Epica – The Holographic Principle (2016) – Review

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Epica are known for their penchant for super-epic, somewhat overstuffed, and choir-heavy productions. Starting as a Symphonic and Gothic Metal outfit with the astonishing The Phantom Agony, the band slowly evolved towards an orchestral-laden, bombastic style that left many of their earlier fans confused in their wake.

Over the last years, we have seen many of the major players in this genre move into a similar – if not the same – direction. Which means that what should be innovation turns out to be the new mainstream of sorts. It is a little like this drive to political correctness, [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

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Wow! We found ourselves some nexus here. Pop metal on steroids with a taste of Britney Spears. And this one featuring a female front and two more male singers.

It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts. And all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! One could describe it as total Pop and Disco Metal, fully out of control, but with a few solos made by Olof Mörck. Those got my attention though – not bad at all.

In addition, some of the growls would make Arch [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive (2014) – Review

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I heard somewhere that not knowing the Swedish/Danish Pop Metal band Amaranthe is not knowing Metal.

Come again?

Well, here I am listening to their last, newest, and best 2014 concoction Massive Addictive. For sure, the tunes are catchy, fast, kind of Power Metal, and – as is the custom – overproduced to a point. And often, this just sounds to me like so much George Michael on steroids who teamed up with some pop queen.

Then they must have met some hairy guys, and started to distort guitars, adding some sort of harsh vocals. Last, but not least … [...] Click to raid more!