Scuorn – Parthenope

The end result is pretty darn successful, and comes across like  Stormlord with a dose of Rotting Christ‘s hellenic tones and Fleshgod Apocalypse . It is, if anything, pretty downright epic, checking all the boxes for the style with a host of rousing, majestic symphonics, narrations, high pitched screams and deep growls and scathing, slicing…

The Silent Wedding – Enigma Eternal

What really amazed me is the fact that in each song the band has made detailed work to the point. Easy remembered lyrics without even read them from the bootleg in most circumstances gives many points to the result for me. That of course is Marios (vocals) “fault” with his voice been in great shape. To…

Pyogenesis – A Kingdom to Disappear

Are Pyogenesis metal? I don’t think they could care less. Their genre-bending subverts expectations not only based in their equally enigmatic reinvention, but constructed within Kingdom from one song to the next. While pop punk remnants heavily permeated aspects of Century, Pyogenesis allowed for star-crossed idiosyncrasies that invoked bands as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, Weezer,…

Norrsköld – Withering Virtue – The Second Chapter

The opening folk-style melody that begins Everfrozen is the perfect start to an album that is filled with an ear pleasing blend of death/black & folk elements. Slipping seamlessly into a glorious sounding beat, the guitar work combined with the frantic drumming really ensures a breathless start. Songs like Feed the Ground, Fallen One &…

In Thousand Lakes – Age Of Decay

Indeed one of the keys to the older melodeath approach might just be that the band’s first album, Lifeless Waters…, was released almost 20 years ago – around the time when the melodeath scene was abuzz. After disbanding for some time, Age of Decay is the band’s first returning full-length, and it captures all the…

Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars

Right out of the gates, “The Rise of Hannibal” presents a mid-paced anthem that succeeds in setting young Hannibal’s account in motion. After a brief and menacing intro incorporating a middle-eastern intonation, the instrumentation escalates with a bombasity that’s not dissimilar to Septicflesh and Kataklysm, while incorporating melodic death melodies comparable to those of Omnium…

Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion

After a brief introduction, settling the listener into the album’s atmosphere, “Beyond These Walls” bursts from the speakers with a riff straight out of Gothenburg. Combined with the by-the-books growls of co-vocalist Tommy Tuovinen, this makes for a perfect headbang-worthy opening. Despite the ferociousness of some of the riffs, this record knows when to reign…