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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempo Tonight is a Great Product to Reduce Hangover Symptoms, December 31, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falkenbach - Tiurida, February 7, 2014
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For those not familiar with the band, Falkenbach are a Viking/Folk Metal band with hints of black metal and hail from Germany. Most of the (older) albums were entirely composed by Vratyas Vakyas. He is also the only full-time member of the band. Meanwhile, Tiurdia, which means "glory" was released in 2011. The album clocks in at just 40 minutes and flows pretty well.

The intro track sets the tone for the album and is followed by a slower but epic sounding Where His Ravens Fly. This is very folk inspired and is classic Falkenbach that showcases Vakyas' clean vocals. It is quite repetitive, but this is definitely not bad at all. Time Between the Dog and Wolf introduces the heavier aspects of Falkenbach, with some excellent guitar riffs and black metal screams from Vratyas Vakyas. Tanfana is an instrumental track that features some folk instruments. The song In Flames is one of the best songs on the album, and some parts eerily sound like early Opeth (Orchid or Morningrise). The final track (with the exception of the bonus track, Asaland) is Sunnavend, a mellow opus to the album.

Falkenbach are an excellent band and have been around a long time. Many fans had high hopes of Tiurida - especially given the fact it is technically 8 years after new material had been released. This was due to the fact that Heralding the Fireblade were previously demos that were never recorded or released (with the exception of a few tracks on the album that were re-recorded). Tiurida a great album and most Falkenbach fans should appreciate this release. It is not very heavy, and the album features mid-range tempos that never really kick off into high gear. With that being said, this is a fantastic folk-inspired album that is perhaps overshadowed by the fact that it took Vakyas quite a long time to release new material.


Visor Om Slutet
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finntroll - Visor Om Slutet, November 8, 2013
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In 2003, Finntroll came out with an experimental release titled Visor Om Slutet or, Songs About the End, in English. The album was the first to feature new vocalist at the time, Tapio Wilska. Finntroll have been defined throughout the years as Troll Metal; a unique genre that fuses Black, Folk, and Viking metal. Their music features accordions, flutes and other non-orthodox heavy metal instruments.

Visor Om Slutet is not meant to be a heavy metal album. This is an acoustic folk EP that came out after Jaktens Tid and followed by the EP Trollhammaren. Most fans of Finntroll who listened to Midnattens Widunder and Jaktens Tid first should appreciate this album. Newer fans who have started with Ur Jordens Djup or Nifelvind, and then managed to work their way back in time with Finntroll's catalogue might be caught off guard by this release.

The album seems long for an EP with 11 tracks, but clocks in at a little over 30 minutes. The songs that truly stick out on this release unclude Under Varje Rot Och Sten (Under Every Root and Stone) and Svart Djup (Black Depth). For me, both songs are highlights of the album. A mixture of folk instruments and a catchy tune make Under Varje Rot Och Sten very enjoyable. Svart Djup features some acoustic guitar playing alongside some good vocals. While not a heavy metal album, Visor Om Slutet is still recognizable as Finntroll. Fans of the band should definitely add this to their collection.


The Varangian Way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turisas - The Varangian Way, May 22, 2008
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Hailing from Finland, folk metal fans have been blessed with the epic music from Turisas. The Varangian Way was a fantastic release of 2007 and the band does not stray from their Viking roots. In many ways this album is a solid continuation of 2003's Battle Metal, and the album tells a fun story of men from the north who travel along the Eastern European river routes. They pillage and plunder on the way through Kiev (Ukraine) and finally Constantinople, which is modern day Istanbul (Turkey).

To Holmgard and Beyond is one of the best tracks on the album. It is a powerful song that prepares the listener for the journey back in time. A Portage to the Unknown has some fun accordian parts and singer Mathias Nygård, also known as `Warlord' shows his wide range of vocal abilities. The final track, Miklagard Overture, is definitely the opus of the album and it is quite epic. The heroes finally make it to Constantinople, the Christian capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. All sorts of musical instruments accompany the 8-plus minutes of the finale.

