Mastercastle – Wine Of Heaven

Mastercastle, founded by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath/ex-Labyrinth) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, is an Italian Heavy metal band with traditional and neoclassical influences...

 

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Pictura Poesis - Miserae Mundi

Pictura Poesis is a Dutch Symphonic Death Metal band which was founded at the end of 2012. Their music is inspired by paintings and literature, hence the band name 'Pictura Poesis' which is a Latin verse from Horace's 'Ars Poetica' meaning: "As is art, so is poetry"...

 

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Solitude Within – Disappear

Following on the path that such bands as Evergrey or Therion have carved into stone, but with a more rockish approach to songs, Solitude Within is an upcoming Belgian female-fronted band that plays beautiful symphonic rock music...

 

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Ayreon – The Source

Every metal artist out there wants their music to be original, and unique and many have manage to create truly original and beautiful albums that appeal to many fans, for example, by giving their music an oriental touch...

 

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Laura Macrì - Terra

Some of you metal lovers may know Laura Macrì as one of the vocalists of Dutch Death metal band MaYaN or as the girlfriend of Epica's and MaYaN's Mark Jansen. But what most metal fans don't know is that Laura is a professional Opera singer who has graduated cum laude from the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in Caltanissetta Sicily in Italy.

 

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The Autist - The Coldest Sun

The Autist is a female fronted metal project with prog/symphonic elements from Portugal/Russia featuring Polina Psycheya as main vocalist. The origin of the project dates back to 2014 and is the mind reflection of guitarist/composer Pedro Remiz that decided to recreate his own musical world...

 

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Walk in Darkness – In the Shadows of Things

There’s an aura of mystery that enshrouds certain artists, making their music even more enigmatic. Last year I saw this aura surround Votum’s performance at Maximum Rock Festival and this year I see it on the cover of the debut album by a newly formed Italian gothic metal band, aptly named Walk in Darkness...

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Concert review: Delain + Aeverium

@ P60 Amstelveen NL || Part II

Being a huge Delain fan a concert review has been on my to-do-list since I joined Lyrical Spell Magazine in August last year. Of course on 10 December 2016 there was the big 10th Anniversary Delain show with DVD recordings of the yet...

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End My Sorrow - Of Ghostly Echoes

End My Sorrow is an Danish melodic metal band, formed in september 1997 by guitarist/growler Christian H.B. Jensen and drummer Jesper Skousen. The band started it’s genre with gothic doom, but has since then created it’s own unique style, melodic metal.

 

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Words Unspoken – Inside Emotions

Words Unspoken is an international symphonic metal band formed in 2015, with members from 6 different countries (Portugal, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Slovakia and Chile) united by their passion for music...

 

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Start/Over - Laments

START/OVER is a Dutch Metalcore band founded in 2014 when members of two different starting bands just didn’t know where to break through in the overcrowded metal scene, until they combined their broad musical orientations into one band: and START/OVER was a fact...

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Bare Infinity - The Butterfly Raiser

In 2016 Bare Infinity announced the launch of their first indiegogo campaign to produce a new album titled "The Butterfly Raiser". After vocalist Ida Elena contacted us for a review, I was instantly enthusiast. I’ve always wanted to write something about Bare Infinity...

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Hexed - Exhaling Life (EP)

Hexed is a brand new heavy metal band from Uppsala, Sweden. The band was formed by vocalist Tina Gunnarsson and lead-guitar/vocalist Stellan Gunnarsson. They picked up their music after years away from the metal scene...

 

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Akoma - Revangels

It is said that a band has a whole life-time to write and produce a debut album and about 2-3 years for each of the following ones (if we’re talking about regular releases, that is). Akoma took more than 10 years to release their first full-length...

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Talvienkeli - Hybris

Talvienkeli is a progressive symphonic metal band which takes its roots in France, near Lyon. It was born from the merger of two musical projects in 2012 They eventually recorded their first EP called Blooming in 2014. Talvienkeli’s line-up changed a lot, but it did not hold them back...

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Concert review: Delain + Aeverium

@ P60 Amstelveen NL || Part I

Being a huge Delain fan a concert review has been on my to-do-list since I joined Lyrical Spell Magazine in August last year. Of course on 10 December 2016 there was the big 10th Anniversary Delain show with DVD recordings of the yet...

