Album Review: Planeswalker — “Tales of Magic”

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.

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Album Review: Wilderun — “Epigone”

Wilderun - Epigone

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.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Anatomy of Habit — “Even if It Takes a Lifetime”

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.

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