Beast in Black go «Berserker» (2017) with their debut album

I’m no connoisseur of Power Metal, but I surely like to blast it on my headphones when making my way through the urban landscape of our busy cities. That said, a friend recommended Berserker to me – the debut album of Helsinki-based Beast in Black, the brainchild of former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen, and I like it! However, let’s see what other reviewers have to say.

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AC/DC Studio Albums Ranked «Worst To Best»

AC/DC have arguably defined hard rock more than any other band since the 1970’s. Although the band has experienced its share of ups and downs with the passing of singer Bon Scott and the retirement of founding-member Malcolm Young due to health concerns, the Australian combo has been able to release countless studio, live and compilation albums.

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10 Greatest Heavy Metal Live Albums Of All Time

I am a fan of live albums from any genre. However, my collection comprises mostly rock and metal albums and there are certain live albums that have been spinning over and over again in my player for the past quarter of a century – basically since I was able to earn my own money as a kid and spend it all on records. Here is my subjective Top 10 Best Heavy Metal Live Albums list. By the way, which is your favourite live album?

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Radwimps – Your Name (orig. 君の名は。[Kimi no Nama wa.]): sudle enchantment through compositional simplicity and far-reaching sonic carpets

If you are open to watch Japanese animation movies, I highly recommend to watch the 2016 Japanese anime blockbuster Your Name (orig. 君の名は。[Kimi no Nama wa.]). It is one of my favourite movies in recent times due to the fantastic story, production, mood and feel, and because of the music composed and performed by Japanese rock band Radwimps.

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Cellar Darling: This Is The Sound (2017) of a modern day work of folk-metal art

I have never really listened to Swiss metal icons Eluveitie. Their music just never caught my attention. Hence, why would Cellar Darling, who consist of three former Eluveitie members, be of interest to me? Well, they wouldn’t, but I am very glad that the YouTube auto-play function brought the band’s music to my ears – because I really like it!

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Incorruptible (2017) by Iced Earth is a heavy metal masterpiece that leads its listener through a well-defined thrash metal world

Iced Earth dropped their 12th studio album entitled Incorruptible on June 16, 2017 through Century Media. The masterpiece was produced by mastermind Jon Schaffer, plays for 54 minutes and 33 seconds, and encompasses 10 brand-new tracks from which I especially love the closing title Clear the Way (December 13th, 1862).

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Pop-songs in chaos and mayhem: Interview with Sumo Cyco’s Skye Sweetnam and Matt Drake

Sumo Cyco is a metal band from Hamilton, Ontario/Canada, revolving around the masterful vision of frontwoman Skye Sweetnam and guitarist/producer Matt Drake, supported by the bombastic rhythm section of Matt Trozzi on drums and Kenny Corke on bass. Some of you might know about Skye from her solo-efforts Noise from the Basement and Sound Soldier dating back to 2003 and 2007 respectively. The music of Sumo Cyco is the logic continuation of what she started over a decade ago, but involving more raw energy and extreme visuals. Something the band implements in their live shows as well.

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Bloodlust (2017) by Body Count: Raw energy with sonic and emotional sophistication and intellect

Fast forward 3 years – enter Bloodlust (2017). In a time when the world seems more culturally and politically divided than ever, in a time when extremes become the new normal, the messages that Body Count has been giving us for the past 25 years still hold true today.

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Overkill “The Grinding Wheel” (2017): A perfect depiction of thrash metal in 2017

Overkill released its 18th studio album The Grinding Wheel on 10 February 2017 through Nuclear Blast under critical acclaim. In my humble opinion, the album deserves a spot in the best albums of 2017 already.

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