Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut

Well, what is there to say about Alestorm? They’re a bit like Marmite, people either love them or hate them, and they’re a little bit silly. If you’re a hard core metal elistist who has a traditional view on how metal should be, this is probably not the album for you.
Alestorm have provided us with EXACTLY the kind of album we need during this quite horrible time in the world today!

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Grimgotts – Tales

Tales is a nice, short listen, which is sometimes a nice change from 1 hour + albums which do require a lot of mental energy to follow and take note of the many, many elements involved in the mix. Grimgotts provides some simple, yet effective power metal which is easy to listen to.

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.

Norvhar – Kauna

I hope for Norvhar to release many more albums, especially if they are of this caliber. A tale of the wayfarer’s journey beyond this album would be most welcomed by me, but whatever they put out there in the future, if it is of this quality, I will be among the first to give it a listen.

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.

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