Re: April Round Up

Date:2020-05-03 03:39:09
In Reply To:April Round Up by Pirage
6.5 Traveler - Termination Shock
Canadian pwer tard metallers with a decent new album. Production however is a bit cheap. The songs are also not always memorable but they have talent.
Need to play more but enjoyed it, like the previous one.

6.5 Compass - Our Time on Earth
the new more progressive and heavier project from Steve Newman. Not bad at all. Has a few very good songs but quite a bit of meandering that does zilch for me. Could've been good but it just doesn't quite cut the mustard.
Heard a couple tracks and it sounded good. Need to hear the whole thing.

6.5 Conception - State of Deception
I like Khan's vocals that I can't deny. But this kind of slightly odd songwriting misses the mark for me. Not to say there aren't some good moments throughout the album. It's just not really something I could fully get behind. Anyway it's good to hear Khan again although his melodies are a bit subdued.
Quite underwhelmed as well. Not bad, but a far cry from the 90s albums...

7 Kill Ritual - The Opaque and the Divine
This is rather OK. Just regular modern metal with some heavy melody. The songs are sometimes a touch aggressive but they never forget melody totally either. Not a bad album at all and if some of the better songs come on I won't skip.
Good stuff.

7.5 Bonfire - Fistful Of Fire
German rockers back again with a rock solid effort. Germanic melodic rock has a very distinct sound and Bonfire stick to it rigidly and without deviation. Works for me.
I like this quute a bit. Their last few albums are all very good to excellent IMO.

8 Dark Forest - Oak, Ash & Thorn
English trad power metal band returns again with another joyous set of tunes. Lots of beautiful thigh slapping folky parts and good not great vocals. It's all about the deep and rich melody with dark Forest and the true olden traditional English feel to the songs and lyrics especially.
I like it but don't love it. Quite good still.

8 Darker Half - If You Only Knew
A new band with a splendid debut of heavy and still very melodic power metal. Nothing to complain about here at all. Everything is done at a very high level. Interesting to see how they progress as they are already very high in the power metal rankings for a newcomer band.
Far to be a new band, this is their 4th album, 1st one released in 2009. ;) But I don't really recall the older ones, this one is probably their best...

8.5 Warning Sign - Path to Destruction
This band caught me by surprise. I don't recall them though I might have heard but I just can't be arsed to do the leg work. anyway all I know is that this is a great power metal release and more in the US style than the European one. It still has a lot of catchy melody in the choruses though and a lot of gallop in the riffs. A very good out of the blue album indeed.
This is a band from my place, Quebec City, Canada. Their first album (2016's Left To The Sharks) was good, but this is a huge improvement, both in songwriting and production. Really good album indeed.

9.5 Dynazty - The Dark Delight
And finally my runaway album of the month by the Swedes of Dynazty. I knew this was going to kick unholy ass after the first single. then the second single only increased the anticipation and the third cemented it in stone. Finally the whole thing is here and they've delivered their best album. The melodies are truly infectious worse than Covid I'm tellin' ya lol! Every song is literally blessed with a chorus from heaven all delivered with superb tone from our man of the moment on the mic. This guy is slowly becoming my fave current singer in the melodic metal field. The man is just a battering ram vocalist with a knack for superb melody. The band themselves are writing great musical backing but never showy or stealing the limelight from Nils. the production is wonderfully clean and crystal clear and heavy enough. I want to give a 10 but I'm just holding back but whoever tops this album this year will have to get the full 10 and I just can't think who that might be. For now I'm fixated by this release even though I'm not playing as much music as I normally do. I do reach for this every day though which is still good. Also they are one of the few bands I've never seen live which irks me somewhat but hey maybe 2021, here's hoping coz this year's basically fucked as we all know by now...
Excellent album indeed. But could still have lived without the growls in the one song they're present...
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