Re: August Round Up

Author:John Frank
Date:2017-09-01 15:50:44
In Reply To:August Round Up by Pirage
Plus a few from 2016 thanks to that dodgy guy JF and his 2016 post haha!
Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights
Thanks to Guillaume and others for finally forcing this down my throat. Very good melodic classic trad metal. Great vox too.
Many folks dig this. I did not. I will give it another shot.
Accept - The Rise of Chaos
I like it. It's fun heavy metal. Simple enough really.
Not for me. Of the new titles, I only dig the first comeback album.
Fire Strike - Slaves of Fate
Female fronted Maiden style trad metal. Fun if throwaway.
Will bump it up in the queue.
Foredoomed - Ordeal
I have mostly given up on melodeath but this I love. Melodeath at its best for modern times IMO.
Will bump it up in the queue.
Gracepoint - Echoes
JF to the rescue. Very good melodic prog without being so proggy that would bore me. Great vocals too.
Woo hoo! Gracepoint deserves more accolades.
Skyfire - Liberation in Death
One of my fave ever melodeath bands returns with an appetiser. Only 4 tracks but the quality is there for all to see. Lovely keys as always in this band.
Was rather blah for me. Will try again later, as I own most of their discography.
Spectrum Of Delusion - Esoteric Entity
Tech death whirlathon. Vokills a bit dodge but OK. Music is warm, fluid and melodic with twangy and clean bass.
Will bump it up in the queue.
Inanimate Existence - Underneath A Melting Sky
As I was saying death metal ruled and this was probably the best of the lot. Just a fantastic and amazing tech death listen. Epic fret wizardry!
Did not do much for me. I own their first two, but I passed on their 2016 disc. Weird that they already released another one.
Jack Starr’s Burning Starr - Stand Your Ground
Jack returns once in a blue moon with an album of true cult heavy metal. This album is an enjoyable listen held together superbly by vocals from Todd Michael Hall if I'm not wrong. Some triumphant melodies but production is a bit raw or flat by today's standards.
Will add to the queue. Never got into them in the past though.
Prospekt - The Illuminated Sky
I almost didn't bother with this but curiosity got the better of me and I gave it a bash. Lo and behold it's bloody great. The music is absolutely wondrous and they've thrown everything but the kitchen sink at it. The singer can get a bit drowned out or overwhelmed at times and it's hard to actually hear him and a more powerful voice would've been better but he's ok for a nondescript prog metal singer whilst the music continues to amaze.
Will bump it up in the queue.
Wraith - Revelation
80s trad throwback. Heavy riffs and melodic vocals. Enjoyable but not amazing but good enough to be included.
Will add to the queue.
Pentakill - II- Grasp of the Undying
Heavy hitting music with Jorn singing. Very heavy and pretty melodic but definitely should have some fans in metal community.
I do not need to try this, do I?
Dendera - Part One - Blood Red Sky (EP)
Little EP from my English homies. Very heavy but perhaps not as memorable as I was hoping.
Seemed decent upon first listen to me.
Degreed - st
Solid hard hitting modern melodic rock. Not sure about some of the songs but it's mostly pretty OK.
Will add to the queue.
The Haunted - Strength in Numbers
A strong release especially the heavy and lean production. Songs can be boring but some good ripping tunes as well. Just a mixed bag which I'm not sure is enough to please this old bastard.
Did little for me.
Leprous - Malina
I don't like this band but I like this album somehow. The vocalist is completely outstanding. The music on its own is not something amazing to me but with the added vocal wow factor it's highly listenable. I just don't know if I will give this enough time.
Did little for me.
Attic - Sanctimonious
Far too grim and black sounding King Diamond copy. Amazing vocals though!
Yeah, I own their previous stuff, but I am going to pass on this one, I think.
Akercocke - Renaissance In Extremis
Very weird and interesting listen but I will never listen to this again no doubt.
Not for me.
Portrait - Burn the World
Another KD worship band to go with Attic. Better produced but again the song writing does very little for me.
Yeah, I own some of their previous stuff, but I am going to pass on this one, I think.
Rancor - Evilization - thrash
Yep, a disappointment.
NYN - Entropy: Of Chaos And Salt - tech death
I really liked this upon first listen. Quality complex blackened death.

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