September 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Ironflame – “Tales of Splendor and Sorrow”

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There’s power metal, and then there’s metal with power.  Taking a break from his various other projects Andrew D’Cagna created Ironflame as an epic heavy metal outlet that took the melody and power of the bands he loved from the 80s and turbo injected it into a modern speed force.  Coming out a few weeks earlier than its physical incarnations, new album Tales of Splendor and Sorrow hit all the spots the debut did, crafting memorable hooks and soaring vocals in a tight, righteous package.
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August 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Helion Prime – “Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster”

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When the debut self titled album by Sacramento’s Helion Prime arrived on the scene the first thing people were talking about was that cover.  And I get it: that thing is unabashed in its love and glory for over the top science fiction.  A lot of people couldn’t;t get past that cover, which is too bad because underneath was a killer power metal beast, blending modern and classic elements from both sides of the Atlantic.  A few years and a few vocalist changes later and the band is back, doubling down on robot dinosaurs with the awesomely titled and equally fun Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster.  How could it not be our August Power Metal Album of the Month?   Continue reading

July 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Michael Romeo – “War of the Worlds, Pt. 1”

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Greetings and salutations, fellow champions of the rock.  July has been an absolutely insane month for new extreme music, so much so that I am still buried under a mountain of albums I need to catch up on.  Normally I’d apologize for the Power Metal Album of the Month for July coming to you a few days late, but all things happen for a reason, and that reason was I needed to pick myself up off the floor after hearing the kinda-sorta* solo debut from Symphony X axeman/chief songwriter Michael Romeo, the unapologetically classic War of the Worlds, Pt. 1.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…FRANCE

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Intentionally terrible Photoshop job courtesy of yours, truly.

By now, most of y’all are probably aware that the 2018 World Cup has concluded. On Sunday afternoon, France capped off a dominant tournament run by beating Croatia, 4-2, in the final. And while we’re not still dopey enough to commemorate the occasion with something like the “World Cup of Metal,” (Remember that? Gross.) we also weren’t going to let it go completely unnoticed. Hence, here we are with The Nine Circles ov France!

Side note before we begin: as much as I wanted Croatia to win it all, I also know exactly one Croatian metal band. (This one.) So, having preemptively claimed this post before the game, I’m low-key THRILLED that France and its comparably enormous metal scene ended up victorious. Okay, I’ll shut up now. Here we go… Continue reading

June 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Lovebites – “Battle Against Damnation”

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I’m tired.  The heat is taking on that thick, syrupy morass that feels like a brick, and any attempt to move through saps every ounce of your energy.  Couple that with the frankly insane nightmares that daily seem to define the United States, and more than ever I find myself turning to music that lefts my spirits, gives me a reason to lift my chin and fist to the sky to shake and just feel good, you know?

Enter the Power Metal Pick of the Month for June, which as should be glaringly obvious from the header image is Battle Against Damnation, the latest release from Lovebites. Continue reading