Myrath – Shehili

“You have to hear Myrath!” Those words came from the mouth of my brother’s wife one evening of chilling out, devouring unhealthy snacks washed down with just as unhealthy beverages while having a movie-night at our place. I had never heard of the band so movie-night turned into YouTube night for like half an hour or so. Video after video by Myrath was played and I was completely floored. The next day I googled the band because I knew I had to get me something by them but I didn’t know where to start. I found out that Myrath had released five studio albums (six if you count the new one) albeit the 2005 debut Double Face was released under the X-Tazy moniker. I decided a compilation album would do the trick for starters so a copy of the double compilation album Merciless Times (2018) was ordered. And boy, was this band great or what? Hot damn!

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Devin Townsend – Empath

Ah, Devin Townsend, the friendly and courteous Canadian evil genius, once very outspoken about the pros of using weed for creativity but now completely sober for years. I guess he found out that he was just as out there sober as stoned – and I mean that in the best possible way. My relationship with Townsend has been almost non-existent. Well, not entirely true – I did buy the underrated and at times brilliant Sex And Religion album by Steve Vai’s band Vai in 1993 where Townsend was the singer, but after that I have only read about the man and his escapades. Almost. I had heard songs here and there from his outfit Strapping Young Lad but nothing ever stuck with me so I never really bothered checking his stuff out. Now, Townsend has put out so many records with his different constellations that I really can’t be arsed to mention them all here. Besides it would take up too much space, so if you want to know, google the guy.

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Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings

Only a month prior to the release of this record, former Battle Beast guitarist, founder and main-song writer Anton Kabanen released the new album From Hell With Love with his new outfit Beast In Black. It was a punch in the gut kind of album and just like its predecessor, Berserker, it kicked ass, sounding a lot like Battle Beast albeit with a male singer. Battle Beast’s first album without Kabanen, Bringer Of Pain (2017), was a substantial follow-up to 2015’s brilliant Unholy Savior and showed that Battle Beast didn’t have any problems to maintain their sound and to write great songs without Kapanen. However, Kabanen’s Beast In Black are breathing down Battle Beast’s neck with two albums just as good as his former band’s. When Battle Beast now are releasing their second album without Kapanen, they have a lot to prove. Was Bringer Of Pain just a lucky strike or will Battle Beast be one great album ahead of Beast In Black with this one?

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In Flames – I, the Mask

Since the last ten years or so, In Flames has turned into one of Sweden’s biggest music exports and when such things happen there’s always a whole lot of talk of selling out and being commercial. Those accusations have been coming In Flames’ way ever since they decided to take their already melodic Death Metal further away from pure Death Metal and adding other influences into the mix. I can understand that a move like that rubs old fans the wrongs way but does that mean that In Flames are selling out? I don’t think they have done so. Commercial? Well, sure but on the other hand, if you sell a lot of records and sell out stadiums, you’re commercial. Genres are never commercial by themselves – if you sell you’re commercial no matter what kind of music you play. Personally, I don’t give a rat. Mostly because I’m not a Death Metal fan to begin with and to me, if a (former) Death Metal band becomes more melodic, thumbs up from me.

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Queensrÿche – The Verdict

It looks like the world of Queensrÿche is never easy but on the other hand, it never gets dull either. The whole Geoff Tate debacle has been dwelled on enough by now but even when the band should be in a good place, things happen. First, drummer Scott Rockenfield took a paternity leave of absence to be at home with his newborn child which had the guys touring with a temporary replacement, Casey Grillo (Kamelot). When it was time to start writing for the new album, Scott wasn’t involved and when they didn’t hear from him whether he’d be back soon or not, the guys decided to record the album without him. As singer Todd LaTorre having a past as a drummer he took it upon himself to do the drum parts. If Scott will come back to the band at all or not remains to be seen.

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Spirits Of Fire – Spirits of Fire

So here we go with just another one of those all-star projects from Frontiers, right? Well, usually when Frontiers releases an all-star project it’s within the AOR or/and Melodic Rock genre but here’s a bonafide Heavy Metal project. Who are the dudes that has rounded up for this thing then? Well, we have Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals, Chris Caffery (Savatage, Dr Butcher, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) on guitar, Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Death, Sebastian Bach, Obituary) on bass and drummer Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) with Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach) producing. Sounds interesting? Well, it does to me. What also differs this project is that it’s made solely by the members involved and of course Roy Z which means no involvement from the usual suspects that holds both song writing and producing duties at Frontiers normally. That aside, I think it’s time I get a good dose of Metal again – it was a long time since I found a new Metal act that could kick my ass right into next week!

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Dream Theater – Distance Over Time

Honesty time now. Things haven’t been the same since drummer Mike Portnoy packed his bags and left Dream Theater for other adventures. I really don’t wanna be that guy, but the fact is, on the three Portnoy-less albums – A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011), Dream Theater (2013) and The Astonishing (2016) – I always feel that there is something lacking. It’s Mike Portnoy’s drumming. But it don’t mean that those albums aren’t anything to write home about. They are. And then some. The last album, the grandiose rock-opera The Astonishing is marvelous and even though it took some time to digest, I truly love that album. The same with their self-titled record from 2013. A great piece of work where Dream Theater dared to embrace their Melodic Hard Rock sides. But still, Portnoy is missed.

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Avantasia – Moonglow

Ever since I discovered Avantasia for real with The Scarecrow back in 2008, every new release from Tobias Sammet and his rock-opera has been a small Christmas for me. I write “for real” because when I first gave Avantasia a shot years prior to that – a friend recommended them to me – I wasn’t impressed at all. To this day, I find the two first records, The Metal Opera twin records, too much Power Metal for my taste and I hardly ever listen to those. But ever since The Scarecrow, Avantasia’s records has bettered the previous one, something that culminated with the amazing Ghostlights that came out almost three years ago. That album totally floored me and to me that record is nothing but a damn masterpiece. With six brilliant records under his belt, expectations are always high whenever Sammet release a new Avantasia record but after a record like Ghostlights, chances to top it – or even equal it – are slim. And that’s what I was prepared for with the new effort.

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Beast In Black – From Hell With Love

I was very hesitant to give Finish Metal-stompers Battle Beast even the tiniest break for quite the while. I thought their name sucked, I was confident that they were just another cheesy Power Metal band that would bore me to tears so I didn’t bother. When I finally gave them a shot – and fell for them immediately – original guitar player and main song writer Anton Kabanen had left the band for reasons I’m still not sure of. Luckily enough, Battle Beast proved that they could make great music on their own. What had happened to Kabanen and what he was up to, I was pretty clueless of. I had read the name Beast In Black somewhere but I didn’t know that it was Kabanen’s new baby. And to be honest, I can say that I wasn’t exactly looking either. Battle Beast for me are a band that I really like but I haven’t gotten to the point where my interest is that big that I feel the need to explore everything the ex- members are doing.

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Within Temptation – Resist

I must admit that after 2007’s The Heart Of Everything, my interest in Within Temptation faded in an almost worrying speed. I got hooked on the band with their second album Mother Earth (2000) and my interest in the band increased with the releases of the follow-up’s The Silent Force (2004) and the mentioned record above (I still haven’t gotten around to listen to their 1997 debut Enter), but after that, I felt that their music became more and more mainstream. Today, I hardly ever get around to listen to The Unforgiving (2011) and Hydra (2014), but when I do, I always feel that I gave those albums too high points in my reviews (6/10 and 7/10) respectively – a five or maybe a six for both albums feels more accurate today). Maybe that’s why the news of a new Within Temptation release was for me merely a shrug of my shoulder.

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