CANTO: Polaris, War Curse, God Forbid, and More

The sun is out and I feel like nobody is getting any work done. Nice.

  • We’ll start with God Forbid, who are reissuing Determination in celebration of it’s 20th anniversary. The limited vinyl edition will be released on Record Store Day 2021, which happens to be July 17th, if you weren’t previously aware. Additional information can be found here.
  • War Curse have released a new digital single today, a cover of the Anthrax classic “Only”. You can stream that over on YouTube. It looks like War Curse has a full-length album planned for later this year as well, so we’ll keep an eye out for that in the days ahead.
  • Terra Odium, a progressive metal project featuring bassist Steve Di Giorgio, has announced their debut album is set for a release on June 11th. It will be titled Ne Plus Ultra and will be released through Frontiers Music srl. Check out the first single, “The Clouded Morning”, right now.
  • The video of the day (VotD? Sure.) comes by way of Polaris, for “Vagabond”. That particular track is taken from the album The Death Of Me, which is out now through Resist and SharpTone Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Frank’s Power Metal Album of January 2018: Lione/Conti – “Lione/Conti”

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It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2017 and ushering in a new calendar year. Some went to parties, others got drunk and puked at their local bar. Me — always trying to be different — I was sick at home and fell asleep before the ball dropped. We all had one thing in common; the anticipation of new metal tuneage. Now that we’re at the end of January, I can safely say that most of us are not disappointed thus far. Many blogs, especially this one, have highlighted and reviewed some terrific metal in January. Many of those blogs, however, left power metal out of the equation. That’s where I come in.

I’m gonna be honest, I’m not that great of a reviewer. So instead I decided I wanted to highlight a great power metal record from the past month. I’ve been called a power metal guru by many people so I’m quite confident to gush over an album knowing that others would like it as well. This lovable sub-genre gets verbally beaten up quite a bit and I don’t want to be a part of that. So, it’s all nice words from me. Okay, enough intro yapping from me. Time to reveal my favorite power metal album for January 2018! Continue reading

Album Review: Resurrection Kings – “Resurrection Kings”

RESURRECTION_KINGS_COVERBorn out of former members of Dio, The Jason Bonham Band, Dokken, and late-era Black Sabbath, CA-based Resurrection Kings take the stadium-ready songwriting approach of 80s hard rock and combine it with the shred solos of traditional heavy metal, and at times, the vibes of older blues-based rock. At first glance, Resurrection Kings reeks of needless nostalgia, but the album’s production gives it a modern edge that keeps it from sounding like Whitesnake sneaked out of the tomb. The band’s performance and time-tested resolve are what make the album enjoyable, even in its admittedly pompous approach.  Continue reading