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Sinheresy – Domino

Sinheresy is an Italian metal band with power metal and symphonic metal influences whose journey began in May 2009 in Trieste when bassist Davide Sportiello met guitarist Lorenzo Pasutto and singer Cecilia Petrini.

 

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ShadoWhispers - A Tincture of Gothic Fiction (EP)

ShadoWhisperS was formed in 2009 in Luxembourg and after a lot of lineup changes, some recorded demo tracks in their rehearsal room, are releasing their first official EP in 2017. 

 

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Epica - The Holographic Principle

New releases of one of your favourite bands are always nerve wrecking because you never know whether you’re going to be satisfied or disappointed in your expectations. On 29 July....

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Vetrar Draugurinn – I

After Stream of Passion decided to disband in December 2016, guitarist and songwriter Eric Hazebroek needed to find a new outlet for his creativity and love of dark melodies. So he started a new band together...

 

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ATLAS PAIN - What The Oak Left

Epic/Folk metal band Atlas Pain (Italy) have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘What The Oak Left’. Combining elements of Extreme, Pagan/Folk and Symphonic Metal with a cinematic approach...

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Zaphyria - Hate and War (EP)

Zaphyria is a symphonic metal band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came across them through their Facebook page. As many of you might know...

 

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Cellador - Off The Grid

Cellador is an American power metal band formed in 2003 by Chris Petersen (vocals, guitars) and Josh Krohn (bass, vocals). Since then they have toured in support of such bands as Trivium, Sonata Arctica, Bullet for my Valentine...

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Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain

Who doesn’t know Battle Beast by now? They have toured with a lot of big names including Sabaton and Delain. Soon after that European tour the band parted ways with Anton Kabanen with both parties citing musical disagreements..

 

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Grá - Ramsvarta Tankar

Being the only Blackmetal-friendly reviewer in our team I have the honor to review the soon to be issued new single of Swedish Blackmetallers Grá. But also being unacquainted to most...

 

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Deathless Legacy - Dance With Devils

When I started to research this band and saw that they play Heavy Metal with a horror twist, my mind was like “Yey, a female-fronted Devilment, how cool”. But at a closer listen I realized that Deathless Legacy is actually....

 

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Lacuna Coil - Delirium

 In a new line-up as Diego Cavallotti (lead guitarist) and Ryan Blake Folden (drums) joined their ranks, the band decided it’s time to reinvent themselves and to go for a more aggressive, grittier sound. And thus “Delirium” was born...

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Scarlet Stories - Resurrection (EP)

 Even though this EP was released 1 year and 9 months ago, I wanted to dedicate some time to a small review because this new and original Dutch Female-fronted Progressive Metal band deserves it. The band is working on their first full length album which will probably be released later this year....

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Beyond the Black – Lost in Forever

One of the revelations of symphonic metal, Beyond the Black is a band to watch out for, as they will become a household name on the metal scene. Since their formation in 2014, they played Wacken every year...

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The Murder of My Sweet - Echoes of the Aftermath

It has been two years since the release of Beth out of Hell, but The Murder of My Sweet have not been sitting still. In the meantime the Swedish cinematic metal band has recorded a whole new, full length album called Echoes of the Aftermath...

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TDW - Aphrodisia (EP)

TDW stands for Tom de Wit, founder, singer, multi instrumentalist and producer of this Progressive Metal ensemble/project. Some may know Tom as the frontman of Mind:Soul a progressive....

 

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SHADOWRISE - ESCAPE FROM SHADOW ISLAND (EP)

It has been a while since this EP was released, but I still wanted to review it anyway! Shadowrise is a symphonic, power metal band but you can also hear big influences coming from melodic...

 

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Ithilien – Shaping the Soul

here are many bands that found their name in literature – Steppenwolf, Of Mice and Men, Joy Division, The Doors, Opeth or Paradise Lost come to mind. However, it seems that Tolkien’s vivid imagination....

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Witchwood - Handful of Stars

After two years of songwriting they released their debut album Litanies From The Woods in May 2015. “‘Handful Of Stars’ represents an hypothetical band’s cycle as it contains also music based on ideas developed....

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