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Tag Archives: Symphonic Metal

Battlelore – The Return Of The Shadow – Album Review

Artist: Battlelore Album Title: The Return Of The Shadow Label: Napalm Records Date of Release: 3 June 2022 Am I the only one to get excited when a band returns from an extended hiatus? It is especially exciting when the hiatus began to feel like it might be more of a complete end, with hopes  Continue Reading »

Threads Of Fate – The Cold Embrace Of The Light – Album Review

Artist: Threads Of Fate Album Title: The Cold Embrace Of The Light Label: Layered Reality Productions Date of Release:  11 March 2022 Back in 2018, I reviewed the debut EP from an outfit called Threads Of Fate. Of that EP, I wrote the following: “This is, for my tastes, the perfect blend of nostalgia, modern  Continue Reading »

Nocturna – Daughters Of The Night -Album Review

Artist: Nocturna Album Title: Daughters Of The Night Label: Scarlet Records Date of Release:  21 January 2022 Today’s review is one of those ‘discoveries’ that I made when undertaking one of my famed late-night trawls through my promo accounts. Of all the genres of heavy music that I like, I’d place Gothic, symphonic metal lower  Continue Reading »

Battle Beast – Circus Of Doom – Album Review

Artist: Battle Beast Album Title: Circus Of Doom Label: Nuclear Blast Date of Release: 21 January 2021 Back in 2017, I reviewed ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the fourth studio album of Battle Beast’s career. I didn’t however, review the 2019 follow-up ‘No More Hollywood Endings’. Put simply, I wasn’t a big fan of ‘Bringer Of Pain’  Continue Reading »

The Best Songs of 2021

As in years before, I wanted to round off 2021 with a quick look at some of the best individual songs that I heard during 2021. As with my recent Top 30 series, this is a list of my personal favourite songs. They might not be the most technical, clever, or complicated songs of the  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 6

Welcome to instalment number twenty-five of my 2020 ‘Album of the Year Top 30 countdown’. The last pick before I enter the final five for the year. Are you getting excited? I know that I certainly am, and I know the final five placings. For those of you who don’t know, the excitement must be  Continue Reading »

Album Of The Year 2021 – Number 26

Welcome to day 5 of my 2021 ‘Album of the Year Top 30 Countdown’ series. No big intro today, except to remind you that you can find links to numbers 30-27 below, as well as a link to an ‘honourable mentions’ post that kicked off this year’s list, and links to my annual end-of-year series  Continue Reading »

W.E.B. – Colosseum – Album Review

Artist: W.E.B. Album Title: Colosseum Label: Metal Blade Records Date of Release: 19 November 2021 You’d think that now I’ve begun my mammoth annual Top 30 album countdown series, I’d have no more time for album reviews, wouldn’t you? Well, in the past, you might be right. But this is a new, ultra-enthused Man Of  Continue Reading »

Seven Spires – Gods Of Debauchery – Album Review

Artist: Seven Spires Album Title: Gods Of Debauchery Label: Frontiers Records Date of Release:  10 September 2021 Yes, yes, and thrice yes. I always love it when I make a new musical discovery, one that gives me goosebumps, makes me smile, and gives me that feeling that I simply need to carve out time in  Continue Reading »

Arion – Vultures Die Alone – Album Review

Artist: Arion Album Title: Vultures Die Alone Label: AFM Records Date of Release: 9 April 2021 Over the past couple of years, it feels as if there have been an abundance of bands that I should dislike, releasing albums that get under my skin. Arion are one of these bands, and their third outing, ‘Vultures  Continue Reading »


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