Another Glorious Battle Awaits: Frank’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Frank's Power Metal 2018

Happy New Year, friends! 2018 is finally here and I am officially calling it “The Year of Awesome!” Will I be thinking that at the end of the year? Who knows. My resolution was to be more positive about myself this year, and I’m gonna stick to it, dagnabbit! One thing I definitely know is that this year should be full of metal goodness, especially Power Metal. In fact, the Zelda-themed progressive power metal band Master Sword released their debut album on January 2nd, so check it out if you wish. This article is all about anticipated albums, however, and my excitement is very, very high. My list is pretty big and covers several metal sub-genres, but I’m not much of a writer and if I go on too long I keep using the same words over and over, so let’s cut this short and get to the list. Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Power Metal That Eased Me Into Liking Power Metal (Again)

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I find it fascinating that power metal still doesn’t get the fair shake it deserves from the metal community.  The same folks who mock and ridicule bands for dressing up like superheroes in their videos or writing about dragons or Lord of the Rings are the same folks who worship bands who revel in dressing up and running around in the forest in wizard hats or, come to think of it, also write about the Lord of the Rings (or at least derive their name from it). Yet, despite these similar touch points in silliness power metal still has a stigma attached to it, one I admit to having for a time as I became engrossed in the more extreme aspects of metal.

What’s the point, besides my linking to that awesomely ridiculous Immortal video?  It’s that there’s plenty to love in power metal, and the claims of cheese and pomp are no more valid than they are in any other genre in the scene.  For this edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to take a look at a few of the bands and albums that brought me back into the fold – many of them introduced to me by former 9C scribe and power metal champion Frank.  So think of these as gateway bands: we’re not going full-on Gloryhammer yet (although Gloryhammer is awesome); the emphasis is on heaviness, aggression and, ultimately, power ¹.   Continue reading