Apostolica – Haeretica Ecclesia (2021) – Review

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By the ugly mug of the Lightbringer, we got ourselves yet another Ghost in waiting. Apostolica is a new band, out to rearrange the Power Metal landscape. But a cloudy mystique surrounds the members’ identities, as it’s their devout wish to stay incognito. Yet the label assured us that we will find – and I quote – “…some of the finest musicians of the international heavy metal scene.” Alright, then. We always like a band with a swagger.

However, the age-old marketing plot of ‘the man in the iron mask’ is indeed a tad time-worn. The … [...] Click to raid more!

Vandor – On A Moonlit Night (2021) – Review

Last updated on 1 September 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Deathless Legacy celebrate Saturnalia!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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It is true. I had my reservations about Rituals of Black Magic, Deathless Legacy‘s last full-length album. Somehow things did not quite fit. The record tried to be a live performance on stage. And the band is known for its pretty lavish productions on stage if nothing else. Yet, this was obviously impossible if soundbites are the only thing that you have to offer.

So, this time, the deathless ones just returned with an interesting concept EP called Saturnalia. One that plays much better to their strengths than its predecessor ever … [...] 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!