The higher you climb, the further you fall. – Unknown Most would say the best time in melodic death metal was the late 90s and early 2000s’. This also happens to be the best time of Swedish melo legends In Flames.
From Vancouver Island hails the addictive sound of The Body Politic. Influenced by bands such as The Human Abstract and Tesseract, their moody vocal hooks, overthrowing riffs and keyboard leads have helped them earn the ranks of one of the most loved progressive metal bands in Western Canada.
It’s a euphoric feeling to discover an album that is absolutely outstanding when you have no expectations for one. Finland’s Malpractice has done just that for me with their fourth album, Turning Tides on Sensory Records.
After a slew of traditional and Power Metal over the last couple of months, it was nice to see some Prog Metal in my inbox in the form of A Time of Changes on Nightmare Records. Project Arcadia challenges both musically and lyrically, providing a needed dose of something different.
One of the most talented young progressive metal bands to emerge in the last year or so is undoubtedly Polyphia. Although deeming themselves as progressive rock, Polyphia’s modern style, in the veins of bands such as Intervals and Periphery, is unquestionably heavy enough to be metal.
It’s always interesting when you encounter a band that has a different sound than many of the artists out there. You wonder if their sound is the first, maybe even wonder if their sound will usher in similar bands to come.
It has been the biggest honor and tremendous opportunity to interview the Kings of Shred and Speed. Guitar masters, Herman Li and Sam Totman, among the rest of DragonForce, will be releasing their sixth album tomorrow, titled, Maximum Overload. The album, in my opinion is their most diverse, dynamic, up your arse, and majestically melodic album to date!