«Queen Of Time» (2018) by Amorphis: An elegant cinematic heavy metal album

Before we look at Queen Of Time, the 13th studio album of Finnish legendary metal veterans Amorphis, it needs to be mentioned that I only know two of their albums in full-depth, their legendary Tales From The Thousand Lakes (1994) and their phenomenal Under the Red Cloud (2015). Hence, my review will not compare the album to their catalogue, but mainly focus on Queen Of Time as a standalone beauty. And, yes, I say beauty, because that is what this album is.

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W.A.S.P.’s «Reidolized» (2018): How a classic album is supposed to be re-released

This year marks the 25th anniversary of W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol, one of the best, albeit underrated, concept albums in rock music history. Mastermind Blackie Lawless re-recorded the album and added four lost tracks, as well as the movie to which the album was supposed to be the soundtrack for and baptised the release Reidolized. The package was released on 2 February 2018 through Napalm Records and I have been enjoying it ever since, very much.

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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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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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