Metal Album Release Calendar – October, November, December 2019

This is a calendar of metal albums for Fall and Winter of 2019. Want to see what came out earlier this year? Check out the full Metal Album Release Calendar for 2019!

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1 October:

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Asuryan – The Eye of Ra (Folk Metal)

Ente – Eterna (Progressive power Metal) [EP]

Grendel’s Syster – Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz (Heavy Folk Metal) [EP]

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Narwhale – Heart of the Corpse​-​Whale (Progressive Metal)

2 October:

Sereptah – Acoustic (Progressive Power Metal)

Cover My Sigh – Set the World Aflame (Progressive Metal)

Alicia Out of Wonderland – Entre la muerte y el amor (Heavy Power Metal)

4 October:

Iron Kingdom – On the Hunt (Heavy Metal)

Chur – Four-Faced (Folk Metal)

Crow’s Flight – The Storm (Heavy Metal)

Forgotten North – Kinder des Zorns (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Yurei – Saudade (Progressive Metal)

Dawn of Destiny – The Beast Inside (Power Metal)

Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation (Progressive Metal)

Knightmare – Space Knights (Heavy Power Metal)

The Fall of Eve – Nevermore (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

6 October:

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Heavy Metal)

Iron Attack! – Japonism (Progressive Power Metal)

9 October:

MistFolk – Королева воронья (Folk Metal)

Orthanc – Carnival (Heavy Metal)

Vinnie Moore – Soul Shifter (Shred)

11 October:

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Power Metal)

Eclipse – Paradigm (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Ethereal Kingdoms – Hollow Mirror (Symphonic Metal)

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (Heavy Metal)

Silent Call – Windows (Progressive Metal)

Stargate – The Dream (Heavy Power Metal)

Unleash the Archers – Explorers (Power Metal) [EP]

FireForce – The Iron Brigade (Power Metal) [EP]

Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening (Progressive Metal)

15 October:

Arcane Tales – Power of the Sky (Symphonic Power Metal)

16 October:

Magistina Saga -Invite in the Story (Symphonic Gothic Metal) [EP]

18 October:

Nifrost – Blykrone (Viking Metal)

Secret Chapter – Chapter One (Heavy Metal)

Valcata – Valcata (Symphonic Metal)

Danger Zone – Dont Count on Heroes (Heavy Power Metal)

Induction – Induction (Power Metal)

Aerodyne – Damnation (Heavy Metal)

Rexoria – Ice Breaker (Heavy Metal)

Tandra – Time and Eternity (Folk Metal)

Armored Dawn – Viking Zombie (Power Metal)

Don’t Drop the Sword – The Wild Hunt (Power Metal) [EP]

23 October:

Galneryus – Into the Purgatory (Power Metal)

25 October:

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Symphonic Metal)

Metalite – Biomechanicals (Melodic Metal)

Moon Chamber – Lore of the Land (Heavy Metal)

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Progressive Power Metal)

Savage Master – Myth, Magic, and Steel (Heavy Metal)

Millennium – A New World (Heavy Metal)

Steve Blower – Back in Hell (Heavy Metal)

Turbokill – Vice World (Heavy Metal)

Hevisaurus – Bändikouluun! (Heavy Power Metal)

Dragonfly – Zeitgeist (Heavy Power Metal)

Cathubodua – Continuum (Symphonic Metal)

Rumahoy – Time II: Party (Folk Metal)

Vision Divine – When All the Heroes Are Dead (Progressive Power Metal)

Velvet Viper – The Pale Man is Holding a Boken Heart (Heavy Power Metal)

28 October:

Ironsword – In the Coils of Set (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Bloody Times – By Metal, We Send You to Hell (Heavy Metal) [EP]

30 October:

Elvarhøi – Dansen låter fra graven åter (Folk Metal)

31 October:

Apotheus – The Far Star (Progressive Metal)

Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys (Progressive Metal)

1 November:

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Heavy Metal)

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (Heavy Power Metal)

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Voyager – Colours in the Sun (Progressive Metal)

Wotan – The Song of the Nibelungs (Heavy Metal)

Dagor Sorhdeam – Fog of War (Power Metal)

French Maide – The Rat (Power Metal)

