Archive for the 'power 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

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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

01
Oct
07

Review: Agent Steel – Alienigma (2007)

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Often, old school metal bands who attempt a resurgence in popularity are sometimes held back by the mentality that they need to conform to modern standards in order to achieve a new level of popularity with a new breed of listeners (i.e. Metallica, 90’s era Megadeth, In Flames, Soilwork). And then there are those bands who become bored with their sound, so they attempt change with results that leave a bad taste in the listener’s mouth (i.e. Flotsam and Jetsam and Extol). However, every once and awhile a band is able to not only find a resurgence in quality music, but also an evolution in sound, this is evident with Megadeth‘s last two albums. However, deep in the underground, a band that once “was” in the 80’s, is now making a similar comeback as Megadeth has done. This band has retained the basic essence of their original sound, but has found a new heart and soul in modern metal. This band is Agent Steel.

Agent Steel‘s 2007 album, Alienigma, can best be described as a cross between old school Agent, with modern influences from Nevermore, modern Overkill for the thrashy bits and traditional vocals, as well as some blackish metal styled growls thrown in to add some additional attitude. While Alienigma features a great, fresh take on speed and thrash metal, Agent Steel‘s comeback has been a bit rocky for this reviewer. 1999’s Omega Conspiracy took the band’s sci-fi theme to a whole new level…in fact, in went inter-stellar to the Planet of Cheese. The attitude that was prevalent in their first two albums in the 80’s at the height of thrash and speed’s popularity wasn’t as apparent, leaving an over-abundance of badly written power metal. However, the band received some good feedback I guess, and released Order of the Illuminati which was a step in the right direction. In 2007 though, Agent Steel has found their new niche, and their proper sound. There is a heavy dose of Nevermore in this album, which is entirely appropriate, as well as more thrash than has been heard in a long while by this band. And, of course, what is Agent Steel without a healthy dose of traditional speed metal?

Alienigma represents a fantastic leap forward for this band. Now, if they can only market this album to the masses with some music videos on Headbanger’s Ball and the internet, these guys can get some major label attention and really find that popularity that bands like Exodus, Overkill and Annihilator are beginning to feel with the newer metal fans. Agent Steel has made me a fan all over again, and many bands lose heart before they can achieve that again. Good luck boys, and keep making proper metal!

VERY GOOD

Top Tracks: Wash the Planet Clean, Extinct, Tiamat’s Fall
Similar Bands: Nevermore, Overkill, Exodus

1. Fashioned From Dust 04:44
2. Wash the Planet Clean 05:25
3. Hail to the Chief 06:37
4. Wormwod 06:08
5. Liberty Lying Bleeding 04:59
6. Hybridized 06:06
7. Tiamats Fall 05:37
8. WPD 05:23
9. Lamb to the Slaughter 04:08
10. Extinct 03:53

Bruce Hall – vocals
Juan Garcia – guitars
Bernie Versailles – guitars
Karlos Medina – bass
Rigo Amezcua – drums

Mascot Records
www.agentsteelonline.com
www.myspace.com/agentsteel

17
Aug
07

Blind Guardian/Lucifer’s Heritage Demos

Here are some gems! A page full of early Blind Guardian demos, as well as some as their first incarnation as Lucifer’s Heritage. Enjoy!

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http://www.curufin.com/bg/

WARGLORY

17
Aug
07

What happened to the “Death” in Melodic Death Metal?

Melodic Death Metal is a term that has been tossed around rather liberally in the last few years, especially with the rising popularity of bands such as In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity from Sweden in the United States. Bands from Atreyu to The Black Dahlia Murder have infused their various chosen forms of aural mayhem with influences directly taken from the classic and mis-represented fourth album of At the Gates, Slaughter of the Soul. Even bands that are considered to be grindcore (The Red Chord, Job For A Cowboy), often bring melody into their music that can obviously be linked back to the Gothenburg scene in Sweden.

While there is nothing especially wrong with bringing such powerful influences into your own music, I think that the side effects on the culture revolving around the music are interminably corrupted by the false understanding of what it means to be melodic and heavy at the same time. For a better understanding of what I mean, many people cite two very disturbing (to WarGlory) examples as bold purveyors of melodic death metal; Chimaira and Children of Bodom.

These two bands are bands that, while being in the scene for quite some time, are just beginning to find their niche in the American mainstream, unfortunately they are coming into their own right around the time of the great melodic death pandemic. You see, most fans don’t remember back to 2001 when Chimaira were all but booed off the stage when they opened for Slayer on their God Hates Us All tour, for they were darlings of the nu-metal movement at the time and were thus completely shunned by the underground metal elitists (rightly so in my opinion). In the last 2-3 years though, they have become inextricably labeled as being melodic death metal because they added some solo’s to their albums, and a bit of melody. Other than that, what is so death metal about Chimaira? The same can be stated about Children of Bodom. While otherwise a great band on record and live, CoB are simply not, and never have been melodic death metal! So many people will argue until they are blue in the face against my opinion, but the facts can be represented by simply breaking out their discography and listening! There is very very little actual death metal in the unrelenting haze of melody that encompasses every CoB album. With that said, let me articulate on the main purpose of this thread…what happened to the death metal?

Well, the truth is, death metal hasn’t gone anywhere, nor has the melody attached to it. It hasn’t gone off to greener pastures, nor has it been diluted by the masses of bands claiming to hold this title. The catch is that we are now in a phase where the scene is dominating the popular culture of the genre, and unfortunately the masses are the voice of reason when in doubt, no matter how ignorant and uneducated that opinion may be.

Here is a list of true melodic death metal albums, past and present, to give you something to lick your chops over:

  • Sentenced – North From Here (1993)
  • Dark Tranquillity – The Gallery (1995)
  • Carcass – Heartwork (1993)
  • At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul (1995)
  • Cryptopsy – None So Vile (1996)*
  • Dissection – The Somberlain (1993)
  • Amon Amarth – Versus the World (2002)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder – Miasma (2005)
  • Arch Enemy – Burning Bridges (1999)
  • In Flames – Jester Race (1996)

*Not a melodic death metal release, but the song Phobophile is very melodic.

WARGLORY




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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