Tag: Symphonic

Khazaddum – Plagues Upon Arda Review

Release date: 8/19/2017. Label:Independently released. If the band’s name doesn’t give it away, Milwaukee’s Khazaddum play Tolkien themed death metal, or as the promo materials call it, “dwarven death metal.” Their first full-length album (following

Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony Review

I’m not gonna lie: I feel like a fraud reviewing this album (even more so than I normally do just being here with the rest of this intrepid staff). I’m a moderate fan of Accept

Avantasia – Ghostlights Review

This is, I swear, a review of the new album from Avantasia. It just… well, sometimes it takes a minute to get to where you end up wanting to go. Bands like Avantasia seem to

Selvans – Lupercalia Review

Italy’s Selvans was formed by four ex-members of Draugr after that band’s breakup in 2013, and their very brief history is one of both tragedy and fierce ambition. After completing most of the vocals and

Cradle Of Filth – Hammer Of The Witches Review

Though in some sewer-dwelling internet circles it may still be possible to earn your in-group stripes by shitting on Her Majesty’s Merriest Misfits, if you are of the opinion that Cradle of Filth is not

Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror Review

Sometimes, a review represents a battle between the writer and the band/album. Other times, it is between a writer and himself. At other times still, it becomes a three-way dance. The latter only works in

Atrocity – Okkult Review

Experimentation is a double-edged sword – on the one hand, it’s a trait most often praised by critics, if not always loved by fans, and its converse, static repetition, is as sometimes decried by both

Saille – Ritu Review

As a style, symphonic black metal is generally theatrical, grandiose, and (without necessarily implying fault) often quite pompous. It isn’t exactly a sub-genre known for scaling it back. That made Irreversible Decay, the debut from