December 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Lovebites – “Clockwork Immortality” & the Top 10 Power Metal Albums of 2018

lovebites pmaotm dec 2018

It’s been a blast covering the vast expanse of styles that power metal has to offer on a monthly basis, but sadly all things must pass.  As I went through each month finding amazing records I kept holding off writing about them until the end of month post, and by doing so there were times I couldn’t give some of the albums their proper turn in the spotlight.  So rather than one post a month where we cover the genre my goal is to integrate power metal more fully into the coverage here at Nine Circles, allowing the bands and albums the proper room to shine on their own.

But before we do that, let’s get December out of the way with the only band to make the Power Metal Album of the Month twice in the same year: Lovebites and their new full length Clockwork ImmortalContinue reading

May 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Crystal Tears – “Decadence Deluxe”

crystal tears - decadence deluxe

Greetings and salutations, power metal lovers of the world!  We’re back with the Power Metal of the Month pick for May!  This went right up to the wire, with the top spot changing no less than three times in the last few days.  But as push came to shove I had to go with the tunes that made me yearn for the wild, cocksure swagger of my youth, and no album brought that home better than the latest from Greece’s speed/power titans Crystal Tears, whose fourth full length Decadence Deluxe jubilantly embraces the set of 80s hard rock, never taking itself too seriously even as it throttles ahead with power and aggression.
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