“We are Forerunners. Guardians of all that exists. The roots of the Galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms… And the impervious shelter, beneath which it has prospered.”

Just… WOW

Just… WOW

Feast your eyes upon the magnificence, the glory, the brilliance, of that cover artwork, lads. That is going to be the cover of the next POWERWOLF album. And it looks SUPER F***ING AMAZEBALLS. As Longtime Readers know quite well by now, when it comes to POWERWOLF, I...
About as epic as it gets

About as epic as it gets

So there’s a new HELLOWEEN album dropping later this year, and they just released the first single from it – a 7-minute sprawling epic called “Skyfall” that, quite hilariously, references MEGADETH and pays great tribute to the...
Imitation is the highest form of flattery

Imitation is the highest form of flattery

So there I was, beavering away at a rather tedious spreadsheet containing a whole bunch of business proposals, listening to an epic collection of power metal, when a track that sounded like AN ABSOLUTE DEAD RINGER for a RUNNING WILD choon popped into the queue. The...
Didact’s Album List 2020

Didact’s Album List 2020

KALIDIA – The Frozen Throne (3.4/5)AEPHANEMER – Prokopton (4.2/5)UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Abyss (4.5/5)FREEDOM CALL – M.E.T.A.L. (3.8/5)FREEDOM CALL – Masters of Light (3.5/5)WISDOM – Marching for Liberty (3.1/5)VIRGIN STEELE – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Pt. 1 &...
The Didact’s Best Albums of 2020

The Didact’s Best Albums of 2020

Despite the massive interruptions caused by the Kung Flu, 2020 was a pretty good year for metal. I listened to a number of truly great albums this year, starting with a follow-up to my favourite album of 2017 which managed the rare feat of exceeding its predecessor....
Happy HELLOWEEN 2020

Happy HELLOWEEN 2020

The days are getting shorter and colder, the leaves are falling from the trees, and today is All Hallow’s Eve – also known as Halloween. Today is usually when kids get dressed up in silly outfits and go around knocking on doors and taking candy. This is...

Now that’s a benediction

Everyone’s favourite corpse-makeup band, POWERWOLF, set about re-recording some of their classic songs recently, and are releasing them as a compilation called The Best of the Blessed. The new songs sound – and there’s really no other word for it...

A symphony of steele

I cottoned on to a New York metal band called VIRGIN STEELE at the beginning of this year, thanks to basically random trawling through YouTube’s metal archives, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them ever since. Now, these guys have a rather...

Didact’s Album List 2019

THE HU – The Gereg (4.0/5) INSOMNIUM – Heart Like a Grave (4.5/5) SABATON – The Great War (4.0/5) ORDEN OGAN – Gunmen (4.4/5) GLORYHAMMER – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex (3.3/5) SCANDROID – Monochrome (3.2/5)...

A song to make ovaries explode

So there I was, cocking about on YouTube on a lazy day, listening to various metal songs, when I ended up clicking on this rather odd-looking thumbnail for a song by a band called HEIDEVOLK. The name sounded vaguely familiar… Where had I heard that one...
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