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Album: Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent

March 8th, 2012

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Epica
Requiem For The Indifferent
Nuclear Blast
09 March 2012

by Tom Dare

Proving that heavy metal still has much further to go than it thinks in shedding its chauvinistic image, Epica have for some odd reason been clumped under that dreadful “female-fronted metal” definition. It’s a label so meaningless it geta applied to everyone from Nightwish to Arch Enemy. And it’s stopped Epica for getting credit as widely as they should for quite how distinct they are.

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Album: Leaves’ Eyes – Meredead

May 13th, 2011

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Leaves’ Eyes
Meredead
Napalm Records
20 April 2011

by Tom Dare

The problem with advocating the world of gleefully camp and over-the-top metal that many in the UK struggle to take seriously is that, in truth, much of it is borderline-unlistenable crap. It’s exceptionally difficult to do well, and the number of genuine stand-out records is rather low as a result. And while Leaves’ Eyes haven’t quite managed to deliver one of the latter, fourth album Meredead is still refreshingly enjoyable.

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Album: Atrocity – After The Storm

September 23rd, 2010

Atrocity feat. Yasmin
After The Storm
Napalm Records
06 September 2010

by Tom Dare

Making a play for the least appropriate name in metal, Atrocity return with album number eleven. Anyone thinking that the band members’ time off in Leaves’ Eyes might see them move back to their death metal roots can think again. Anyone thinking they may have used up many of their best ideas in their side-project is closer to the mark. In fact, you almost wonder why they bother with the project. [Read more →]

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Live: Kamelot @ London Koko – Sunday 28th March 2010

April 8th, 2010

Tom Dare is an unashamed power metal fan. Which is why he pretty much creamed himself when Kamelot stopped over in London for the sole UK date of their 2010 European tour.

Kamelot are one of those bands frequently clumped in with those acts sometimes referred to as “Euro metal”- probably they’re on SPV (for now), they’ve got a vocally gymnastic singer and they use keyboards. The large crowd queuing to get into Koko tonight have clearly not heard that Euro metal is unfashionable, and good on them- what’s more metal than bucking the trend, after all?

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