The Autist – The Coldest Sun

What you get here is a combination of styles ranging from symphonic metal to prog to death-y style vocals and clean female singing. The main female vocalist is Russian singer Polina Psycheya and she does a pretty awesome job. In addition to Polina, other guests vocalists include Alina Lesnik and Chiara Tricarico from Temperance. It…

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…

Pain Of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day

The whole album is loaded from start to finish with big, chunky, emotional songs. But what I appreciate about Pain of Salvation‘s later stuff is Gildenlöw and company’s excellent compositions and arrangements. These dudes write beautiful, evocative melodies and subtle arrangements. “Silent Gold,” for example, is a simple, piano-driven song with sloping bass and a chorus that will make anyone…

Ignea – The Sign of Faith

Much of what builds Ignea isn’t the most innovative, but they put it all together in a fresh way. There’s a direct component of symphonic metal (think more along the lines of Epica than Nightwish) as well as some melodic death metal influences in heavy riffs and both male and female extreme vocals. But the…

Yossi Sassi Band – Roots and Roads

If only the sands of time were as endless as the dunes of Middle-Eastern plains…for there would be no bounds for new discoveries. As we make our pilgrimages through the Metal lands we often come across earthy anomalies that stick out of the metallic landscape like those rare blades of grass that tear through slabs…

Evergrey – The Storm Within

This is mostly made of fine midpaced-to-fast rockers paired with some brisker tunes to show those nasty naysayers that these guys can still riff, all of it surrounding and being surrounded by the love-it-or-hate-it voice of Tom Englund, who, as per tradition, sounds in deep distress due to God knows what. Let it never be…

Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary

The goods are dropped at your doorstep immediately with mammoth opener “Wake of Infinity” which serves up the best of Omnium Gatherum, Edge of Sanity and Symphony X all stuffed into one glorious musical empanada of awesomeness. There are wild and inventive riffs, crazy keyboard runs and a tasty mix of death roars and uber-dramatic…