Another entrant in the 2017 Power Metal Sweepstakes (OK – I made that up) is little known Italian band Ancestral with their second album Master of Fate on Iron Shield Records. What a pleasant surprise this album has been.
Gus G. may be best known for his last 8 years with Ozzy, but it’s Firewind where he really gets to put his talents on display. Now teamed up with veritable Power Metal legend vocalist Henning Basse, Gus and company finally return with album number 8, Immortals on AFM Records.
These days, the mention of French Heavy Metal results in essentially one band as an answer – Gojira. They, of course, were not the first Metal band in France and have a decently long, although probably not esteemed, history of the style in their home country.
Every once in a while, I’ll take a flyer on a band whose style isn’t necessarily one that I’m partial to. It’s a great feeling when taking that chance results in finding a band that I not only didn’t expect to like, but one I expected to not like.
A mere 36 years ago, German Head Banging Men Grave Digger formed. I would guess that they’ve been around longer than many of our readers, but that’s OK. Chris Boltendahl and his crew are on album number 18 (17 if you dismiss Exhumation) and they sound as strong as ever.
It’s that time of year as everyone knows. That time for endless opinions of what was best about 2016. I’ve waited until the last day of the year to make my biases known and here they are. Turn it up to 11.
I’ve already seen a number of top album lists for 2016, but I’m saving mine until the last minute – just in case Overkill decides to release their next album early. For now I have my top song, album art, concert, debut, ridiculous quotes, disappointment, surprise of the year.