This is the second album Turisas have released on Century Media Records, with the first being Battle Metal. Both releases are excellent. Turisas' unique brand of folk metal fits well with modern heavy metal and all of the musicians perform very well. I also had the privelage of seeing Turisas live with Ensiferum, Tyr, and Eluveitie on the `PaganFest 2008' tour. Turisas had a fantastic live show and each member of the band showed a lot of emotion and passion with the music. This album is highly recommended and is very worthy of 5 stars. \m/


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5.0 out of 5 stars Opeth - Ghost Reveries, January 11, 2008
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Opeth's latest offering titled `Ghost Reveries' is another solid effort by the Swedish quintet. Thankfully for most fans, the band returned to their progressive/death metal sound as opposed to 2003's release titled Damnation. Ghost Reveries was released in Fall of 2005 and was also the bands first release on their new label, RoadRunner. Mikael Åkerfeldt is a genius of a musician and the rest of his band mates perform very well.

The opening track features some soft chords before unleashing very heavy riffs and death metal growls. Worries about the new label having a watered-down effect on Opeth are quickly dismissed and the song features over 10 minutes of many twists and turns. The Baying of the Hounds is just a great title for a song. Atonement is very hypnotic in a way, and a beautiful song. Reverie/Harlequin Forest is one of the best songs on the album and is also very diverse. The Grand Conjuration features some of the best growls from Åkerfeldt. Isolation Years is a beautiful ending to the album.

While Ghost Reveries will certainly not be the bands last offering, longtime drummer Martin Lopez did leave the band shortly after the recording due to health reasons. Also, in late 2007, longtime guitarist Peter Lindgren also left the band after 16 years due to personal reasons. Lopez was replaced by former Witchery drummer Martin `Axe' Axenrot, and Lindgren was replaced by Fredrik Åkesson, who has also played with Arch Enemy. Opeth are looking to the future and will have a new album out in 2008. Opeth are one of the best metal bands within the genre.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth - The Dark Saga (4.5 Stars), November 19, 2007
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Iced Earth can proudly proclaim that they are one of the most well loved metal bands from the United States, particularly from the long-time metal fans who expanded their horizons from Metallica, Slayer, or even Judas Priest. While Iced Earth have never experienced fame and glamour, they have managed to prove that they can write exceptional music and even stay on track after longtime vocalist Matt Barlow parted ways with the band in 2004. Originally released in 1996, The Dark Saga was Iced Earth's fourth album, but was Barlow's second album after debuting with Burnt Offerings. The Dark Saga is a concept album on the comic book character, Spawn.

The title track is a great introduction to the album, and it is quickly followed by the emotional ballad, I Died For You. Violate, and The Hunter have become fan favorites for concerts and Vengeance of Mine is probably one of the most famous tracks from this album. Writer and lyricist, John Schaffer did a brilliant job in composing the `Suffering Trilogy,' which is comprised of the last three tracks, which are The Suffering Scarred, Slave to Dark, and A Question of Heaven. The last track is one of the best Iced Earth songs ever written and features some amazing vocal work by Barlow.

Iced Earth has had a very proud career and still makes great music today. While the band has not had luck with finding permanent drummers or guitarists, John Schaffer has been the true constant in the band. Many fans lamented the departure of Matt Barlow, and he was definitely one of the best vocalists within the heavy metal genre. Today, Iced Earth continues on with former Judas Priest front man, Tim `Ripper' Owens. The Dark Saga is one of Iced Earth's best albums, along with Burnt Offerings, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Horror Show. Schaffer & Co. still have many proud years ahead of them.


Unleashed Memories
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacuna Coil - Unleashed Memories (2.5 Stars), November 19, 2007
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Italy's Lacuna Coil has made a name for themselves within the genre of metal over the past few years. This is mainly due to the fact that lead vocalist Cristina Scabbia is definitely one of the best looking vocalists in a metal band. Unfortunately for the band, they are mediocre and this release just does not turn heads and really show metal a special band in the making. Unleashed Memories was originally released in 2001 and also includes the Half-Life EP.

Unleashed Memories starts off very promising with a track titled Heir of a Dying Day. This song showed me that Lacuna Coil had a unique sound and I thought the album would rise after one phenomenal song. Little did I know that the album would be an utter disappointment, even after two years of listening to the material. Throughout the album, the music is simple, plain, and in many parts, boring. Cristina's vocals are not even that impressive throughout the recording. The song, Distant Sun is rather pleasant, along with A Current Obsession, but the standards overall on this release are quite low.

This might sound like a harsh review, and in a way, it is. While I do enjoy Lacuna Coil, this release is not enjoyable for me, personally. 2004's Comalies was a very good release and Lacuna Coil showed that they could be somewhat unique within the genre. Also, bands that release mellow albums can be enjoyable (i.e., Borknagar, Opeth, etc.), but Unleashed Memories was a very mediocre release. The Half-Life EP includes five tracks and Hyperfast, along with Half-Life do stand out.


