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Nightfall
Nightfall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doom metal masterpiece, 7 Sep 2013
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Some may consider Canldemass to be Black Sabbath knockoffs but in my mind they are frightningly close to Sabbath in terms of quality. Candlemass don't have the occasional blues influence of Sabbath and instead they go all out on dark and gloomy atmosphere that almost resembles an unholy cathedral. The lyrics deal with supernatural and sometimes religious subjects which suits the operatic vocals of Messiah Marcolin perfectly. And Marcolin is rightfully famed for his voice. His range is incredible.
But the vocals are far from the only thing that Candlemass has to offer. The riffs hit you like a concrete brick to the face (even Tony Iommi would've wished he had written Bewithced), the solos are powerful and emotional, and the rhythm section grooves masterfully behind all that. And I haven't even mentioned the songwriting! From the bone crushing opener "Well of Souls" to the super slow but heavy ballad "Samarithan" the band displays a great amount of dynamics and compositional skills that put them on the top of doom metal right next to Black Sabbath.


Nightfall In Middle Earth (Remastered)
Nightfall In Middle Earth (Remastered)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would be ridiculous if it wasn't this good!, 27 Aug 2013
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A power metal concept album based on The Silmarillion? That idea alone quite possibly makes Blind Guardian the geekiest metal band on the planet. The band don't even just take lyrical themes from the book but seem to be eager to retell the story from Tolkien's work as detailed as possible with interludes of actors and narrators doing scenes related to the songs. However it never gets in the way of the music itself which is nothing short of excellent. Filled with memorable melodies and impeccable musicianship the album is as perfect a reimaging as one could possibly imagine. Not one song sounds like the other. From the fast paced opener Into The Storm to the emotionally intense semi ballad Blood Tears, Blind Guardian creates a wide spectrum of moods and emotions to make you feel like you are in Middle Earth during the War of Jewels. While there are many singers more technically proficient than Hansi Kürsch he sings the lyrics with such sincerity and conviction you can't help but be moved by the stories seen from the point of view of characters such as Feanor and Beren. The guitarwork of Andre Olbrich and Marcus Siepen is also some of the best in power metal, able to both make fast and furious riffs and beutifully sublte acoustic pieces. Even if you haven't read The Silmarillion you need this on your shelf if you even like power metal


The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Alice., 27 Aug 2013
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While this album might not reach the level of Dirt or Jar Of Flies it still manages to keep a high level of songwriting and musicianship from the band. While some tracks like Lab Monkey and Breath on a Window take a few listens to appreciate, there are also some really impressive tracks like the haunting title track, the doomy monster Hollow and the metallic juggernaut Phantom Limb. If I have one major complaint it is that William's vocals mostly just acompany Jerry`s. He is a very talented singer which he proved to me when I saw them live and the vocal harmonies while cool and chill inducing at times can get tiring in the long run. Give William some room Jerry! We all miss Layne but it's not sacrilege to let a new singer unlock his true potential.


Infestissumam
Infestissumam
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different from Opus Eponymous but still impressive, 21 May 2013
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Ghost have become well known lately for their peculiar mix of satanic imagery and surprisingly soft hard rock (if that makes any sense). The first album, Opus Eonymous, was an excellent debut with a nice 70's rock feel and incredibly catchy hooks. Therefore this album was highly anticipated by myself and many other metal/rock fans in my neighbourhood. The first thing you notice is that this album is even softer and more pleasant than the first one. While OE had it's share of groovy sabbath-like riffs this one has amped up the keyboards and vocal harmonies. I know many people who think this album is just a little too soft and I know where they're comming from. However soft doesn't mean bad in my book. The songs are still ungodly catchy and well composed and the band are still competent even if not very flashy musicians. This album is also a lot more experimental the debut with Year Zero having an almost disco sounding beat and the circus organ on Secular Haze. The peak of the album is also the most ambitious track. Ghuleh/ Zombie Queen is a remarkable showoff in epic balladery in the vein of Guns N' Roses' November Rain. Yes I just made that comparrison. This album takes alot of chances and it's great to see the band expand their horizon like this even if the album doesn't have the same staying power as the first one. Still with this album Ghost show that they may have much more up their sleave.


Breathing The Fire
Breathing The Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want intense and agressive? Look no further!, 8 April 2013
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I saw this band at a festival and was impressed so I decided to get one of their albums and chose this one because of the badass cover art. And the album met my expectations. The band plays an extremely fast and intense thrash metal with a singer who switches between black metal shrieks and low death growls. The guitarists often use Maiden-like guitar harmonies which makes the music a tad more accesible and even catchy while maintaining the intensity. The rhythms and song structures are fairly simple and does not contain a lot of surprises but that is not necessary. The songs are so short and fly by so fast you don't have time to get even remotely bored. Not exactly revolutionary but doesn't have to be.


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