There is a lot of potential in Atorc, I just feel that they need to iron out those few creases before they can truly launch into the more international folk metal community.
Dwarrowdelf – Of Dying Lights
There is clearly a lot of thought and creativity that goes into creating a Dwarrowdelf album, and for anyone that is a fan of atmospheric black metal, I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on what Dwarrowdelf is up to in the future.
Sorcières – Sombres Danses
Sorcières are able to create an atmosphere with their music already, and the ability to keep one repeating melody throughout a track is not something that you see very often nowadays, and I really enjoy it. I look forward to hearing what more Sorcières are able to bring to life in the future.
Aonia – The Seven
The composition is wonderful, Jo and Melissa’s vocals are absolutely flawless and incredible to listen to, and live they put on a magnificent performance. I will definitely be taking another opportunity to see them live in the future, and I would suggest that if symphonic metal is your kind of thing, that you should do the same.
Lex Talion – Sons of Chaos
The album tells a story, not only through the lyrics but through the instrumentals as well. There are highs and lows in the music as an epic battle or war seems to take place throughout the tracks of the album.
Teshaleh – Born of Fire
Despite the fact the album doesn’t really flow well for me personally, the actual composition of the individual tracks is really good. If a future full-length release is in the works, I would like to see some more consistent themes in the instrumentals.
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.
Warkings – Reborn
There was such a hype on social media before this debut was released the for me it didn’t quite hit impossibly high standard. However, it is a damn good album!
LIVE REVIEW: Nightwish Decades Tour with support from Beast in Black
One of the best possible ways to end my live music experiences of 2018. What a show!
LIVE REVIEW: HRH Vikings Chapter I
This event is a new highlight on the festival calendar, and I already have tickets for next year to witness an even more spectacular line up! Skål!
DOUBLE LIVE REVIEW: Heilung (supported by Jo Quail) 9th November 2018, and Wardruna 21st November 2018
A special double feature review of my experiences at the Heilung performance on 9th November 2018 at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, and of Wardruna’s performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester on 21st November 2018.
Grailknights – Knightfall
This album is prime for a power metal party and I can definitely imagine myself with all my power metal loving friends having a grand old time with some drinks seeing Grailknights live.
Dyrnwyn – Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Italian folk metal seems to be coming into it’s own with some quality acts right now, and Dyrnwyn are no different, they are fantastic and I very much look forward to hearing more from them in the future. I thoroughly recommend these guys if you are looking for some pagan folk metal in the style of Moonsorrow.
Valyria – Into the Dying of Time
Band: ValyriaAlbum: Into the Dying of TimeRelease Date: 18th May 2018Record Label: Self-Release I can’t remember exactly how I came across Valyria and their latest album,
Dragony – Masters of the Multiverse
With keys adding cheese, soaring vocals, guitar solos, singalong choruses, and a power ballad, it has all the ingredients you need for one hell of a power metal banger.
Skálmöld – Sorgir
Sorgir will not only appeal to the die hard Skálmöld fans, but also to those who may not have heard much of their music before and are into the more traditional metal sound.
Saltatio Mortis – Brot und Spiele (Deluxe Edition)
This album is consistent in quality, it is what you would expect from Saltatio Mortis and what you would expect from a folk metal album.
Bloodshed Walhalla – Ragnarok
When I heard that this was blackened Viking metal, I wasn’t expecting the amount of folky influences akin to Moonsorrow, and I really do enjoy that. The Italian folk metal scene, and the southern European folk metal scene in general are getting bigger, and there are some fantastic bands coming out of this.
Triddana – Rising From Within
It’s what I like in folk metal all in one nice neat package of an album. The album is consistent without being too similar and every track being the same, each track has its own unique identity. I am very much looking forward to hearing even more Triddana in the future!
Bloodstock Festival 2018 – Saturday and Sunday Ostara Review
My experience of Saturday and Sunday at Bloodstock Festival 2018.