Amberian Dawn – Circus Black (2012)

For one reason or another (or perhaps for no reason at all), I have missed out completely on music for a while. No good. Until this weekend I hadn’t heard Nightwish’ new ”The Crow, the Owl and the Dove” single with the previously unreleased ”The Heart Asks Pleasure First” b-track (cover of the theme song […]

Within Temptation – Faster (single, 2011)

I was hoping the new Within Temptation album would lead them into a heavier direction, or at least a development of the symphonic metal of The Heart of Everything, but it seems like I was incredibly wrong. Judging by the early comments by the band, I assumed the new album The Unforgiving, to be released […]

Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit (2010)

American black folk metal act Agalloch’s fourth studio album Marrow of the Spirit was released in October of 2010, perfectly before the winter season hit Sweden. And yes, the music fits perfectly with winter – this album is especially gloomy and filled with despair even in comparison to 2002’s The Mantle and 2006’s Ashes Against […]

Stratovarius – Elysium (2011)

Power metal pioneer Stratovarius’ twelth studio album Polaris basically shocked the fans in 2009, bringing forth a powerful line-up after the departure of long-time guitarist and composer Timo Tolkki, who left the band in a big feud in 2008. Polaris was a refreshing new album, stepping on new grounds of progressive metal and techno, and […]

Sonata Arctica – The Days of Grays (2009)

(this review is completely ignorant to the bonus symphonic CD or the bonus tracks. It’s just the 12 original tracks) To me, Sonata Arctica has always been the power metal band. They were, together with Nightwish and Within Temptation, what brought me into both heavy metal music and classical music in circa 2005 – 2006. […]