“Apocalypse & Chill” is a brand new and highly anticipated album by the Dutch metal superstars Delain. Despite the strange album name and cover, the album has already introduced us to bombastic tracks like “One Second”, “Burning Bridges”, and “Masters of Destiny” before it’s formal announcement.
Sounding like a mix of Dynazty and Saint Asonia / Three Days Grace, newcomers Black Lilium may just take the melodic metal scene by storm with their debut album “Dead man’s diary”, which was released independently on January 31, 2020.
Black Lilium impresses the listener with a well-balanced sound, strong vocals from frontman Felix Hochkeppel, resounding guitars and an overall great sense of melody. I said that they sound like a mix of Dynazty and Saint Asonia as the vocals have a certain...
Lovers of melodic rock have a new favourite album on their hands with “Rise”, the new album by American hard rockers Revolution Saints. “Rise” was released on January 24 via Frontiers and features the classic melodic rock style that thrilled and delighted legions of fans in the ‘80s and ‘90s. With inspiring, uplifting vocals, and soaring melodies this album is sure to make you feel good instantly.
By their own description Shadowhispers is a “symphonic metal with a tincture of gothic fiction”. The Luxembourg-based band was formed in 2009 and after some line-up changes, they released their debut EP “A tincture of gothic fiction” in 2017 followed by their first full length effort “Mara” in November 2019.
Finnish symphonic power metal band Amberian Dawn have been a rising sensation in Napalm Records' lineup, since Capri's arrival, transformed their sound from symphonic metal to what fans labelled them as “ABBA metal”. Already hitting their ninth (9th) studio in their 14 year career as of 2020, the band brings in refined and immaculate songwriting full of catchy melodies and epic keyboard passages that’ll make you relive the time of the 80s but with some modern dash of metal.
Fronted by the talented Adrienne Cowan, American metal band Seven Spires made their debut on the metal scene with the EP “The Cabaret of Dreams” in 2014 followed by their first full length “Solveig” in 2017. Seven Spires performed extensively in the US, Canada, and at festivals such as MetalDays, 70,000 Tons of Metal, and ProgPower USA. And on February 14 the band will release the theatrical concept album “Emerald Seas”, via Frontiers Records.
Serenity is one of the most consistent bands on the metal scene, and has been for nearly 2 decades. They found a formula that works perfectly for them and have put out six quality albums. Release number seven, “The last knight”, sees Serenity redefining themselves without forgetting their roots, offering a grand display of catchy melodies and soaring vocals, but also an unprecedented spectrum of sound that will surprise the listeners.
There is something invigorating in getting lost in instrumental melodies. No words, just sounds! And such a treat is exactly what Finnish metal band Apocalyptica are delivering on their ninth studio album, “Cell-0”, which was released on January 10 via Silver Lining Music. “Cell-0” marks a return to the roots for the band as this is their first fully instrumental album since 2003’s “Reflections”.
I remember seeing Myrath live back in 2015, and thinking to myself “just wait a few more years until these guys are a much bigger name on the metal scene, see the shows they will put on then”. And here we are, a couple of years later, and Myrath have released their first official DVD titled “Live in Carthage”, and I have to say I am really impressed with the show they had prepared for the fans. It was such a pleasure seeing Myrath reach this point in their career and can’t wait to see...
After releasing two well received EP – “Scarlet Stories” (2013) and “Resurrection” (2015) –, and appearing at a number of festivals, Dutch progressive metal band Scarlet Stories have independently released their debut album “Necrologies” this September. What started out as mainly an acoustic project by guitarist Bram te Kamp and vocalist Lisette van den Berg, who created melancholic songs heavily influenced by progressive metal, in time Scarlet Stories...