REVIEW: Rhapsody of Fire: The Frozen Tears of Angels

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I really hate the word epic now, because it’s a fact that the word has been over used, beaten into the ground and made useless. When you use to hear the word epic you knew some amazingly cool shit was going down. Thor is picking up a volcano to throw at Godzilla, or two planets just smashed together, something of that magnitude. Now however it’s just shit, but the problem we have here is when the word epic is really the only word that can describe things and that’s where I run into the problem here, because this album is fucking epic. Over an hour of power metal greatness that will leave you wanting to plan an adventure to fight dragons and stab Zeus in the throat. If you’re a power metal fan you most likely already know this band, but if you don’t you can’t go wrong with this one.

‘Dark Frozen World’ A theatrical spoken word intro, with cathedral operatic greatness building until the boiling point!
‘Sea Of Fate’ The intro track cuts right into a shredding guitar solo, the drums come in to add to the almost speed metal sound until the vocals break in at thirty seconds and the mythological power metal starts. The perfect starter song, comes in hard then breaks to the peak of fantasy metal with awesome solos, and operatic vocals.
‘Crystal Moonlight’ This song makes you feel like you’re storming a castle on a mountaintop in the middle of night, rain falling steadily.
‘Reign of Terror’ Some fucking evil sounding shit here at the start, I bet Dracula sits back and listens to this while he’s waiting for Simon Belmont to come. It’s not long before the sweet sweet speed riffs kick in with some more opera like vocals, this time with lots of help.
‘Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio’ More dramatic spoken intros. This is the folk tune of the album, a Satyr most likely wrote the song.
‘Raging Starfire’ As you might imagine from the Raging part of the song name, the metal is back in full force. Speed riffs backing up the soundtrack used to Castle Crash.
‘Lost In Cold Dreams’ A really slow song, not very metal at all really. It’s not bad, but it’s the dud of the album.
‘On The Way To Ainor’ True to their form, following up something slow with another screaming guitar solo…which screeches to a halt for a piano and storyteller type vocals. Which picks back up to metal. It basically continues in the up and down fashion like that the entire time. With the exception of the fucking creepy haunted part at four minutes.
‘The Frozen Tears of Angels’ Another spoken intro, sounds like a movie I wanna see too! This monster clocks in at over eleven minutes, and not to disappoint this might be the best song on the album. It’s got everything I love in metal, long songs, mountain toppling vocals, sweet riffs, fantasy lyrics, it’s all there!
‘Labyrinth of Madness’ An instrumental, a very badass one.
‘Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version)’ An orchestral version of the opening song, it’s a great version but I prefer the original ones pumped full of metal. I’m glad this is around though, sounds like a totally different song.

1. Dark Frozen World
2. Sea Of Fate
3. Crystal Moonlight
4. Reign of Terror
5. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
6. Raging Starfire
7. Lost In Cold Dreams
8. On The Way To Ainor
9. The Frozen Tears of Angels
10. Labyrinth of Madness [Bonus Track]
11. Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version) [Bonus Track]

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REVIEW: Holy Dragons: The Chapters Of The III World War History Ghost – Part I

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With this band’s name, the crazy long album title and some of the song titles I was expecting some nerd power metal, I don’t think I was too far off base in that guess. We’ve got some very long songs here with very long song titles. But if you’re a power metal person you should know more or less what to expect. The guitar work on the album is really good, not mind-blowing, but some above average stuff. The first song is pretty forgettable, but not bad. The second track has some great stuff in it, but I feel it could be cut by a minute or two. The third track ‘Project A119′ is all around fucking awesome, its got everything going right for it. The next handful of songs are your average power metal songs, but they’re good. Overall it’s a pretty average metal album, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad album. It’s pretty enjoyable, metal heads may want to check it out.
1. Doomsday Angels
2. The Man Who Saved The World – Chrush Of Chrome Dome
3. Project A119
4. M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction – AN602 – Wind Of Hate
5. Cuban Crisis
6. F.R.A.G.I.L.E.
7. NORAD Alert
8. The Day After
9. HL7442
10. Abe Archer 83 – DEFCON 1 – Zerstorer

