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 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.
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 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?
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.