KingCrown – A Perfect World (Heavy Power Metal)

5 November:

IronThorn – Legends of the Ancient Rock (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

6 November:

Genius – Spread Your Wings (Power Metal) [EP]

8 November:

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands (Orchestral Metal)

Dimhav – The Boreal Flame (Progressive Power Metal)

Minotaurus – Victims of the Underworld (Folk Metal)

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings (Melodic Metal)

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Heavy Metal)

Tamás Szekeres – White Shapes of Blue (Neoclassical Metal)

Terminus – A Single Point of Light (Heavy Metal)

Tales of Evening – A New Dawn Awaits (Symphonic Gothic Metal)

9 November:

Alexander Layer – Huginn Muninn (Progressive Power Metal)

Caeli Metallum – Birth of the King (Heavy Metal)

13 November:

Cernunnos – The Svmmoner (Folk Metal)

Atavicus – Di eroica stirpe (Pagan Metal)

14 November:

Great Master – Skull and Bones – Tales from Over the Seas (Power Metal)

15 November:

Conjuring Fate – Curse of the Fallen (Heavy Power Metal)

CyHra – No Halos in Hell (Melodic Metal)

Crusade of Bards – Tales of Bards and Beats (Symphonic Metal)

Nibiru Ordeal – Solar Eclipse (Power Metal)

R.U.S.T.X. – Center of the Universe (Heavy Metal)

Scarleth – Vortex (Symphonic Metal)

Subterfuge – Prometheus (Progressive Metal)

Heaven Shore – Golden Age (Viking Metal)

Phenix – Ignition (Progressive Power Metal)

Dravernue – Proyecto D.A.G.D.A. (Power Metal)

A Persuasive Reason – A Persuasive Reason (Progressive Gothic Metal)

18 November:

Hibernia – Celtic Furor (Folk Metal)

20 November:

Black Sweet – The Lights (Heavy Power Metal)

Illusion Force – Alive (Power Metal)

21 November:

Serpentyne – Angels of the Night (Symphonic Folk Metal)

22 November:

Crystal Viper – Tales of Fire and ice (Heavy Metal)

Eleine – All Shall Burn (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Magic Kingdom – MetAlmighty (Power Metal)

Redline – Gods and Monsters (Heavy Metal)

Signum Regis – The Seal of a New World (Progressive Power Metal)

Spnus Corona – Time Is Not on Your Side (Progressive Metal)

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Power Metal)

27 November:

Hizaki – Back to Nature (Symphonic Power Metal) [EP]

29 November:

Coronatus – The Eminence of Nature (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Celesti Alliance – Hybrid Generation (Heavy Power Metal)

Second Brain – The Mind Awakens (Progressive Metal)

Stormwarrior – Norsemen (Speed/Power Metal)

1 December:

Pagan Reign – Art of the Time (Pagan Black Metal)

Energema – A Christmas Night (Power Metal) [EP]

Dawnbreath – Creatures of the Damned (Heavy Metal)

6 December:

Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler (Power Metal)

Human Fortress – Reign of Gold (Power Metal)

Power Theory – Force of Will (Heavy Power Metal)

The Murder of My Sweet – Brave Tin World (Gothic Metal)

Rhodium – Sea of the Dead (Heavy Power Metal)

At Night I Fly – Mirror Maze (Progressive Metal)

Infinitas – Infernum (Heavy Folk Metal)

Bellathrix – No Fear (Heavy Metal)

Steel Witch – In Moss and Fern (Heavy Metal)

Stormburner – Shadow Rising (Heavy Metal)

SL Theory – Cipher (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Of the Cold – The Game (Power Metal) [EP]

The Old Dead Tree – The End (Gothic Metal) [EP]

Leaves’ Eyes – Black Butterfly (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Burning Witches – Wings of Steel (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

Burning Shadows – Beneath the Ruins (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

10 December:

Flaming Row – The Pure Shine (Progressive Metal)

13 December:

Eregion – Age of Heroes (Power Metal)

18 December:

Gauntlet – Departure for the Frontier (Power Metal) [EP]

25 December:

Octaviagrace – Radiant (Progressive Power Metal)

27 December:

Ash-Slater – Reinception (Progressive Metal)

Master Sword – The Final Door (Power Metal)

Noveria Release New Single

Italy’s power prog outfit Noveria have released an energetic new track, ‘Broken’, taken from their upcoming third album.

