Here are Metal Utopia’s most anticipated albums of the week!
Josh is looking forward to DragonForce’s Extreme Power Metal, and Druadan Forest’s Dismal Spells From the Dragon Realm:
Folks, these are dark times. And while it may be easy to be cynical about DragonForce’s continued push towards over-produced, ultra-clean, nostalgic-as-hell brand of power metal, I for one look forward to giving this thing a listen. Will it be interesting? In all likelihood, no. But will it be fun and will it make you want to dance and reminisce about the time you almost got 100% on Through the Fire and the Flames on Guitar Hero? Oh, hell yes.
I guess I’m on a dragon theme this week. I have been really digging this (re)emergence of dungeon synth and symphonic black metal lately, and Druadan Forest’s last album, The Lost Dimension, has been a regular for me these past weeks. I’m excited to give this a spin.
Leon is looking forward to Borknagar’s True North. Hellyeah’s Welcome Home, and Runemagick’s Into Desolate Realms:
Borknagar lost some key members since the last album (founding member Vintersorg and drum prodigy Baard Kolstad), but these guys are legendary in the Norwegian scene, and for good reason. I don’t doubt they’ll put out another killer record despite setbacks.
Do you miss Mudvayne, Pantera? Are you ok with replacing them with not even toungue-in-cheek hillbilly metal? Yeah, I don’t know why I even put this here.
These guys have been making killer death doom since the 90’s with a relentless work ethic. This is their 13th album in about 20 years. You do the math.
Rutger is looking forward to Vorna’s Sateet palata saavat:
This Finnish band releases their third album since 2013 and honestly, it’s symphonic black/folk of the top shelf. Beautifully melancholic atmospheres, alternated by intense black metal passages. This record is definitely worth checking out.