News This Week (February Week 1)

February has started off with a bang. A handful of good singles came out, and Friday saw a couple of massively impressive album releases. There wasn’t much in the way of news or announcements, but the music was enough to keep me busy, anyway.

I’ll begin with the most unique piece of news: the Sabaton History Channel’s debut. Upon its announcement a few weeks ago, the concept of Sabaton History was generally well received. The first episode definitely lives up to expectations. It’s interesting and detailed, and you’ll likely learn a thing or two.

Sabaton History 001 – The Battle of Wizna

Singles


Týr – Sunset Shore

Týr’s upcoming album Hel is set to release on 8 March. I’m not a huge fan, but ‘Sunset Shore’ sounds solid enough. It sounds like the rest of their music; mournful and emotional with a great guitar solo.

Tyr – Sunset Shore (Metal Blade)

Bloodbound – ‘Slayer Of Kings’

Bloodbound’s Rise of the Dragon Empire is coming 20 March. Judging by this single, it will be another light and fantastical release with the usual Bloodbound essence. ‘Slayer Of Kings’ is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t stray very far from it’s true power metal sound. There’s nothing exceptional here, but that isn’t really what we expect from them, anyway.

Bloodbound – Slayer Of Kings (AFM Records)

Grimgotts – ‘Ancient Waters’

Adventurous power metal band Grimgotts’ new single for their upcoming album, Dragons of the Ages, blows all of their past songs out of the sea. It’s a lot cleaner sounding than their first record, and it carries an uplifting and epic feel. A release date has yet to be announced, but it’s likely to be released by mid-year.

Grimgotts – Ancient Waters

Darkwater – ‘A New Beginning’

‘A New Beginning’ is the second single for melodic proggers Darkwater’s new album, Human. This will be their first album release in nine years. By the sound of ‘A New Beginning’, the album will comprise of the same electronic sound as its predecessors.

Darkwater – A New Beginning (Ulterium Records)

Eluveitie – ‘Ategnatos’

Melodic folk-death masters Eluveitie are back. Their second single for the upcoming Ategnatos, coming 5 April, sounds promising; it’s characteristically mournful and delivers exactly what you’d expect.

Albums

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear

For fans of classic metal, Fight the Fear is everything you could want; heavy riffs, shredding solos, and a hard-hitting band. However, variety is almost non-existent in this album, and once you get two or three tracks in, there’s nothing coming up that you haven’t already heard.

That being said, this is a good (but not great) record. You can see my detailed review here.

Herman Frank – Fear (AFM Records)

Thornbridge – Theatrical Masterpiece

Thornbridge has surfaced with a second album that takes everything great about their first record and tags it with a newer, more original feel. The sound can most accurately be described as old school Blind Guardian with Orden Ogan choruses served on a modern power metal plate.

Check out my review here.

Thornbridge – Theatrical Masterpiece (Massacre Records)

Beast In Black – From Hell With Love

I’ve saved the best for last. Of all the releases this week (and, realistically, probably this year), Beast In Black’s sophomore album stands far on top. They’ve taken their former 80s influence and blended it into their power metal foundation, resulting in a synth-heavy, heart-burning, cheese-oozing fury that sticks out from all of Anton Kabanen’s work thus far.

You can see my more detailed assessment of the Beast’s blast to the past here!

Beast In Black – Sweet True Lies (Nuclear Blast)

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for more content!

Stay Metal \m/

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3 replies

  1. All promising releases to look forward to! And the Sabaton History Channel is brilliant.

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