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.

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Epica – Omega (2021) – Review

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So, is Epica the last Symphonic Metal outfit standing? Apart from the newly coined Surma, perhaps. Nightwish has gone all wobbly on us with Marko Hietala now firmly away from the band.1) And now, this February 2021, Delain imploded and reverted into a solo project again. For all the good that this will do them.2) And what about Within Temptation? Well, let’s not go there.

So, with much trepidation we had our eyes turned towards Omega, Epica‘s newest album. Yet, the first thing that we see is this 70-minute runtime. Yet another specter of … [...] Click to raid more!

Red Cain – Kindred: Act II (2020) – Review

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For a while, I was very worried. These bad quality sound tidbits of Red Cain‘s Kindred: Act II that I had the displeasure to find throughout 2020 sounded so Amaranthe, I almost hit a depression worse than Covid. I mean, I love the talented Elize Ryd, but the stuff this particular band struts often sounds like a hangover grown stale.

So, I was ready to sacrifice everything to the mighty Cthulhu1) only to avoid that yet another talented band would start to surf the sickeningly sweet wave of the Pop Metal mainstream. Because – you see – … [...] Click to raid more!

Unleash the Archers – Abyss (2020) – Review

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Oops, it almost happened again. We just about overlooked Abyss, the latest album from Unleash the Archers. Already the pretty juicy Apex suffered some serious delay from the merciless hands of the RMR deck crew. Now this time we caught it, fortunately.

As you may know, we didn’t like it one iota once time stood still. Yet the aforementioned predecessor to this album gave us hope. The overblown theatrics and this multidimensional screaming ceased1), and in came some substance.

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