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Powerwolf – Preachers Of The Night (2013)

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For the fans of melodic, in-your-face, furious, speed infused power metal, Powerwolf are back with a new album, to be released today, the 19th of July via Napalm Records! From the first record in 2005, the band managed to create a unique style mostly due to the use of organ, Attila’s voice and an unique sound that constantly makes me think of church music gone to hell.

‘Preachers of the Night’ is the fifth material of the germans and if I can sum it up in one word that would be: overwhelming (in a good way of course). It all begins with ‘Amen & Attack’ which puts the pedal on the metal and the wolf begins to roar, making me almost headbang while sitting on my bed...

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SOiL – Whole (2013)

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Fans of old school SOiL will be happy: Ryan McCombs is back! Fans of the Ryan era in Drowning Pool should also be happy because the guy is still rocking and did not take a break! I have to admit I’m a big sucker for the vocal timbre this man has, and the charm he displays in performing those catchy tracks. So how could I have not been excited when in my mail box I found the digital version of the new SOiL record, ‘Whole’, to be released on August 16th?

All pleasantries aside, let’s dig in and see ‘Whole’ has to offer: first thing I would like to talk about are the tracks that talked to me the most: ‘The Hate Song’ which combines humour with attitude (lyrics like ‘my love is so strong I wrote this love song to let you know I hate you’ made me almost laugh), ‘Psychopath’ which has the...

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Huntress – Starbound Beast (2013)

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I’ll start by admitting that this is the first time I have ever listened to Huntress, but it’s never too late and it is just its 2nd album. For people who don’t know about this, Huntress is a heavy metal female fronted band (just to broadly explain it, I’ll get in details genre related later) hailing from Southern California. Its first record, named ‘Spell Eater’ was released on April 2012, and the new monster, ‘Starbound Beast’ will hit the shelves in June 28, 2013(Europe) and July 2 (North America).

Enough abstract blabbering, let’s get to the point: after I gave this album a chance I have to admit these guys show a lot of potential and I can totally understand why Napalm got them under their wing...

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Lady Beast – Lady Beast (2013)

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Lady Beast is a band hailing from the US, who just released its first self-titled record on the 1st of June via INFERNÖ Records. The group formed back in 2009 and have previously released a self-titled LP (only for vinyl) record in 2011. After a few line-up changes, the only original remaining members are Deborah Levine (vocals) and Greg Colaizzi (bass).

‘Lady Beast’ looks like a good beginning for a band. It seems that the genre chosen to play is a  combination between heavy metal  and rock’n’roll/hair metal (I spotted influences from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest all the way to Twisted Sister and even a bit of KISS). Listening to this album made me take a walk down memory lane to my childhood when my father was showing me rock bands for the first time...

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Sister Sin – Dance Of The Wicked (2013)

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Sister Sin is a band from Sweden who caught the public’s attention through their reckless, gritty attitude and their passionate sound. A decade has passed since the release of their first record ‘Dance of The Wicked’. This album has been out-of-print for quite some time now so the guys, backed up by their record company, Victory Records, decided to rerelease it on June 25th adding some extra goodies to it: 3 previously unreleased demo songs, a cover of Motörhead ’s ‘Rock’n’Roll featuring Doro (which I highly recommend because it’s beyond catchy) and a bonus DVD with all 9 Sister Sin Official music videos.

I personally really love the old school more unpolished touch of these songs...

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Cardiant – Verge (2013)

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The Finnish group Cardiant will return at the end of this month (mid June for people outside Finland) with their third record. A bit about the band: their first record hit the shelves in 2005 but only for people living in Japan. In 2010 they were selected for the national Finnish semi-finals for Eurovision and moved on to the finals next to other 9 performers. For their new album, ‘Verge’,  Cardiant have a new member, Outi Jokinen that came first as a backing vocalist but later on got also lead parts.

Now let’s move on to our topic at hand: ‘Verge’. First thing I would like to mention is that, while I was browsing through the band’s description, I noticed that they have been called power metal, hard rock even AOR by some...

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Masterplan – Novum Initium (2013)

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The German power metal band Masterplan has returned with a massive line-up change and a new record, ‘Novum Initium’ to be released mid-June via AFM Records. The shift in members is mostly surprising due to the fact that their new drummer is no one else but Martin Skaroupka, member of Cradle of Filth (that’s probably one of the main reasons why in this record the drums really stand out in a different way). The new bassist is Jari Kainulainen (former member of Stratovarius) and Jorn Lande gave the mic to Rick Altzi.

‘Novum Initium’ begins with a strong intro that gets you in the mood for hearing more: ‘Per Aspera Ad Astra’ (latin for Through hardships to the stars)...

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Woe – Withdrawal (2013)

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Woe is a black metal band with it’s origins in USA, Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia playing hardcore/black/thrash metal.Now we will discuss about their latest album named “Withdrawal”.This album contains 7 tracks of “black metal against hope”.

The first track of the album,’This is the end of the story’ has not so fast riffs but it still sounds fine,the vocals are lower than the instrumental but in one moment the vocals are transforming from pure black dirty vocals to clean more like heavy-hardcore vocals.The guitars are becoming much more faster and the drums fits just perfectly.

The second track, ‘Carried by waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth’, begins with a deep growl.The guitar’s breakdowns fits perfectly to the voice,and the drums are using simple patterns ...

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Nicumo – The End Of Silence (2013)

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Hailing from the land of a thousand lakes, the melodic metal band Nicumo have released their first full-length album ‘The End of Silence’ on the 19th of April. After two EP’s ‘Close Our Eyes for Good’ (2010) and ‘Scars & Glassy Eyes’ (2011), the band decided it was time to take it one step further. And so they did!

The first thing I would like to say about this album is that it has many influences from well-known Finnish bands. So if you are a fan of Sentenced, Entwine and Amorphis, this is something you will enjoy. Another interesting thing is that if you listen to the whole songs there are many instrumental, vocal surprises and twists along the way that really make a difference. It’s like they say..the devil’s in the details...

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Rhapsody Of Fire – Live – From Chaos To Eternity (2013)

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Rhapsody of Fire, the parents of Hollywood metal (known more traditionally as symphonic power metal), tried to prove once more that their sound is standing its ground no matter what! After the separation from Luca Turilli (who now has his own Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody), this record was much needed. With this massive live release – 24 songs in 2 CDs – and using older and newer songs, fans worldwide can feel that Christmas is happening once more, just that this time it is set for the beginning of May (3rd of May to be precise).

This release really made me wish I was in the audience when these songs were recorded, because the sound alone shows a great effort and brilliant skills of turning the stage into an epic playground! Choir, sopranos in the background, wind instruments, violins, fa...

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