Conspiracy in Mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Communic - Conspiricy in Mind, November 17, 2007
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Hailing from Norway, Communic's brand of progressive heavy metal with hints of power metal has raised many eyebrows within the metal world. While drawing some comparisons to Nevermore, the trio of Oddleif Stensland, Erik Mortenson, and Tor Atle Anderson have created music so brilliant that it is almost scary how good these Norwegians really are. 2005's Conspiracy in Mind was a stunning debut after the band joined together in 2003.

The album starts with the title track, Conspiracy in Mind. While clocking in at 7:38, any doubts about this band were quickly suppressed and while comparisons to Nevermore were certainly warranted, it is safe to say that Communic are creative in their own way and Stensland vocals truly do shine. The closer, Silence Surrounds, is a complex song of many emotions and an amazing vocal range from Stensland. The song, The Distance, is a mellow song with soft leads, while Ocean Bed defines a true progressive metal style.

Since the release of Conspiracy in Mind, Communic have also released Waves of Visual Decay in 2006 as a follow-up, which is also very good. Casual lookers may recognize that the album only has seven tracks. It should be known that all are nearly seven minutes in length, with the album clocking in at just under an hour! There is plenty of music here for a long attention span and those who are open minded about the genre of heavy metal. Nuclear Blast did a superb job in signing Communic. Word has it that another studio album is just over the horizon!


Heralding: Fireblade
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falkenbach - Heralding the Fireblade, August 6, 2007
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Hailing from Germany, Falkenbach aims to produce Viking metal that has roots in black metal. Vratyas Vrakyas is the brilliant composer of the band. Heralding the Fireblade was released in 2005. It is a mighty release that has many influences in the music and the lyrics are written about the pagan inhabitants of the Scandinavian region who do not conform to Christianity.

The song `Heathen Foray' is definitely one of my favorites and quite a surprise to hear. Vratyas' beautiful vocals soar in this inspiring peace that has a great leads by the flute and strings. `Of Forests Unknown' brings the listener back to reality that the band does favor black metal. The song `Heralder' features a strong lead in the beginning and Vratyas showcases his black metal inspired screams.

All in all, Falkenbach shine with this release and do not disappoint by any means. I would recommend new fans to start here, and then check out the rest of the catalogue. Heralding the Fireblade is an intense ride back in time when Vikings sailed to and from Iceland and lived their lives according to the ways of the Norse gods. Fans of Folk and Viking metal will be impressed. Falkenbach had one of the best releases of 2005.


Forsaken
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antestor - The Forsaken, May 3, 2007
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When the topic of black metal arises in normal conversation, Christianity usually does not coincide with the subject. Many fans of black metal still have not heard of Antestor, but the band has made an interesting impact in the genre. Hailing from Norway, Antestor originally formed in the early 1990's and recorded their debut album titled `Martyrium' in 1994. Currently, the band has two members that includes vocalist Ronny Hansen and guitarist Lars Stokstod. One of the main reasons why I was interested in checking out this release is because Jan Axel Blomberg, known to the black metal legions as `Hellhammer' performed session drums. For Mr. Blomberg to perform drums for a Christian black metal band speaks volumes of him as a person. Christian black metal? Yes, it sounds strange, but this is true to the genre, including great production.

The opening song, `Rites of Death' starts beautifully with haunting female vocals, but it only takes a short amount of time for the heavy music to commence fire. Harsh black metal shrieks are accompanied by brutal drumming and crisp but hellish riffs. The leads are great and one knows that Emperor was one of Antestor's influences. `Raade' is a beautiful symphonic interlude that is common in symphonic black metal. `The Crown I Carry' starts with very heavy riffs and contains memorable leads throughout. `Mitt Hjerte' is another heavenly symphonic instrumental that has a flute lead. The song is very melancholy but adds to the majestic beauty of the album.

Antestor's `The Forsaken' is truly one of the finest symphonic black metal albums ever released and the bands positive message makes this a rare occurrence in the genre of black metal. It is obvious that the members have been influenced by traditional symphonic black metal and it is remarkable that they brought in Hellhammer to perform the drum duties. This release soars high and I sought fit to give it Black Metal Album of the Year in 2005. It also made my top list of nominees for 2005 Album of the Year. Antestor are masters at their craft and this is great modern symphonic black metal. May Christ be glorified through a genre that usually blasphemes his Name. Antestor are not ashamed to call themselves Christians and they should continue to impact extreme metal in a positive way in the future.
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