Time for some more reviews. This time it is all metal.
Angra are back with a two-CD set of tracks covering their career. It is called Best Reached Horizons. They only include two covers in this 20-song collection and both are quite brave. Amazingly, neither one is painful to the ears. In fact, they are both enjoyable. Puling off "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush and one of the best songs ever written, "Kashmir" by Zeppelin is quite a feat. A great package by a talented band.
Elvenking return with their new album Era. It is their normal mixture of melodic power metal with a touch of folk. At first this album does not really register but repeated listens reward with quality. This is a suitable continuation of the maturity that was seen on their last release, Red Silent Tides.
Readers of this column will know that I have quite a soft spot for Ensiferum. Their latest release is called Unsung Heroes and is a collection of nine damn good tracks and one long-winded 17 minutes of meh—fortunately, the final track, "Passion Proof Power." Viking metal is supposed to fun and jaunty, and this surely fits the bill.
A fantastic folk metal band are out with something new. It is, of course Korpiklaani and it is called Manala. There is really very little to fault on this album and fans will eat it up. It is, if anything, mellower and more mature than their last efforts. The music still retains a catchy style that is so infectious. This bunch are still the standard bearer for folk metal.
Fatal Force has a second album called Unholy Rites and despite the name, this is not at all deathy. This is melodic power metal that hits all the rights notes. You could accuse it of being a bit by the numbers, but the musicianship is so good that it seems churlish.
Unchained peddle melodic death metal on Oncoming Chaos. Well, it is far more metal than most death, except for the vocals. There are touches of '80s thrash about with some Mustaine-esque riffing. Oncoming Chaos is short and sweet, coming in at under 45 minutes in length. Not bad stuff from this bunch of Frenchmen.
Well that is it for this week. Rockgards and keep safe out there.