Ancient Bards – Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Pt. 2)

I do appreciate the skill and thought that has gone into the music, and that there will be a lot of people who will really enjoy this. I really do look forward to seeing Ancient Bards live at Power Metal Quest Fest.

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Lemuria – The Hysterical Hunt

I think I have already found a contender for album of the year. Sometimes when bands add orchestral instruments to their music, it can sound like an afterthought rather than being thought about and completely integrated into the music. Lemuria have done the latter, and I feel that without the addition of the orchestral instruments, there would be a big chunk of the music missing and it wouldn’t feel complete.

Barbarus – Into The Distant Light

I feel like the music could go one step further with a few more elements, it doesn’t quite feel as epic to me as something telling this kind of story maybe could. Having said that, I really enjoyed listening to this, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes melodeath, as well as a more stripped back metal sound.

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