REVIEW: Wizard: Thor

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WIZARD! my favorite German version of Manowar is back this year with an album that has a title to equal their greatness THOR! Massacre Records were brave enough to bring these eleven songs of epic power to the masses. Start to finish this album is amazing, I’ll say not Wizard’s best but they’ve set the bar incredbily high for themselves already. If you don’t know this bad think Manowar. Not like Manowar meets something else, just Manowar because Wizard is almost as great as the Kings of Metal. If you don’t own any Wizard in some form you need to seek it out. Finding Wizard albums is a quest in itself because they are not easy to find but it be that much greater when you do because you’ll have earned it.
1.Utgard (False Games)
2.Midgards Guardian
3.Asgard
4.Serpents Venon
5.Resurrection
6.The Visitor
7.What Would You Do?
8.Utgard (The Beginning)
9.Stolen Hammer
10.Lightning
11.Pounding In The Night
Wizard-ThorWIZARD! my favorite German version of Manowar is back this year with an album that has a title to equal their greatness THOR! Massacre Records were brave enough to bring these eleven songs of epic power to the masses. Start to finish this album is amazing, I’ll say not Wizard’s best but they’ve set the bar incredibly high for themselves already. If you don’t know this bad think Manowar. Not like Manowar meets something else, just Manowar because Wizard is almost as great as the Kings of Metal. If you don’t own any Wizard in some form you need to seek it out. Finding Wizard albums is a quest in itself because they are not easy to find but it be that much greater when you do because you’ll have earned it.
1.Utgard (False Games)
2.Midgards Guardian
3.Asgard
4.Serpents Venon
5.Resurrection
6.The Visitor
7.What Would You Do?
8.Utgard (The Beginning)
9.Stolen Hammer
10.Lightning
11.Pounding In The Night

Get Thor from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Manowar: Thunder in the Sky

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manowarthunderskyWell the impossible finally happened, that which I thought could not be done has seen the light of day and that light is not pretty. Amazing metal band Manowar has released a bad song. The band gave word not long ago that they were releasing a new EP; naturally this was perceived as good news because Manowar is one of the greatest metal bands around. Then news followed that they were going to record one song in multiple languages so the entire world could enjoy the metal, a novel idea. The EP came out and I listened, over all it’s another great EP by the band; however one song on this release ruins it for everybody, and ironically that was the song they decided to record in fifteen other languages. Now not only do we have to relive the same, and only, bad Manowar song over and over and over again, but the entire world gets to listen to the only bad song by the band in their language, this leaves a bad impression I imagine. Somehow “Father” takes all the awesome badass metal that is Manowar and drains it like a keg at a frat party, but no where near as much fun. I suffered through the entire 16 versions of this song, and not one is good. It’s a real shame because the other songs on the EP are up to the normal Manowar standard. If you’re going to buy this I caution you to find a one disk version that does not have the extra language tracks and to skip “Father”, only then will you be a happy Manowar fan.

Disc 1
1. Thunder In The Sky (4:24)
2. Let The Gods Decide (3:37)
3. Father (3:52)
4. Die With Honor (Edit Version) (4:19)
5. The Crown And The Ring (Metal Version) (4:57)
6. God Or Man (4:52)

Disc 2
1. Tatko (Father – Bulgarian Version) (4:13)
2. Otac (Father – Croation Version) (4:13)
3. Isä (Father – Finnish Version) (4:13)
4. Mon Père (Father – French Version) (4:13)
5. Vater (Father – German Version) (4:13)
6. ?at??a (Father – Greek Version) (4:13)
7. Apa (Father – Hungarian Version (4:13)
8. Padre (Father – Italian Version) (4:13)
9. ? (Father – Japanese Version) (4:13)
10. Far (Father – Norwegian Version) (4:13)
11. Ojciec (Father – Polish Version) (4:13)
12. Pai (Father – Portuguese Version) (4:13)
13. Tata (Father – Romanian Version) (4:13)
14. Padre (Father – Spanish Version) (4:13)
15. Baba (Father – Turkish Version) (4:13)

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REVIEW: Hysterica: Metalwar

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hystericaMetalwar by Hysterica is a good album, for starters it’s got a pretty fucking amazing name. As far as the contents of the album we’ve got some female fronted metal with an old meets new feel. Think Girlschool meets power metal. This came at us in June of this year and was a pretty refreshing break seeing as how this year has not been a great one for metal so far (not counting the live Iron Maiden and Judas Priest albums). We’ve got eleven tracks here none of which disappoint, this album should appear to the old metal heads that use to rock out in the 80′s all the way to some new metal fans trying to get a feel for what’s good.

1.We Are the Undertakers
2.Halloween
3.Bless the Beast
4.Girls Made of Heavy Metal
5.Louder
6.Metalwar
7.Wreck of Society
8.The Bitch Is Back
9.Got the Devil in Me
10.Heavy Metal Man
11.Pain in the Ass

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