It’s been a bit quiet on the new metal release front these past couple week’s. There some trickling out here and there which should continue slowly for the rest of the month. I’ve been taking the time to discover new releases that I missed or new bands that have flown over my radar and taking time to brush up on some of my old favorites.

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles)

Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
A buddy of mine suggested I give this relatively new band a try and seeing as it’s melodic and from Sweden, who am I to deny? Good thing I didn’t because this one fucking kills. It’s a good mixture of melodic black/death metal that doesn’t forget the black or death parts of the tag. Highly infectious riffs, insane melody, everything you could hope for from a Swedish melodic outfit.

Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
I haven’t given a listen to anything this band has done since their 2000 Phoenix Rising album, which I dig, so I figured it was time to see what these Australians were up too. It seems they’ve been up to thrashing, but with less emphasis on their earlier blackened thrash. This reminds me more of bands like Midnight, with their dirtier, party like, evil thrash stylings. Not what I was expecting but not all that unlistenable.

Michale Graves – When Worlds Collide
Michale Graves continues his never ending musical production journey. Over the past couple years he’s put out numerous albums spanning from his horror punk roots to his more personal, travel style rock. This one is supposed to be back to horror punk but I find it to be a nice mix of both of his styles. He’s really tried to distinguish his current sound from the Misfits and I think he’s doing a good job of it, and writing some good, unique songs in the process.

Thornbridge – What Will Prevail
I gave this one a shot simply because I’m aching for some killer new power metal, and Thornbridge delivers. The band takes an old school approach to their take on power metal and seeing as they are German, the classic German power metal bands are clearly an influence. There’s the guitar driven symphonic styles of Helloween and Gamma Ray and some of the blistering riffing of older Blind Guardian but I also get a sense of more modern flairs like the rougher edges of Orden Ogan or the majesty of Freedom Call without all the keyboards and orchestration. Regardless, this is killer power metal, bursting with everything the genre excels at.

OTHER JAMS:

Decameron – My Shadow
Bathory – Blood Fire Death
I – Between Two Worlds
Forgotten Tomb – Love’s Burial Ground
Lunar Aurora – Andacht
Lord Belial – Enter the Moonlight Gate
Nervosa – Victim of Yourself
KZOHH – Rye. Fleas. Chrismon.
Crimson Glory – Transcendence
Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory
In They Dreams – The Gate of Pleasure
Ablaze My Sorrow – If Emotions Still Burn
Eucharist – Mirrorworlds
Nightrage – Descent Into Chaos
Skyforger – Kauja pie Saules
Lluvia – Eternidad Solemne

Until Next Time…

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