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Kambrium – The Elders’ Realm

There are plenty to pick from for those up for a game of the “sounds like” game with The Elders Realm. Everything from Children of Bodom to Amorphis to Epica quickly come to mind, with the band’s flair for the more symphonic elements (and slight folk-isms) shining brightly in each track. It’s catchy, it’s punchy,…

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Iron Mask – Diabolica

Twenty seconds into “I Don’t Forget, I Don’t Forgive,” I have one thing to say: this gonna be fun. It’s got everything a typical Iron Mask song should have. It’s got catchy power-metal riffs, a hooking chorus, and some impressive solo work. The opener may be standard-fare,  but it shows a band with rediscovered energy,…

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Evergrey – The Storm Within

This is mostly made of fine midpaced-to-fast rockers paired with some brisker tunes to show those nasty naysayers that these guys can still riff, all of it surrounding and being surrounded by the love-it-or-hate-it voice of Tom Englund, who, as per tradition, sounds in deep distress due to God knows what. Let it never be…

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Oracles – Miserycorde

What makes it all work is the sheer expertise in all aspects of craftsmanship. The groundwork is laid by Mendel’s trademark guitar work. Using groovy, technical riffing combined with memorable lines, big chords and a flair for the grandiose, he establishes a good chunk of the band’s character. The ridiculously fast drumming that Aborted are known…

persona

Persona – Elusive Reflections

The end result created by this quintet is a catchy, easy-listenable and very melodious album containing a grand total of ten tracks, spanning forty-six minutes. And while I suppose you could argue that, on the surface, there is very little to discern Persona from similar acts, they still have something sightly undefinable that makes them…

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Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary

The goods are dropped at your doorstep immediately with mammoth opener “Wake of Infinity” which serves up the best of Omnium Gatherum, Edge of Sanity and Symphony X all stuffed into one glorious musical empanada of awesomeness. There are wild and inventive riffs, crazy keyboard runs and a tasty mix of death roars and uber-dramatic…

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Winterhymn – Blood & Shadow

First let’s check our metal checklist. Do we have distorted guitars? Check. Pounding drums? Yep. Harsh vocals? Yes. Okay, let’s move on to the folk metal part. Folky melodies? There. Folky instruments? Yes, partly from keyboard, but also from the good old violin. So now it’s time for our nice or not so nice check.…