Heliosaga – Towers In The Distance

August 29, 2014 in Reviews by blackwindmetal

Heliosaga - Towers In The DistanceHeliosaga - Towers In The Distance (2014)

Reviewed by Daniel Millard

Living in Minnesota isn’t quite the “frozen tundra” horror story that many might have you believe. Well, maybe it is, but in addition to all of the wooly mammoths, we have a pretty solid metal scene. The culture is a bit different, since band members have to perform in stocking caps and snowpants, but we manage somehow. It’s ironic, perhaps, that the brightly burning new project dubbed Heliosaga hails from such an ice-encrusted wasteland, but a few spins of debut album Towers In The Distance and you won’t care where this group is from.
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Grave Digger – Return Of The Reaper

August 27, 2014 in Reviews by Sebastian Kluth

Grave Digger - Return Of The Reaper 2014Grave Digger Return Of The Reaper (2014)

Reviewed by Sebastian Kluth

Grave Digger is one of the most important German heavy metal institutions¸and I have always loved this band for its courage to try out new things. I am a big fan of the dark and epic masterpiece Heart Of Darkness; the very well written and historically authentic Middle Age trilogy around the records Tunes Of War, Knights Of The Cross and Excalibur; the more classic and orchestral tribute to Richard Wagner in Rheingold; the dark storytelling with religious background in The Last Supper; the more complex and progressive tunes in the epic Liberty Or Death; and the songs about Greek mythology on the gripping Clash Of The Gods. From time to time however, Grave Digger stops experimenting and pushing forward in order to release records that go back to the band’s energetic but usually exchangeable standard heavy metal roots. Return Of The Reaper is just such an example, as it hearkens back to the band’s comeback release The Reaper, which was released in 1993. In my opinion, these nostalgic steps back in quality and time are unnecessary, and that’s also the case for this release.

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by Dagg

Distorted Harmony – Chain Reaction

August 26, 2014 in Reviews by Dagg

Distorted Harmony Chain Reaction

Distorted Harmony - Chain Reaction (2014)

Reviewed by Mark Nagy

Distorted Harmony is a progressive metal band from Israel that plays absurdly catchy songs with intricate rhythms and incredibly precise performances. Chain Reaction is actually the band’s second album, and it’s available on both Spotify and Youtube directly from the band. The brand of progressive metal here is one that I would most closely associate with Caligula’s Horse, but with a hint of Dream Theater in there too, as well as some similarities to Voyager.

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