You know the feeling you get when you listen to well done folk metal similar to Scythia? That overwhelming joy and excitement? Russian pagan/folk metal band Bastion definitely do this for me and invoke maddening headbanging moments. This music is just good and the use of wind instruments is the best I’ve heard so far this year. Bastion definitely bring forth an authentic folk feeling with their metal offerings.
Origin have returned and their latest album is massive destruction. Widespread aggression pointed at nothing particular yet everything falls victim. Omnipresent is the definition of technical death metal, sheer madness and brutality. 2014 has been a radical year for music and Origin definitely provide us with album of the year material.
One of my newly favorite bands Eternal Valley have released a new EP of 4 songs that were recorded around the time the last LP, Screams of Eternal Emptiness, was recorded. The result is just 4 remarkably atmospheric/depressive black metal that wander within the forest of doom and despair. Concealed In Nothingness is not just 4 extra songs that have no true place, these are damn good songs that deserve to be played loud and proud by everyone.
Inferi’s relentless beatings upon the ears are definitely something I can enjoy time and time again. Their cinematic styled writing combining catchy melodic technical death metal and keyboard driven orchestral movements just put me in my happy place. ‘The Path of Apotheosis’ is just creative, fun and enjoyable to listen to.
Returning from their homeland of Sweden to take over the lands in the same way their viking breathren did so long ago, King of Asgard come back with their Nordic themed metal ambush called “Karg”. Another Metal Blade Records treat, KoA give us their fine blend of melody and death metal that they are well known for. Yet, something new is in the air when I blast the new KoA album. Something grim and cold and it stings.
Hailing all the way from Kaliningrad, Russia is a man who takes everything we love about The Lord of the Rings mythology and Summoning then puts his own style into the music using those two as backbone for his structured symphonic journeys. This is no bad quality synth work, this is some carefully composed symphonic sounding stuff combined with elements of epic black metal and an orchestra. Behold the majesty that is Moongates Guardian!