Album Review: Orden Ogan — “Final Days”

It’s been a little while since we heard from German power metal stalwarts Orden Ogan. The band’s terrific last album, Gunmen, dropped way back in 2017 and wound up staking a claim on at least one of our staffers’ year-end lists. But since then, the band’s had some ups and downs. Longtime guitarist Tobias Kersting left the group. Vocalist / producer / mastermind Seeb Levermann suffered a hand injury and had to give up guitar-playing responsibilities of his own. And most notably, the [gestures broadly at everything] that was 2020 forced multiple delays of the band’s follow-up album, the perhaps-too-appropriately-titled sci-fi concept piece, Final Days.

Originally scheduled for release last summer, Final Days is, erm… finally… upon us. So, how does it stack up with Orden Ogan’s back catalogue? All told, mostly well enough.

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Album Review: Immortal Guardian – “Psychosomatic”

My tastes tend to to sway when it comes to power metal. Sometimes I want it to be aggressive, heavy and light on the histrionics. Sometimes I want full-blown, costume and role play drama on an operatic level. Back in 2018 when we were doing the Power Metal Album of the Month one of the biggest surprises was Immortal Guardian, who on their debut were more often than not able to successfully merge the two styles into a ridiculously fun outing. If anything, that balance solidifies on sophomore effort Psychosomatic, bringing sharper songs and a beefier production to highlight how in a short amount of time the band has become a force to reckon with in the genre.

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Album Review: Helion Prime — “Question Everything”

Helion Prime - Question Everything cover

We’ve been doing a fair bit of talking about dinosaurs on this website as of late, so perhaps the only logical place to go from there is dinosaurs…IN SPACE.  Well, sort of.  You see, while Marc Whisnant’s incredibly kick-ass cover art for Helion Prime‘s newest release Question Everything draws you in with the promise of giant cybernetic alien sauropods, the album itself deals with subject matter that is arguably more kick-ass than even that could be.  What’s cooler than dinosaurs in space, you ask?  Let me explain.  Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Unleash the Archers and Wizards & Gargoyles

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Unleash the Archers’ Abyss and Stone Brewing Company & Modern Times Brewing Company’s Wizards & Gargoyles.   Continue reading

Profile: Andy Barton of Power Metallers Grimgotts

Grimgotts

For a band that started out as a Harry Potter parody outfit, London’s symphonic power metallers Grimgotts have come a long way. They’ve since created their own mythical realm with Andria and are in the midst of a three part EP series chronicling epic battles between men and dragons with their most recent release, Sagas. Hot on the heels of said release we had the chance to pose our set or Profile questions to vocalist Andy Barton so head below to see what he had to say and grab a copy of Sagas from the links contained within. Continue reading