Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire
Review by Belegûr
Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.


Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches
Review by Windrider
It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.


Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
Review by Apothecary
In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.


Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera
Review by R'Vannith
Quintessential Ephemera is a record which streamlines Rosetta's sound at a time of creative independence. It marks the band's second self-release and is a stabilising work which assures of their ability to make music free from label demands.


Coathanger Abortion - Observations Of Humanity
Review by Ilham
This is a review for Coathanger Abortion, and it felt exactly like one.


Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path
Review by Ag Fox
Ahh… Sirenia. A band I've always felt quite attached to as it's one of the first discoveries I'd made back when I first joined this site, around the time when The 13th Floor was released. Ailyn was definitely the main reason that got me hooked. Admittedly, I'm hardly the most loyal fan because I turned my back on her upon listening to the pedestrian effort named The Enigma Of Life.


Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus
Review by Belegûr
Since the split of the original "Rhapsody" into two bands, both have been somewhat disappointing in their efforts so far. Rhapsody Of Fire produced a completely forgettable effort in Dark Wings Of Steel, whereas Luca Turilli's Rhapsody didn't do that much better with Ascending To Infinity. It is quite remarkable that we now have two bands, but neither can produce the magic of the original band. This trend continues with Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus, which succeeds as a "cinematic metal" album, but fails at being very memorable.


Midnight Odyssey - Shards Of Silver Fade
Review by Apothecary
What types of art forms can keep your attention for over two hours? A book, perhaps, or a movie? In the case of music, however, albums that do so tend to be pretty damn rare. Creating an album that long that doesn't appear to lag, and that has a good diversity of sound, is a tricky beast to slay. So, is Shards Of Silver Fade, the new 142 minute album from Australia's Midnight Odyssey worth it? Let's find out.


Staff pick
Heavydeath - Eternal Sleepwalker
death doom

First offering from the former Runemagick members lives up to the name Heavydeath. Great doom tunes, deathy vocals - but a good share of droning elements are the perfect accompaniment. And it is a tad amusing that Eternal Sleepwalker was released on Caligari records.

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Sear Bliss - On Hiatus 29.06

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