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colin040
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:18 am 
 

Conception have reissued their early albums and some of these new bonus tracks sound pretty dope. Mainly 'Move Closer' (which features bits that would appear on 'Sanctuary') and the expanded version of 'In Your Multitude' are really interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQOpNTVjjqM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y73T7orOu8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR3Lx_0lAkI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpjLR5GVGpQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtj023Pm6Dw

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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2022 4:39 pm 
 

Oh man I never had those albums. That's great news.

Here's some killer prog... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuE_ktC9d8

Heavy, percussive, intense stuff.
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2022 5:18 pm 
 

Calling all power metal fanatics!

Here's the deal : I've been on a power metal kick lately, a genre I haven't bothered with since high school\college. I was quite into pm around 98-01 but fell out of love gradually. Anyway, I'd like to discover lesser known acts from the golden days of the late 90's, early 00's. Bands that did put out some quality stuff, but either disbanded early or were simply forgotten. I am quite familiar with all the big names and some b-listers too.
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Jophelerx
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:54 am 
 

I assume from the dates you've given that you're referring to the more popular European brand of power metal, as opposed to USPM, which was bigger in the 80s and early 90s? I'm not the biggest European power metal person around these parts, but I know some of the lesser-known acts. Do you know bands like Dark at Dawn, Angel Dust, Domine, Existence, and Wizard (Germany)? Those are all somewhat lesser-known acts that released strong albums during the time period you listed. They tend to be on the heavier side of things, as that's my personal preference. I'm sure others such as Empyreal could direct you to stuff on the softer or "flowerier" side of things if that's your jam.
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2022 5:12 pm 
 

I was mainly referring to euro power metal indeed, however I'm open to discovered uspm acts from that era too.
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Zelkiiro
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2022 5:37 pm 
 

Waltz_of_Ghouls wrote:
Calling all power metal fanatics!

Here's the deal : I've been on a power metal kick lately, a genre I haven't bothered with since high school\college. I was quite into pm around 98-01 but fell out of love gradually. Anyway, I'd like to discover lesser known acts from the golden days of the late 90's, early 00's. Bands that did put out some quality stuff, but either disbanded early or were simply forgotten. I am quite familiar with all the big names and some b-listers too.

Beautiful Sin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObxoPhLD9bo

Black Knight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRQKbD6bjgQ

Crescent Shield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx0zuanWrRw

Dawn of Destiny (stop at the 3rd album, they drop off HARD after that)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCsq0nRdgLs

Derdian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZL0jLoqueU

Dreamtale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPPKMSItTZo

Dungeon/Lord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsXSRe9x1Oo

Falconer (might be bordering on being too well-known, but eh)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi0A2LKPA_w

Heavenly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ytDeSJ3f0

Imagika
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWdM66E4d-E

Leverage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1P1Zksj0Ww

Seventh Wonder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDKiemSbFhs

Twilightning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDRZRfAXTMM

Vision Divine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5LPMcJD7Y4

Wildpath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeXQSTqOtgE

Wisdom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaXzK8RPTxw

Wuthering Heights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7hm3gTi9sU
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2022 5:51 pm 
 

Thanx for these recs!

I already knew of Heavenly, Vision Divine, Falconer and Wuthering Heights, the last two veer a bit too much on the folk side of things for my taste. Will check the rest later today.
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MasterOfSin
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2022 10:27 am 
 

Hi,
take a look in some that are i appreciate most:
Insania - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Insania/3103
Cryonic Temple - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cr ... emple/2357
Olympos Mons - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Olympos_Mons/7434
Thy Majestie - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thy_Majestie/2037
Kaledon - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Kaledon/2779
Theocracy - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Theocracy/14509
Power Quest - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Power_Quest/3111
Galloglass - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Galloglass/6252
Dionysus - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dionysus/3031
Twisted Tower Dire - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tw ... r_Dire/495
Domine - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Domine/755
Human Forstress - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hu ... tress/2031
Pyramaze - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Pyramaze/13287
Persuader - https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Persuader/987
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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:57 pm 
 

God it's great to have Conception's In Your Multitude finally. I only ever heard this through Youtube rips.
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Waltz_of_Ghouls
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:27 pm 
 

MasterOfSin wrote:



Persudaer I already knew, great stuff. I have not checked all of your recs yet, but out of the few I did, Domine and Thy Majestie are pretty much what I'm looking for.
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Coastliner
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 3:41 pm 
 

Recommended reading:

"My Journey through United States Power Metal", a woman explains and reviews the nerdiest music genre ever.

Why is that remarkable? Because I thought – and you thought and she thought and we thought – that nerding around with razor-sharp falsetto voices is such a male-dominated profession that every male guilty of it might sometimes feel inclined to hide it in a cupboard. Bye, bye, cliché! A witty and knowledgeable little blog.
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Simfers
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Location: Gatineau, Québec, Canada
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2022 8:18 pm 
 

Dark Forest's new EP, Ridge and Furrow, is wonderful. Love this band, one of my favourite discoveries of recent years.


https://darkforest-uk.bandcamp.com/albu ... and-furrow

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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2022 9:13 am 
 

https://skullview.bandcamp.com/album/legends-of-valor

Jamming some Skullview today. Didn't know they had all their shit on bandcamp. This is pretty killer - they're not afraid to go nuts and just write these big epics with the whacked out vocals. It's cool as fuck.
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The_Apex_of_Collapse
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2022 8:12 pm 
 

Sad to see this once popular thread turn into a ghost town these days. 30+ days since last reply....yikes.
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Zelkiiro
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2022 11:10 am 
 

I don't see folks talking about the new Borealis. It's pretty sweet.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2022 12:51 am 
 

Which Powerwolf album should I start with?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:48 am 
 

Lupus Dei it's probably their most fun, but they are not a band well known for variety... even the last one could be a nice introduction :lol:
i'd only avoid at first Symphony of Sin since it's orchestral and the cover album Metallum Nostrum

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Jophelerx
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:48 pm 
 

Okay, so I tried listening to that new Onward album I mentioned awhile back, and it's...not good. The riffs are pretty decent, but the production is rather wonky - the guitars sound a bit squeaky (like maybe they were too close to the mic? not a guitarist but that's my best guess), the drums are tinny, and the vocals are too low in the mix a lot of the time. I guess that could be good, though, because Robert van War definitely hasn't improved, and honestly from what I recall of his performance on Attika's first two albums I think he was better there. Unfortunate, because some of the soloing especially seems really cool but there's just too much going against it for me to really like it. Looks like Opus's prediction was correct. Hope if the band does any more albums they get a different vocalist and a better producer.
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