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Album: Epica – The Quantum Enigma

May 14th, 2014

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Epica
The Quantum Enigma
Nuclear Blast
05 May 2014

by David Keevill

The horrendously lazy ‘female-fronted’ tag is a relic of a bygone era and its continued existence is an insult to anybody who believes in the progressive opportunities that metal often affords. Epica, a band central to the European symphonic metal scene over the last eleven years, have too been lumped with this description in their time, in addition to being grouped in with other bands who use classical aspects in their music. In both counts, and especially compounded in the release of their latest album, The Quantum Enigma, there is far more to this Dutch metal outfit than the reductive sum of just their vocals and symphonic elements.

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Is Wintersun’s new album the most important metal release of 2012?

November 26th, 2012

Thrash​ Hits’ resident Euro metal geek ​Tom Dare​ ​is having great fun with the long, long, long-awaited second album from Finnish widdlers ​Wintersun​. But he thinks it’s much more than that – he thinks it’s a landmark.

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When Wintersun announced back in 2006 that work  composing album number two was underway, hopes were high. But as the years rolled by, Time seemingly joined the likes of Chinese Democracy and the mythical third Necrophagist record in the “when hell freezes over”-stakes when it came to a realistic ETA, fears increased. “Were they polishing a turd?”, we wondered. Had they been far too ambitious for their own good? So what a shock it was when Time I finally arrived, not just seriously good, but as one of the most important metal releases of its generation. [Read more →]

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Album: Pythia – The Serpent’s Curse

March 16th, 2012

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Pythia
The Serpent’s Curse
Golden Axe Records
27 February 2012

by David Keevill

Shrill-enthusiast and intermittent bat botherer Emily Ovenden has returned with her bombastic rabble Pythia on their second full length album, The Serpent’s Curse. Despite the record retaining a pace reminiscent of the thrust capacity of an Iranian Jurd, this is a remarkably unremarkable effort from the London sextet.

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Album: Nightwish – Imaginaerum

November 1st, 2011

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Nightwish
Imaginaerum
Nuclear Blast Records
02 December 2011

by Danny Montana

Saying 2007’s Dark Passion Play was a hit is a bit of an understatement. After selling two million copies – a rare feat for a metal band – everyone was wondering what Nightwish had up their sleeves for Imaginaerum, their seventh album. A thirteen-track concept album with a made-up title that will eventually be accompanied by a feature film? Why not?

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Album: Sirenia – The 13th Floor

January 14th, 2009

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Sirenia
The 13th Floor
Nuclear Blast
23 January 2009

by Jerry Ewing

If you listen to Morten Veland, the brains and driving force behind this Norwegian symphonic metal gang, he’ll bang on at length about how unfair it is that Sirenia’s fourth album, The 13th Floor will be viewed by many as a work riding in on the coat tails of the likes of Nightwish, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. And that how he formed the similar Tristania (for whom he sang, played guitar and wrote most of the music and lyrics) at the same time as most of the aforementioned started, even if he was unceremoniously dumped from their ranks to breath life into Sirenia in 2001.

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