Category Archives: symphonic metal

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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Almanac – “Kingslayer”

 Just over a year after their debut album “Tsar”, Almanac is back with their second outing, “Kingslayer.” Almanac is the project of guitarist Victor Smolski, formerly of Rage. The band have not one but THREE vocalists. That is part of … Continue reading

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Ex Deo – “The Immortal Wars”

So the question you probably have is just how “prog” are Ex Deo? Conceptually, it does not get much more prog than anything that this band has done. Their third album “The Immortal Wars” is based on the legendary Carthaginian … Continue reading

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Epica – “The Holographic Principle”

When it comes to Epica and their music, people seem to either love them or they can’t stand them – I actually don’t fall into any of these categories. Trying to understand the hype about the Dutch symphonic metal band … Continue reading

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An Endless Sporadic – “Magic Machine”

As much as I have always been a music guy first and foremost, I have also been a gamer. It is in my blood as much as anything else. I can distinctly remember sitting at my Xbox in 2005, and … Continue reading

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