Amorphis released their latest record on May 27. It is entitled The Beginning of Times and was released through Nuclear Blast. The band had been on an excellent streak with records in recent years. Unfortunately, I do not consider this a continuation of their chain of stellar releases.
Thanks first and foremost to the folks at Earsplit for hooking me up with Amon Amarth‘s upcoming album Surtur Rising. For all you melodic death metal fans, mark your calendar for March 29, the release date of the record. Unfortunately, for personal reasons my calendar will remain unmarked. In many ways, I think this is an awesome album. But what is keeping me from listening to it anymore is the non-stop, relentless growling. There is a line within the metal community drawn by the death growl, and it is certainly not a thin one. Being on the wrong side of it, I feel that rating this album is unjust. Still, I’m more than happy to share my thoughts.
On November 5, the long-awaited Allen-Lande album was released. It features Russell Allen (Symphony X, Star One) and Jørn Lande (Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight) in a head-to-head vocal battle trying to best one another. The lyrics and music were written by the album’s multi-instrumentalist, Magnus Karlsson, and Jaime Salazar is back on drums. Little has changed with the band’s lineup, as well as the musical style. However, the quality has shown a disappointingly slight drop.
Masterplan, with respected vocalist Jørn Lande, released a new album on May 21 entitled Time to Be King. The album marks the return of Lande after departing from the band before the previous album. It is a welcome comeback for the vocalist, as this album is a strong release for the band.
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