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Black Cyclone Death is King
Great debut and a throwback to the formative years of the metal sub-genre known as speed metal. Fans of Agent Steel, Overkill, early Metallica, early Riot even, this is a jam. While the arrangements steer clear from any elaborate scheme, Linus Johannson's (also in Trial (SWE)/ Hypnos (SWE)) high pitched vocals, grant the album those extra merit points.
Hypnos (SWE) Cold Winds
Hypnos from Sweden replenish their resonance in and out of the virtual event horizon that maps the interface of '70s hard n' heavy rock to early '80s proto-metal. The differences with respect to their debut lies in the tangible repression of the '70s Judas Priest influence, aligned with the discrete introduction of folk elements, namely a subdued flute ("Start the Hunt", "The Captive", "Det Kommer En Dag") that works purely in a heavy/blues rock context.
ShadowKeep ShadowKeep
ShadowKeep re-emerge with US metal priest James Rivera behind the mic, with an album that has "badass US tech/power/progressive metal" emphatically written all over it. Due to Rivera's trademark work, the comparison of ShadowKeep with Helstar will be imminent and of merit, partially at least, as the Englishmen have taken their fair distance from all the flagship bands described by the concoction of previously mentioned genres. Little does it matter that the style ShadowKeep are advocating for is out of fashion and scope in today's metal scene, ShadowKeep should be cherished by relevant fans. Favorite track: Immortal Drifter.
Bob Katsionis Prognosis & Synopsis
Amidst his numerous activities as sound/video producer, guest musician, and Firewind member, Katsionis has found time for a new solo album, and while this self-imposed multitasking begets a readily perceivable lack of originality in Prognosis & Synopsis, there's no denying that Katsionis' fifth album is also a highly relaxing/traveling listen. Stream:
Last Rites (GR) Last Rites
On their debut album, Greek-Athenians Last Rites project no tangible aspiration in extending the boundaries of metallic punk/hardcore, yet they are proficient in emulating the genre's core characteristics. Stream/"name your price" download:
Oceans of Slumber The Banished Heart
Motivated by the massive embrace of the previous album by fans worldwide, I became curious about the Texans' new offering; imho, the album's solid overall, but has no real standout moments whatsoever. For one, I expected Gilbert's vocal work to tear my speakers apart, and form a prominent Afro-American pillar of metal performance, countering behemoths like Warrel Dane (R.I.P.) and triumphs like "The Silent Hedges" cover, for instance. To my subjective disenchantment though, vocals are shadowed by the intense musical segments, whereas they are too quiet for their own good, in the atmospheric parts of the album, probably due to sub-optimal soun
Malady (FIN) Malady
In a nutshell, Malady's namesake debut lies among the best prog Finland or any other country has yielded in recent years, an underrated effort that's shadowed by criminally overrated outfits and works of similar ilk. Atmospheric, instantaneously drone-y (i.e. the break in "Unessakavelija" at the 4.00 mark or the ethereal vocals at the beginning and the end of "Aarnivalkea"), with carefully dispatched outbursts, Malady is an enticing journey, courtesy of a band that knows its craft from the get go. Favorite tracks: Kantaa taakan maa, Unessakavelija, Aarnivalkea. Stream:

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  • manosg Kalispera Gianni, xronia polla! Nai to kainourio ton Judicator einai apo ta kalytera power metal album pou exo akousei ta teleutaia xronia. Eidika gia emena pou mou leipoun oi palioi kaloi Blind Guardian haha! To neo ShadowKeep einai toso kalo?
    April 9 04:32 PM
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