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)

Yurei Announce Saudade

Yurei, the solo project of Brazilian Gabriel Castro, has their debut album on the way. Saudade will be a progressive metal/fusion/video game/ambient mashup or melodic grooves and lively arrangements.

The project’s first single, ‘Dark Matter’, was released alongside the album. Here it is in all it’s kickass glory:

Yurei’s debut features support from artists such as Michael Lessard (The Contortionist), Evan Sammons and Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), and Scott Carstairs (Fallujah). Make sure to check Saudade out on 4 October!

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ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit Review

Score9.5/10
GenrePower Metal
CountryUSA
Runtime1:05:06
Record LabelIndependent
Release Date12 July 2019

My first taste of power metal ever was when I heard DragonForce’s ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ in my early teens. Aside from my young mind being absolutely fucking blown by how fast they could play (because, when I was eleven, that’s all I gave a shit about), I was entranced by their high vocals, heroic melody, and super long solo section. Ever since then, while I’ve obviously listened to an assload of power metal, there have been very few albums in the genre that have delivered that same intense sense of wonder and excitement.

And, in all honesty, ShadowStrike’s Legends of Human Spirit has come damn close to delivering just that. I came across one of the band’s singles completely by chance a few weeks ago and, I have to say, I am so glad that I found them. Considering that Legends of Human Spirit is their first full-length album, and especially considering that they’re from America of all places, I didn’t expect them to be one of the best Power Quest/DragonForce-styled bands on the scene today, but here we are. While still delivering a powerful onslaught of dragonslaying sixteenth notes and astral vocal lines, they add enough originality, such as more varied song structure and heavy symphonic influence, that they even stand above most of the European bands in the space.

Seriously. Right out of the gate we’re greeted with a flying guitar line and a ridiculous drum fill before venturing across an expansive, fantastical landscape of neoclassical believe-in-yourself anthems and shredding solos (both key and guitar, obviously). On top of that, we’re blindsided every now and then, such as that sick breakdown and more old school solo in ‘Gales of Winter’. Each song is dynamic and has its own little world to offer.

Among my favourite of these glorious songs would have to be ‘A Dream of Stars’ because of that super cheesy synth intro and the ultra-victorious chorus (hey, that rhymes!). And that solo section? Holy fuck. What a song. I know that eleven-year-old-me would have pissed his pants over something like this, because present-day me nearly did.

For those of you who grew up on DragonForce and Stratovarius, this album will be a godsend. And, for those of you who are sick of the same generic power metal album, I promise you that Legends of Human Spirit is something special. I sincerely hope that this debut pushes ShadowStrike to continue developing their metal, because they’re certainly capable of taking the North American metal scene by storm.

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Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages Review

Score7.5/10
GenreSymphonic Power Metal
CountryBritain
Runtime48:42
Release Date17 May 2019
Record LabelIndependent

It’s time once again to set sail with the mighty Grimgotts into the world of Vale to witness the war between the creatures of the seas. And, what better way to go on such a quest than to have the cheesiest, feel-good nautical metal by your side!

Honestly, I can’t say which aspect of Dragons of the Ages is more over-the-top. Is it the unified chanting in the choruses? Is it the relentless beating of the rhythm section? Or is it, perhaps, that the synths and fanfares sound like they were recorded from a thirty dollar Casio keyboard? One thing is for sure: these goofs are self-aware to the max and I fucking love it.

I mean, seriously. What the hell is this picture? It looks like one of those Windows 97 screensavers for fuck’s sake. I’m not complaining, I just wanted to point that out.

That isn’t to say there’s no substance to the album, because there definitely is. It’s light-spirited and undoubtedly uplifting with solid musicianship. They even took enough care to bring in guest vocalists for backing parts in a couple of the songs, which adds a bit more depth than if they had just recorded a bunch of backing tracks solely from the band’s Andy Barton. With regard to balancing honest music and a carefree attitude, Grimgotts stikes a perfect balance.

That being said, there is one thing that Dragons of the Ages severely lacks: variety. There isn’t a great deal of difference between the tracks, with the differences typically being limited to a slight lean toward pirate metal or power metal. There are two tracks that stick out, though, with the most obvious being the nine-minute closer: ‘Here Be Dragonlords’. The first section (just after the string intro) is easily the darkest part of the album, before it carries on to another familiar high and pulls back into a quiet piano run to finish it off. ‘War at Dawn’ is another unique track. The combination of a more somber chorus and a bit of rough vocals are enough to separate this one from the rest. There are highs and lows in other tracks, but these parts don’t do enough to deliver much of an impact.

