Category Archives: cinematic metal

Ayreon – “Into The Electric Castle: The 20th Anniversary Edition”

First of all… 20 freaking years since this came out. Is it classic rock yet? Time, please stop… or just slow down a little. Get your foot off the gas, at least! Let’s just get down to it. Same album, … Continue reading

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Manticora – “To Kill To Live To Kill”

Prior to this, I had never heard of Manticora. And on paper, not only should I know who they are but I should be a fan of theirs. Their new album “To Kill To Live To Kill” has all of … Continue reading

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Michael Romeo – “War Of The Worlds: Pt. 1”

“War Of The Worlds: Pt. 1” marks the first official solo album from Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo. I am reminded of something asked of Eddie Van Halen back in the day as to why he never did solo albums. … Continue reading

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Epica vs. Attack on Titan

So, this is a release that came out last December in Japan but is just now getting a wide release to the rest of the world. Not sure why, given the fairly strong following the show it is based on … Continue reading

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Traun – “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine”

For all intents and purposes, the trilogy of releases from Traun called “The Lilac Moon,” “The Black Metal Princess” and “Escape from Spa Nine” make up three parts of a full album. Each of them are roughly 20 minutes long … Continue reading

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Orphaned Land – “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”

Orphaned Land are one of those bands that I keep trying with mixed success. The Israeli band are immensely talented so that’s never the problem for me. They mix their trademark “Oriental Metal” with progressive metal, symphonic metal and even … Continue reading

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Vinide – “Reveal”

Finland’s Vinide sound a bit like a lot of different bands. Influences are bound to crop up but on their album “Reveal,” I find little revealed about Vinide other than they are a mix of Epica, Therion and Avantasia. On … Continue reading

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