The Ferrymen – A New Evil

The Ferrymen once again have released their own brand of heavy metal onto the world in the form of A New Evil, combining fantasy, motivational, and lost love themes with hard hitting metal and slower, ballad-like sections. With the addition of Ronnie Romero’s outstandingly powerful vocals, it’s a formula that just can’t go wrong!

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Forlorn Hope – Over the Hills

Chris (vocals, rhythm guitar) is a Peninsula War enthusiast, and you can definitely hear that in the lyrics. I have even learned a bit of history, including what a “Forlorn Hope” is! Forlorn Hope have their own sound, and it’s damn good. I’m hoping to hear a lot more from the band in the future, and I wish them the best of luck for going far in their music careers!

Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages

Far from their Harry Potter themed power metal (which I am still a little disappointed they abandoned), I feel like Grimgotts have a potentially great future as a band together. They have their own take on power metal which is reminiscent of the Swedish power metal scene with bands such as Dragonland and Bloodbound springing to mind, but they add their own twist with the nautical themes which don’t dive straight into the pirate metal trope.

Amon Amarth – Berserker

Amon Amarth have successfully managed to try something new whilst still holding true to their roots and previous records. They have got the right balance between maintaining their sound while keeping it fresh, and that, in my opinion, is not always an easy thing to do, particularly for a band such as Amon Amarth who have such a distinctive sound and image.

Æternal Requiem – RISE

In terms of genre and composition, this album does exactly what it says on the tin, there are power and folk elements, as well as some more traditional heavy metal elements in there too. I just feel like this would benefit a little more from some good mastering and increase in the audio quality.

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