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.
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.
My very first band interview with the wonderful Alexander and Jane from Imperial Age
It makes me want to buy some Spandex pants, leg warmers, back comb my hair and combine all that with some Doc Martens and a leather jacket. That is the only way I can think that would accurately depict the feel of this album.
An absolutely fantastic night of symphonic power metal with a splash of rock ‘n’ roll.
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.
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.
A one day festival jam packed of power metal in the home of heavy metal – Birmingham.
This is an amazing debut from YYLVA. The tracks are really well written, the mix is brilliant and Clare’s vocals are absolutely incredible. I expect many more great things from YYLVA, and I am excited to hear more in the future.
My experience of Saturday and Sunday at Bloodstock Festival 2018.
A beautiful and atmospheric take on some of the lesser-known lore of Tolkein’s world.
Shadowrise I feel have a lot of potential. The mix between the RPG soundtrack style and the heavy instrumental works really well.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Celtachor again live. It is not often that Irish folk metal is heard, it is more often the more Northern European folk metal that fans are more familiar with.
This is certainly an album I will be listening to again, and if you haven’t had the chance to check these guys out yet, you should!
Each song on this album is its own story, its own journey. Sojourner have a unique sound in their own right.
An unusual folk metal album which deviates from the normal European style. It flows really well and the composition is fantastic.
Barbarians in Black is a hard-hitting, heavy power metal album which you should really add to your collection.
An acquaintance of mine (also in Sköll) asked me if I’d be kind enough to have a listen to his other band’s (Accursed Years) single
I really, really want to like this album. I really do. I’ve heard great things about Kamelot and on paper they sound like exactly my kind of band, but this albun really didn’t meet my expectations. I can tell the music itself is really well written and thought out, but at times it almost seems like it’s too well thought out at times.