From classic heavy metal to folk metal from the East, here are this week’s releases.
Gloryhammer – The Siege of Dunkeld (In Hoots We Trust)
The second over-the-top single of cosmic metal warriors Gloryhammer’s upcoming album is here, complete with shitty Latin, a heavy beat, and a super catchy melody.
Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex will arrive on 31 May.
Demons & Wizards – Heaven Denies
Being absent from the scene since 2005 as far as new material goes, power metal outfit Demons & Wizards are soon to rerelease their first (and only) two records. I don’t think they really warrant a rerelease, both because of the albums aren’t exceptional and thee are only two fucking albums to choose from but, hey, who am I to say?
Anyway, here’s a new lyric video for an old song.
Turilli/Lione Rhapsody – Phoenix Rising
A promising look in to Luca Turilli’s and Fabio Lione’s upcoming Rhapsody project is here, in all the symphonic glory you’d expect. The album, Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) will be available on 28 June.
TIR – Metal Shock
Surfacing from the depths of the underground for the first time in eight years, Italian classic metal legends TIR are releasing their second album, Metal Shock. Even though they formed in the ’80s, the band have devoted most of their focus to live shows and building a local reputation rather than producing albums. As a result, they’re held in very high esteem in their hometown of Rome.
For me, classic metal albums are almost always either great or crap; there is no in between. Fortunately, Metal Shock instantly takes a stand among the former, with its dual guitars and colorful drumming building a solid foundation as soon as they come in. On top of that, the raspy vocals kick ass and the bass lines are clear in the mix. Using the premium fuel that the band produces, each song is energetic, catchy, and has a high degree of headbangability behind it. There’s nothing exceptional about Metal Shock and it’s pretty lean in the variety department but it’s classic metal done well, plain and simple.
Read the full review here!
Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal
Former and present Fates Warning members John Arch and Jim Matheos are back with their second partnered album, Winter Ethereal. It in no way sounds like a Fates Warning knockoff, instead taking a stand as one of the best prog albums of the year so far. It hits hard and heavy but contains surprisingly fluid arrangements, which makes for quite the dynamic listen.
You can read my full review over on Heavy Music HQ.
Myrath – Shehili
It should come as no surprise that Myrath’s Shehili is as rich and lively as it gets. Their trademark Middle Eastern folk influence is ever-present among the driving power/prog, leading the listener to places both familiar and mystical.
Check out my review here.
Other Releases That Weren’t Great But You Might Like Anyway
-Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Heavy Metal)
Just your run-of-the-mill heavy metal band. Nothing special here.
-Pulver – Kings Under the Sand (Heavy Metal)
Laid back, loose, and lazy heavy metal. Again, nothing special.
-Legacy of Silence – Our Forests Sing (Folk Metal)
Debut album of the Italian folk outfit, it’s ok but the mix is distractingly messy. Folk metal in the realm of Wolfhorde and Equilibrium, though not nearly as good.
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