You know, I kind of can’t believe it’s taken until the year of our lord 2022 for someone to put power metal together with Magic: The Gathering on a big stage. On paper, it seems like an obvious match made in heaven, especially considering that the immense amount of careful worldbuilding Wizards of the Coast has been doing with the most recent sets lends itself quite well to soaring vocals and bombastic guitars. Maybe they aren’t the first, but Planeswalker are attempting to ramp up to bigger and better proportions on their debut Tales of Magic, summoning sickness be damned.Continue reading
First review of 2022 and we certainly are starting things off with a bang. Veil of Imagination was an album that quite solidly put Wilderun on the map of the uninitiated, rocketed to the top of many year-end lists, and got them almost immediately scooped up by Century Media Records. Things seemed like they could only go up from there, but, as we’re all painfully aware, life sometimes has other plans for you. Still, on Epigone, Wilderun manage to take all the pain and heartbreak that comes with the wild ups and downs of the music landscape and the world and turn it into something wildly beautiful.Continue reading
Whoa! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these. Blame it on whatever you like, but life has been pretty busy around here. Still, I knew I wanted to get one more of these in before the close of the year, and as soon as I saw the blurb for Even if It Takes a Lifetime, I knew this would be the one. Not only are Anatomy of Habit hometown heroes, they also do the thing that I love writing about most in this column: effectively straddle the line of genre and blur the region of space between metal and non-metal.Continue reading
It’s been a long almost six years since the last time So Hideous graced us with a new record. The New York City based outfit blasted into critical favor with a style truly all their own on 2016’s Laurestine, and it seemed like there was no stopping the momentum they had built, but then…silence. A lot happened personally in the meantime, but the good news is that the band is back and refocused on None but a Pure Heart Can Sing, an album that is thankfully not merely a rehashing of old ideas, but a complete refreshing of their sound.Continue reading
In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.
I miss live shows. I have been to exactly one in the last two calendar years, and that is far, far below the quota I normally like to hit. Granted, there are some very good reasons for not partaking in live shows even when they happen, but I’ve still got an itch that I need to scratch, and while I generally don’t gravitate towards live albums, this is the time when I find them hitting the nicest. Two bands that I have never had the pleasure of seeing live are Imperial Triumphant and The Ocean, and when I saw that both of them have live albums coming out today (An Evening with Imperial Triumphant: Live at Slipper Room and Phanerozoic Live, respectively), I knew I had to take the opportunity to talk about them both.Continue reading