Based on how sick the solo section is, I’m super excited to listen to the album! Aequilibrium will be released on 25 October under Scarlet Records.

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Centurion – Centurion Review

Score8.5/10
GenreProgressive Heavy Metal
CountrySerbia
Runtime01:16:16
Release Date13 September 2019
Record LabelIndependent

Labelling a band as “progressive heavy metal” is usually, in my experience, just a desperate effort of a prog band that has low production quality to appear more legitimate. Fortunately, that isn’t the case in Centurion’s self-titled debut. Instead, we get a solid traditional metal experience with all the flare, technicality, and versatility of a prog album. Right off the top, these Serbs prove that they aren’t just another lo-fi prog outfit by making an actual decent introductory track.

After a tasteful build in intensity, one thing becomes clear: Centurion is an insatiable riff-beast, ready to prey on the ears of all who are close enough to listen. Not only that, but we’re also attacked with an onslaught of powerful melodies, facemelting solos (especially in ‘Ruka Sudbine’ and ‘Virtuelno Ognjiste’. Holy fuck.), and drumming that never settles for satisfactory. Seriously. This is one damn impressive group of musicians who are as mighty as the badass warriors on their album cover.

If there’s one area that Centurion slightly suffers in, it’s the vocal department. While they certainly aren’t bad, there are a couple areas (mainly some the verses) where a bit more expression would go a long way. That being said, vocalist Miloš Marjanović has a great range and I don’t think there’s a single chorus I didn’t love. Aside from this, the runtime (which clocks in at more than 75 minutes) could be trimmed down a bit but, all things considered, these aren’t huge issues.

On the flip side, such a long runtime allows for a lot of potential variety, which we certainly get. There’s a good range of highs and lows, as well as tons of songs that have your usual prog changes, namely ‘Hodocasnik’ and the Mediterranean-flavoured ‘Janjicar’ (and, if we’re being completely honest here, every other song, too). There’s not a moment where I felt the transitions were bad, either, so bonus points there.

If you had no idea of these guys’s existence, like me about a month ago, then you owe it to yourself to check this album out. If you like your metal heavy, gritty, melodic, and dynamic, Centurion is right up your alley.

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Silent Call Sign Record Deal For Final Album

Swedish proggers Silent Call have announced that their next album, Windows, will be the final album that they make. The band were formed in 2006 and released three albums between then and 2014.

While Windows marks Silent Call’s end, it will still have plenty new to offer, such as the vocal talents of the band’s new singer, Göran Nyström.

01. Faceless
02. Soulshaker
03. Imprisoned In Flesh
04. Shifting Shape
05. Among The Ruins
06. Clouded Horizon
07. The Unknown
08. Hermetic
09. Shedding Skin
10. Damnation
11. Invisible
12. Bleeding Me Dry
13. Eye Of Destruction

Windows will be separated from its predecessor by five years, following in suit with the band’s lax release schedule, and will be released on 11 October under Rockshots Records.

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Soul Of Steel – Rebirth Review

Score6.5/10
GenreProgressive Power Metal
CountryItaly
Runtime50:33
Release Date20 September 2019
Record LabelRevalve

Italian power metallers Soul of Steel have made a six-year comeback in their aptly-named third album, Rebirth. The band’s previous releases met mixed reception from critics and listeners on the grounds of sounding generic or forgettable and, after such a long break, you’d expect them to have spent some serious time in the forge smithing a stronger metal, and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong about that.

Soul of Steel have recruited two new axemen, Nicolas Coppola and Salvo Destratis, and the songs have a bit more to them this time around. However, the end result is still pretty close to your run-of-the-mill Italian melodic metal (plus or minus a few sections), and there’s not a whole lot here that’ll have you coming back for seconds.

Like its predecessors, Rebirth lies on the progressive side of power metal. It’s definitely more power than it is prog, but there’s a lot of dynamism that secures it tightly in the power prog arena. The overall sound is pretty light, despite the guitars having a fair bit of crunch to them, and electronic sounds are found in the background most of the time. Speaking of, this album reminds me of Annette Olzon‘s The Dark Element debut in the sense that it’s full of great ideas but they never quite come into fruition. Even just a few ‘wow’ moments would go a long way, but, aside from some solos, they never come.