My favourite part of the record has to be the drums. The super thick synth solos are a close second, but Mo Abdelgadir does a phenomenal job at pounding Dragons of the Ages through the skies and across the seas with the power of a dragon’s furiously-beating wings. Aside from laying down plenty of sick grooves (with ‘Turning the Tide’ having the best drum performance on the album), he drops blast beats in a few choruses where you’d least expect it, helping them hit even harder. The vocals and guitars are excellent, but the drumming here is something else.

Grimgott’s second album to date, Dragons of the Ages is by no means a genre-shattering album. Its sound is often similar to the recent Atlas Pain record, Tales of a Pathfinder (although I enjoyed this one much more), and it follows most of the power metal tropes fairly closely. However, Grimgotts have managed to make something original, super fun, and immensely uplifting. Fans of Power Quest, Twilight Force, Alestorm, and Galderia will love this album.

Grimgotts – Ancient Waters

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Fenrir – Legends of the Grail Review

Score8/10
GenreFolk Metal
CountryFrance
Runtime46:17
Release Date18 Jan 2019
Record LabelIndependent

It’s been many years since we last heard Fenrir’s howl. Seven years, in fact. However, I’ve always thought that it’s far better to forge great music less often than to have frequent releases of deteriorating quality. Legends of the Grail is proof of this; its musicians are excellent and its knightly tunes are vivid and bright.

The album kicks off with the typical instrumental track and then jumps straight into an energetic guitar riff in ‘A Red Sun Rises’. This opening song sums up the rest of the album perfectly; it’s not exceptionally heavy and has soft, smooth vocals and a vibrant, medieval atmosphere. The balance of instruments is near perfect for a folk metal band, as it never leans too far to either side. The mixing allows for the violins to be heard just as well as the guitars and there aren’t many moments when it sounds messy or muddled.

Although Legends of the Grail doesn’t often get too heavy, songs such as ‘Morgane’ and ‘Conquest of Britain’ have heavy riffs and rough vocals, and the incredible drumwork throughout the album adds a considerable amount of weight. Kévin Keiser’s pattering double kicks run rampant and his grooves add significant intensity to the music.

One of my favourite tracks is the lively instrumental ‘Brocéliande’. The skillful violin work is impressive and exciting and makes me want to get up and dance. Another great track is the following ‘The Son of Pendragon’, which begins fiercly and features an awesome guitar solo. There aren’t too many guitar solos in Legends of the Grail, so when they do come around they attack with an extra special oomph.

My only problem with the album is the fact that Elsa Thouvenot exclusively sings in a sweet, airy tone. She’s not a bad vocalist (in fact, she’s the opposite), but there’s not much of a change of intensity to highlight the choruses or certain melodies. That being said, it’s a relatively minor issue in an otherwise stellar album. All in all, Legends of the Grail is a notable piece of folk metal and is truly worthy of knighthood.

Fenrir – A Red Sun Rises

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Lord Divine – Facing Chaos Review

Score7/10
GenrePower Metal
CountryArgentina
Runtime1:01:38
Release Date5 Feb 2019
Record LabelFighter

One thing I hate more than anything else is the fact that a shitty singer can ruin an otherwise awesome band. This is the case, unfortunately, in Lord Divine’s fifth album: Facing Chaos. The intros are great, the rhythm parts are heavy and tight, and there are plenty of interesting backing tracks..

But the god damn focal point of the band is almost unbearable for me. This is Diego Valdez’s (Iron Mask) first record with the Argentinian outfit since joining in 2017. He can hit pitch, but that’s pretty much where his ability ends. He sings in one register and his voice lacks any sort of character. The whole vocal sound is, honestly, very fucking bland.

The overall sound of the album is tried-and-true power metal but with a hefty dose of electronic sounds that fill out the background nicely. There are some really fun instrumental parts, like the piano grove in ‘Beginning of the End’ or the one in the middle of ‘Into My World’, that round out an already-lively album. Lord Divine radiates energy.

Additionally, the solos are damn impressive. There is probably an even split between keyboard and guitar solos, and each one is seriously electric. Diego Palma’s heavy lead tone on the keys earn extra points with me because I just don’t hear it enough these days.

