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

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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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April 2018 Power Metal Album of the Month: Kamelot – “The Shadow Theory”

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Greetings and salutations to the power metal lovers of the world.  Though our power metal guru has departed for distant golden shores, he instilled in the Nine Circles crew a love for the genre and a yearning to dive deeper into its hidden corners, determined to continue shining a light in the best this most diverse of musical styles has to offer.  So each month we’ll endeavor to do our homework and feature our pick for the Power Metal Album of the Month, along with a short round of a few other notable releases.  This month there was simply no contest, as Kamelot came with all guns blazing on their 12th release, The Shadow TheoryContinue reading

Iced Earth Live at the Brighton Music Hall, 3.23.2018

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Band: Iced Earth

Photographer: Corey Butterworth

Location: Brighton Music Hall, Boston

Date: March 23, 2018

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Frank’s Power Metal Favorites of Q1 2018

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Damn, the first three months of 2018 went quick. I guess time flies when you’re constantly worried about the possible ending of existence. Anywho, I’m doing something a bit different with my monthly power metal post. Two reasons for that: 1) March was a particularly slow and weak month for the sub-genre, and 2) I actually reviewed my favorite Power Metal album of March (read it here) so there’s no need to talk about it again. Have no fear, you who yearn for my epic posts, for I shall not let you down.

While this past month was a bit dry, Power Metal actually had a very good first quarter. Some releases you may have heard of, and some you may not. I thought this would be the perfect time for me to highlight some of my favorites from these first three months. Power metal walks a fine line sometimes. Thankfully, there have been more good than bad. It’s also been very diverse in its sound, covering European, US, symphonic, progressive and melodic. There’s something for everyone! Alright, enough talk. Time for some tuneage. Here are six of my favorites from 2018 thus far. Continue reading