Archive for the 'folk metal' Category

14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

05
Oct
07

Music Video: Battlelore – House of Heroes

First track off of their album Evernight.

05
Oct
07

Review: Battlelore – Evernight (2007)

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Battlelore‘s 2007 album Evernight, is yet another unbridled take on epic power/symphonic metal with a flare for the cheese that would put a lactose intolerant into a coma. However, for Battlelore fans, this is the name of the game, and Evernight delivers as much as ever.

Battlelore is an interesting combination of music for those who have never heard them. They take strong influences from traditional power metal, but there are also huge influences from goth stalwarts Lacuna Coil (especially in the female vocal department) and some very effective male death growls courtesy of Tomi Mykkänen. Overall, Battlelore is a cheese fest, yes, but there is also a dynamic juxtaposition between aggression and sadness in the music. Tomi and female lead Kaisa Jouhki definitely have a good chemistry together that seems to seamlessly drive the background music. Because of the broad range of emotions in this music, this band may surprise some of those individuals who may not normally be too privy to symphonic metal (i.e. viking metal enthusiasts might quite enjoy the Nordic epic vibe). The biggest downside on this album is the lack of variety. Many of the songs have a similar approach to melodies and choruses (clean vocals, harsh vocals, clean vocals), which while not completely detrimental, can sometimes cause the listener to skip tracks.

Evernight is a niche album that will achieve its most success with the ardent power metal fanbase. Battlelore is not poppy enough to be mainstream (esp. in America), and not aggressive enough to be mainstream (weird how that works eh?), but to those who hate soy products, enjoyment and satisfaction will be fulfilled.

GOOD

Top Tracks: Mask of Flies, House of Heroes, The Cloak And the Dagger, Beneath the Waves

Similar Bands: Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Ensiferum

1.    House of Heroes    04:06
2.    Ocean’s Elysium    04:16
3.    Summon the Wolves    04:34
4.    We Are the Legions    03:58
5.    Into the New World    06:32
6.    Longing Horizon    04:35
7.    Mask of Flies    04:51
8.    The Cloak and the Dagger    04:35
9.    Beneath the Waves    05:23

Tomi Mykkänen – Vocals
Kaisa Jouhki – Vocals
Jussi Rautio – Lead Guitar
Jyri Vahvanen – Guitar
Timo Honkanen – Bass
Henri Vahvanen – Drums
Maria – Keyboard, Flute

Napalm Records
www.battlelore.net
www.myspace.com/battleloremusic

28
Sep
07

Music Video: Dino Cazares Plays With Epica

Famed former Fear Factory and Roadrunner United guitarist Dino Cazares (now playing full time with Divine Heresy) went on stage with symphonic metal band Epica for a special rendition of Fear Factory hit Replica. Yes, I had the same reaction. Anyway, here is the video.




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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