With the month almost over, there’s no time like the present to recap the highlights. As bands get ready for the tours, albums, and festivals for the coming year, January tends to be a time that’s more about preparation and less about releases (which isn’t to say there were none).
There were plenty of singles released this month (as well as albums, which you can check out here). Come check out some of the best power metal news of the month!
Iron Savior – ‘Eternal Quest’
Probably the biggest announcement this month was that of German power metallers Iron Savior. Their twelfth album, entitled Kill Or Get Killed, is slated to be released 8 March. After a steady level of quality despite frequent releases, their first single ‘Eternal Quest’ sounds incredibly promising.
Battle Beast – ‘No More Hollywood Endings’
Battle Beast has released the titular single for their album No More Hollywood Endings, coming out 22 March. They made clear through interviews and social media posts last year that this album would feature more pop-influenced content, and, while definitely still a solid track, ‘No More Hollywood Endings’ reflects that clearly.
Rhapsody of Fire – ‘Rain Of Fury’
This is turning out to be quite the year in power metal; it seems like every heavyweight will be putting out new material. Rhapsody of Fire released their second single of the upcoming The Eighth Mountain, which erupts 22 February. The track, ‘Rain Of Fury’, delivers the fast-paced power we’ve grown to love since the bands fruition.
Hate World Hero – ‘Time’
Finnish Metalcore band Hate World Hero came out with a new single, called ‘Time’. The structure is poppy but the guitar riffs are heavy and the electronic components support the rhythm instruments well.
No album has been confirmed yet, but their released material is well worth listening to.
Dream Theater – ‘Fall Into The Light’
Making up for the cosmically underwhelming record that was The Astonishing, Dream Theater’s new single ‘Fall Into The Light’ reminds us why we love them. The time changes aren’t overdone, the track is very dynamic, and it sounds like something new.
The upcoming Distance Over Time is set to release on 22 February, and, if the singles are anything to judge off of, it’ll be another phenomenal Dream Theater release.
Арктида – ‘Во все тяжкие’
Арктида has released nine singles and an EP since their last album back in 2015. This month saw two fast-paced power metal singles: ‘Во все тяжкие'(‘Breaking Bad’) and ‘Первый удар'(‘First Strike’). Both of them are absolutely fantastic, but the raw speed and power in ‘Первый удар’ puts it as my favourite of the two.
Beast in Black – ‘Die By The Blade’
Now comes my favourite piece of metal news of the month: Beast in Black’s new single. Upon their announcement of their sophomore album late last year, I’ve been dying to here more 80s cheese from Anton Kabanen, and, man, does ‘Die By The Blade’ deliver.
I could praise the shit out of this track here, but I’ll just let you listen for yourself.
Swedish heavy/pirate metal band Blazon Stone announced that their fifth album is in production, but a release date has not been confirmed. If you haven’t heard them yet, go give them a listen.
Solarus, a new power metal band from Canada, announced a second album. With no date yet set, their Facebook page has teased that it will be coming soon, also posting a music video for a new single. (Sorry for the lack of video; it wouldn’t convert from YouTube properly.)
Elvenking and DragonForce have been posting recording updates on their social media pages, but have yet to announce release dates for their upcoming albums. Equilibrium also disclosed that a new album is on the way, but not much info has been released as of yet.
Brand new international power metal outfit Warkings begins touring with Amaranthe on the Western European leg of the Helix World Tour on 31 January.