I could talk the shit out of every solo in the album, so I’ll just mention my favourite. I can’t get enough of the solo section in ‘Light Through Darkness’ (which is also my favourite song on the album). It’s long and both the guitar and keys rip it slightly harder than in most of the other tracks.

If it weren’t for Valdez, I probably would have given this song an 8-9. But, as the vocals are routinely in the foreground, I simply couldn’t. The entire band is really solid but Valdez’s musicianship doesn’t come close to matching their efforts. Despite that one rather large problem, this album is definitely a must-listen.

Lord Divine – Intro My World (Fighter Records)

Wolfhorde – Hounds of Perdition Review

Score7.5/10
GenrePower/Folk
CountryFinland
Runtime43:14
Release Date11 Jan 2019
Record LabelInverse

For reasons that are far beyond my understanding, Wolfhorde has already reinvented their sound in their second full-length album, Hounds of Perdition. Their first album blew my fucking mind. Each song had unique character and the almost-melodic-death sound was only improved by the folk additions. It’s typical for a band to take what was good from their first release and substitute the rest to create a more refined sound, but to almost abandon their essence and flip ass-backwards is a risky move.

Not that this album is bad (it’s great, actually), the first was just so much better.

With the exception of a handful of parts, the traditional folk instruments have been mostly abandoned and replaced with various keyboard parts: mainly bright-toned piano and strings here and there. The whole change ends up sounding more Nightwishy (see ‘Black Song’) than anything else.

Aside from the instrument swaps, there is a new inclusion of clean vocals that was never there before, making for probably a fifty-fifty split between the clean and rough. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just another step into new territory. Despite all of this, an album can’t really be judged solely on how it measures up to the rest of the discography. On its own, Hounds of Perdition is a really solid album.

The opening track, ‘Chimera’, is the high point for me. The traditional instruments are stronger here than in the rest of the album and a lot of variety is packed into it’s ten minutes while still maintaining that Wolfhorde spirit. There are some terrific instrumental breaks in ‘Towers of Silence, as well as a tasty guitar solo. ‘Kill the Light’ is basically straight power metal, but a decent track nonetheless. I wouldn’t consider any song on the album even remotely bad.

Drummer (and vocalist) Hukkapätkä is my favourite feature of the album. He switches beats a hundred times per song and is all over the god damn place in the best of ways; he’ll bust out a nasty blast beat on the turn of a dime and then back right off to blend with the rest of the band, before unleashing another flurry of fills and pounding shots.

Hounds of Perdition has a more mainstream sound than its predecessor, with the exception of the first and last tracks. It’s still hard and heavy and contains tons of variety, but the song structure also seems to have changed with instrumentation. This album is awesome, but it is beneath Wolfhorde’s capabilities.

Wolfhorde – Doctor of the Plague (Inverse Records)

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Black Sun Tales – A Wanderer’s Stories Review

Score7.5/10
GenreProg/Power
CountryCanada
Runtime33:09
Release date22 Dec 2018
Record LabelNone

Canadian prog/power outfit Black Sun Tales has released their debut album, A Wanderer’s Stories (22 December, 2018). Featuring only seven songs, including the instrumental prelude (which, by the way, is one of very few I’ve heard that aren’t just a waste of album space), it makes for a listen shorter than thirty five minutes. A Wanderer’s Stories assembles elements of power, folk, and progressive metal, which adds a high level of diversity to the album.

The sound is similar to later Falconer, what with the clean vocals of Wolf Biller and folk sound that is especially prominent in the final tracks, ‘Blade of Destruction’ and ‘Living Pages’. There are a lot of harpsichord and string components, which are very in-your-face at times.

The lyrical content is fantasy-centric but it manages to stay clear of genre clichés or ridiculous tales about the power of believing in yourself (à la Freedom Call) or robot space battles (I’m looking at you, Iron Savior).

The first real track, ‘Weatherhold’, starts the album at its lowest point. The musicians are solid and nothing is necessarily bad, except maybe the synth solo, which is pretty sloppy, but nothing really sticks out. My expectations dropped from this song but, on the bright side, the album has plenty of room to get better, which it does.

Most of the proggy grooves and time changes aren’t forced and fit together well in the songs, evident in ‘Holders of the Stars’. The lyrics and parallel structure in this song are also really cool (as cool as fantasy lyrics can be, anyway). I was also really like the climbing vocal run, which sounds like something straight out of Disney, and the laid back solo section that follows.

