Akoma – Revangels

The inevitable comparisons with such stellar bands as Within Temptation, Epica, Nightwish and Xandria will definitely surface with fans of the Symphonic genre upon hearing this album, and yes, ok, there are elements of some if not all of the above lurking within but never to the point of sounding like a copy. This album…

Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor

For starters, front-woman Ailyn is long gone and I must say, she shan’t be missed. Yes, Sirenia has swapped their squeaky, squealy,  X-Factor drop out in favor of Emmanuelle Zoldan, an equally attractive and much more talented opera singer from France. The improvement in quality from one singer to the other cannot be understated. It’s…

The Vision Bleak – The Unknown

And within a minute, I am lost forever in the bleakness of its world. It’s times like these and albums like this that keep me from ever wanting to return to the real world. Like all TVB releases, the album’s simple introduction reels you in and sets the mood for the rest of the disc. “Spirits of the Dead” then…

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…

Imperia – Tears Of Silence

First off, a round of applause for Oliver Philipps and his incredible orchestral arrangements. They really help to make Tears of Silence a success. There’s a lot of folk influence brought into the music this time around which hasn’t been done by Imperia before, but I quite like it and I think that they work…

Grendel – A Change Through Destruction

Although the band was started already in 2000, A Change Through Destruction is only their second longplayer. Their music is kept rather in gloomy territories and manages time and again to create, thanks to varied songwriting, a fitting atmosphere. This is contrasted by raw death metal grunts which are occasionally replaced by clean vocals, at…