Cryonic Temple – Into the Glorious Battle

Cryonic Temple Into the Gloriuos Battle

Searching for new Metal Releases for downloading to play on Radio Thunder UK, I came across this unexpectedly, the full album ready for downloading on Amazon UK, even the release date is down as being in April, so quick as a flash I downloaded before they could take it away. So glad I did.
After just one play I could tell this was going to be an album to get into my Top 10 Power Metal Albums of 2017.
14 Tracks of Power Metal, 2 are Intro tracks but out of the other 12, there is only one track (9) that wouldn’t make the Radio Playlist. Choosing the tracks to put on is difficult, after many plays I think All the Kingsmen is my favourite track, but tracks 2-7 are all great so hard to choose, so they get put on as well.

 

Rating: 9/10
Tracklist
1. The Beginning of a New Era (2:27)
2. Man of a Thousand Faces (5:17)
3. All the Kingsmen (4:48)
4. Prepare for War (4:33)
5. Heroes of the Day (5:11)
6. Mighty Eagle (3:31)
7. Into the Glory Battle (4:19)
8. The Speech (0:54)
9. Mean Streak (3:04)
10. Flying over the Snowy Fields (4:13)
11. Can’t Stop the Heat (4:41)
12. This War Is Useless (Eulogy) (5:12)
13. Heavy Burden (5:31)
14. Freedom (7:55)

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Seven Kingdoms – Decennium Review

Seven Kingdoms Decennium May 5

I’d been waiting for this album ever since I signed up in 2016 for their funding campaign, and in February 2017 it was delivered. The rest of the UK have to wait till 25th May 2017 for it to be released.
It will be worth the wait, it does not disappoint, Symphonic Power Metal in all it’s glory. Only one listening and I was hooked I had to play it again and again. There are 10 tracks on Decennium and the first 6 nail it, I can’t chose a favourite from them, all excellent, the last 4 aren’t bad but a slight drop in performance, where the riffs are still good but the Thrash pace just seemed to take over all the songs.
As with the last album The Fire is Mine in 2012, the music is based around the vocals of Sabrina. She has a powerful voice and she uses a very clean, strong melodic style. There is a heaviness and aggression supplied by guitars and the album runs along with Power and great Riffs.

Rating 8.5/10
Track Listing:
1.Stargazer *****
2.Undying *****
3.In The Walls *****
4.The Tale Of Deathface Ginny *****
5.Castles In The Snow *****
6.Kingslayer *****
7.The Faceless Hero ****
8.Neverending ****
9.Hollow ****
10.Awakened From Nothing ****

Top Power Metal Album – Grimgotts

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Grimgotts – Extenditus Playus + Here Be Dragonlords

It’s always hard to try to pick your top album of the year, there are so many.

On the CD it says Symphonic Power Metal from the UK and is two EPs joined into one package. It’s good to have a Power Metal band come through in the UK, it’s been a while since I put on a CD and found out that I enjoyed every track, this is in spite there being line up changes between the two parts of the CD. The vocals from Andy Barton hold everything together as the Melodic Power Metal changes styles from track to track. The combined parts of the CD have 10 tracks. 

Both parts of the CDs have the now obligatory intro track for the first minute. Extenditus Playus has a Seafaring Theme, (a Melodic Alestorm ?). Here Be Dragonlords needs no introduction on the Theme, and if you were to twist my hand I’d have to say it is the better of the two parts, only because it has the stand out track ‘Fight Against the World’.

The best compliment I can give them is that this was like listening to the first Power Quest Album for the first time, you just know there may be more good stuff to come. If you like bands like Wisdom, Power Quest, Dreamtale & Orden Ogan etc check them out.