Posts Tagged ‘symphonic’

Helloween – Straight Out of Hell: Review

February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.5/5

Helloween is primarily known for their Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, which many define as the two most influential albums in the history of power metal. That being said, there is much dilution in their discography, especially in the years immediately following their magna opera. Recently, they’ve come out strong with The Dark Ride, Gambling With the Devil, and 7 Sinners. So in conclusion, there’s no way to predict the quality of a Helloween album nowadays.

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Yes – Fly from Here: Review

June 30, 2011 5 comments

The band is Yes; the album is Fly from Here.The legendary pioneers of progressive rock are back after a whole decade of rest! Well, back in the sense that they just released a record on June 22 (coming to EU and NA early to mid July). But are they back in the sense that what made them so highly worshipped is once again alive in their music? Not exactly…

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Symphony X – Iconoclast: Review

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Many, such as myself, have been waiting for too long for the Symphony X album to come out. Well good news everyone: Iconoclast is out on June 17! It is available in either one-disc or two-disc format. I listened to the latter and believe me when I say Iconoclast met my expectations, despite the ridiculously high bar set by Symphony X.

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Rhapsody of Fire – From Chaos to Eternity: Review

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment

From Chaos to Eternity is the newest Rhapsody of Fire album to be released through Nuclear Blast on June 17. It is a continuation from their 2010 album, The Frozen Tears of Angels, as well as the same-year EP, The Cold Embrace of Fear: A Dark Romantic Symphony. I have not yet heard the former, and I was not too impressed with the EP. However, From Chaos to Eternity has most certainly won this reviewer over.

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Devin Townsend – Deconstruction: Review

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The final two albums of the Devin Townsend Project are to be released on June 20. The first to be reviewed here is Deconstruction (the second is entitled Ghost). For those who haven’t been keeping up with the Devin Townsend Project, it is basically a four album collection which Townsend has been releasing over the past couple years. The first two have been well-received. As for the next two… well let’s just say here is an excellent start.

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Neal Morse – Testimony 2: Review

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

May 23 is the date in which Neal Morse‘s long awaited sequel to the acclaimed album Testimony was released. It is entitled Testimony 2 and was released through InsideOut records. It is a continuation of the theme behind the prequel as well as the universal appraisal. Having never heard the first one, I cannot compare the two. But one thing is for sure, Testimony 2 is a masterpiece with or without its predecessor.

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Symfonia – In Paradisum: Review

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

On April 19, the symphonic power metal supergroup Symfonia is due to release their first album entitled In Paradisum. It features Timo Tolkki, André Matos, Uli Kusch, Mikko Härkin, and Jari Kainulainen; names which would probably only mean something to those who are more familiarized with the power metal scene. With such an arsenal of talent, I was severely disappointed by what came out of it.

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