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by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Adfectus Infernus is the fourth full-length release from Cincinnati-based metal band Silver Cypher. The band bills themselves as a “dark power metal” outfit, a term that brings to mind the likes of Evergrey and Bloodbound. The reality – [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – The first band in the Divebomb label’s new Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked and forgotten demos (both new and old), is Dallas-based power metal band Manta Ray. The band was formed at the end of the ‘80s by singer/guitarist [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – After taking a three year hiatus and losing founding member and band namesake Michael Eden, Eden’s Curse are back with an impressive melodic metal masterpiece for their 4th full-length album. For the uninitiated, Eden’s Curse began as a studio project back in [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running, Texas-based traditional heavy metal band Aska is back after a six-year absence with a new album, their sixth full-length, titled Fire Eater. The band may not have been very active in terms of new material over the past decade, [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – If the Heaven & Hell Records roster can be said to have a type, it’s probably a hybrid of thrash and power metal sounds with a strong ‘80s influence. Bands like Ancient Creation, Seventh Calling and Core Device all fit that mold, as [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s one that slipped by us at the tail end of 2012 and deserves another look. In Death’s Shadow is the debut full-length from Melbourne-based heavy metal band Knightmare. Despite having a name that’s as overused as it is cheesy, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – As of late, reunions for bands have been pretty popular. This is true for different locations, including Denmark. Jackal will be re-releasing Cry of the Jackal with five bonus tracks. The band is musically walking down the same path that they did in ’80s with [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Power and speed metal has traditionally become genres dominated by American and European bands, but now Dragonsclaw bring an Australian approach with their second album Judgement Day. “Watching My Every Move” contains some excellent speed drumming by Alcides [...]
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 Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1991, The Dying Race was the debut album from German power metal band Crows, a very early Century Media signing and one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of that highly influential scene. Crows was a band with deep [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Having already delivered a deluxe reissue of Forte’s debut album Stranger Than Fiction, not to mention presenting the band’s scorching comeback album Unholy War, reissue specialists Divebomb Records have turned their attention to the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Judicator has released their second full album titled Sleepy Plessow. John Yelland and Tony Cordisco are surprisingly the only ones to make up this band, but there are nine guest musicians on this album. This album is supposed to tell the story of Prussia. It [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Ex-Manowar drummer Rhino returns with Angels Of Babylon’s follow-up to the 2010 release Kingdom Of Evil. As well as showing his class on the drum kit, Rhino contributes all the vocals to Thundergod, and he is joined by new recruits Alex Stephens on guitar and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor– It’s been three years since the last Masterplan album (2010’s Time To Be King), and to no one’s surprise, the melodic metal band has gone through yet another lineup change. This time around, founding guitarist Roland Grapow and [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Ancestral Energy is the second full-length album from Artizan, one of the more exciting bands to emerge from the American power metal scene in recent years. The Florida-based band once again enlisted the services of Jim Morris at the legendary [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Kaledon, an Italian symphonic power metal ensemble, has released their seventh album called Altor: The King’s Blacksmith. The main praiseworthy aspect of this album is the band’s ability to create a saga and provide listeners with storytelling. The actual [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian traditional/power metal force Lord is back with a new album, titled Digital Lies. It’s the fourth full-length from the band, which of course was formed as a solo project for (now former) Dungeon frontman Lord Tim, and while Lord [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Artlantica’s debut album, Across The Seven Seas, is a compilation of Neo-classical charm and witty instrumentals. The band comes from the remnants of Artension and Angel of Eden and includes guitarist Roger Staffelbach, vocalist John West, and keyboardist [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Helker has been considered Argentina’s best heavy metal band and has signed with AFM records. The tremendous vocals, which can be thought of as somewhat comparable to Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, are done by Diego Valdez. They have an eager sense of [...]
by Justin Gaines - News Editor / Senior Columnist – When you think of the key bands in the early power metal scene, the ones in Germany that totally wrote the playbook for the whole genre, the same bands always come to mind. Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, and…Scanner? Well, Scanner [...]
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