Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

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The vast universe of Power Metal is populated by all sorts of strange folk. And sometimes I wonder why that is. Okay, I get their penchant for fantasy tales, but – boy – sometimes things move way too far into Lalaland. You get the unicorns in space, the beer guzzlers, them screamo dudettes on a mission1), or – again – the sweetish fondue makers.

And don’t get me wrong, all those performers are high-end professionals and they know the stuff they strut. Also, the RMR deckhands had a ton of fun already with some … [...] Click to raid more!

Nightshadow – Strike Them Dead (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Yeeha! Here we go again.

It feels like we just covered the newest piece of Bewitcher with their idea of Speed Metal1) a few minutes ago. And now we are at it again. Only this time, all this metal goodness more feels like some rough-hewn crazy mix of overheated Power Metal and the speedier realms of Heavy Metal.

A piece that makes you want to strap on some body armor. Or – at least – makes you leap for that war axe that rusted away in the corner. Because goblins and monsters … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

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!