The biggest problem with Rebirth is that everything is just so straightforward. It has straight beats, straight melodies, straight chords. There’s not a lot that separates it from any of the bands in the space. There’s also a lack of oomph that could be partially rectified if the guitars and drums were a bit punchier, but it’s mostly an issue of songwriting, too.

Strangely enough, one of my favourite songs on the album is the cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’. It suits Soul of Steel’s sound perfectly and it has the best solo on the entire album. Following close behind, though, is the eight-minuter, ‘Trail of Death’, which is an overall excellent song, featuring killer guitar and synth solos, memorable melodies, and pulling off some really great pulled-back sections. If the rest of the album was as alive as this song, it’d be album of the month material for sure.

In light of a few issues, Soul of Steel’s efforts have paid off, because Rebirth is a good album. It’s got ups, downs, solid musicianship, and it gets the job done. It needs more heart, sure, but any fan of melodic metal should dive into this record.

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Kybalion – Black Painted Skies Review

Score9/10
GenreProgressive Metal
CountryUSA
Runtime35:17
Release Date6 September 2019
Record LabelIndependent

If you want a bit of a change from the usual 16th-based, djenty, instrumental modern prog that has recently flooded the metal world, give this EP a spin. Black Painted Skies is the first release (they call it an EP but I would consider it a full-out album, but maybe that’s just me) from America’s brand new instrumental proggers, Kybalion. This speed demon of death is super heavy and its ever-changing form will have you happily kissing the comfortability of 4/4 goodbye. With a diverse mix of highs, lows, feels, and time signatures, it’s evident that this trio doesn’t fuck around, and you’ll find that out pretty quickly in the album’s deceivingly-named opener, ‘Whisper’.

Kybalion is made up of two guitarists and a drummer, but Black Painted Skies also makes use of backing keyboards, strings, and choirs to maintain a full-sounding atmosphere. There are plenty of crazy-technical breakdowns, but there’s a good balance of solid grooving and insane showwy-offiness. In between these sections of breakneck speed and glorious shredding are soft, pulled back keyboard sections, like the beginning of ‘Portraits of a Memory’, and you’ll even find some acoustic work, such as in the beginning of ‘Marred Earth’. Another thing I love about this album are the seamless transitions between songs; honestly, I was three songs in before I realized I’d actually gotten through a song, and that’s not a bad thing in this case. With an album like this, fluidity goes a long way, and it’s best listened to all in one go (although that’s hardly necessary to enjoy the album).

Back to the topic of ‘Marred Earth’, I just really need to express the appreciation I have for this song. Among an album of constant change, it doesn’t venture far from a single groove, and it offers a short break from the relentless energy of the album so you can catch your breath for the final cascading song.

While the songwriting is all excellent and the guitars lay down some sick riffs, the drums stand as the champion of this album. God. Fucking. Damn it. They’re incredible, to say the very least. Courtesy of Garrett Haag, they go from holding powerful grooves to unleashing hellfire through ridiculous double-kicks and blast beats. If I had to pick some favourite drumming moments, I’d be torn between the ferocity found in ‘Black Painted Skies’ and the softer, pattering beats in the pulled back section of ‘Portraits of a Memory’. While the first choice is obvious, it’s not often I hear a modern prog drummer that’s capable of playing something other than ultra-mega-fortissimo all the fucking time, so the finer things stick out to me.

Get ready for the ass-blasting of a lifetime, because this EP fucking rips. Seriously. Black Painted Skies is a monster of an album and these brand new proggers show a hell of a lot of promise.

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Circus Maximus – Isolated Chapters Review

Score7.5/10
GenreProgressive Metal
CountryNorway
Runtime17:59
Release Date6 September 2019
Record LabelFrontiers

Circus Maximus are a progressive metal outfit hailing from Norway. While they’ve been around for nearly two decades (and they’ve maintained a steady lineup for almost as long), they’ve only released four full-length albums. Their latest EP, Isolated Chapters, is their first new-music release in three years, following two live albums. The EP offers two very different experiences and packs a whole lot of variety into its short runtime.

