Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dive Into the Amazing World of Empyrean Realms Now!

After a 5 years wait, Armory have released their highly anticipated album Empyrean Realms. After listening to the trailer, I was excited for this and now, even only a a few tracks in, I can say this will probably end up on my year end list.

This American band follows in the steps of bands like Edguy, Rhapsody and Sonata Arctica. Empyrean Realms seems to have a few more proggy passages in it compared to their debut... Anyways, it's definitely dramatic and energy filled power metal.

Here's Dreamstate and you can listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp. Please do!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Timo Tolkki Talks About Composing the New Avalon Opera

If you can stand Timo Tolkki talking for 10 minutes, then you should check out the first of apparently few video blogs on the new Avalon metal opera. But actually, it's a sweet little talk about his time in Greece finding his inner self and [insert egoistic musician comments here].

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Anthelion Delay Obsidian Plume Release

Your favourite Taiwanese metal band, Anthelion, announced that they will delay the release date of their second album, Obsidian Plume which was to be released on November 15th.

Quite a bummer since I was really looking forward to it but I'm glad for the band, that they've decide to go back and make this second album their best.

If you're not familiar with this great symphonic black metal band, go check out their debut Bloodshed Rebefallen... now! Here's Bloody Matrimony from that album.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

First Trailer For New Rhapsody Album

While Rhapsody of Fire is getting a bit of doubt on their new album, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody (the real Rhapsody that doesn't sound like Rhapsody at all) released the first of hopefully several trailers for their second album, Prometheus, which will be out in the summer of 2014.

The trailer didn't feature too much "metal" and mostly film styled orchestral which didn't disappoint at all. Luca Turilli's cinematic orchestrations that we saw on the last amazing Rhapsody album, Ascending to Infinity, are some of the best in metal in my opinion. 


Monday, 4 November 2013

Brazilian Folk Tinged Power Metal Anyone?

I just came across Tierramystica, a Brazilian power metal band. They have some cool stuff going with folk flutes or whatever you call them. Here's the song The Rise of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzacoatl) from their 2013 album, Heirs of the Sun released in July.

Meanwhile, ZP Is Singing Love Songs Outside A Castle

Remember that ZP guy that used to sing in Dragonforce before he left and Dragonforce recorded their most successful album yet, The Power Within? Well ZP's new power metal band I AM I (who I haven't really bothered to check out) has this new music video for their single, a ballad entitled See You Again. Please don't try to laugh, the song does get better. The solo's actually pretty sweet.

New Rhapsody of Fire Song Off Of Dark Wings of Steel

While Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is plotting a great surprise for us, Rhapsody of Fire have released a new song off of their upcoming album, Dark Wings of Steel, which will be out on November 22nd in Europe via AFM records.

The song seems quite straight forward compared to the elaborate modern symphonic power metal sound that Luca has been going after in the last two or three albums he's done. Rhapsody of Fire has definitely gone back in time but without the same excitement. Silver Lake of Tears isn't a bad song though by any means. 

I'm personally very excited t o see where the rest of this album takes us as it's the first Rhapsody album that Luca Turilli won't be writing.