Tag: Power

Jack Starr’s Burning Starr – Stand Your Ground Review

Prior to receiving a promo copy of Stand Your Ground, my exposure to Jack Starr’s Burning Starr was pretty limited. In fact, I knew exactly three things about them: 1 – their namesake guitarist founded long-running American power


Unleash The Archers – Apex Review

Now tackling their fourth album, Unleash the Archers seem poised to finally reveal the true character of their sound. Leading the way are bone-chilling vocals from Brittney Slaye accompanied by a band that is synchronized, complimentary and

Astral Doors – Black Eyed Children Review

Traditionally, Astral Doors has never been my favorite of Nils Patrik Johansson’s projects, but with his abrupt departure from Civil War earlier this year, I guess it is now. Formed fifteen years ago as a

Seven Kingdoms – Decennium Review

Originally released on Nightmare Records back in January, Decennium proved itself worthy enough to score a re-release just a few short months later, now on power-metal “major” Napalm. In their ten-year career (hence this latest

Pyramaze – Contingent Review

In 2004, Denmark’s Pyramaze released an album called Melancholy Beast, and it was good. Actually, it was more than good, it was great – the sort of fantastical, sometimes ridiculous, always melodious power metal record

Striker – Striker Review

Since 2010, Edmonton, Alberta’s Striker has released five records – including its latest self-titled disc – and Last Rites has not reviewed a single one of them until now. Shame on us, because Striker is

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems Review

The first thing that jumps out with regard to Nocturnes and Requiems is the album cover artwork. Regardless of what you take away in terms of its overall theme, the likelihood is pretty strong that

Civil War – The Last Full Measure Review

Ah, European power metal… When it’s done poorly, there’s very little in all of metal that could possibly be lamer. (Maybe basement-level black metal, but that’s another argument for another time.) But when Euro-power is

Vicious Rumors – Concussion Protocol Review

American power metal institution Vicious Rumors hits the dozen mark with this latest full-length, thirty-one years after their classic debut on 1985’s Soldiers Of The Night. Now as then, the band straddles the line between

Dark Forest – Beyond the Veil Review

Let’s begin with a brief discussion about Outsider Lifestyle and Trend Alliances. In the 80s, metal was a beacon that provided a seductively tempting “danger” element to burnouts, nerds, freaks and any sort of outcast