Review Ceremony – December 2015

As the year is winding down, holiday celebrations get underway, my second half of 2015 best-of list is being prepared, and I’m finding myself woefully behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.

Heathen Beast – Trident

Heathen Beast - TridentEven though they wouldn’t face quite the same level of persecution of Al-Namrood, India’s Heathen Beast choose to hide their identities to protect themselves against repercussion. Trident is a complilation of their three EPs, each one raging against an atrocity committed on Indian soil. The music is soaked with elements of traditional Indian music, but Carvaka’s tortured screams completely erase any Bollywood preconceptions from your mind.
(Special thanks to Transcending Obscurity PR for the complementary review copy.)
Rating: 7 / 10
Label: Transcending Obscurity India
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Release Date: 10 Jul 2015
Available at Bandcamp and other retailers.

Elferya – Eden’s Fall

Elferya - Eden's FallElferya are back with their second album which features new singer Melody Dylem, and what an album it is. The Swiss sextet have created an album that dances between bombastic and haunting, exactly how gothic metal should be. Eden’s Fall is what Lacuna Coil aspires to. If Elferya can’t reach those same heights, then there’s no justice in the world.
(Special thanks to Against PR for the complementary review copy.)
Rating: 8 / 10
Label: Independent
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Release Date: 10 Sep 2015
Available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

Vänlade – Rage of the Gods

Vänlade - Rage of the GodsNow I love 1980s speed metal, and Kansas-based Vänlade have the sound down pat. The pace is frenetic, and the energy is high. What I can’t get past, however, is lead singer Brett "Blackout" Scott, who sounds like a nasally Geddy Lee trying to sing a key or two higher than his range. Everything else is solid, so if you can get past the vocals, give this one a listen.
(Special thanks to Online Metal Promo for the complementary review copy.)
Rating: 6 / 10
Label: Metalizer Records
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Release Date: 18 Sep 2015
Available at Amazon.com, iTunes, and other retailers.

Aldious – Radiant A

Aldious - Radiant AAlthough not as dark as countrymates Yōsei Teikoku, Aldious showcase some high-speed power metal with a bit of crunch to it. These ladies may have pretty faces, but take nothing away from their skills. The music is insanely catchy, the riffs are tight, but it never drops into cheese territory like other Japanese bands can. Obviously your enjoyment of this is directly proportional to your tolerance of J-pop/metal hybrids, but I found a lot to like in this, especially if you’re into bands like DragonForce.
Rating: 7 / 10
Label: Village Again Association
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Release Date: 2 Dec 2015
Available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

Coronatus – Raben im Herz

Coronatus - Raben im HerzThe highlight of any Coronatus release is the vocal delivery of Carmen Lorch and Anny Maleyes. The downside of any Coronatus release is the mediocre songwriting, and Raben im Herz is no exception. While the vocals and instrumentation is superb, the songs themselves never reach any kind of apex and ultimately leave you wanting more. What’s most amazing is that something this underwhelming can sound so beautiful.
Rating: 5 / 10
Label: Massacre Records
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Release Date: 04 Dec 2015
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SonOfOdin is a 40-something Midwesterner who subsists primarily on alcohol, schadenfreude, and a near-unhealthy obsession with The Lovely Kate Beckinsale. He is also one of the co-hosts of The Sons of Metal Podcast.

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