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Wind Rose – Warfront – Album Review

Artist: Wind Rose Album Title: Warfront Label: Napalm Records Date of Release: 10 June 2022 I have taken a listen to this mainly because I was asked to by a loyal and supportive reader of If it hadn’t been for this request, it’s quite likely that I would have let this album drift past  Continue Reading »

Amorphis – Halo – Album Review

Artist: Amorphis Album Title: Halo Label: Atomic Fire Records Date of Release:  11 February 2022 My love affair with Amorphis began back before the turn of the Millennium, not long after they released ‘Tuonela’. This is still one of those albums that I revere and listen to on a rather frequent basis. However, even so,  Continue Reading »

Ensiferum – Thalassic – Album Review

Artist: Ensiferum Album Title: Thalassic Label: Metal Blade Records Date of Release: 10 July 2020 If there was a time to go back to a band and try again, it’s now, when time is in great supply and I have a mind more open than at any time previously. Despite being around for two decades,  Continue Reading »

SWMM – Trail Of The Fallen – Album Review

Artist: SWMM – Sometimes We Make Music Album Title: Trail Of The Fallen Label: Independent Release Date of Release: 22 January 2020 The winner of the award for ‘most rubbish band name of 2020’ so far has to go to SWMM, or Sometimes We Make Music to give them their full title. I mean, come  Continue Reading »

Brothers Of Metal – Emblas Saga – Album Review

Artist: Brothers Of Metal Album Title: Emblas Saga Label: AFM Records Date of Release: 10 January 2020 It’s becoming a theme but a positive one as once again I bring you a review of an album that I had literally no knowledge of and, from what I discovered after a quick bit of research, wasn’t  Continue Reading »

Borknagar – True North – Album Review

Artist: Borknagar Album Title: True North Label: Century Media Records Date of Release: 27 September 2019 These days, even the mightiest of bands are not immune to the curses that strike down the lesser mortals; the pretenders to the throne; the young upstarts of the metal world. The evidence? The behemoth of the black/folk/progressive world,  Continue Reading »

Album of the Year 2018 – Number 5

Welcome to another chapter of my Album of the Year 2018 top 30 countdown. But not just any chapter: we have reached the top five. Finally, I hear you cry! Indeed, after what must feel to you all like a hundred years, I have entered the final act of this year’s countdown. At certain points  Continue Reading »

Wallachia – Monumental Heresy – Album Review

Artist: Wallachia Album Title: Monumental Heresy Label: Debemur Morti Records Date Of Release: 13 April 2018 I wasn’t necessarily expecting to like ‘Monumental Heresy’, given the folk metal tag that they seem to have acquired over the years. However, having given the Norwegian band a relatively wide berth over their 26-year career having not been  Continue Reading »

Elvenking – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire – Album Review

Artist: Elvenking Album Title: Secrets of the Magick Grimoire Label: AFM Records Date Of Release: 10 November 2017 I don’t like folk metal. That’s what I’ve told myself for many years, anyway. Some years ago, I delved into the genre and found the whole thing pretty underwhelming to be honest. Included in this journey of  Continue Reading »

Wintersun – The Forest Seasons – Album Review

Artist: Wintersun Album Title: The Forest Seasons Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 21 July 2017 If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when the off-stage antics become bigger than the music. I understand that in an environment as volatile, unpredictable and fast-paced as the music industry, very little ever runs smoothly. Sometimes the  Continue Reading »

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