Since there are only two tracks on Isolated Chapters, this review will pretty much be a track-by-track (which I like to avoid doing). But that’s just fine, because it gives me a chance to elaborate a bit on the band’s song choice; for the first, we hear a darker, heavier, more dissonant side of Circus Maximus, and get a feel for their technical skill as well as their solid songwriting, but the second delivers a far lighter, more commercial impression. As such, the band’s strengths and weaknesses are exposed and right in the open for everyone to see.

Upon the first minutes of ‘Phasing Mirrors’, images of mid-Dream Theater immediately come to mind. In fact, every time I finish the song, the most prominent thought I have is how much it reminds me of ‘A Nightmare to Remember’ from their album, Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Yeah, this song is a few notches down with regard to impact and staggering technicality, but the song structure and looming atmosphere are enough for me to make the connection. Anyway, references aside, ‘Phasing Mirrors’ has a sick proggy break about four minutes in, and there’s also a great pulled back section which sounds like a spooky Tim Burton sequence. Topped off with a few killer guitar solos, key solos, and an exceptional wraparound structure, ‘Phasing Mirrors’ is one of the best single prog songs I’ve heard in months.

But then we get to the second and final track: ‘Endgame’. It begins like a fluffy 90s power ballad, and remains pretty tasteless until about the four minute mark. I’m not gonna say it’s one-dimensional until then or anything like that, it’s just a weak beginning section, especially considering the excellence that precedes it. The song finally goes somewhere after a transition of uplifting shots, and yet another facemelter lifts off. But then, the song continues steadily until it exits with a soft piano line. I wouldn’t call ‘Endgame’ a bad song, but it’s way watered down compared to what Circus Maximus shows off in that first one.

I don’t really have any complaints beyond the difference of quality between Isolated Chapters‘ two songs. The rhythm section is great and very tight, the solos are awesome, and the vocals, harmonies, and melodies guide the music masterfully. I strongly encourage giving this EP a listen. It’s short, sweet, and you’ll probably come back for seconds.

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Sonata Arctica – Talviyo Review

Score3/10
GenreProgressive Metal
CountryFinland
Runtime56:09
Release Date6 September 2019
Record LabelNuclear Blast

This was a tough one. Seriously. Aside from the fact that I just really dislike this album, it took me half a fucking hour to even come up with something to put in the “Genre” tab up top (and I’d sooner snap my laptop in half before I call Talviyo power metal). Honestly, it’s not even really a metal album. While it’s true that metal music is expansive and encompasses many different sounds, I can barely justify calling this metal. At this point, we should expect some genre-bending from Sonata Arctica, but this is a real stretch.

So, as a result of all that, I tried really hard to not judge Talviyo as a metal album, but as a contemporary work on its own. I just really want to emphasize that I don’t dislike this album due to its unmetalness. I dislike it because it’s boring, lacks any substance, and plays like a late assignment that was finished the night before a deadline.

The album begins at its highest point (but even then its not that high at all) and steadily gets worse as it continues; whether that’s because of my steady exhaustion or the quality of music is up for debate. Talviyo begins with ‘Message from the Sun’, which is a light, fluffy, straightforward song that carries more power metal air than any other song on the record. It’s not a terrible track, but between questionable vocals, sub-par production, and wonky songwriting, it’s satisfactory at best. After this, though, each song just kind of fades into the next, offering very few moments worth talking about. ‘Demon’s Cage’ and ‘Ismo’s Got Good Reactors’ show some moments of redemption, but they fade back into oblivion before any good idea can be fully materialized.

There are a few reasons for these shortcomings. The most prominent would be the hugely-inconsistent vocal delivery, which can be good one moment and ass-backwards the next. And then we get to the guitar tones, which are also rather inconsistent (and sometimes tinny), which is likely a symptom of the piss-poor production quality. However, the biggest contributor to Talviyo‘s downfall is the songwriting itself. It tries to be a bit experimental, and I can respect that, but it comes off only as amateurish and poorly-constructed.

Despite being such a trainwreck, I did manage to find some positives within Talviyo‘s frozen, lifeless form. To start, there’s a noticeable and consistent wintry atmosphere over the music, so bonus points there for an actual coherent musical idea. The bass playing is also great, especially in ‘Whirlwind’, and there are, as I said before, a few cool gems, if you’re patient enough to wait for their arrival.

