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…

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…

Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars

Right out of the gates, “The Rise of Hannibal” presents a mid-paced anthem that succeeds in setting young Hannibal’s account in motion. After a brief and menacing intro incorporating a middle-eastern intonation, the instrumentation escalates with a bombasity that’s not dissimilar to Septicflesh and Kataklysm, while incorporating melodic death melodies comparable to those of Omnium…

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…

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…

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…

Aeternam – Ruins Of Empires

Not that there is much of a burden to listening to Ruins of Empires. Aeternam have produced another fantastic slab of oriental symphonic death metal, a scorching album of 1001 great songwriting ideas, splattered with inventive middle-eastern melodies and instrumentation, and expertly weaving between pummeling bluntness and subtle acoustics. “Damascus Gate” opens on ominous drums…