Epica is the band that introduced me to the metal scene and even though I have a taste for heavier, sometimes darker music now, I’ll probably always follow this Dutch six piece. Their previous effort, Requiem for the Indifferent, is one of my favourites in the bands career. Now let’s see how their sixth full length, The Quantum Enigma, measures up to that.. Read all!
Eternal Enemies is the latest release by metalcore band Emmure. An extremely heavy album from a unique band that tries to stay away from the cookie cutter, mass produced garbage of the mainstream music scene. This is the follow up to the 2012 Album “Slave to the Game” and it is sure to please fans of the metalcore/deathcore genre.. Read all!
Reviewing this album is like an early Christmas present for me to say the least. Catacombs of the Black Vatican combines all the elements of past Black Label Society albums and adds much more to it, giving the listener an experience unlike any they have heard before. Zakk Wylde was involved in every aspect of this album, from song-writing, producing and even mixing. he sound quality and mix of this album is second to none.. Read all!
It has been nearly two years since Delain released their We are the Others album and the band has been busy in between. Not only have they released the mini album Interlude, but since then, they have been touring all over the world. Now, Delain continues their journey with the new effort The Human Contradiction in which they still adress the “otherness” issues that humans cope with on a daily basis.. Read all!
With its first full length called Vinteroffer, the Norwegian black metal band Vredehammer wants to crawl from the underground, break its way through the permafrost and present their music to the worldwide metal scene. Backed up by a label as Indie Recordings and a pretty good debut album, they should have no trouble taking the first steps to world domination.. Read all!
Turisas – Stand Up and Fight
Label: Century Media
With a big gap between albums come big expectations. The same goes for Turisas, The Varangian Way (TVW) was released in 2007 and now in 2011, ‘Stand Up and Fight’(SUAF) is about to be released! The new album sounds nothing like Battle Metal (BM) but continues in the lines of TVW but, in my opinion, better. Where The Varangian Way bores after a few plays, ‘Stand Up and Fight’ grew on me the more I listened to it. SUAF pickes up where TVW left off, in Constantinople. Though the album is not a sequel:
“In any In general, the songs are much more universal and deal with topics that can be placed just as tightly into the modern world as in the 11th century Byzantine Empire.” (from Blabbermouth)
Besides a new album, Turisas changed their logo and appearance a bit. They’ve shed their fur and look ready for a new era.
After hearing the album a few times, I felt dissapointed. I only liked a few songs: The March of the Varangian Guard (the melodies remind a bit of Holmgard and Beyond but this song is more bombastic) End of an Empire (a fast, dynamic and epic song with massive choirs) and The Bosphorus Freezes Over (Some parts are sung in Finnish and the song has a historical movie feeling to it.) These three songs are still my favorites but I’ve also learnt to appreciate the other songs. ‘Hunting Pirates’ brings us back to the really folky, hummpa-ish sound of Turisas. Together with Stand up and Fight, they’re the weakest songs of the album.
My conclusion to ‘Stand Up and Fight’: Turisas delivered us a good album, a bit in the style of The Varangian Way, but better. The album sounds less metal, and more symphonic but that hasn’t bothered me. However I could see how it could bother somebody else. ‘SUAF’ is more dynamic than its predecessor, it proved to be a strong release in the discography of Turisas.
01. The March Of The Varangian Guard
02. Take The Day!
03. Hunting Pirates
04. Venetoi – Prasinoi!
05. Stand Up And Fight
06. The Great Escape
07. Fear The Fear
08. End Of An Empire
09. The Bosphorus Freezes Over