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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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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Sabaton “The Last Stand” (2016) Review + Interview with Pär Sundström

I had the great pleasure to listen to the forthcoming Sabaton record, The Last Stand, which is set to hit the shelves on August 19, 2016. It’s Sabaton’s 8th studio album and in my books one of their stronger albums. The concept […]

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