One of my favourite tracks in A Wanderer’s Stories is Ritter’s Demon; while many of the synthesizer solos on the album aren’t anything special, the solo section in this song makes for exceptional synth and guitar solos alike. The song goes in many directions and the pulled back outro builds into a nice ending. 

Another notable mention is ‘Kivimaa’. It’s more pulled back than the rest of the record and there are no time changes or prog breaks, but it is straightforward and well done. The solos are awesome and there is even a soli at the end, which comes as a pleasant surprise. It’s nothing too complicated but solis are a rare breed in metal.

Overall, A Wanderer’s Stories is a hit for me. I wanted a bit more from it, but there is plenty of variety, especially considering the short runtime. The lyrics are actually tasteful and the songs are dynamic.

Additionally, despite the amount of prog influence, the songs aren’t strictly rigid. There is a lot of freedom that lets the background parts add more than just the typical “I’m gonna slap an extra snare onto the off beat and call it 11/8”. Fans of Dragonland, Falconer, Twilight Force, and Wisdom will enjoy this album. It will be a pleasure to see Black Sun Tales’ weave more fantastical stories.

Black Sun Tales – Ritter’s Demon

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Album Release Calendar

This is a database of 2019 album releases. Genres included are primarily power, folk, heavy, progressive but there are selections from other genres (gothic, metalcore, fusion) that make it on here. Feel free to contact me with something I may have missed (because it’s impossible to keep up with everything).

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6 February:

Claymorean – Sounds from a Dying World [REISSUE] (Power Metal)

8 February:

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear (Heavy Metal)

Rosy Vista – Unbelievable (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Beast in Black – From Hell With Love (Melodic Heavy)

SkeleToon – They Never Say Die (Power Metal)

Thornbridge – Theatrical Masterpiece (Power Metal)

10 February:

Steel Shock – With Fire & Steel (Heavy Metal)

14 February:

Allegro – Puzzled EP (Power Metal)

15 February:

Steel Raiser – Acciaio (Heavy/Power Metal)

Avantasia – Moonglow (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tigersclaw – Force of Destiny (Symphonic Metal)

Ascheregen – Untot (Heavy Metal)

16 February:

Sylvania – Testigos de las estrellas (Power Metal)

19 February:

Vanir – Allfather (Viking/Folk metal)

22 February:

Rhapsody of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (Power Metal)

Pounder – Uncivilized (Heavy Metal)[DEBUT]

Traveller – Traveller (Heavy)[DEBUT]

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner (Heavy Metal)

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Heavy Metal)

Dream Theater – Distance over Time (Progressive Metal)

Imperia – Flames of Eternity (Gothic Symphonic)

Mortanius – Till Death Do Us Part (Prog/Power Metal)

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Symphonic Metal)

25 February:

Salduie – Viros Veramos (Folk Metal)

1 March:

Queensrÿche – The Verdict (Prog/Power Metal)

Darkwater – Human (Melodic Prog/Power Metal)

Athlantis – The Way to Rock ‘n’ Roll (Power Metal)

Raptor – Universos Paralelos (Prog/Heavy Metal)

Icestorm – Saga (Epic Heavy Metal)

Warrior Path – Warrior Path (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 March:

Symfobia – Smog Of Tomorrow (Symphonic Metal)

Letharia – Dietrich EP (Symphonic Power Metal)

3 March:

Alpha Centauri – Return of the Herakleids EP (Epic Heavy Metal)

5 March:

Mileth – Catro Pregarias no Albor da Lua Morta (Folk/Pagan Metal)

8 March:

Iron Fire – Beyond the Void (Heavy Metal)

Tyr – Hel (Prog/Folk Metal)

Stonecast – I Earther (Heavy Metal)

The Raven Age – Conspiracy (Melodic Groove)

Brymir – Wings of Fire (Symphonic MeloDeath)

9 March:

Elvenpath – The Path of the Dark King (Power Metal)

15 March:

Iron Savior – Kill or get Killed (Power Metal)

Haeredium – Ascension (Folk/Power Metal)

Twisted Tower Dire – Wars in the Unknown (Power Metal)

Obsidian Shell – Mooniversary (Gothic Metal)

21 March:

Joe Stump – Symphonic Onslaught (Shred/ Heavy Metal)

22 March:

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Heavy Metal)

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Power Metal)

Burning Rain – Face the Music (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Meridian – Margin of Error (Heavy Metal)

Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost (Power Metal)

Avalanch – El Secreto (Prog/Power Metal)

Waylander – Eriu’s Wheel (Folk Metal)

28 March:

Vetrar Draugurinn – Hinterlands (Gothic Metal)

29 March:

Silver Bullet – Mooncult (Power Metal)

Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Blue Lightning (Shred/Power Metal)

Anthem – Nucleus (Heavy Metal)

Infinityum – Alliance (Pagan Metal)

1 April:

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel (Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal)

2 April:

Age of Artemis – Monomyth (Melodic Power Metal)

3 April:

Jupiter – Zeus ~Legends Never Die~ (Symphonic/Neoclassical Power Metal)

Thunderspell – Power, Blood and Glory (Heavy/Power Metal)

4 April:

Atorc – Under the Raven Banner (Folk Metal)

5 April:

Eluveitie – Ategnatos (Folk Metal)

Lightfold – Deathwalkers (Progressive Power Metal)

Edén – El Despertar de los Sueños (Power Metal)

Silverheart – Destination (Power Metal)

Ossian – A reményhozó (Heavy/Power Metal)

10 April:

Hyerathica – Revolution Now (Heavy/Power Metal)

Pathless Land – Lightyears Collide (Progressive Power Metal)

11 April:

Scarlet Valse – Metamorphosis (Symphonic Power Metal)

12 April:

Solarus – Darkest Days (Power Metal)

Valence – Cognitive Dissidents (Progressive Metal/Rock)

13 April:

Northwind Saga – Mythological World (Melodic Power Metal) EP

19 April:

Atlas Pain – Tales of a Pathfinder (Epic Folk Metal)

Black Sites – Exile (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Dayslived – Flectar (Progressive Metal)

True Strength – Sanguinary Vivication (Heavy/Power Metal)

20 April:

Tillian – Lotus Graveyard (Progressive Rock/Metal)

22 April:

Sunroad – Heatstroke (Progressive Metal)

23 April:

Divine Ascension – Evermore (Progressive Power Metal)

24 April:

Papilio Effectus – Trickster (Progressive Metal ) EP

26 April:

Månegarm – Fornaldarsagor (Black/Viking/Folk Metal)

Astral Doors – Worship or Die (Heavy/Power Metal)

Steel Prophet – The God Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

Asylum Pyre – N°4 (Progressive Power Metal)

Avandra – Descender (Progressive Metal)

Axenstar – End of All Hope (Power Metal)

Qantice – The Anastoria (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tanagra – Meridiem (Progressive Power Metal)

Ravenous – Eat The Fallen (Progresive Power Metal)

Blazon Stone – Hymns of Triumph and Death (Power Metal)

Taken – Unchained (Power Metal)

29 April:

Deep Sun – Das Erbe der Welt (Symphonic Metal)

30 April:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

3 May:

Myrath – Shehili (Prog/Folk Metal [Middle Eastern])

Ruthless – Evil Within (Power Metal)

At the Dawn – The Battle to come (Power Metal)

4 May:

Jager – Four Symbols of the Lust (Power Metal)

5 May:

UNLUCKY MORPHEUS – 並行時空の音楽会 (Power Metal)

6 May:

Celestivl – TenTimesTwo (Symphonic Metal)

8 May:

Silver Lake – The Master of Lightning (Progressive Metal)

9 May:

Сварун – Divide ut Regnes (Symphonic Metal)

10 May:

TIR – Metal Shock (Heavy Metal)

Septris – Legacy (Power Metal)

Pulver – Kings Under the Sand (Heavy Metal)

Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Heavy Metal)

Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal (Progressive Metal)

Aeon Zen – Inveritas (Progressive Metal)

Legacy of Silence – Our Forests Sing (Folk Metal)

Magnesium – Forging the Armory (Power Metal)

14 May:

Essence of Datum – Spellcrying Machine (Progressive Metal)

17 May:

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly (Heavy Metal)

Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages (Symphonic Power Metal)

Floating Worlds – Battleship Oceania (Progressive Metal/Rock Opera)

Amulet – The Inevitable War (Heavy Metal)

Emerald – Restless Souls (Heavy Metal)

Olathia – Snakecharmer (Metalcore)

Pythia – The Solace of Ancient Earth (Symphonic Power Metal)

Riot City – Burn the Night (Heavy Metal)

David T. Chastain – Alternate View (Heavy Metal Shred/Fusion)

