Album Review: Whispered – Metsutan – Songs of the Void

It’s happened. Actually, it happened a long time ago and I’m only just finding out, but it’s happened none the less; Samurai metal has joined the historical themed metal sub-genre battlefields. In 2010, Finland’s Whispered threw the Scandinavian scene a curve ball with their debut album by exploring a Japanese theme rather than following the traditional Viking route. Six years later (and apparently twelve since the birth of the band), Whispered are preparing to release their new album, Metsutan – Songs of the Void. Continue reading “Album Review: Whispered – Metsutan – Songs of the Void”

Review: Realm Of The Damned (Graphic Novel)

Of all the art forms metal has escaped into, graphic novels continue to elude me. I’ve played Brutal Legend, watched Metalocalypse, seen album  art displayed in festival “galleries,” but I’ve never read a metalised graphic novel. Enter Realm Of The Damned, what is essentially nearly 150 pages of extreme metal album cover material. Continue reading “Review: Realm Of The Damned (Graphic Novel)”

Album Review: Diamond Head – Diamond Head

It’s always strange when a band with decades under their belt release a self-titled album, I’m almost surprised to find that Diamond HeadDiamond Head isn’t already a thing along with Iron MaidenIron Maiden and Black SabbathBlack Sabbath. Yet here we are in 2016 and Diamond Head Diamond Head is about to drop and from our quick listen, it’s worthy of the prestigious name. Continue reading “Album Review: Diamond Head – Diamond Head”

Album Review: Game Over – Crimes Against Reality

Of all the numerous subgenres of metal, thrash is probably the one enjoying the biggest resurgence. The so called new wave of thrash metal has been in full swing for years now, and despite producing some generic metal by numbers, it has also spawned the likes of Game Over who have just released their latest album, Crimes Against Reality. Continue reading “Album Review: Game Over – Crimes Against Reality”

Album Review: Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

The Easter bunny has been, but this year he’s delivered an Amon Amarth album instead of eggs, and instead of a bearded chap nailed to some wood, we’ve got a giant bearded Viking wielding a bloody axe. It’s a good Easter. Jomsviking is the latest offering from Amon Amarth, and their first foray into concept albums has gone very well. Continue reading “Album Review: Amon Amarth – Jomsviking”

Album Review: The Dread Crew of Oddwood – Lawful Evil

On the face of it, The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a band I really should know. After listening to their new album, Lawful Evil, I’m now on a quest to hear the rest. They check all the boxes, piracy, questiness, lyrics that don’t take themselves anywhere close to seriously, and metal. Actually the last one’s a lie, this came billed as acoustic pirate metal, and they are self professed Heavy Mahogany musicians. It’s ridiculous, and that’s how we like our music. I was going to save this for later in the week, but an episode or two of Black Sails has given me a thirst for piratical shanties.   Continue reading “Album Review: The Dread Crew of Oddwood – Lawful Evil”

Album Review: Dakesis – The New Dawn

A word of advice for any band out there looking to get music reviewed; take a leaf out of the book of Dakesis. I have a long list of things to review and articles to write, yet Dakesis jumped straight to the top by offering the choice of a range of (imaginary) rewards for completion of a quest (review). I mean it’s not quite the same as the days when bands would send cocaine packaged with their record, but the promise of option 3, Staff of Spaaaaace, (+ 13/11 understanding of alternative time signatures, equipping immediately grants the user a waist length beard) still had me rearranging my priorities. Silly sells, or at least around here it does. Now on with the review (prepare my space staff, Dakesis). Continue reading “Album Review: Dakesis – The New Dawn”