Heavy Metal 2017 (July)

Heavy Metal July

As always with this series, I enjoy highlighting art, mainly from Frank Frazetta, but also celebrating other popular works that could possibly align with the sound of traditional heavy metal. Case in point, pulp fiction. If we are going to be more specific than the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Though this writer has many works collected in his career, the name Boroughs is enshrined to two characters, John Carter and Tarzan. The later is where our picture comes from and not from Tarzan but his progeny Korak. The painting…

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HAMMERFALL – Built To Last (2016)

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What is there to say about HammerFall that probably hasn’t been said in the last decade or so? You all know that this band is a Swedish heavy / power metal outfit that since 1997 has made it their goal in life to keep playing the same type of music they seemed destined to do. Since that time in 1997, HammerFalls has made a similar sounding albums complete with their own armored mascot named “Hector” which has appeared on each cover. Save for 2011’s Infected, every cover has had some…

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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 #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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Power Metal I Missed in 2015

Every end of the year I try and round up all of the power metal albums that have come out over the year and that I have listened to, then I try to make a judgement on them in list form. This never works. This does not work because I do not listen to nearly enough power metal compared to other genres. I am not the person to ask regarding high profile power metal that could be added to the canon of contemporary releases. What I can do, however, is…

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