Is it a blessing or a curse to be mysterious? When you don’t know what you will get, it leads to intrigue and anxiety. Human Fortress may not have crossed into the top tier of the metal scene, but they’ve always been hovering near the line. Maybe “Raided Land” is just enough to push them across.
Here’s what we know about My Dark Lake: They are from the Ukraine. That’s about it. But what we don’t know about them personally does not discourage what we do know about them musically. With some deft instrumental work and foresight, “Tenebris Icon” is an EP that could be so much more.
Collaboration. It;s a word that few in the music industry understand. A feature on a rap song doesn’t count. A solo in a rock song doesn’t count. What The Lion’s Daughter and fellow St. Louis brothers Indian Blanket have done is write an album, together, that showcases the talents of both to the audiences of both. “A Black Sea” is an album of the year contender; and a strong one at that.
The name says it all. Sometimes We Make Music. From the remnants of one project comes another, a splash of symphonic metal, folk inspirations and grandiose soundscapes. And while “Forgotten Tales” has some glaring flaws, it’s an EP that will, hopefully, change “sometimes” to “more often than not.”
No need to mince words here about how great a year it’s been for metal in general. When debut albums have the emotional hold on you that this one does, you are witnessing something special. Much like Elessar, Operadyse aren’t waiting to unveil a masterpiece, and “Pandemonium” would be the crowning achievement for any symphonic metal band.
With a new album on the horizon and a new set of recording digs to break in, Burning Shadows wants to give the masses what they want; new music to tide them over. With an EP of material old and new, this finely tuned five piece is ready for the leap. “The Last One To Fall” is the start of the rise.
A 25 year hiatus. A triumphant return in 2011. A monumental album. All seems to be setting the stage for a sophomore slump for Hell. But with the release of “Curse & Chapter,” the reunited and reformed five piece cement themselves not as the best band that never was, but as one of the best bands in the metal community right now.
No need for many words here. An Autumn For Crippled Children have crafted their melodic black metal masterpiece on their latest album, the newly released “Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love.”
Whether you consider Brooklyn the hidden hub of art and music, or just another satellite of the fabled Manhattan, it’s impossible to ignore the explosion of great metal bands that have come rushing out of the Hipster capital of New York. Sannhet might not be the best known, but after their latest EP, it’d be hard to say they aren’t the best.
After the split left us with two Rhapsody bands instead of one, it was a dark day for fans. Though, looking back, it might have been a blessing in disguise. With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody delivering a classic album, Rhapsody Of Fire counters with an epic masterpiece. And “Dark Wings Of Steel” is all that and more.