Bare Infinity – The Butterfly Raiser

One can fire out all of the usual comparisons to Bare Infinity’s brand of metal (that being Nightwish, Delain, Epica, et al) but it shouldn’t hinder one from checking it out in full. For while the formula is in fact familiar, Bare Infinity does their best to give it their own stamp to move forward…

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Plenty of moments on The Stage are reminiscent of the band’s glory days. Namely, the acoustic passage in ‘God Damn’ harkens back to City of Evil while the soothing harmonies in ‘Fermi Paradox’ and ‘Angel’ mirror successful ballads they’ve written in the past. The bookends hit surprisingly hard as well – the eponymous opener sets…

Attick Demons – Let’s Raise Hell

To their credit, Attick Demons haven’t attempted to reinvent themselves or their proverbial musical wheel. The band still plays New Wave of British Heavy Metal inspired traditional “keep it true” metal. In this sense, they picked up where Atlantis left off. Attick Demons sticks to tried and true metal formula: twin guitar harmony in riffs…

Ecliptica – Ecliptified

  It is always a pleasant surprise when a new disc or download comes across my email that I had never heard of or expected to enjoy.  The latest from Ecliptica, 2016’s Ecliptified is one of those discs that has just the right combination of things to keep me listening over and over for days.…