Post Tagged with: "Best of Year"

Ancient Empire The Tower cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Ancient Empire - The Tower

Eureka! I’m thrilled beyond words to announce I’ve found a prime candidate for my heavy metal album of the year in Ancient Empire’s third and latest offering, “The Tower”, released in December under the irrefutably reputable Stormspell Records. That said, each subsequent listen of Joe Lizst’s storied and masterfully composed...
Jono Life
Submitted by rockavlon on Thu, 12/28/2017 - 01:09 / Reviews - Comments

Jono - Life

Swedes Jono are a band built around the talents of one Johan Norrby, who initially wanted to do a solo project (hence their name – the first two letters of his name and surname), but eventually they turned into a full time band. The easiest way to describe them is Sparks meets Queen. They are idiosyncratic, like the former and eclectic and bold with their...
Cats In Space Scarecrow cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Tue, 11/28/2017 - 01:45 / Reviews - Comments

Cats In Space - Scarecrow

I was surprised, scratch that, amazed, when I heard the debut album by UK sextet Cats In Space, who feature in their ranks a number of seasoned musicians who had success in decades past but only came together a couple of years ago to form this new band. Taking only a year they came up with an equally amazing album as their debut, if not better. Their 70s classic...
Arrayan Path Dawn of Aquarius cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 11/26/2017 - 12:13 / Reviews - Comments

Arrayan Path - Dawn of Aquarius

Although I tout myself as a worldly metal head my knowledge of Asian, African and Middle-Eastern outfits is shamefully lacking as I primarily set my sights on either Europe or the Western Hemisphere. Thankfully, I’ve been recently presented with Arrayan Path, an epic power metal band with American roots now based in Cyprus and its sixth full-length, “...
Fiction Syxx Tall Dark Secrets cover
Submitted by thanos on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 00:18 / Reviews - Comments

Fiction Syxx - Tall Dark Secrets

Fiction Syxx is a newcomer that consists of well-known musicians that have proven their music value over the years and have offered us great music on the whole. The band was formed by vocalist, guitarist & songwriter Mark Allen Lanoue (Chasing Karma, Biloxi), who brought the multi-talented guitarist, songwriter & producer JK Northrup (King Kobra, XYZ), his...
Keldian Darkness and Light cover
Submitted by thanos on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Keldian - Darkness and Light

The truth is that I’ve been longing for a new Keldian album for quite some time now. You see 4 years since their previous one, “Outbound”, is not a small period, but the two masterminds behind Keldian, Christer Andresen (lead vocals, guitars, bass) and Arild Aardalen (synthesizers, vocals) are rather conscious when it comes to music… they...
Sorcerer The Crowning of the Fire King cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King

The state of doom these days is rather bleak, which under normal circumstances, should be good news, but the current reigning kings of it, Candlemass, seem to have fallen in disrepair, without their natural leader and with Mats Leven doing a good job, but making it sound more Crux, than Mass. Below and Mirror, bizarrely both Metal Blade acts too, have done well in...
Eloy - The Vision, The Sword and The Pyre: Part 1
Submitted by rockavlon on Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:43 / Reviews - Comments

Eloy - The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre

Let’s start this review by saying that a band like Eloy, a band that has been around since 1969 (experiencing brief hiatuses), that has released some 20+ albums, a historical as much as legendary band that has released milestone albums in its genre, is not going to be judged poorly because of its last album, their place in history is already cemented...
Demon Eye Prophecies and Lies cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Sat, 10/14/2017 - 23:19 / Reviews - Comments

Demon Eye - Prophecies and Lies

This band, not to be confused with a similarly named German band fronted by Doogie White and sounding like a deadpan copy of Deep Purple, is also a retro 70s loving one, but closer to the Sabbath school of things.   Them and every other “retro” loving doom clone out there, I hear you say… well yes and no. The point is that most people take...
Air Raid Across the Line cover
Submitted by eric on Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Air Raid - Across the Line

Man oh man! It’s always an enriching treat to witness a metal band’s rise from obscurity to excellence; such is the case with Gothenburg’s Air Raid, which at the end of September released its most flavourful and stellar album yet, “Across the Line”, on CD under the venerable High Roller Records, as well as Spiritual Beast in Japan....