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…

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 &…

Bloody Tyrant – Solitary Eagle

The band’s third studio album Solitary Eagle offers very creative, entertaining and inspiring melodic black metal. The epic atmosphere on the album is enhanced by a multitude of elements. Some songs offer majestic symphonic elements and choirs that aren’t a far call from contemporary Dimmu Borgir and the likes. Other songs focus on Taiwanese folk…

Craving – By the Storm

Craving take elements of black, death, and folk metal and vary their proportions with each track to give things a more dynamic perspective. Some songs bring out more of a catchy flavor to them, complete with clean vocal choruses (“Wielder of Storms” or “Penelope’s Prayer”) and some sweltering melodies that contrast from the more blast-ridden…

Saor – Guardians

Despite tight production, expert song-writing and meticulous attention to detail, the general expression that “Guardians” resonates is a sense of freedom. The average song length is about 11 minutes, which is ample time to allow the music to breathe and progress naturally. However, the bane of songs with long durations is the crucial requirement to…

Anno Domini – The Cold Expanse

The cathartic relationship between impact and atmosphere accomplished on this album is accomplished to a fault, as the barrage of guitars, bass, drums and enraged barks are fitted nicely with the lofty keyboard backdrop to form a cohesive whole. True to the progressive form that this album implies, much of the riff work tends to…

Chthonic – Takasago Army

The real strength lay in the last half of the album where the momentum of ferociousness and awesome blends of folk elements with melodic metal seen from “Kaoru” until the album finishes. You can feel the extremes of emotion and surreal atmosphere as the triumphant roaring turns to introspective disenchantment. With the band’s forte of…