I'm here today, regardless of what the intro paragraph above might say, to premiere a track from an album which is innovation writ large. Lör's upcoming "In Forgotten Sleep (which will see release on August 11th) not only innovates but also does it in a genre which is often known for its progressive attitudes or its contemporary relevance. I'm talking, of course, about power metal, a genre that's perhaps the most calcified of all metal sub-genres. The last album I can recall that did anything fresh with it was Elvenking's The Pagan Manifesto or perhaps Heid's Alba. However, Lör do not seem content with letting that stay that way, as the title track streaming below will more than attest to that. Head on over there now for your listen and let's meet after for a brief discussion on how Lör is dragging the genre, kicking and screaming, into the future.
A relatively unknown band from Spain, Heid aren't apologetic about the style of metal they play. Their press emails, drafted by the band themselves, proudly declare their self definition. And for good reason; they don't only make excellent music which draws on folk instrumentation and composition but they also infuse their music with Iberian mythology, a flavor of paganism not often witnessed in metal. These two elements combine to create Alba, a moving and catchy album which offers entrance into a rich world of myth which we (as in, Western culture) don't often stop to consider.
Eden's back! This means we get to talk about stuff like Tidal, other streaming services, this article about Opeth (which gets us pretty salty), the breakup of Bolt Thrower, Portnoy playing the 12 step suite he wrote for Dream Theater, inconsistencies in promos labels send to us, then new music or news from bands like Dark Tranquillity, Downfall of Gaia, Oathbreaker, Alcest, Metallica, A Sense of Gravity, the DOOM OST by Mick Gordon, Plini, Watchtower, Riverside, Pain of Salvation, Mithridatic and Venom Prison. Finally we talk about Elvenking's underrated The Pagan Manifesto. Enjoy!
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