This week we take a look at some epic recent releases.
Atlantean Kodex have released The White Goddess. This is epic in all senses of the word. It is the power metal answer to the grandiosity of some of the symphonic metal out there. As you would expect they throw in all sorts of tropes into their songs, including beefy choral chants, huge Maiden-esque guitar solos, and epic choruses. No more so is this the case that on “Sol Invictus”. The title track is quite the event as well, as you would expect, and mixes everything you would want into a slab of epic pompous heavy metal. Revel in the glory and bombast as you embrace this wonderful epic metal.
Eden’s Curse have their newest called Symphony of Sin, releasing October 22. The UK-based bunch of Americans and Italians tread the fine line between melodic metal and hard rock. They do this successfully and have a produced a hook-laden collection of tracks. There are times when there are hints of Extreme at their heaviest, “Break the Silence” is an example, mostly down to the effective use of backing vocals. Other times there is a heavy dose of keyboards to add substance to the mix. There is a hint of power metal about which is no bad thing. This is a band gelling around a sound that is all their own. This is a solid release that is catchy and entertaining.
Epysode are set to release an album called Fantasmagoria on November 5. I have been listening to this disc quite a bit and something has stuck in my head. On many of the songs, including the title track, there is a strong Andrew Lloyd Webber vibe. The construction of the song as well, as the interplay of the singers (male and female), smacks of Phantom of the Opera. I say this not in any way mocking, but as an observation. This release is full of catchy tracks with all the pomp and pageantry you would expect from symphonic metal. Would you believe this Belgium-based band has five vocalists? The vocal range on offer is used to its fullest. Then again, the collection of musicians on this release have experience is some of the best of the genre, so no surprise there.
Within Temptation have released an EP called Paradise (What About Us?). This is a taster to get people primed for their full-length, due out later this year. The title track is a wonderful return to form that features the talents of Tarja (ex-Nightwish) teaming up with the usual crew. Sound-wise these songs sounds more like the WT of old rather than the more mainstream music of their last album. In addition to the lead track there are demo versions of three more tracks. WT seems to have realized other bands have raised the bar in this genre and they aren’t going down without a fight.
Stay safe and rocking out there everyone.