Release Day Roundup – 5/15/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Unleash The Archers – Apex

Crafting a great power metal album is a difficult thing. The genre is so steeped in thrills and adrenaline, it can be easy to create something too over-the-top and annoying. Writing the catchiest chorus, playing the fastest solo, and singing the highest notes aren’t going to mean anything if the music doesn’t have depth and meaning. Great power metal albums like Nightfall in Middle Earth, Land of the Free, The Metal Opera, and, more recently, Noble Beast employ subtly when necessary. They have memorable choruses and great riffs but also moments of real emotion. While less serious bands like Primal Fear, Dragonforce, and Sabaton have their proper place and legitimate enjoyment factor, they will never be remembered in the same way.

George Kollias of Nile Streams Debut Solo Album Invictus

Anyone who has spun a Nile record since 2005’s Annihilation of the Wicked is familiar with the percussion android that is George Kollias. Known primarily for his precision and blistering speed, Kollias elevated an already solid tech death band to a higher plain of brutality. Now, with four Nile records to his name, Kollias has decided…

Rock Opera Puzzler/Platformer Game Karmaflow Needs Funding!

Videogames are always getting crowd-funded through Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, but rarely do they ever pertain to rock and metal. Karmaflow, however, is a rock opera platform/puzzler featuring many musicians you might be familiar with, including vocalists Marc Hudson of Dragonforce and Hennig Basse of MaYaN/ex-Firewind, among others. This looks like…

The Number Of The Blogcast Is Heavy

On Friday, Mitch and I joined our brothers-in-heavy Scott (EvilivE) from Hook in Mouth, DemiGodRaven, and Desee (who showed up in the last segment) from The Number Of The Blog on The Number Of The Blogcast. As Chris would say, you get to hear our “dulcet tones.” So, if you…