Tag Archives: melodic metal

(review) Nightshadow – Strike Them Dead

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Nightshadow are hailing from San Diego and this is their first full length album following the e.p. which came out in 2017. What can I say except that I am just stoked having listened to this album. This one contains 10 songs and it is one of the best epic power metal releases that I have listened in a long time. Fast, melodic, with great musicianship and superb vocal lines. I literally had goosebumps while listening to this one. Songs like Legend and Ripper melted my face off and warmed my metal heart and fed the flame which never dies. Songs just made for pumping your fists in the air, sing along and ride to battle with. Other songs that are my personal highlights are Children of the Night and the title song. Superb.

8,5/10

LYCANTHRO Debut Epic Power Ballad Video – Evangelion From New Album Out June 4th (Alone Records)!

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Power/thrash metal act Lycanthro has a new album coming out this year and in true power metal fashion has an epic sweeping ballad out now to share with fans. The single comes with a lyric/ vocal playthrough video so listeners can sing and play along.  

The writing process for the band is usually very singular, James Delbridge (vocals/guitars) writes all of the songs for Lycanthro, but the other members will always chime in with their ideas. In terms of how he writes songs, they usually start based around a lyrical concept and the music flows around that. He explains how “Evangelion” came to be:

“We felt as though this track would be a good addition to the album to diversify it even more. This song was a passion song for me as it took me a year to write it! Mainly because I wrote this song bit by bit while I wrote some of the other songs. Lyrically this song is based on the anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion” which is a show that is very near and dear to my heart. As for the music, there’s a few cool synth lines in the song that gives it an epic feel as well as one of the more melodic guitar solos on the album.”

From the get-go, the band knew this song would be perfect to close the album on an epic and triumphant note. It mixes intense melody within the layered, soaring vocal melodies, with heavy-hitting guitars akin to Rainbow or “Last in Line” era Dio. Listeners will marvel at the peaks and valleys that this epic track has to offer.

“Mark of the Wolf” covers several metal bases from power to thrash to prog and is recommended for fans of Judas Priest, Saxon, Blind Guardian, and Helloween. 

The video for “Evangelion” can be watched via its premiere on Metal-Rules HERE

“Mark of the Wolf” is being released on June 4, 2021.

“Mark of the Wolf” is out on June 4, 2021 via Alone Records.

Album pre-order available on Bandcamp and Big Cartel.
Digital pre-save (Spotify) here.

Single – “Crucible” – https://youtu.be/f0vnE4_mT9k 

(review) Wolfchant – Omega:Bestia

Germany´s Wolfchant have been active in the scene for almost twenty years now and this is their new opus, seventh full length and I am honored having listened to this magnificent album. There are 14 songs on two discs on this one and every song is a hit. Music of Wolfchant can be described as pagan folk metal with lots of black and melodic death metal influences in the songs, but I can also hear some gothic and some neue Deutsche haerte in some songs, maybe it is only me. Lyrics are mainly in German and since I speak and understand this language I love how this strong language fits perfectly into vocal lines. Besides epic guitar work, aggressive and folk/atmospheric parts in the picture, vocals are one of the main strengths of this band. Singer Nortwin transforms perfectly from death growling to clean singing, black metal screeching and yet remaining understandable. Lyrics are about nature, inner strength, personal, yet pagan and retaining that defiant metal heart vibe in them. My personal highlights are: Der Geist und der Dunkelheit, Jaeger der Nacht and The Flame.

9,5/10