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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 21, 2015
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Viper Solfa – “Carving an Icon” (2015)

Label: Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Viper Solfa is a band made up of some the best Norwegian metal musicians. They were formed in 2013 by Ronny Thorsen from Trail of Tears and they have just released their debut album, “Carving An Icon” via Massacre Eecords. In addition to Mr. Thorsen, the band is completed by female vocalist Sphinx (Ram-Zet, Endling), guitarist Morfeus (Mayhem, Limbonic Art), bassist Endre Moe (Trail of Tears) and drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (Trail of Tears).

The 52-minute disc kicks off with the relentless “Deranged”. Ronny Thorsen’s fierce vocals remain intact and joining him is female vocalist Sphinx who eschews the usual method of the operatic vocals in favor of a more melodic mid-range style. This in fact works extremely well. Continue reading »

Mar 21, 2015
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Caelestia – “Beneath Abyss” (2015)

Label: Inverse Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Caelestia is a progressive melodic death metal band from Greece. The band formed in 2012 under the name Me and Myself before changing their name to their current moniker in 2013. That brings us to their debut full-length, “Beneath Abyss”. With this effort Caelestia brings together a solid mix of death metal, progressive metal, symphonic and cinematic influences are present as well, and healthy amounts of melody ties it all together to create a relentlessly, chaotic and beautiful piece of metal work.

“Beneath Abyss” begins dramatically with the intro of the opening track “Malleus Maleficarum – The Secret Cult” before the track reaches an explosive crescendo and this is a great introduction. The band uses extreme male vocals evenly with clean female vocals – a technique that they use quite well. Continue reading »

Mar 14, 2015
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Unseelie – “Urban Fantasy” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

“Urban Fantasy” is the title of the debut full-length album from France’s Unseelie. The band plays symphonic gothic metal which is of a very high quality. The band is an excellent example of why the female fronted metal world is thriving. Drawing from influences such as Lacuna Coil, Tristania and The 3rd and the Mortal, Unseelie has managed to create an epic, multi-tiered debut.

“Urban Fantasy” is an ambitious album that is divided into three sections the first is Biocide which features the first three songs “Strangers”, “Quantify Your Soul” and “The City Feeds on You”. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is the title of the next section and begins with the excellently melodic and melancholic “Frontier” This song goes through tempo changes and there is a big bombastic feel to it which is really cool. Continue reading »

Mar 13, 2015
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Temperance – “Limitless” (2015)

Label: Scarlet Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Formed in 2013 in Italy, the melodic metal band Temperance released their debut self-titled full-length in 2014. They have now returned with their sophomore effort entitled “Limitless” and the results are exquisite.

Temperance utilizes three distinctive vocal styles. Chiara provides soaring female vocals and she is accompanied by more aggressive male vocals AND a pure metal male voice. I would compare them to a band like Amaranthe. Both musically and vocally they have similar styles and both are awesome. The album begins with a children’s choir which opens up “Oblivion”. The mid-tempo melodicism of the excellent track “Amber & Fire” is next. This song has a great groove and a killer guitar solo. “Save Me” has a strong keyboard presence but that doesn’t keep the song from being heavy. Continue reading »

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