Aldaria – Land Of Light

First off, comparisons to Avantasia are absolutely unavoidable in this case, as everything from the naming scheme to the way certain songs sound to the overall concept and even some individual lyrics, all feel like obvious nods to the German project. Perhaps the most blatant example of this comes early on, as the opening track…

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…

Edenbridge – The Great Momentum

Kicking off with three almost-identical metal hymns of moderate velocity, The Great Momentum displays its penchant for heavy riffs and catchy choruses which are as satisfying as they are well-performed. “The Moment Is Now” particularly shines, with a magical chorus that defies its modest tempo. The first ballad gives us breathing space before the more…

Diabulus In Musica – Dirge For The Archons

No stranger to epic entrances, the group sets thing in motion with the triumphant and anthemic score, Battle of Atlantis before diverging into Earthly Illusions. The first single of the album, it’s intense thrash and headbangable nature are an exquisite delight to be experienced. The riffs are genuinely heavy, the drums are speedy and the eargasmic symphonic…

Veonity – Into the Void

An album is however mainly judged by it’s music and execution and here this album shines brilliantly. The tempo on the songs is held relatively high during most of the songs, only the under 2 minute short spoken interlude “Insanity” is an exception. It’s also the only track that musically-wise doesn’t add much for me.…

Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour

Sonata Arctica has never been subtle and The Ninth Hour doesn’t change that. The cover art features a city in the shape of a skull, balancing society versus nature (wolf shirt!) and this theme also dominates the album. More than any previous record, The Ninth Hour is fairly thematic, focused on the issues of climate change and the human relationship to…