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by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Dutch symphonic metal masters Delain are getting ready to release their fourth studio release entitled The Human Contradiction. The female fronted act dropped their last full studio album (We Are The Others) back in 2012, and their fans will more than likely [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Symphonies of the Night marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the symphonic metal arena. Take everything about Leaves’ Eyes and magnify it – this means bigger vocals, tighter performances, heavier riffs, and of course, more power. This thirteen [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Sooner or later there was bound to be a band that looked at Rhapsody and Hammerfall and said “yeah, we can be even cheesier than that.” That time has come, and the band to deliver the next level of over the top fantasy-based power metal is [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German power metal band Powerwolf is back with a new album, their fifth, titled Preachers of the Night. The band’s previous album – 2011’s excellent Blood of the Saints – was a major breakthrough for Powerwolf, and with Preachers of [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Napalm Records recording artists Huntress have just embarked on this summer’s Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and they are sure to cultivate a whole new crop of fans with their brand of banshee-led metal. The band will also be releasing their highly [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Californian quintet Huntress are back with the follow up to last year’s debut album Spell Eater. Starbound Beast fuses melodic heavy metal with elements of thrash and doom, and in front-woman Jill Janus, Huntress have a vocalist with such a diverse range in her [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Fans of gothic metal, rejoice! Tristania, one of the genre’s true pioneering bands, has just released their seventh studio album entitled Darkest White. The Norwegian powerhouse act has a storied fourteen year history stretching back to their 1998 debut [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – The Dutch symphonic metal band Delain will be shortly releasing Interlude, a CD and DVD combo package, as a tribute and “thank you” for their fans and supporters. Rather than approaching this as a “best of” or live CD, Delain has produced a 13-track [...]
by Joe Mis - Columnist – Libertine is the upcoming solo release from Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Liv Kristine, who is more widely known as the lead singer for the symphonic folk metal powerhouse band Leaves’ Eyes and Theatre of Tragedy. Libertine is not a symphonic metal release by any [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – After a four-year wait between Solens Rötter and Jordpuls, the members of Vintersorg—Andreas Hedlund and Mattias Marklund—have returned to a regular, annual album release schedule. Orkan, Swedish for “hurricane,” picks up where its predecessor left off, [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Everyone probably best remembers Moonspell from their “hit,” “Opium,” from the Irreligious album. It embodied the shift from their early black metal sound to one more rooted in Goth metal, and helped to substantially broaden their fan base. Many years [...]
by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Neverworld’s End marks the welcome return of Germany’s Xandria to the symphonic metal scene, and the debut of their new dynamic lead vocalist Manuela Kraller. Together since the early 2000s, Xandria has developed a significant following courtesy of a [...]