Personal bias is a bitch, and it can be difficult to be objective when a band changes membership. For anyone new to this blog or its associated podcast, I absolutely love Liv Kristine’s voice and am completely unapologetic about it. When she and Alexander Krull divorced, she left (or was ousted, depending on who you ask) Leaves’ Eyes. Couple that with some less-than-stellar recent releases, and I wasn’t sure if I would even check this album out or not. After seeing the band live on their recent U.S. tour with Sabaton and Battle Beast, I figured it was in my best interest to try and give Sign of the Dragonhead an objective listen.
By this point in the year, you’re being inundated with Christmas songs playing in the grocery stores, malls, and wherever else you frequent. So yes, I’m going to throw some more of these tunes at you, but thanks to ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, these have a bit of a twist.
Concept albums can be tricky beasts, and single-song concept albums even more so. The symphonic doom metal duo comprising Cyclocosmia seek to invoke images of live-buried vestal virgins with their new EP, Immured.
As we approach the solstice, the days are getting shorter, and my free time appears to be following suit. Here are some brief thoughts on some newer releases.
Delain has one of the more interesting band origins. When keyboardist Martijn Westerholt left Within Temptation due to health reasons, he continued writing music, and when he was healthy again, formed Delain, which was supposed to be a musical project with a rotating line-up, but the success of their initial album Lucidity caused Westerholt to rethink his plans, and the band stayed together This brings us to 2016, and their fifth album, Moonbathers.
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.