Sabaton – The Great War

While nowadays it is considered polite to, at the very least, pay lip service to pacifism, this was not always the case. Until very...

Tuomas Holopainen – The Life and Times of Scrooge

Like many others, I was very skeptical about Tuomas Holopainen’s musical project about Scrooge McDuck. Yeah, that Scrooge McDuck. It seemed like the kind...

Butcher Babies – Take it Like a Man

Gimmicks are not new in metal. From Manowar’s homoeroticism to Venom’s faux Satanism, many bands have tried to appeal to a certain niche by...

Grave Digger – Healed by Metal

Following up on last year's compilation of rerecorded songs (Exhumation (The Early Years)), Grave Digger are back with a proper full album to continue...

Apocalypse Orchestra – The End Is Nigh

Finding the balance between modern heavy metal and traditional folk instruments has often been a struggle for folk metal bands, and one of the...

Be’Lakor – Vessels

Every genre and sub-genre of music eventually becomes over-saturated;  melodic death metal is no exception. Swedish pioneers At The Gates, In Flames, and Dark...

Days Of Jupiter – New Awakening

With their third album, this Swedish band delivers metal that shaves off attachment to any sub-genres, packing songs that veer closer in style and...

Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor

When guitarist Morten Veland left celebrated gothic metal outfit Tristania in 2001, he quickly formed Sirenia. Their music went down a similar sonic path...

Rise Of The Northstar – Welcame

So far at least, the 2010s have been a pretty formative time for more progressive evolutions in metal in terms of both musicianship and...

If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World

It’s bands with names like If These Trees Could Talk that make me wonder what people shout out at their concerts. Trees? I’m guessing...

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