Step in Fluid – Back in Business (Progressive Metal/Fusion)

18 May:

Mustakettu – Reformed Honest Men (Folk Metal)

Storm Seeker – Beneath in the Cold (Folk Metal)

20 May:

Power Tale -Огненный бог Марранов (Power Metal)

21 May:

Divisiv – Adharma (Gothic Heavy Metal)

22 May:

Knights of Round – In the Light of Hope (Power Metal)

Concerto Moon – Ouroboros (Neoclassical Power Metal)

Mesmerizer in Flames – Legend of Victory (Progressive Power Metal)

24 May:

Visigoth – Bells of Awakening (Heavy Metal)

Stormhammer – Seven Seals (Power Metal)

Enchantya – On Light and Wrath (Gothic Heavy Metal)

Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos (Progressive Metal)

Odyssey – The Swarm (Progressive Metal)

Tanith – In Another Time (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Answer With Metal – Centralia (Heavy Metal)

25 May:

Silent Winter – The Circles of Hell (Progressive Power Metal)

31 May:

Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terror Vortex (Power Metal)

Hidden Lapse – Butterflies (Progressive Power Metal)

Constantine – Aftermath (Various/Shred)

Energema – Magical Force (Power Metal)

Ruler – Descent into Hades (Heavy Metal)

Until Rain – Season V (Progressive Metal)

6 June:

Degrees of Truth – Time Travel Artifact (Symphonic Progressive Metal)

Стожар – Холодом битв в объятья зимы (Folk Metal)

7 June:

Diviner – Realms of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Majestica – Above the Sky (Power Metal)

Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (Progressive Metal)

11 June:

Barad Guldur – Frammenti di Oscurita (Folk Metal)

Farcaster – Farcaster (Progressive Metal)

Æternal Requiem – Rise (Power Metal)

12 June:

Mary’s Blood – Confessions (Power Metal)

14 June:

Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion (Progressive Metal)

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved in Red (Heavy Metal)

Chaos Magic – Furyborn (Symphonic Metal)

Beyond Infinity – Welcome to Infinity (Metalcore/ Melodic Power Metal)

Freternia – The Gathering (Power Metal)

Cremisi – Dawn of a New Era (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Mayfair – Frevel (Progressive Metal)

Nightqueen – Seduction (Symphonic Power Metal)

Merging Flare – Revolt Regime (Heavy Power Metal)

Steignyr – Myths Through the Shadows of Freedom (Celtic Folk Metal)

Starbynary – Divina Commedia – Purgatorio (Progressive Power Metal)

Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Return to Eden (Symphonic Power Metal)

15 June:

Boudika – Chaos Theory (Symphonic Power Metal)

Darksider – Darksider (Heavy Metal)

Dunedain – Memento Mori (Power Metal)

17 June:

Mighty Thor – Ragnarok (Epic Power Metal)

21 June:

Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura (Symphonic Power Metal)

Dreamslave – Rest in Phantasy (Symphonic Metal)

28 June:

Majesty – Legends (Heavy/Power Metal [Pop Metal])

Battle Tales – Lè lèjande dè vêr no (Folk Metal)

Centrilia – In the Name of Nothing (Metalcore)

Harpyie – Aurora (Heavy Folk Metal)

Eternal Breath – World of Chaos (Power Metal)

Stille Volk – Milharis (Celtic Folk Metal)

Dreams in Fragments – Reflections of a Nightmare (Symphonic Metal)

Havamal – Tales from Yggdrasil (Viking Metal)

5 July:

TraumeR – History (Power Metal)

Turilli / Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Symphonic Power Metal)

By Fire & Sword – Freedom Will Flood All Things with Light (Heavy/Power Metal)

6 July:

Velesar – Dziwadla (Folk Metal)

Infinity Factor – Praise the Juggernaut (Heavy/Power Metal)

7 July:

Last Drakma – Here I Am [EP] (Power Metal)

9 July:

Banshee – The Madness (Power Metal)

10 July:

Gradior – Gradior (Heavy Metal)

12 July:

Mind Key – Mk. III – Aliens in Wonderland (Progressive Power Metal)

Visionatica – Enigma Fire (Symphonic Metal)

Intrinsic Souls – Voices of Mind (Symphonic Metal)

Glasya – Heaven’s Demise (Symphonic Metal)

Hollow Haze – Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas (Progressive Metal)

