Avatarium: Hurricanes and Halos

I recently bought this album, having heard and liked a few tracks from their previous album The Girl With The Raven Mask (the second album from the band). It’s very good, reminds me in some ways of Deep Purple, I think its the blues overtones and the use of keys. But I like the album a lot and hope to hear more of their work, I may pick up their earlier albums.

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Arch Enemy – Will To Power

I pre-ordered this album and it came on Friday. I’ve been listening to it a lot this weekend and I have to say it is brilliant! If you haven’t heard any Arch Enemy before (where have you been?) then you can do a lot worse than start with this album. I thought the last album As The Stages Burn! would be hard to beat but by God, they’ve done it.

New purchase of an old album

Yesterday I found a copy of City of Evil by Avenged Sevenfold. I hadn’t heard it before, there are some long songs on it! Seems like a good album though, I admit I don’t know where it sits in comparison to their others, I like listening to Nightmare and I thought Hail to the King was sublime. City of Evil was their third album.

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Nightwish reveal 2018 plans

It’s been a bit of a fallow period for news on here recently but I did hear some good news from Floor Jansen’s Twitter feed the other day. The band begin a 9 month world tour in March 2018, starting with 34 shows in North America. The tour is being called Decades and it will feature music from the band’s history but with a new twist. Their record label Nuclear will also be releasing a 2 disk compilation CD called Decades as well, this will be out on the 9th March 2018.

Nervosa replace drummer

 

I heard this news the other week, the excellent all female Brazilian thrash band Nervosa have replaced their previous drummer Fernanda Terra with a new drummer Jully Lee. The only thing I’ve read about the change is that it was due to personal and musical differences, which doesn’t say anything really.

Addendum: OK, I got confused here, Nervosa did change drummer but Jully Lee had already been replaced by Pitchu Ferraz and this was old news from 2012 and I didn’t spot the dates. The news was that during 2017 Luana Dametto had replaced Pitchu Ferraz. 

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Upcoming: Kroh

I have read about this band in Metal Hammer and have watched a few videos on YouTube. I am excited about the band, they have a unique sound largely due to their Polish vocalist Oliwia Sobieszek (I have no idea how she pronounces her surname but I assume Oli-via is how you say her forename). The band are from Birmingham and have a doom laden sound with ethereal vocals. Their album Altars is out. They are playing the UK’s Bloodstock festival in August. I look forwards to hearing and reading more about this band.