Aldious - Unlimited Diffusion

Aldious – Unlimited Diffusion

At the risk of ruining any "metal cred" I have with you readers, one of my guilty pleasures is female-fronted Japanese power metal. I’ve covered more than a few of these in the past, but one band I keep coming back to is Aldious. Seventeen months after their last album, the quintet is back with Unlimited Diffusion.

Van Canto - Voices of Fire

Van Canto – Voices of Fire

Van Canto have always challenged the classification of "metal." For those not familiar with them, Van Canto are a (mostly) a cappella ensemble who mimick all the instrumentation through their voices, with the only non-vocal component being a drummer (because beatboxing would sound ridiculous, frankly). The Germans break from their usual formula on their newest album, Voices of Fire.

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Babymetal – Metal Resistance

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The most intense album to ever grace your ears? The next stage of evolution in the ever-changing world of heavy metal? The most anticipated release of 2016? Here’s the second album from Japanese sensation Babymetal: Metal Resistance.

Seventh Calling - Battle Call

Seventh Calling – Battle Call

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Seventh Calling are a traditional power metal act from South Dakota. Their third full-length, Battle Call, features sharp riffing and twin guitar harmonies overlaying a tight rhythm section with primarily clean vocals accenting the entire affair. With a description like that, this should be everything I want in an album, right?

Review Ceremony – December 2015

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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.