Dream Troll – Second to None (Heavy/Power Metal)

Freighter – The Den (Progressive Metal)

ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit (Power Metal)

16 July:

Empyria – Divided [EP] (Progressive Metal)

Elfheim – Hugin’s Drink [EP] (Folk Metal)

19 July:

Sabaton – The Great War (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellish War – Wine of the Gods (Heavy/Power Metal)

Ривия – Дань героям (Power Metal)

Moonlight Prophecy – Heat Lightning [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

Nightrider – Rock Machine (Heavy Metal)

Mind of Fury – The Fire (Heavy Metal)

Brocelian – Guardians of Broceliande (Symphonic Metal)

Gates to the Morning – Return to Earth (Progressive Metal)

Valis Ablaze – Render (Progressive Metal)

20 July:

Chaos over Cosmos – Chaos over Cosmos [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

21 July:

Finis – Finis [EP] (Power/Folk Metal)

25 July:

Morke – Melancholia (Symphonic Gothic Metal)

Control the Storm – Forevermore (Power Metal)

26 July:

The Trigger – The Time of Miracles (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Forlorn Hope – Over the Hills (Heavy/Power Metal)

Arcane Tyrant – War at the Edge of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellscream – Hate Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

27 July:

Stormrider – What Lies Within [EP] (Heavy Metal)

Cantus Levitas – Auf Grund (Folk Metal)

30 July:

Desert – Fortune Favors the Brave (Heavy Power Metal)

1 August:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 August:

Narnia – From Darkness to Light (Power Metal)

NorthTale – Welcome to Paradise (Power Metal)

Crystal Ball – 2020 (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Finsterforst – Zerfal (Post-Black/Folk Metal)

Egor Lappo – Azimuth (Progressive Metal)

Levania – Episode 0 [EP] (Gothic Metal)

3 August:

Sellsword – …Unto the Breach (Power Metal)

8 August:

Retournelle – Эхо времени (Gothic Metal)

9 August:

Unprocessed – Artificial Void (Jam/Progressive Metal)

Hemina – Night Echoes (Progressive Metal)

14 August:

Ark Royal – Arise [EP] (Power Metal)

16 August:

Hammerfall – Dominion (Heavy/Power Metal)

Dialith – Extinction Six (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tarchon Fist – Apocalypse (Heavy Metal)

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Power Metal)

Parallel Dimension – Angular Perceptions (Progressive Metal)

23 August:

Equilibrium – Renegades (Epic Folk Metal)

Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L. (Power Metal)

Scimitar – Shades of Man (Pagan Metal)

Cemican – In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli (Progressive Power/Folk Metal)

Shiver of Frontier – Can You See the World? (Power Metal)

Ivory Tower – Stronger (Progressive Power Metal)

Astralium – Land of Eternal Dreams (Symphonic Power Metal)

Helvetets Port – From Life to Death (Heavy Metal)

30 August:

Tarja – In the Raw (Symphonic Metal/Rock)

Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers (Symphonic Power Metal)

Elvenking – Reader of the Runes: Divination (Power/Folk Metal)

1 September:

Ancient Empire – Wings of the Fallen (Heavy Metal)

Khepri – Bellymetal Vol. 2 (Progressive Metal {Middle Eastern})

2 September:

Unbound – Prophecy (Power Metal)

3 September:

DEgITx – Digital Hell (Electronic Power Metal)

Metatron – Romelin (Symphonic Power Metal)

Shades of Sorrow – Paradox (Melodic Heavy Metal)

5 September:

Beyond the Labrynth – Brand New Start (Heavy Metal) [EP]

6 September:

Stevie D feat Corey Glover – Torn From the Pages (Hard Rock/Funk Metal)

Sonata Arctica – Talviyo (Power Metal)

Divided Multitude – Faceless Aggressor (Progressive Metal)

Everfrost – Winterider (Power Metal)

Liv Sin – Burning Sermons (Heavy Metal)

Transylvania – II (Heavy Metal) [EP]

13 September:

The Hu – The Gereg (Mongolian Folk Metal)

Centurion – Centurion (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Saint Deamon – Ghost (Power Metal)

Wasted – Electrified (Heavy Metal)

14 September:

Heaven Denies – The Essence of Power Pt. 1 (Power Metal)

20 September:

Gus G – Live in Budapest – Part 1 (Heavy Metal/Shred) [EP]

Ereb Altor – Jartecken (Viking/Black Metal)

