Tesseract‘s first full-length release, One, was made available on March 22 through Century Media. The album cover is enigmatic and somewhat plain; a good representation of TesseracT at this point. I was really hoping to enjoy this album more than I did, but One is still a decent album.
On February 23, Turisas released their third album. It is entitled Stand Up and Fight, and is just about as battle-epic as the cover suggests. Their first couple releases have been well-received, and this is sure to be received in similar manner.
For me, this month will be known as Nevermore November. Why? On November 5, an excellent band came to Edmonton’s Pawn Shop (the bar, not a place of sleazy business) for the first time in about five years. I had only started listening to the band in the past few months, after I even bought the tickets. At the time it did not seem like much, but that purchase turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of my year.
On October 25, the new Firewind album is set to be released. It is entitled Days of Defiance, and is to be released through Century Media. After hearing Ozzy’s newest album Scream, I was somewhat intrigued by the guitar work of Gus G (though quite disappointed with the album itself). However, with neither Scream nor Days of Defiance was I truly blown away by the guitar work or even the music altogether.
The well-respected progressive thrash metal band, Nevermore, is releasing their upcoming album entitled The Obsidian Conspiracy on June 8. Since their eponymous debut album in 1995, the band has had a stellar track record for good releases. This one, though met with less enthusiasm as former fan favorites, is no exception.
Poisonblack is a gothic metal band formed in Finland around 2000. Since then, they have released four albums. Their newest, Of Rust and Bones, was released on March 22 through Century Media. This is the first album I have heard by the band, and I am not overly impressed. Though it is not a record to avoid, it is certainly not one that necessarily must be heard.
Orphaned Land is a progressive death metal band from Israel in 1991. Their location of origin is obvious in their incorporation of Middle-Eastern musical elements. Since their birth, they have been constantly growing in popularity and reputation. However, this is the first album by this band which I have listened to. It is entitled The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR, which loosely translates to “warrior of the light,” and was released on January 25. This is one of the select few 2010 releases that is a must-hear!
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