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Album: Dark Moor – Ancestral Romance

November 18th, 2010

Dark Moor
Ancestral Romance
Scarlet Records
24 Novemeber 2010

by Tom Dare

When you think of the powerhouses of world metal, you probably don’t think of Spain. Perhaps this is why Dark Moor remain slightly under the radar – it certainly isn’t because they lack anything musically. Following up last year’s storming Autumnal, Iberia’s kings of widdle return in double-quick time with another slab of Castilian excellence.

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Album: Helloween – 7 Sinners

November 12th, 2010

Helloween
7 Sinners
Spinefarm Records
31 October 2010

by Tom Dare

The course of power metal greatness had never run smoothly, particularly in the case of Helloween. After all but defining the genre with the classic Keeper Of The Seven Keys pair of albums, founding guitarist Kai Hansen departed to form Gamma Ray, and after such forgettable records as Pink Bubbles Go Ape (who knew that that one wasn’t going to be a classic just from the title? Oh. Everyone.) vocalist Michael Kiske also left the fold. While a succession of line-up changes have followed in the years since, it wasn’t until a stable core within the band emerged, with it coming some level of consistency.

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Album: Firewind – Days Of Defiance

November 4th, 2010

Firewind
Days Of Defiance
Century Media
25 October 2010

by Tom Dare

Fans of noodly power metal have had a tough time in 2010. Thank fuck for Firewind, who return from working with Michael Amott’s Spiritual Beggars project and Ozzy Osbourne to blow away the cobwebs with their usual aplomb.

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Album: Elvenking – Red Silent Tides

September 15th, 2010

Elvenking
Red Silent Tides
AFM Records
17 September 2010

by Tom Dare

It’s not always easy being a fan of power metal. There’s a tired old line that gets thrown around in the UK- that it’s basically just Europop with distortion and bass drum kicks aimed at perpetually adolescent Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts. While this is obviously patently untrue in every way (ahem), Elvenking appear to be doing everything in their power to prove this theory.

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Album: Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time

August 6th, 2010

Blind Guardian
At The Edge Of Time
Nuclear Blast
30 July 2010

by Tom Dare

That’s it. It’s all over. Listening to At The Edge Of Time is like watching Usain Bolt run the 100 metres- it doesn’t just beat its rivals, it crushes them with enough time to spare for a quick pint and a cheeky cigarette. Just as you will not beat Bolt at what he does best, you will not beat Blind Guardian at what they do.

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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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Sunday Spotify Slaylist: Power Metal

March 21st, 2010

Normally we leave it up to our Deputy Editor to cobble together our Slaylists when he’s one shade or another of hungover. Not so this week – step forward Tom Dare with his Slaylist of EPIC proportions…

In a world where metal rules (“and if you don’t like it die” Paul Baloff), one nation consistently ignored one of the finest styles of metal. That nation was the UK, and that style was power metal. One man began a quest to expose some of the ultimate greatness displayed by power metal bands.

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EP: Mob Rules – Astral Hand

September 28th, 2009

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Mob Rules
Astral Hand EP
AFM Records
09 October 2009

by Jon Kerr

For those new to Mob Rules, this is a power metal band who left behind the fantasy-fiction imagery and now write songs about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Middle Eastern conflict. Pretty refreshing, we suppose.

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Album: 3 Inches Of Blood – Here Waits Thy Doom

September 17th, 2009

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3 Inches Of Blood
Here Waits Thy Doom
Century Media
31 Aug 2009

by Wrigz

We all know about Jamie Hooper’s departure from Canadian Power Metal outfit, 3 Inches Of Blood, due to vocal problems and possible damage. We all know about the infamous punch up that led to the change in drummers. But what we want to know though is, can these guys still produce the goods with the line-up changes, and can Cam Pipes cope with his elevated vocal duties role?

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