Looking forward to 19th October 2018

I am looking forwards to this Friday, which is just over a day away now. The reason? Well, 2 albums I’ve pre-ordered are coming out: Northwards and Amaranthe’s new albums. I’m looking forward to hearing them both in full. I’ve heard a single from the Amaranthe album and snippets of all songs from the Northwards album plus the two video singles. If my CDs arrive on Friday I’ll be surprised and impressed. I suspect that they might come some time over the weekend instead.

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Pre-order: Northward by Northward (2018)

Having heard the first single off this album, While Love Died, I was sold. The band of course features Floor Jansen from Nightwish and Jørn Viggo Lofstad from the band Pagan’s Mind. I have mentioned this collaborative project in a previous post back in March when I first discovered it was a thing. A second single Get What You Give has also been released. The reception seems to be very positive so far, I certainly have enjoyed listening multiple times to the songs. An interesting fact about the album is that Floor Jansen sings one of the songs with her sister Irene (“Drifting Islands“). I can’t wait to put this on my iPod and be carried away.

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Pre-order: Amaranthe – Helix (2018)

I have pre-ordered the latest Amaranthe album, called Helix. It promises to be the heaviest yet and includes vocals from the new male clean vocalist, Nils Molin. The unique thing about this band is that it has 3 vocalists: the multi-talented clean vocals of Elize Ryd, the growls of Henrik Englund Wilhemsson and now the clean vocals of Nils Molin. Nils replaced Joacim “Jake E” Lundberg last year and has been touring with the band since then. I enjoyed their previous albums, so I am hopeful. I have heard a single from their album, called 365 and enjoyed it, so it looking promising for the album.

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Lucifer: Lucifer II

I picked up a copy of Lucifer’s second full length album recently and have been enjoying the classic heavy metal riffs on offer. It has the feeling of a Black Sabbath album but with a female frontperson. Johanna Sadonis is the lady in question and she blasts out the hard rocking songs when she needs to and also has skills in quieter moments too. I’m liking this album very much. Grows on you the more you play it.

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Follow The Cypher

This is the self-titled first album from this band. I got an edition that includes a lot of DVD extras including a documentary and live footage. I must admit this was a bit of a impromptu purchase, I had seen the band perform on a YouTube video and was not convinced. So, putting this disk into the drive and hitting play I was a little bit concerned I might not enjoy it. A sticker on the CD mentioned fans of Nightwish might like it, so I guess subliminally that might have had an influence on my decision to buy.

Well, my fears turned out to be unfounded as I heard more songs the more I liked what I was hearing. My son described them as Nightwish gone-futuristic! He’s close to it with that description, however Nightwish have more of a folk tradition influence this band have more of a rock influence with dystopian lyrics. Interesting and grows on you the more you here it. A great opening salvo from a new band.

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