The genre of Thrash Metal was made popular in the late 1980’s by bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Sodom, Destruction, Kreator etc. While the American thrash giants suffer from the lack of quality releases in recent times, their German counterparts are still going strong with their brand of Teutonic Thrash. Last year saw two top notch albums from Kreator and Destruction. Sodom, the other Teutonic thrash king is not far behind.
Every once in a while, there comes a band which cannot be put under a single category. Not bands that incorporate elements of other genres in one or two of their songs, but bands that showcase a blend of styles in their overall sound. Fans of Heaven Shall Burn might be familiar with this, but for those who are uninitiated, this is a band that plays a mix of Metalcore and Melodic Death Metal. In their releases so far, the band had more of a Metalcore sound with a slight hint of Melodic Death Metal. But in their recently released seventh full length, more emphasis is laid on the later.
Christopher Bowes, is the lead singer of Scottish Pirate Metal band Alestorm – the band that brought tales of pirates to metal. So what does this guy do when he is not plundering the high seas while brandishing the jolly roger? If his new side project Gloryhammer is anything to go by, he probably straps on his knight armor and charges forward into battles of fantasy medieval kingdoms.
Amorphis are a well known band from Finland, that started out as a Death / Doom Metal band and moved on to Melodic Death Metal through the timeline of their career. In their recent avatar, Amorphis have adopted the Modern Metal approach to the music, i.e, heavy and complex riffs accentuated by melodic and clean vocals. They are known to bring a lot progression to their sound with the use of folk instruments and for the quality that they maintain in their releases.
Ghost B.C. are a band that many of you may be familiar with or atleast heard of. In 2010, they released their debut Opus Eponymous to rave reviews. This album had almost unanimous praise from the metal community and it was hailed as one of the best debut albums of all time. This year, Ghost B.C. are ready to release their second album Infestissumam through Loma Vista Recordings. Will Ghost B.C. continue their successful run with their second album? Or will they disappoint?