and soaring vocals. And garnished with a life-threatening addiction to cheese, dragon lore and trolls on steroids.

Not that all Power Metal is of that same, same, but different thing, though. Some protagonists like Gloryhammer try themselves as space goblins with … [...] Click to raid more!

Delfinia – Deep Elevation (2019) – Review

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider - Delfinia - Deep Elevation - Album Cover Sometimes you vow stuff. And you wish you better did not. Because vows are there to be broken. This time, the vow was about not covering any new Melodic or Symphonic Metal bands anymore. Or any other newcomer in Power Metal that somehow tries to emerge from an ocean of lookalikes. Dime-a-dozen deliveries, with an ever yesterday’s sound, rehashed all over again. Right? 

Well, it did not quite work out that way. Time to be contrite, RMR.

Because here we stumbled across Delfinia from the vast plains of Ukraine. And they just released their [...] Click to raid more!

Avantasia – Moonglow (2019) – Review

Last updated on 16 April 2021

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Ah, countless calories galore. I just went to the fondue shop to get my fix of milk fat, garlic, and loads of white wine. Together with two baguettes, of course. You do need nice, crusty bread to go with this dish of molten cheese.

Well, in hindsight, this is not something I should have done. Because little did I know that I’d get started on Avantasia‘s Moonglow anytime soon. Their 2019 record is so full of cheesy glory that – actually – there will be no need for future fondue excesses. Like for [...] Click to raid more!