I often talk of expectations when it comes to music. As in several of my recent reviews, sometimes they are met (Black Crown Initiate), sometimes exceeded (Elm Street), and sometimes the product falls short (Withem).
Never a band to listen to for a pick me up, Evergrey returns with The Storm Within on AFM Records. The progressive, dark, and melancholy elements are once again present, along with the distinctive melodic lines employed by Tom Englund and crew.
There is a glut of Metal these days, a tsunami of sound. Don’t believe me? According to Encylopaedia Metallum, on August 26th no fewer than 44 Metal releases were scheduled. Sure, they weren’t all full length albums, but most were. Some heavy hitters (Deep Purple, Sodom, Delain) and some truly underground bands (Astrophobos, Oncology).
It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was. Very stormy in Chicago. Torrents of rain, claps of thunder, bolts of lightning. This night was also full of some Metal thunder courtesy of some local bands and a Harley favorite, Prog Metallers Iris Divine.
I love it when a band is on a roll. For nearly a decade now, since 2007’s Different Shapes, Italian Prog Metal masters DGM have been pumping out the Metal. This year sees the release of album number eight, The Passage on Frontiers Music.
Metal Blade collective Hammers of Misfortune are one of those bands that just ooze a certain trippy, almost hallucinogenic style so completely embodied in their heavy musical offerings. The band’s latest, Dead Revolution, fits nicely in that arena.
Perhaps one of the most diverse albums I’ve listened to this year, Norwegians, Oceans of Time, brings the latest chapter in their successful career titled Trust. After hearing the tumultuous journey from start to end, I myself also have built trust for the band with this latest solid release.