If you like light, reflective, more acoustic music to throw on in the background, you might get something from Talviyo. But, for those of you who prefer a little bit more effort in your music, you’re not missing much. It’s truly a shame that Sonata Arctica have fallen down to such a level as this. After the overwhelmingly-negative reception of The Ninth Hour, they had two choices: shift back to something they know they could do well, or try the same thing again. Well, there’s no need to say which they chose, because this disaster speaks for itself.

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Induction Announce Debut

New progressive power metal outfit Induction have finally announced their debut album. The band was formed by guitarist Martin Beck and features Tim Hansen, son of the famed Kai Hansen (who is/has been guitarist/vocalist of Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Iron Savior).

Induction will be released on 18 October. No single has been revealed yet, but we can expect something epic, symphonic, and energetic.

01. A Message in Sand
02. By the Time
03. Pay the Price
04. The Outwitted Consecration (re-release)
05. Hiraeth
06. Mirror Make Believe (My Enemy) feat Kai Hansen
07. At the Bottom
08. The Riddle
09. A Nightmare’s Dream
10. My Verdict
11 Sorrow’s Lullaby

To accompany the album’s release, Induction will also be touring their new album in support of Armored Dawn.
12.11. München / Kranhalle
13.11. Milano / Legend
16.11. Essen / Zeche Carl
18.11. Köln / MTC
19.11. Hamburg / Logo
21.11. Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal

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Divided Multitude – Faceless Aggressor Review

Score8.5/10
GenreHeavy Progressive Metal
CountryNorway
Runtime57:20
Release Date6 September 2019
Record LabelRam It Down

Divided Multitude is no stranger to the prog metal scene. Since their founding in the mid-90s, they’ve released six albums of mixed quality. Their seventh and latest effort, Faceless Aggressor, is colossal and riff-driven yet very melodic. It wouldn’t be entirely wrong to compare it to something along the lines of Symphony X or even classic-Queensryche crossed with late-80s heavy/glam metal. It’s a combination of music that I haven’t heard done this well before, and I fucking love it.

Before we get to the many things I find great about Faceless Aggressor, there are a couple issues to get out of the way. To begin, the lowest point of the album would have to be ‘Uninvited’. It’s the slowest, most “ballady” (though it’s not really a ballad) on the album, but it’s pretty weak and underwhelming. It has a couple crescendos and decrescendos, but I find the whole track relatively uninspired, especially considering what surrounds it. It seems like Divided Multitude are much more comfortable playing heavily and aggressively, but there’s not a whole lot else that they show on this album until the closer. As a result, there’s a fairly limited amount of variety here.

But, variety doesn’t matter as much if each song, while based around a similar musical theme, fucking nails it, like they pretty much do on this album. Right from the start, I noticed that both the drums and vocals are dynamic and expressive. The time and feel changes are also done really well, despite such an huge sound. They’re always fluid and the band does a masterful job at avoiding making the songs choppy. ‘Prosperity Divine (The Machine of Mammon)’ is an excellent example of this, where there are some extra bars thrown in between sections and some well-executed time changes, as well as the emotional closer, ‘Psalm of a Soldier’, which features guest musicians Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) and Ida Haukland (Triosphere).

One of my favourite aspects of Faceless Aggressor is the fact that the choruses sound like glam metal hooks on fucking steroids. The melodies and vocal layering never fail to take me back to the late-80s (well, not really back, because I wasn’t there, but you know what I mean) but the delivery and surrounding instrumentation is just massive. Another high point of the album is the guitarwork. I don’t think there’s a single song that doesn’t have absolutely sick riffs, especially in the intros. They’re energetic, beefy, and they’re ultimately what brings the album to be as good as it is. Additionally, the solos aren’t super flashy but they are tasteful.

While this album was actually my first taste of Divided Multitude’s long career, it’s safe to say that they’ve gained at least one new fan with Faceless Aggressor, and I’m curious to see how their previous material stacks up against this one. While it isn’t without a couple shortcomings, it’s a damn-awesome brand of prog and I would love to hear more music like this.

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