Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #10

Power Metal Roundup

To be honest, it infuriates me when an album is not available for full preview. I can understand if the album is actually not physically out but I should be honest with my emotions. Perhaps this is because teaser tracks and previews for albums feels like an archaic process that was reserved for a time when access to pretty much everything was limited. Bandcamp preview tracks and announcements feel strange in an era where you could get everything at once as long as one turns their attention to the provider….

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SAOR – Guardians (2016)

One can rely on Saor for many things. Not only does this Scottish black metal artist have a legion of devoted followers, but the passion which has been welling up inside those fans since 2014’s Aura has been tangible and almost frightening. This is why the announcement and preview of the artist’s third record Guardians has been met with excitement, acclaim, and downright longing from that community. It is hard not to get excited with everyone as Saor has been one of the few artists who has been making new…

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KHEMMIS – Hunted

I know that certain corners of the internet are not as well traveled as others but I am here to tell you that one particular corner is hot with a fiery passion over Khemmis’s new record. This may sound strange as this Colorado based band represented by 20 Buck Spin has done little other than release an esoterically celebrated record in 2015. What in the world would get so many people excited other than fantasy driven traditional doom? Oh just that.

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This Year in Traditional Heavy Metal

This Year In Traditional Heavy Metal

There has been a term that has been floating around for a few years and it is a little bothersome. The New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal has been given to bands that both play in the style of traditional heavy metal as well as embody a traditional aesthetic in either dress, album art, or just general attitude.The term is bothersome because the same term was applied to a new wave of old school death metal some years back and eventually just became death metal. It is also the same…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #8

I started this column in January of 2016, which means by #12 I will be able to make an informed decision on the state of Bandcamp power metal for the year 2016. This is important to note the scale of my informed decision as it says nothing about the state of power metal in the year 2016 nor heavy metal in 2016. These article did not hit the big albums from Avantasia, Sabaton, Rhapsody of Fire, nor Fates Warning. Some of these bands will never be on any end of…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #7

Below are a list of unsigned power metal bands. The fact these bands are not signed to any major or minor label is not that big of a deal in 2016. With the availability of bandcamp and other social and streaming media, bands can fund their own work and do all of the heavy lifting in terms of promotion. Labels, now, represent a wider net of contacts and resources that are sometimes unremarkable compared to independent outfits. I am sure that some of these independent acts will be welcomed by…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #6

Sometimes finding recent and new power metal is tricky. This goes especially true when bands keep releasing old material on Bandcamp and set their album in a strange middle ground between old to the world but new to most of the audience. This Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup is dedicated to a wide net of bands that have released great albums that may have gone unnoticed. Though I enjoy listening to all forms of power metal, the four collected here today share the same lineage of US power metal and good…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #5

I am not going to lie. Finding good power metal on Bandcamp has not been as easy as other genres. Dungeon synth, death, and black all seem to be readily available but finding decent quality power metal, that is also appealing to me, has been hard. Perhaps it is because I am only a tourist in this genre and haven’t given myself over to some of the more popular conventions. While I am sort of whining about the lack of Bandcamp power metal, this month seems to be quality. Perhaps…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #4

On album art: Every month or so I dive into the world of Bandcamp power metal in order to find something new and exciting. Most of the time I do. For every perfect gem in the pile, though, there are many rocks, under-polished ores, and broken gems that need to be put back together. When combing through pages and pages of albums, album art plays an important role in drawing a person toward a record. While this seems somewhat unfair, it is just the nature of one person having to…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #3

In an effort to keep up with power metal as much as other genres this year, I have decided to comb through Bandcamp each month and listen to a variety of albums pulled from it. It is my hope that by the end of this year I will reach some sort of opinion on the state of power metal. This will be, of course, subject to whether or not the album is on Bandcamp, which may only paint a select portrait but I can only do so much. In fact, Bandcamp power metal may be a smaller genre than power metal as a whole, full of unsigned and upcoming power metal albums that could be wholly different than the titans of the genre who may not even bother with the site. Perhaps we will find the next Blind Guardian or Stratovarius lying under these rocks.

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #2

In an effort to keep up with power metal as much as other genres this year, I have decided to comb through Bandcamp each month and listen to a variety of albums pulled from it. It is my hope that by the end of this year I will reach some sort of opinion on the state of power metal. This will be, of course, subject to whether or not the album is on Bandcamp, which may only paint a select portrait but I can only do so much. In fact,…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #1

In an effort to keep up with power metal as much as other genres this year, I have decided to comb through Bandcamp each month and listen to a variety of albums pulled from it. It is my hope that by the end of this year I will reach some sort of opinion on the state of power metal. This will be, of course, subject to whether or not the album is on Bandcamp, which may only paint a select portrait but I can only do so much. In fact,…

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