Top 15 Traditional Heavy Metal Albums #13: Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell

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Recently I started doing series of Top 15 lists and talked about it here. I decided to go with the Top 15 Traditional Heavy Metal Albums. This is a tough sub-genre to classify bands into so I decided to leave out hard rock bands like Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hendrix, G’n’R, and Deep Purple that are almost metal but not quite. I also left out any album by a traditional metal artist beyond 1990. (more…)

Album Review – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

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Amon Amarth has been doing their viking based melodic death metal thing for quite some time now. I count 10 full length albums and all of them pretty decent. That being said, With Oden On Our Side is definitely the apex of the bands discography. It is one of those near perfect albums that can be played over and over without ever getting boring. The albums after it are very good as well but there has a been a noticeably slight decline. This happens with a lot of bands. It blows but most of the time inevitable. The only hope is to somehow slow this decline. You got to give it to Amon Amarth on this one; they did try to give Jomsviking a boost. (more…)

Top 15 Traditional Heavy Metal Albums #14: Accept – Balls To The Wall

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Recently I started doing series of Top 15 lists and talked about it here. I decided to go with the Top 15 Traditional Heavy Metal Albums. This is a tough sub-genre to classify bands into so I decided to leave out hard rock bands like Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hendrix, G’n’R, and Deep Purple that are almost metal but not quite. I also left out any album by a traditional metal artist beyond 1990. (more…)

Album Review: Obscura – Akróasis

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Akróasis is the latest album from he German technical death metal band Obscura. They have had trouble keeping together the same lineup through their now four studio albums. Guitarist Tom Geldschläger just joined before this, their latest, album and even left after it. I would consider that is a high turnover rate.  The only constant since Obscura’s inception in 2002 has been vocalist and rhythm guitarist Steffen Kummerer. This makes it quite impressive that they were still able to come together as one to create as fantastic piece of metal such as Akróasis.

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