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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Italian Symphonic/Death/Black Metal (the exact mix keeps changing) band Graveworm is back with a new album, their ninth full-length offering to date – titled Ascending Hate. Newly signed to the AFM label, the band has served up a sinister new [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for fans of Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal. We’ve already seen outstanding releases from Nightwish and Damnation Angels; now Kamelot has delivered their much-anticipated follow-up to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — (Mostly) UK-based symphonic/power metal band Damnation Angels is back with a new album, their second overall, titled The Valiant Fire. It’s the highly-anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough 2013 debut full-length Bringer of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Finnish symphonic metal legends Nightwish are back with a new studio album titled Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and it’s kind of a big deal. Sure, every new album is a big deal when you’re one of the most prominent metal bands on the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Where Stories Unfold is an apt name for the latest release by the Austrian Symphonic/Theatrical Metal act Illuminata. Combining elements of Gothic Metal with full orchestra backing, Illuminata presents an interesting musical tale backed by strong [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — There’s hardly a thing as solid and imperishable as the Teutonic Metal scene – from the classic Heavy/Speed legends such as Running Wild, Rage or Accept to the groups that evolved from the same genres, yet shifted elsewhere somewhere along [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian Symphonic Metal songstress Leah McHenry has put the finishing touches on Kings & Queens – her second full-length studio release. Leah blends elements of Celtic, World Music, and Progressive Metal influences into European-style Symphonic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian symphonic metal songstress Leah McHenry has put the finishing touches on Kings & Queens – her second full-length studio release. Leah continues to blend Celtic, world music, and progressive metal influences into European-style symphonic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Riding the waves of popularity from the great success of their last studio album, Dutch symphonic metal masters Within Temptation and their label, Nuclear Blast, have just released Enter & The Dance. This is a win for any new fans of the band as it [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Hailing from Northern Ireland, Selene is making a valid attempt to join the swelling ranks of female fronted metal. Paradise Over is their latest effort – a six-track EP. Symphonic and Gothic elements are blended well with near-operatic vocals, solid [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Former Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki, yes the one who swore he was retiring from the music scene, is back with the second volume in his Avalon symphonic metal opera series. The new album is titled Angels of the Apocalypse and finds [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — You wouldn’t think that as late as 1996 a new metal album could come out and completely define an entire genre, but that’s exactly what happened when Swedish metal band Therion released their fifth studio album, titled Theli. The [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Darkyra Black is a Gothic-symphonic metal singer & songwriter hailing from Down Under. Despite being an Aussie, her music is heavenly influenced by all things Asian – and she’s just released her debut album entitled Dragon Tears. Darkyra is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004’s Mabool and 2010’s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their [...]
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 [...]
by Craig Newman – Columnist — When you think of Ireland and Britain, you often envision green pastures, mountains, lakes, rivers, castles, pubs, the people (Celtic, Anglo-Saxons, Norseman and others), mythology, fables and more than several thousand years of history. Additionally, over [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Siren’s Cry is the latest band to make their way into the now crowded symphonic power metal scene with their debut full length album entitled Scattered Horizons. The Austrian band’s music is a melding of symphonic, progressive, and power metal, and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Symphonic metal and Scandinavia go together like chocolate and peanut butter, thus the newest release from Finland’s Amberian Dawn should not come as a surprise. As one would expect from a band releasing their fifth studio album, the music on the [...]
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 [...]
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