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.
Not even a month into the year and I can tell you that this album, the first highlight of the year is on its way. This album could be seen going the traditional metal route with hints of power metal…or the other way around…OH don’t forget the few curveballs they hurl at you.
Dark, mysterious, and energized. That’s what comes to mind when I hear Matchstickmen‘s album “From Our Own Ashes“. The album contains 10 tracks: the best songs from the Matchstickmen catalogue, remixed and remastered, and 6 new songs.
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.