Tag: Power

Brainstorm – Wall Of Skulls Review

A familiar voice is sometimes just enough pick-me-up. Now having Brainstormed for 22 years, Andy B. Franck is that familiar voice to many. More importantly, he’s that familiar voice to me. Franck was the voice

Diamonds & Rust: Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory

Heavy metal and gimmickry have had a complicated relationship since the very day the genre first crawled from the primordial soup. When the strategy has worked, the results have been remarkable: KISS, Mercyful Fate /

Dialith – Atrophy Review

[Cover artwork by Marta Sokołowska] It was 2019 when we last ran into Danbury, Connecticut’s Dialith here at Last Rites—back when the band’s fantastic debut full-length, Extinction Six, beat out 106 other power metal (and

Missing Pieces: The Best Of What We Missed In 2021 So Far, Volume 3

This is Part 3 of our 2021 Missing Pieces series, in which we offer praise to some great stuff we missed during the initial press cycles. Have a gander at Part 1 and Part 2

Vandor – On A Moonlit Night Review

Barring the self-titled historic release from the masters themselves, Helloween, 2021 has not been kind to the sunnier, slightly breezier corner of power metal. Sure, there’s been some stellar stuff in the form of Warrior

Helloween – Helloween Review

[Artwork by the unrivaled Eliran Kantor] If humankind ever ends up with a tombstone somewhere out there in the great beyond, a solid argument could be made for the following words to be written across

Pharaoh – The Powers That Be Review

At some point in every human’s existence, we discover the value of “not worrying about it.” Our parents hammer the lesson home early when we first start wondering about life’s less attractive elements—undue illness, death,

Bloodbound – Creatures Of The Dark Realm Review

Bloodbound have quietly amassed a good but not great discography. So while Creatures of the Dark Realm is the band’s ninth full-length album, experience speaks less to quality than to commitment to craft. That isn’t