Nine Circles ov…Power Metal in 2019

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It’s been a hot minute since this site dove into the hallowed halls of power metal.  Sure, there was that Rhapsody of Fire review a few months ago, and if you’ve been listening to our monthly Album of the Month podcast we can’t stop talking about how great the latest Gloryhammer is (seriously, it’s great…so much so that we’re not even including it in this post but giving it the header.  Run, don’t walk to check out Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex), but this year’s been a bit of a slog regarding content, let alone content for that most triumphant of genres.  So let’s rectify that with this edition of Nine Circles ov…and talk about some of the great power metal in 2019. Continue reading

CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (August 16, 2019)

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I turn 30 tomorrow! And for my birthday, the metal world has gotten me not-a-lot-of-album-art-to-make-fun-of-this-week. Which, honestly, is a good thing, cause I had an oddly busy week at the day job. But, there are still five albums featured in this week’s post — including one particular stalwart act that should surprise nobody for their inclusion here — so let’s not waste any more time. Hit the jump for this week’s cover art highlights!

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CANTO: Cult of Luna, Tool, Lamb of God, and More

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Time to fly!

Not much in the way of visuals today… so I guess we’ll just end here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2016

Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquillity

Well, it’s November all of a sudden and we are hours away from the dreaded time change, aka HELL. But also, mere days away from the election and hopefully all of the bitterness and vitriol will subside once this is over, maybe? Or maybe not? Anyway, on to the matter at hand, new metal to be exact. And — as usual — we have you covered here on Initial Descent. Melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity return with their triumphant eleventh full length Atoma, Cóndor evokes classic heavy metal on Sangreal, on Utter the Tongue of the Dead, Void Meditation Cult scare the hell out of everyone with their extremely blackened death metal (yes, this tag is actually warranted for once), Vader keep the flame of death metal burning on The Empire, HammerFall continue their tradition of glorious power metal on Built To Last, and Deathspell Omega thankfully jumped the gun with the digital release of their glorious black metal EP, The Synarchy of Molten Bones. All that and much more to come, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: HammerFall – “Built To Last”

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For nearly two decades power metal titans HammerFall have held high the flag of heavy metal. Being known as one of the best in the genre, they’ve managed to stay true to themselves and to the fans with each album they’ve released. With their tenth full-length, Built To Last, they prove once again how easily they tower over the throngs of imitators. Each song is carefully crafted to ensure unending amounts of power, glory and fun. Simply put, this album is spectacular. Continue reading