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…

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma

While Dark Tranquillity sticks to its same old trademarks on the new output ‘’Atoma’’, this release is a definite improvement over the last few studio efforts and a true career highlight. Especially the longing clean vocals are executed very well and used more dominantly. They give several tracks a depressive alternative rock or even gothic…

Dark Sarah – The Puzzle

Symphonic metal has been a pleasure of mine for a little over a decade now, and as I age I find that I enjoy it more than other forms of metal. This is largely due to the grandiose style symphonic bands deliver and one band that truly hits the mark is Finland’s Dark Sarah. Like…

Craving – By the Storm

Craving take elements of black, death, and folk metal and vary their proportions with each track to give things a more dynamic perspective. Some songs bring out more of a catchy flavor to them, complete with clean vocal choruses (“Wielder of Storms” or “Penelope’s Prayer”) and some sweltering melodies that contrast from the more blast-ridden…

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…

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…