It’s strange to think that Voyager have been active since before the turn of the century and actively releasing full length albums since 2003, beginning with Element V. Way back when, the now-progressive metal band from Perth would have been more readily lumped in with power metal mainstays like Rhapsody…
Man, 2017, y’all. We realize that it’s kind of our m.o. to be proponents of the whole “Golden Age of Metal” narrative and be incredibly positive about the consistently great level of stuff that is being put out from pretty much every part of the musical spectrum, but it’s such an easy thing to do when we are so constantly bombarded with new material that utterly consumes our attention. Even in months where one of us might not have as many new albums that really impressed them, without doubt there will be another one who could barely keep up because of all the superb releases from genres they pay close attention to. This April has certainly been no different in that regard, and we have a whole slew of top-notch albums to recommend to you all.
With little to no information, I got my hands on Fortis Amor’s latest tracks. Who in god’s name is Fortis Amor? Good question! It’s exactly what I asked myself as I opened the email. Turns out, Fortis Amor is a pretty damn cool solo project dabbling in progressive metal and metalcore. I know! Usually those tags are enough for me to slam my laptop shut and have a strong drink. However, no such measures are needed here; Fortis Amor’s music manages to eschew most, if not all, of the pitfalls of the genre. Everything you’d associate with it is there: clean vocals alongside screaming which draws on Misery Signals, intricate leads and guitar trade offs, odd time signatures, the works.
Another day, another metalcore recommendation from the fertile grounds of the United Kingdom. This scene has no shortage of solid metalcore acts, but in a genre filled with dime-a-dozen chopped up pseudo-djenters, it can be a bit difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Borders, hailing from Lincoln, are definitely on the right side of the metalcore coin. Approaching the music with a fresh intensity that a lot of metalcore seems to be shying away from, their new EP Diagnosed adds a fresh jolt of heavy energy to the genre, and makes them stand out as a band worth paying attention to.
This week we get hyped about announcements of albums and new music. Enslaved,