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Apr 22, 2014
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Unleash the Archers – “Demons of the Astrowaste” (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Back in my formative metal years, I “discovered” many a great band because of their album cover art (that’s how I first got into Iron MaidenDerek Riggs ruled) which – back then – was the first impression you would get from a band. Of course cool album cover art means nothing if the music on the album isn’t very good (and I’ve had those experiences as well). This brings me to the Canadian band Unleash the Archers. Their cover artwork immediately piqued my interest; fortunately the music contained on the CD came through big time – and then some, actually they exceeded all of my expectations – this band is a whole lot more than just cool cover art (although their artwork is excellent). On their latest release “Demons of the Astrowaste”, Unleash the Archers deliver over an hour’s worth of melodic power heavy metal, combined with thrash metal riffs and some intense Mark Janssen from Epica type screams courtesy of Brayden Dyzckowski (he also plays guitar). Continue reading »

Apr 22, 2014
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Unleash the Archers – “Behold the Devastation” (2009)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Canada’s Unleash the Archers formed in 2007. In 2009 they released their debut album “Behold the Devastation”. “Behold the Devastation” contains 8-songs and almost 40-minutes worth of music, which while okay is nowhere near as good as the band’s latest album “Demons of the Astrowaste”.

“Behold the Devastation” is pretty devastating, to say the least. The songs are faster paced than on their latest “Demons of the Astrowaste”. The screaming male vocals are more prevalent on this album, than their latest and it lacks the variety that UTA have displayed on their latest album. From the very first song “Eat What You Kill”, the band displays more of an aggressive thrash/death metal vibe. Continue reading »

Apr 14, 2014
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Tuomas Holopainen – “The Life and Times of Scrooge” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

On his debut solo album, Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has created a concept album based around the graphic novel “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”! According to Mr. Holopainen this project was 14 years in the making and written during his downtime from Nightwish.

Granted Scrooge McDuck may not be a very metal topic to tackle, but “The Life and Times…” isn’t really a metal album… so there! “…Scrooge” features 10-songs and almost an hour worth of symphonic, classically influenced music with folk and cinematic influences as well – with the album artwork done by the book’s author Don Rosa. There are several guest musicians, including four singers: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen & Tony Kakko. Continue reading »

Apr 8, 2014
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Xandria – “Sacrificium” (2014)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

When it was announced that the long running German symphonic metal band Xandria parted ways with vocalist Manuela Kraller after just one album (“Neverworld’s End”) it came as a huge shock. What would this mean for one of the more durable and consistent bands in the symphonic metal scene? Well, the band has enlisted Ex Libris vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen and has released a new album (“Sacrificium”), and while it may be debatable whether or not this is their best work, it certainly is an album that sees the band pulling out all the stops.

The opening song “Sacrificium” lets us know what we are in for, straight away. At over 10-minutes it is interesting that they chose to begin the album with an epic of this nature. Dianne van Giersbergen’s vocals are huge and wickedly operatic. Continue reading »

Apr 8, 2014
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Arkona – “Yav” (2014)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Russia, Arkona has already made a heavy footprint in the pagan/folk metal genre. Now they return with their 7th album (yes, I know, It’s hard to believe) “Yav”. The thing I have always loved about Arkona is the ability to mix in elements of thrash, black metal and traditional metal along with the pagan and folk influences. In Maria “Masha Scream” Arkhipova the band can boast a top-notch front lady – a fact she proves again and again on “Yav”.

Even though “Yav” features only 9-songs, it clocks in at a whopping 68-minute! There is plenty of cool epic stuff here, like the 9-minute opener “Zarozhdeni”. The next track “Na Strazhe Novyh Let” shows off the diversity of the band and is one of the best songs they’ve ever done. Continue reading »

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