hanging garden
As the decade comes to a close, metal fans will remember all the great releases that had come out in the past ten years. But before we reach 2020, we
December 1, 2019 by Nikki Katsi
Cyhra 2019
It was year 2017 when Cyhra, this group of super talented musicians, shook the world or at least my world by releasing their debut album “Letters To Myself“. Of course
November 13, 2019 by Tero Tolkki
Insomnium
INSOMNIUM is one of those bands that hold a very important place in my heart. Their music, both live and recorded, has carried me through some of the most difficult times.
November 11, 2019 by Slayanys Maniax
October Tide-Of Splendor Below
October Tide, a band often associated with Katatonia, from their slow down-tempo depressive melodic doomy sounds, to their catchy chorus lines. October Tide, also a band who has developed into
October 31, 2019 by Nikki Katsi
If you are looking for something new to listen to, you would probably like to give COTS a try.
October 20, 2019 by Daniel Ramos
NorthTale - Welcome To Paradise
Are you worried about the dying art of Power Metal? Well I am or at least I was before NorthTale entered my life. Small flashback here might be in order.
October 17, 2019 by Tero Tolkki
Powerful blend of heavy and raw, black metal, heavy metal, folk/pagan, blues and grooves from another era. Wormwood’s second full length album Nattarvet not only combines a handful of musical
July 15, 2019 by Serena
Timo Tolkki's Avalon - Return To Eden
Everyone who has listened to melodic metal or power metal knows Timo Tolkki. If not by name but through his songs he made while in Stratovarius. Those songs are still
July 11, 2019 by Tero Tolkki
manegarmfornaldarsagor
After more than 3 years of work, the trio of Månegarm invites us to go back in time with a new album, “Fornaldarsagor” (released on April 26, 2019 – Napalm
May 2, 2019 by Sophie
Hanging Garden-Backwoods Sessions Part II
I got a thing for Hanging Garden. Don’t tell Katatonia. They’re my new side piece. All joking aside, since the announcement of Katatonia’s hiatus (of which they had recently become
April 10, 2019 by Nikki Katsi
Finnish Symphonic Death metal heroes Brymir  released their third studio album Wings of Fire on 8.2.2019. At first listen, it felt a bit chaotic and not recognizably Brymir, but after getting
March 9, 2019 by Serena
A band’s sophomore album can arguably be even more important than their debut for several reasons. When a debut is highly successful, however, it all comes down to one big
February 12, 2019 by Slayanys Maniax
It was a bit difficult for me to listen to this album with a critical ear. Swallow the Sun (along with Trees of Eternity and Hallatar) have a deep personal
January 28, 2019 by Serena
Profane Omen - Ooka
Depends which sources you believe it’s been 4-5 years since their previous release “Reset“. Either way it’s quite a long time for a band between albums especially considering you need
September 10, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
Tarja - Act III
Act II is what every fan of the Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen has been waiting for. After the success of Act I, Turunen released the live album ‘Act II’ that
August 28, 2018 by Anastasia Konstantinidou
Auri - Auri
Auri is a mystical journey of Celtic music by the music duo of Nightwish Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley accompanied by the soprano and lyrical voice of Johanna Kurkela who
July 28, 2018 by Anastasia Konstantinidou
Vihan Messu - Kuolema
My respect for one man band projects just keep on growing and growing by the day, especially when I come across releases as brilliant as Vihan Messu’s latest offering. Kuolema
July 25, 2018 by Riffvader
Northern Chaos Gods Album Cover
When Immortal is mentioned, I immediately think of the over the top character, Abbath. With this album, I had to finally put that image in my brain to rest. Immortal
July 11, 2018 by Riffvader
Marduk - Viktoria
Every time I hear Marduk mentioned, I stand at attention. This was definitely also the case when I heard that they finally released their new album, Viktoria. With their previous
June 26, 2018 by Riffvader
Suotana - Land of the Ending Time
Suotana proves a really important point with their latest offering – the metal underground is alive and well. Land of the Ending Time is a brilliant album with a really
June 4, 2018 by Riffvader
Mokoma - Hengen pitimet
For Finnish audience Mokoma needs no introductions. They have been in the core of the Finnish metal industry for 2 decades and their latest release “Hengen pitimet” is their 10th
May 30, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
Eonian
After a gap of around eight years, one of the most famous black metal bands makes their return: The norwegian band Dimmu Borgir has released their tenth full-lenght studio album entitled
May 27, 2018 by Daniel Ramos
At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself
It feels like we’ve been down this road before. It feels familiar, nostalgic. As soon as you hear the opening riff to the title track, “To Drink From The Night
May 21, 2018 by Nikki Katsi
Amorphis - New Album Cover
Just when you thought AMORPHIS couldn’t get any more progressive after their previous album ‘Under The Red Cloud’, the ‘QUEEN OF TIME’ comes out to sting you in the face!
May 16, 2018 by Slayanys Maniax
Ihsahn - Ámr
I am not very familiar with progressive music in general, but with this being Ihsahn, I had to give it a try. One fact clearly arises by listening to this
May 10, 2018 by Riffvader
Follow The Cipher - Follow The Cipher
It has been a while that I have seen a band releasing an album saying it’s power metal. But at the same time power metal as a genre is something
May 9, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
Cavus - The New Era
What an interesting and fresh take on Black Metal this is. Cavus surely made me hungry for more of their dark and soulful music. This album starts of with probably
May 8, 2018 by Riffvader
Wrathrone - Reflections of Torment
Once again we get assaulted by Finnish brutality – and this time Wrathrone made sure that I feel it into my core. Reflections of Torment will make you realise that
May 2, 2018 by Riffvader
Cauldron of Hate - Sickness
It’s high time that we get a band like Cauldron of Hate, feeding us with something so vile and dark. Sickness surely is an album to rival even the greatest
April 19, 2018 by Riffvader
Gluttony - Cult of the Unborn
Usually when I hear a band call themselves Old School Death Metal, I kind of feel like I should just avoid it, because it will probably end up not being
April 16, 2018 by Riffvader