I’ve been a huge fan of folk metal, Scando-Germanic mythology, and related themes for many years, but there has been a tendency for this type of metal to get stale over the years. Can the Swedes in From North show me something new on their self-titled debut, or will it be another trip across familiar oceans?
No lie — this album might have been my highest anticipated album for 2017. Avatarium’s prior album, The Girl With the Raven Mask caught me by surprise, and I fell completely in love with this band. For anyone not familiar with Avatarium, I’ve often described them as Jefferson Starship passed through a Candlemass filter and fronted by Dreamboat Annie-era Ann Wilson.
As spring rolls in, vacations and family obligations are getting me behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
Reaching "metal puberty" in the early 1990s, I was there for the rise of the The Peaceville Three, and while these bands had their triumphs and missteps over the years, I’ve remained a fan of the death/doom style. When done well, it’s a spectacularly moving experience. When not, it can be a boring chore to sit through. Which category does Sweden’s When Nothing Remains fall into with their newest album, In Memoriam?
Back in the day, there was a Swedish band called Sorcerer who released two demos which received high critical acclaim. However, the band members ended up going their separate ways. Fifteen years later the stars aligned into the proper configuration, and Sorcerer reunited to put out their first proper album from Metal Blade, In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross.
When Swedish trio Graveyard After Graveyard had leftover material after releasing their LP Bagged and Dragged to a Fullmoon Burial they decided to release these songs as an EP, Hellhound On My Trail, six months later.
Over on The Sons of Metal Podcast, El Goro has branded me "the doom guy" due to my predilection for the slower and darker side of metal. Naturally, this is going to mean coverage on doom metal albums here as well.