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Mar 25, 2015
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Nightwish – “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” (2015)

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Review by Tony Cannella

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” is the long, eagerly awaited return of the Finnish/Dutch symphonic metal legends Nightwish, and their return is mostly triumphant. “EFMB” marks the studio recording debut of vocalist Floor Jansen and that in and of itself is a big deal. Beyond that, Nightwish has released an album that maintains what the band has been about since their inception all those years ago.

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” features 11-songs and 80-minutes worth of solid material. After a brief spoken word intro to the opening track, “Shudder Before the Beautiful” kicks in and is classic Nightwish. This is a song with equal bits of crunchy heaviness combined with the bands symphonic metal arrangements, choirs, and… then there is Floor Jansen’s amazing vocals. She is simply one of the best singers on the planet, in my opinion. Continue reading »

Mar 4, 2015
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Doro – “Raise Your Fist” – 30 Years Anniversary Edition (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

The latest studio album from the reigning metal queen Doro Pesch “Raise Your Fist” was released back in 2012. Time flies… It seems like it was only yesterday when this excellent album was unleashed on the world. To celebrate her 30th anniversary, the album has been re-released with a special bonus CD entitled “Powerful Passionate Favorites” which features rare covers, alternate version of songs and assorted other goodies.

Since the original “Raise Your Fist” album was released in 2012, there is probably no need to go into it at this point. Suffice it to say, it’s still pretty damn good, so fans old and new should check it out if you haven’t done so already. The bonus CD on this one “Powerful Passionate Favorites” is a pretty cool collection in its own right. Continue reading »

Feb 18, 2015
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Battle Beast – “Unholy Savior” (2015)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by CriX

The Finnish band Battle Beast is back with a brand new album called “Unholy Savior” and if the previous albums (“Steel” and “Battle Beast”) helped them forge their path into the metal panorama and get appreciated by the heavy metal audience, this latest release will only confirm that Battle Beast is, nowadays, one of the best bands on the scene.

But without further ado, let’s start with the opener “Lionheart”, which is a powerful song in where you can listen to the guitar and the keyboards alternate with a steady pace. It’s a triumphant beginning that introduces us to the self-titled song and follows with “I Want the World… and Everything In It”, where some killer solos take over during the whole song. Continue reading »

Feb 2, 2015
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Devilment – “The Great and Secret Show” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

Devilment was originally formed by guitarist Daniel Finch in 2011. Unable to find a suitable vocalist Daniel turned to longtime friend and Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth and soon the band had its lead singer. Devilment has just released their eagerly anticipated debut album “The Great and Secret Show” and the results are quite superb. Throughout 50 plus minutes Devilment takes the listener down a deep dark musical path with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

“The Great and Secret Show” begins with my two favorite songs. The opening duo of “Summer Arteries” and “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me” are positively lethal. “Girl From Mystery Island” is an excellent track that features Dani screaming over a wall of guitar riffs. “The Stake in My Heart” definitely raises the stakes with a thrash/speed metal vibe. Continue reading »

Feb 2, 2015
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Avatarium – “All I Want” EP (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

Avatarium is the new project of Leif Edling from Candlemass. In 2013 they released their self-titled debut which – as it turns out – garnered some critical acclaim. Leif Edling is a talented dude and Avatarium is not a clone of his previous bands the aforementioned Candlemass and KRUX. The addition of female singer Jennie-Ann Smith is enough to set them apart right there, but while Avatarium does maintain some aspects of his previous bands it does allow for some experimentation and taking the music down different paths which is just what the band does. What Jennie-Ann Smith brings to the vocals cannot be understated. She provides a passionate, raspy, classic rock feel to the songs which is impressive and compliments the music perfectly. Continue reading »

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