Kaledon – Antillius: The King Of The Light

October 22, 2014 in Reviews by blackwindmetal

Kaledon - Antillius The King Of The LightKaledon - Antillius: King Of The Light

Reviewed by Daniel Millard

Well, this does it. Kaledon’s last release, Altor: The King’s Blacksmith was no fluke. As “trite” and “unnecessary” as those who do not appreciate the band’s style may decry the group. One of Italy’s long-running fantasy hosts has weathered the storm of criticism, putting one foot in front of the other and gradually improving with almost each new release. After the release of the surprisingly pleasant Altor after a slough of what I consider to be fairly uninspired fantasy power releases, 2013 saw a new drummer and, most notably, the replacement of longtime keyboard player Daniele Fuglini with fresh blood. I was concerned upon reading this that the changes may have destabilized a band that was finally beginning to witness the fruits of its labor, but the new members (and indeed, the entire band) have come through in fine fashion.
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by Dagg

Creation’s End – Metaphysical

October 21, 2014 in Reviews by Dagg

Creations End Metaphysical

Creation’s End - Metaphysical

Reviewed by Mark Nagy

Creation’s End is an American progressive metal band featuring Mike DiMeo of Riot and Masterplan fame, as well as Marco Sgofli from James LaBrie’s Mullmuzzler. While I say progressive metal, this really exists somewhere between melodic prog metal and straight up traditional heavy metal. The band’s second album, Metaphysical, is dominated by mid-tempo and upper mid- tempo tracks built upon DiMeo’s versatile voice and Sfolgi’s rather excellent shredding. Occasionally, this will be paired with some really effective hooks, but it’s nowhere near consistent enough to warrant much attention unless you’re already a fan of the musicians involved.

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Riot – Unleash the Fire

October 20, 2014 in Reviews by Nick Kane

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Reviewed by Nick Kane

Holy crap, I have not been able to stop listening to this record since I got a hold of it. Definitely best-of-the-year material for me. Okay, enough fanboying. Unleash The Fire has music for Riot lovers of all eras, as well as those who love old school metal. One thing I noticed after listening to this several times is how well they grasp Mark Reale’s style and riffing. For those that don’t know, Reale died in 2012, and the band is currently named “Riot V”, with Todd Michael Hall being the fifth major singer (Yes, there have been 7 in total, but only 4 others made records with the band). This is very much a Riot record, but it’s also the biggest tribute to Reale, with two veteran Riot members involved (Don Van Stavern and Mike Flyntz). Shoot, just look at the cover art. “Johnny” is scrawled on a wall, and there are street signs saying “Reale Way” and “Blood St.” And of course, the mascot Johnny himself.
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