Esa Holopainen is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Finnish metal royalty, Amorphis, so it should come as no surprise the man is a talented musician. With Silver Lake, however, Holopainen really flexes his talents, working with a roster of hugely talented and iconic vocalists and creating an amazing album of standout tracks. While … Continue reading 276: SILVER LAKE by ESA HOLOPAINEN
With metal as a blanket genre turning 50 years old recently, with all its subgenres, permeations, and gimmicks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every concept had already been mined. However, Ex Deo delve into an untapped concept for a metal band - the history of the Ancient Roman Empire. The brainchild of Kataklysm frontman, … Continue reading 244: EX DEO
Combining aggressive, technical, death metal with beautiful and grand symphonies and orchestral elements, Fleshgod Apocalypse are responsible for some of the most truly epic metal being produced today. Fleshgod’s death metal influences are not dulled by the symphony side of things, though. This shit is heavy. Powerful guitars, blast beats, and roared vocals are all … Continue reading 210: FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
With incredible musicianship and songwriting, performed in a vastly different way than their peers, Apocalyptica are a unique and welcome sound amongst the heavy metal landscape.
Avantasia, on paper, reads like a concept almost too good to be true - a heavy metal rock opera featuring a who’s who of world-renowned metal musicians and larger than life productions - but it’s huge success speaks for itself.
With Carach Angren, every new album is an experience like no other, as the listener is front row for an enthralling, dramatic symphonic black metal opera. Tales of horror and gothic terrors are presented as incredible musical compositions, and there really is nothing else like it.