EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

Finland is rapidly establishing itself as a base for top notch metal bands, including personal favorites, Sonata Arctica.  From the same country comes Ember Falls, with their metalcore/power metal combination and their angry lyrics and distinctive sound.  They have tinges of Sabaton, with kilowatts of the same power. The album Welcome To Ember Falls is their debut and follows the band’s single “Shut Down With Me”, which was released independently in August 2015. The band…

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AMARANTHE – Maximalism (Album Review)

AMARANTHE – Maximalism (Album Review)

Formed in 2008, this Swedish pop metal collective have a unique set up with three singers (Elize Ryd, Jake E, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson).  Maximalism is their fourth studio album and follows on from the successful Massive Addictive record.  There have been great expectations for this new release and I was looking forward to some great European metal to add to the recent triumphs of bands such as Evergrey and Rizon. The hope was that…

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AMARANTHE – Maximalism (October 21, 2016)

AMARANTHE – Maximalism (October 21, 2016)

AMARANTHE, the cutting-edge Swedish pop-metal outfit with the triple-lead-vocal attack, will release its new album, Maximalism, on October 21 via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2014’s Massive Addictive is described in a press release as “a hyper-modern, metallic beast of a record” containing “12 new tracks that fully live up to the ‘bigger, bolder’ promise of the title.” Maximalism was produced once again by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN) and mastered by Svante Forsback (RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, DRAGONFORCE)….

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Rizon – Power Plant (Album Review)

Rizon – Power Plant (Album Review)

File this one under surprisingly great…”if you rule the world, the heart is on fire“; the blood certainly pumped a bit faster after this release.  For fans of bands such as Amaranthe, Swiss band Rizon are like catnip cocaine for cool cats.  This band knows how to bellow out catchy pop metal with all the swagger of a grifter taking your hard earned cash. The band is made up of Matthias Götz (vocals/acoustic guitars), Rahel…

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Amaranthe-Breaking Point-B-Sides 2011-2015

Amaranthe-Breaking Point-B-Sides 2011-2015

With being busy on the road for the last year, Amaranthe decided it was time for a new release. Just over a year ago Massive Addictive was released and now we have Breaking Point  B-Sides 2011-2015 released October 30th, 2015.  I would have thought that a collection of new music would have been preferable for me, but they came up with an impressive collection of 6 acoustic songs and 2 originals from the early days….

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