Dark Forest - Oak, Ash & Thorn

There is no doubt that UK’s DARK FOREST is one of the most exciting Heavy Metal bands in the scene nowadays; their ability to serve traditional Heavy / Power Metal while emphasizing on medieval Folk structures is one of a kind, and is recognizable amongst the tons of the genre’s new releases. Therefore, it happened naturally to me to feel excited for their next discographic venture, titled “Oak, Ash & Thorn”, four years after the epic “Beyond The Veil” that is still in my favorites’ playlist. So, how much has DARK FOREST’s epic Heaviness changed through the years?


Paradise Lost - Obsidian

“Obsidian” gets released as the third part of an unofficial PARADISE LOST trilogy that has watched the band getting heavier, doomier and gloomier, carving a new path on the already impressive history. I feel the need to underline the last part of the previous sentence, and add that the Brits did not “reinvent” themselves, nor did they “return to their roots” to satisfy the rather demanding fanbase. And part of this fanbase was eager to disinherit PARADISE LOST, simply because they followed their musical instincts with a series of albums starting with “One Second” some decades ago. Ok, this may sound “ancient history” to some, so I guess it’s once again time to look your inner demons straight into the eyes, with “Obsidian” being the ultimate soundtrack.


Witchskull - A Driftwood Cross

Channeling the spirit of Metal gods BLACK SABBATH, Australia’s Doomy trio WITCHSKULL is a natural fit to Rise Above Records’ classic Heavy and Doom Metal roster, with whom they delivered 2018’s “Coven’s Will”. Based on how good that album turned out to be, it was with big excitement seeing the needle dropping on WITCHSKULL’s third full length studio effort, titled “A Driftwood Cross”, to see what these fine gents come up with after working in their studio down under.


Lord Vigo - Danse De Noir

Think about it; how many years have passed since the last time you’ve heard something similar / epic to QUEENSRYCHE’s “Operation Mindcrime” or “Rage For Order”? Exactly, awfully a lot. With this in mind, I was as surprised as you probably feel, having realized that no matter how many Metal releases we’ll get these days (and we get quite a lot), bands seem to not have the time (or inspiration?) to invest on time-consuming projects. You see, today’s demand is pushing artists so hard that they’re considered lucky if they have to put out a new studio release every eighteen months or so, if not earlier. So, following that train of thought, I was curious to see what Germany’s epic Doom metallers LORD VIGO had been plotting around their fourth release “Danse De Noir”, which has received the proper vinyl treatment by High Roller Records.

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