Dexter Ward – Rendezvous with Destiny (2016)

563529

Author: Dave

Band: Dexter Ward

Album: Rendezvous with Destiny

 

Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Label: No Remorse Records

 

 

 

Dexter Ward, named after the novel by metal’s second-favourite literary benefactor (that would be Lovecraft), are a Greek heavy metal band formed within the last decade who have just released their second full-length album. The album is a pastiche of war stories, told from various perspectives and in various times, and not limited to the past either. From the ancient story of the “Stone Age Warriors” up through the “Ballad of the Green Berets” we are given a series of epic and fantastic tales told by the victors themselves. And you’d think with this kind of subject matter, you would expect something a little more than just run-of-the-mill heavy metal. Fortunately, Dexter Ward certainly deliver on this count.  Continue reading

Advertisements

Chastain – We Bleed Metal (2015)

535488

Author: Dave

Band: Chastain

Album: We Bleed Metal

Label: Leviathan Records

 

Whilst David T. Chastain may not be one of the more well-known metal guitarists, his works are abundant proof that popularity and proficiency are completely independent functions in the world of heavy metal. His early albums from the eighties with Leather Leone are amongst my most played albums in my library. I never familiarised myself with his works after Leone left the band, but was pleasantly surprised to learn that she had rejoined him in 2013 for the Surrender to No One and then again for We Bleed Metal. Continue reading

Zandelle – Perseverance (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Zandelle

Album: Perseverance

Label: Pure Steel Recrods

I stumbled across this Zandelle album whilst reading through a list of releases and was intrigued by the description I found on last.fm which described them as a band that “successfully bridges the gap between epic US Metal and European melodic metal.” Now, this is a pretty strong statement. I’m not much of a European power metal listener, but I certainly can appreciate the sound and the overall ethos of the genre just fine. I love epic US power metal though, and have spent a good bit time delving into that genre, so this at least deserved a listen. Continue reading

Virgin Steele – Nocturnes of Hellfire and Damnation (2015)

Artist: Virgin Steele

Album: Nocturnes of Hellfire and Damnation

Label: SPV GmbH

Author: Ryan

Virgin Steele in the long run are a bit of a curiosity. At their height they were one of the most criminally underrated metal bands out there, gaining only a fraction of the acclaim they rightly deserved. At their lows they got any attention at all out of name recognition alone. The latest chapters of a career marked by the highest highs and some dismal lows have been mostly the latter, with the band tripping all over its own grand visions in an effort to be more and more “epic.” Frontman David DeFeis promised a return to the heavier, more song-oriented stylings of the 1980s with Nocturnes of Hellfire and Damnation, but to the album’s detriment it feels much more like a natural continuation from The Black Light Bacchanalia. Continue reading