Holy Dragons – Unholy and Saints (Heavy Power Metal)

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Heavy Metal)

Michael Schenker Fest – Revelation (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Soul of Steel – Rebirth (Power Metal)

Waterland – Darklight in Riverwood (Power Metal)

Crow’s Flight – Storm (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Dead Kosmonaut – Recviem (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Mystery Blue – 8RED (Heavy Metal)

23 September:

Beyond Forgiveness – Live to Tell the Story (Symphonic Metal)

25 September:

Cerebellar Rondo – The Realizing (Power Metal)

27 September:

DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal (Power Metal)

Wind Rose – Wintersaga (Power/Folk Metal)

Excalion – Emotions (Power Metal)

Borknagar – True North (Viking Metal)

Prime Creation – Tears of Rage (Heavy Metal)

Starborn – Savage Peace (Power Metal)

Vorna – Sateet Palata Saavat (Pagan Metal)

Sarpedon – Before the Nightingale Sings (Progressive Metal)

Sleeping in Traffic – That Which [Saves]/[Destroys] Us (Progressive Metal [Dual EP]

Vortex – Them Witches (Heavy Metal)

1 October:

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

2 October:

Sereptah – Acoustic (Progressive Power Metal)

4 October:

Iron Kingdom – On the Hunt (Heavy Metal)

Chur – Four-Faced (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)

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

Induction – Induction (Power Metal)

Aerodyne – Damnation (Heavy Metal)

Rexoria – Ice Breaker (Heavy Metal)

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)

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]

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)

8 November:

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

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

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Heavy Metal)

Terminus – A Single Point of Light (Heavy 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)

Scarleth – Vortex (Symphonic Metal)

Subterfuge – Prometheus (Progressive 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)

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Power Metal)

29 November:

Coronatus – The Eminence of Nature (Symphonic Folk Metal)

6 December:

Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga (Heavy Power Metal)

Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler (Power Metal)

Power Theory – Force of Will (Heavy Power Metal)

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

Syth – Road To Infinity Review

Score8/10
GenreClassic
CountryScotland
Runtime57:11
Release Date21 Dec 2018
Record LabelNone

In the wake of numerous hiatuses and pain-in-the-ass lineup changes, the independent traditional metal outfit Syth has released another album of considerable quality. Their third full-length release, Road to Infinity, is a well-rounded and fun tribute to classic metal, with especially clear influences from Iron Maiden and Dio.

Guitarists Niall Russell and Baz Fitzsimmons produce many chugging riffs and clean solos and the soaring vocals of Dave Bisset pack a serious punch. Mark Connelly’s skillful drum fills and grooves add a certain sophistication to the music, which seems to be lacking in many classic metal bands. While the best songs are tucked into the tail end of the record, there is no lack of power from the first half.

The album kicks off with the title track, Road to Infinity: a straightforward and steady banger. It builds a solid foundation for the rest of the album, with a catchy chorus and a victorious guitar solo, and concludes with an impressive 25-second-long balls-out scream by Bisset.

The album takes its first turn at Where Valkyries Cry: a fairly monotonous nine-minute power ballad which leaves much to be desired until its final minutes. The next track, All is not Lost, however, more than makes up for the previous song with what is easily the most tasteful solo on the album.

There are two songs that deserve special mention on the album. The Liar’s Eyes will instantly get your blood flowing as it drives energetically until the end. The vigourous Seas of Madness carries on the momentum with a mighty, chopping intro and thrashing riffs. The pulled-back section is a nice layer to build upon intensely into the final breakdown and chorus.

Considerably more tense than the rest, the twelve-minute Demons of the Kirk marks the end of the album. While definitely not the peak of the album, the numerous tempo changes and variety of tone it contains make it an enjoyable ride. This track balances the highs and lows quite well and no one part seems to overshadow the rest. Less importantly, however, the demonic voice effect in the latter half had me cringing a bit. It fails to deliver the impact it intends.

Road to Infinity is definitely an album that every classic metal buff should add to their collection. Furthermore, Syth is one of the best classic metal bands I’ve encountered in a while. They break free of the shortcomings common in the genre; their melodies are relatively creative and there is great diversity among the tracks. The rhythm instruments manage to fill in the blanks with many well-timed fills without upsetting the balance of the band.

Despite the couple misses, Road to Infinity is a hit and exceeded my expectations.

Syth – The Liar’s Eyes

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