Whether one is an avid fan of Axel Rudi Pell, or maybe just a big fan of heavy metal or power metal in general, it would be difficult to understand why any heavy metal fans would ignore Knight’s Call for any reason.
Auri is a stunning piece of composition from Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) and co., and truly awakens a mystical energy inside oneself.
Skeletal Remains has not only crafted their best release yet, but also what is thus far 2018’s best death metal full-length.
If you’re a fan of later era Varukers and skate punk groups such as 7 Seconds and No Mercy, this album is for you!
Nordicity is a pleasant, inoffensive but ultimately forgettable listen and does not really impact Divine Realm’s catalogue of prior releases favourably.
Patriarchs of Evil, Varathron’s latest full-length album, is another great release from the legendary black metal band.
One particularly striking debut for 2018 is that of NY's Aux Era and their simultaneously intriguing mix of heavy and ambient.
This record is a mixed bag; when the band sticks to the uptempo hard rockers they are in top form, but the three or so AOR tunes don’t do much for the record’s overall vibe.
Folk music speaks to the primal creature within us. Ulvesang’s new album The Hunt speaks of our interaction with nature, and how we should think about the ways in which we live within it.
Containing veterans of the UK death metal scene – including Bolt Thrower and Benediction – Memoriam is a band that move forward with a confidence and driven nature that is admirable as seen on The Silent Vigil.
Twingiant return with a re-issue of Mass Driver after last year's awesome Blood Feud. It's low and slow, but is it as good an accompaniment to any barbecue?
If you are a fan of Myles Kennedy’s vocal talents and have a desire to see where his songwriting has taken him in the country and folk realm, Damian Fitzgerald strongly recommends Year of the Tiger.
This album starts out with the brutally heavy title track, “Imparables”, and the crushing aural punishment doesn’t let up for the next five songs.
Korrupt is aggressive and vibrant hardcore from Kristiansand, and their songs can be seen as a form of revolt towards the world - as found on Preachers and Creatures.
Noise metal legends Will Haven breathe entirely new life into their sound with sixth full-length album Muerte.
On Eviternity, Kosmogyr do not let a minor thing like a 7,500km geographical separation get in their way of crafting quality atmospheric black metal in the Scandinavian vein.
As is the case with the other records released in this batch of reissues, Coma of Souls benefits greatly from a fresh remaster; it sounds punchier and bigger than before.
While an enjoyable EP, it isn’t exactly groundbreaking. The title track was unfortunately my least favourite of all five songs and, aside from one of the featured artists, nothing else really stood out to me.
For an established Nightwish fan, Decades echoes established fans’ own personal playlist of favourites; for music fans not yet acquainted with this band, it would be a fine addition to their wish-list to learn about the band’s work and hopefully develop a taste for it.
Initially less bombastic than its predecessor, Tahoe starts with a gentle ambient awakening, as if Warmsley is escaping urban claustrophobia and taking in deep lungfuls of fresh air.