Here’s this week’s reviews for your listening pleasure.
Black Label Society are back with Catacombs of the Black Vatican, dropping today. Despite the title, Zakk and company have not gone all black metal on us. In fact there is quite the gentle song in the form of “Angel of Mercy,” a ballad no less. Overall this is quite the return to form we expect from BLS and a damn good album with enough variety to please all. Zakk has lost none of his distinctive style of playing or singing, despite being off the bottle. BLS really impress with this release and I am sure fans of the band will eat it up in suitable numbers. It might just attract a few new fans. Then again do we expect anything less?
Diabulus in Musica are set to release Argia this week. This is some fine symphonic metal from Spain. The album contains all the pomp, circumstance and bravado you want from this sort of music. With this release the band are nibbling at the heels of bands like Nightwish and Epica. The dirty vocals on tracks like “From the Embers” might turn a few people off, despite the fact they are used for good effect. Several tracks being in Spanish are a nice touch and add some much needed spice to the album. This band manage to get it right with all the elements coming together in a musical tour de force.
Pet the Preacher are set to release The Cave & the Sunlight in early May. This is Danish stoner metal that almost befits the odd name of the band perfectly. This is their second release. There is a touch of Monster Magnet to this bunch and that is not half a bad thing. Tunes are catchy enough to keep you interested in the organized chaos that is this sort of stoner metal. Ignore that daft name and take a chance on this bunch if you like this rapidly expanding genre.
Trollfest have unleashed Kaptein Kaos on the world and what fun it is for all who care to listen. This is incredibly daft folk metal sung in a mixture of Norwegian and German called Trollspeak. This album is surely designed for listening well into a night of drunken revelry. It is silly and very over-the-top, but incredibly good whether or not you understand what the hell they are on about. The title track is quite good, fun and catchy as you might imagine. If you are itching for songs about drinking and trolls then this might just be the release for you.
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