Reign of Glory – “All Will Bow”

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Mar 302023

Reign of Glory was born in 2021 when bassist Roger Dale Martin (Vengeance Rising, Once Dead, Die Happy) and guitarist Nick Layton (FireWolfe, Q5) partnered up writing material for a classic metal album with a message of hope and faith in these trying times. They had just released Roxology, a metal instrumental album of hymns, earlier in the year and were eager to do something with a full band replete with singer. Through a happenstance Die Happy reunion interview on Sanctuary International, they got in contact with vocalist Robyn Kyle Basuari (Die Happy, Red Sea). To round out the band in the rhythm seat is Jim Chaffin (The Crucified, Deliverance, The Blamed).

All Will Bow is a solid album that gives a nod to the 80s with a modern execution. The ten songs on the album provide enough variety for this reviewer to enjoy without being bored. The core of RoG’s sound is a solid rhythm section, melodic guitars, and a quite capable vocalist singing on top.

First thing I liked about the album is the musical variety. “Forever and Ever” starts out with a somewhat thrash metal riff that sounded close to Megadeth’s “High Speed Dirt.” But once the drums and bass come in, it calms down a bit, but still quite metal. “Welcome to Reality” is a mid-tempo grooving rock tune that kept my foot tapping. “Samson’s Kryptonite” had RoG move into a bluesy southern rock territory and we have the requisite ballad in “Love Came to Die.” And that was just the first half of the album.

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Jan 102023

First of all, Happy Newyear, wishing you all a healthy, blessed and prosperous 2023

Thanks for your support over the past year, we really appreciate that. The past year has brought us many nice new releases, new bands and fortunately again nice concerts / festivals. We expect 2023 to be even better!

Anyway, a little bit later then expected: But we are having each staff member of our team list their choices for The Top 10 Best Albums Of 2022 (In no particular order). Unfortunately, not everything is delivered on time, so as you can see below there are missing a few top-10 lists.

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TOP 25: Most Viewed Articles of 2022

 Posted by on December 31, 2022 at 23:52  No Responses »
Dec 312022

The year is almost over. Here is a list of the 25 most viewed articles of the past year.

25 – Thy Listless Heart a Doom Metal Project By Simon Bibby (Seventh Angel, My Silent Wake) Releases Video for New Song ‘Yearning’ (article)

24 – Progressive Metal band Tsidkenu Reveals Artwork from Upcoming Album “Apocalipsys Magna”, Preview of Upcoming Single ‘Mi Destino’ Posted Online (article)

23 – HolyName (Ex-Sleeping Giant) Debut ‘Creed (REV Gang)’, Former xDeathstarx Vocalist Eric Gregson Guests, Announces New Album (article) Continue reading »

TOP 25: Most Viewed Album Reviews of 2022

 Posted by on December 31, 2022 at 19:36  No Responses »
Dec 312022

The past year has brought us loads of decent new releases, our reviewers have again written many reviews. Here are the 25 most viewed reviews:

25 – Confessions of a Traitor – “Punishing Myself Before God Does” (review)
24 – Becoming the Archetype – “Children of the Great Extinction” (review)
23 – Kaledon – “Legend of the Forgotten Reign – Chapter VII: Evil Awakens” (review)
22 – Wind Rose – “Warfront” (review)
21 – Volturian – “Red Dragon” (review)

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Ian Arkley – “One”

 Posted by on May 5, 2021 at 15:29  No Responses »
May 052021

Opa Loka’s release of Ian Arkley’s “One” is evidence that record labels can be brave. When you listen to My Silent Wake’s song, “Warhawks” from the album “Damnum Per Saeculorum” – also released on Opa Loka – you get a taste of what’s to come. “Warhawks” breaks the song down to its basic elements and it sounds like it comes from olden times. “One’s” soundscapes dial into the mythic. Mood is favoured over melody and as it is an ambient album, you can expect the pace to be somewhere between the dirge and the glacial.

I am reminded of Sir Paul McCartney describing how different it was to compose “Standing Stone” with full orchestra. Suddenly the palate was much larger, which meant the nuances could be greater. I imagine Ian Arkley having a similar revelation once he let go of the guitar. To be sure, with a plethora of guitar pedals at one’s disposal an electric guitar needn’t sound like a stringed instrument at all, and hearing certain phrases that present in reverse on “One” I wager that the guitar was used, albeit differently. The voice also features, but again it is used to add texture. When there are few words to guide interpretation, you start to listen to other things like how a drum reverberates or how a sound travels within the stereo spectrum of the recording. Is a sound in the foreground, receding into the background? Does a sound drone in the depths of my psyche, only to travel to the front of my awareness over time? Listening to “One” is much like when you stand in front of a painting in a gallery; you’re left to derive your own meaning when confronted with increased levels of abstraction.

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