Blazon Stone – No Sign of Glory (2015)

Author: Dan

Band: Blazon Stone

Album: No Sign of Glory

Label: Stormspell Records

Forget Alestorm if you like pirates, Blazon Stone is the real deal. No Sign of Glory is the second album of Blazon Stone, a side project of Cederick Forsberg whom some of you may know as the guitarist of Rocka Rollas. And you probably guessed it, there is a reason this project is named after one of Running Wild’s triumphs. After the debut Return to Port Royal (also referencing Running Wild’s Port Royal), which was praised by many fans as the album Running Wild never released, No Sign of Glory takes the worship into the second round and let me tell you something, there definitely are more than enough signs of glory to be found here! Continue reading

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Guardians of Time – Rage and Fire (2015)

Band: Guardians of Time

Album: Rage and Fire

Label: WormHoleDeath Records

Reviewer: Dan

Guardians of Time is a power metal band hailing from Norway and active since the mid-late 1990’s. They released three albums prior to Rage and Fire and I have to admit that, at least for me, they seemed like your standard run-of-the-mill power metal band. I was wrong. Very wrong. Guardians of Time play a rather aggressive but melodic kind of power metal. After listening to this album I realisedhow many generic and half-hearted albums and projects there are in the branch of power metal. Yes, it’s that good. Continue reading

Blackwelder – Survival of the Fittest (2015)

Artist: Blackwelder

Album: Survival of the Fittest

Label: Golden Core Records

Reviewer: Dan

And another supergroup! Get your pants ready to get changed, guys! Blackwelder is a band consisting of (ex-)members of Gamma Ray, Angra, Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Riot fronted by Primal Fear’s vocalist Ralf Scheepers. Now, if that doesn’t sound fun! Continue reading

Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman (2010/2015) (Re-recorded)

Artist: Tengger Cavalry

Album: 血祭萨满 / Blood Sacrifice Shaman (2010)/ Blood Sacrifice Shaman (2015)

Label: Dying Art Productions (2010) / Metal Hell Records (2015)

Reviewer: Dan

Tengger Cavalry is most definitely the most popular Folk Metal band hailing from China to include Mongolian traditional instruments and combine it with throat singing. Now they re-recorded and rearranged their first album and also shortened it a bit. Continue reading

Hammer King – Kingdom Of The Hammer (2015)

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Artist: Hammer King

Album: Kingdom of the Hammer King

Label: Cruz del Sur Music

Hammer King. Hammer. King. King of the Hammer. How does it sound? Does it sound like Manowar? Good. Because you don’t even need to listen to one of Hammer King’s tracks to know what’s up. Manowar is up. Steel is up. And glory is up. Do you think you’ve seen it all? It actually doesn’t matter because Hammer King are by no means a revolutionary band who try to reinvent the wheel. Their goal, however, is “to play the truest Heavy Metal in this and all other worlds”. Continue reading

Civil War – Gods And Generals (2015)

Civil War - Gods And Generals

Artist: Civil War

Album: Gods and Generals

Label: Napalm Records

By now, Civil War should widely be known among fans of Sabaton and Power Metal in general. Why Sabaton? Taking the musical similarities aside, Civil War was formed by four ex-members of Sabaton after they left the band. So it’s basically Sabaton, right? Right? Well, maybe a bit. With Nils Patrik Johansson on vocals, Civil War released their debut only two years ago in ’13. With almost the same line-up, here we have it. Gods and Generals. Continue reading

Lancer – Second Storm (2015)

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Artist: Lancer

Album: Second Storm

Label: Despotz Records

Disclaimer: This is mostly a review of the music on the album and not an analysis of the awesome-as-fuck Mecha-Ostrich on the cover.

Second Storm is the, (surprise!), second album by Swedish Power Metal band Lancer. Without promising too much, they’re a pretty consistent group, at least if you take in account that both of their full-length records are pretty solid Speed/Power assaults without reinventing the steel (…haha). Continue reading