ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (Album Review)

Across the musical fields of dawn stride a band of substance, with a steely determination in their eyes, carrying a sack full of magnificent songs that will make your head turn and your heart swell.  Orden Ogan is that group.  A German power metal band with progressive and folk metal elements, they have completely blown away all my preconceptions and this Gunmen album is another excellent release in 2017. The band was formed in 1996…

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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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Album Review: Serenity – Codex Atlanticus

Album Review: Serenity – Codex Atlanticus

Charging out of your speakers, like a progressive, power-encrusted Europe and singing songs relating to historical figures and events, comes the majestic Serenity.  These melodic metalheads are a joy to behold, with their catchy songs and striking imagery.  The music leaps out and mesmerizes, like a cobra hypnotizing its prey. Codex Atlanticus is the fifth full-lengther by these ambitious Austrians.  Their symphonic sonic overlays are impressive and they make a heavenly racket.  The album was…

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend (Album Review)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Into The Legend (Album Review)

I love Italy.  I have honeymooned in Sorrento and holidayed in Lake Garda.  The place is the jewel in Europe’s crown and is also becoming well known for its fantastic Power Metal bands, lead by Rhapsody Of Fire. Into The Legend has been a long time in gestation. It took seven years of recordings in four different studios to finally create this amazing and ambitious piece of art.  The whole kitchen sink was thrown at…

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Interview: Samuel Nyman of Manimal

Interview: Samuel Nyman of Manimal

Decibel Geek scribe Adam Cox talks to Swedish Power Metallers Manimal (guitarist Samuel Nyman) and gets interesting answers to questions about Trapped In The Shadows, plans for 2016, influences and being kind! I started out by asking Samuel about Trapped In The Shadows and stating that is a great sounding album.  It displays a great deal of pain, so I was eager to know what the band’s main inspirations were for this record. “Thank you! …

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MANIMAL – Trapped in the Shadows (Album Review)

MANIMAL – Trapped in the Shadows (Album Review)

“Back on the train heading nowhere Catching the ride of my life Travelled too far to get sober Vanishing into the mist” (Irresistable) Swedish metal band Manimal was founded in 2001.  They are made up of Samuel Nyman (vocals), Henrik Stenroos (guitar), André Holmqvist (drums) and Kenny Boufadene (bass).  Their first full-length album, The Darkest Room, was released in 2009 and, for the last couple of years, the band has been working on the follow-up. …

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SOLUTION 45 – Nightmares in the Waking State P1 (Album Review)

SOLUTION 45 – Nightmares in the Waking State P1 (Album Review)

Hmmm….Solution 45?  No idea?  Me neither, but after a little research, this is a Swedish Death/Prog band, created by guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Miseration, Divinefire, Essence of Sorrow). Their current lineup includes vocalist Christian Älvestam (Miseration, ex-Scar Symmetry), guitarists Stefanovic and Patrik Gardberg (Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, Ammotrack), and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow, Stratovarius). Their sound?  Hmmmm again.  Hard to put the blocks in the right boxes, but I felt an essence…

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Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

Forgotten Gem: Sonata Arctica – Reckoning Night (2004)

“Under the moon I hold a wake for a promise torn Mortally wounded, feelings sheltered me Once again my shadow will enter your life Time to walk with me the last mile…“ Sonata Arctica are, without a doubt, the best Power/ Symphonic Metal band in my universe.  Period.  The Finland maestros have been around for many years, lead by the superb vocalist and conductor Tony Kakko and have never disappointed me through their whole catalogue…

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Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow – By Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Cain’s Offering Stormcrow is the 2nd release from the band which features Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of Sonata Arctica) with influences from classic rock, European Power Metal, Symphonic Metal and Modern Metal. Joining Jani are Stratovarius members Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson on Keyboards., with Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula on drums. Jani Liimatainen is on guitars. I wasn’t sure what to expect but right from the first song and title track…

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