Ravensire – The Cycle Never Ends (2016)

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Author: Dave
Artist: Ravensire
Album: The Cycle Never Ends
Label: Cruz del Sur Records

The Cycle Never Ends is Ravensire’s sophomore effort, and it comes after what I believe to a fairly strong debut. So, given that I feel they set the bar fairly high right out of the gates, this one had a lot to live up to. And initially, I thought that it fell flat. Nothing was overtly bad about it, but nothing was really drawing me in either. But there was something lurking under the surface that I couldn’t quite place my finger on, so I spun it again and a third time, still not quite finding much to latch onto.

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Magister Templi – Into Duat (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Magister Templi

Album: Into Duat

Label: Cruz del Sur Music

Metal, and traditional metal in particular, has more than a few bands who write great music that comes packaged with… “difficult” vocals. King Diamond, Hour of 13, Gates of Slumber, Manilla Road. Sometimes bad, sometimes technically very good, but in any case requiring some degree of acclimatization. If the music is good, sometimes one simply has to accept that the vocals are part of the deal. They may come to be appreciated, they may be endearing, or they may simply be something that must be endured in order to appreciate the riffs. Continue reading