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Full Album Stream: BattleroaR – Blood of Legends

Storms, swords, legends, and chariots…sounds like epic metal to me.  Greece’s BattleroaR released their new album, Blood of Legends, on 2 May 2014; it’s fresh off the press.  Blurring the lines between epic and power metal, they utilize a wide range of instrumentation to capture their sound.  What I mean by that is they have a full-time violinist.  It adds a folk-like element to their brand.   The songs range from just over 3 minutes to over 8 minutes.  Guitar solos – check, battle rhythm – check, folk infusions – check, epicness – check.  Check out the stream below for listening pleasure.  Don your sword and prepare for battle.

The band’s influences are:  Manilla Road, Omen, Cirith Ungol, Brocas Helm, Jag Panzer, Heavy Load, Thunder Rider, Doomsword, Ostrogoth, Iron Maiden, Manowar, Bathory.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #61-65


A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

#65 Bathory – Hammerheart

”Northern wind, take my song up high
to the Hall of Glory in the sky
So its gates shall greet me open wide
when my time has come to die…”


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The Crimson Dawn is Nigh!!!

150482_10151357089680749_859030940_nEpic Doom Metal. Just read that out loud.  Has a nice ring to it. Right?  Those words, when put together, just thunder with big and powerful awesomeness.  And I would have never thought a band has yet to come to the idea to bring Doom metal, which is already pretty epic in itself, to even more epic levels by adding a nice heroic feel to the music.  Lucky for me Dario Berreta of the Italian Power Metal band Drakkar got in touch with me to tell me about his new project Crimson Dawn.  Well, the project isn’t exactly new as it’s been in progress for some years now (since about 2005), but with only a demo EP under their belts and headfuls of great ideas, the project didn’t really take off with its first stab due to other things known as life surrounding the band members time.  Lucky for us, Dario decided to resurrect the band, and with some line up changes they are geared to release their first full on full length album In Strange Aeons…

I had the privileged to give a listen to an early preview of the record, and am here to tell you that this record is something you should start getting excited about.  Take the fat riffage and soaring vocals of a Candlemass record and add a healthy dollop of Heroic Epicness by way of say, Blind Guardian or Ensiferum and you get Crimson Dawn.  All three of the songs included on the preview I got were absolutely solid and as a bonus, my favorite from the listening I’ve been granted permission to share with you all to rock out on.

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Full Album Streams: Time I by Wintersun

Want to talk about one hell of a wait?  Since the much-loved debut in 2004 Jari Mäenpää, the mastermind behind Wintersun, has been saying that he’s working on the new album and it will be released soon.  Delays, technical problems one after another, and Jari’s perfectionism  led to the perpetual postponement of the new record to the point where it became a joke and a myth in the metal community over the 8 year wait.  Well, finally the album is available for all to hear and it is a very real thing.  The question remains, did it go the way of Morbid Angel?  Well I’m only about 20 minutes into the record and so far I’m finding myself quite impressed.  The size of the scope on the record going by the first couple tracks is already putting their debut to shame.  And this is just part one with part 2 to be release some time in the near future (don’t worry, it’s already finished, just corporate b.$. holding it up).

So, if you like gargantuan heavy metal epics, don’t miss your chance to give a listen to one, if not the most, anticipated album of the year.  Click Here or on the album cover above to go to the stream.  Note: the servers are a tad stressed, so keep hitting F5 until you get through, took me about 1 min.  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!