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.
This album is maybe something I wouldn’t have immediately picked up from the cover and album title, but I did really enjoy the tracks. It’s a little bit out of my normal taste, but I had a lot of fun listening to it, and it brought back memories of some of the music I used to listen to in the late 90’s and early 00’s, when you had bands that used to sing of lost love and have some real emotion and feel behind the music.
Furor Gallico have produced something amazing. The folk instruments blend in effortlessly with the more traditional heavy metal instruments, and the composition is perfect.
I very much expect that when I see them at Wacken Winter Nights there won’t be a moment where I’m not dancing or jigging myself silly with my friends. While TrollfesT are not a “serious” band, they definitely deserve to be taken seriously.
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.
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.
Wow, what a year 2018 was! I started Ostara Metal properly in January and this year has been a rollercoaster of a year, both with
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!
One of the best possible ways to end my live music experiences of 2018. What a show!
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!
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.
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,
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.
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.
A one day festival jam packed of power metal in the home of heavy metal – Birmingham.
I am very much looking forward to seeing Korpiklaani live again at Wacken Winter Nights in February next year, and there will be a lot of dancing to keep me warm in the northern German winter! All I have left to say in my very limited Finnish vocabulary is “Kiitos” to Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani for yet another smashing release!
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.
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!
My review of my experience of Thursday and Friday of Bloodstock Festival 2018.
If you enjoy punchy power metal with heavy drums and symphonic elements, The Offering is an album you need in your collection. It will definitely be joining mine.