“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.”

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...

RIP Neil Peart

I’m pretty late to this one because I don’t often check my RSS feed for Blabbermouth.net. But I checked it this morning – and felt like I’d been gut-punched. Neil Peart, perhaps the most influential drummer of modern times, is dead. He died at...

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)...

The Didact’s Best Albums of 2019

I had a pretty good year in terms of music choices in 2019. Several of my favourite bands released albums, but due to my rather unique living situation and significant amounts of traveling this year, I haven’t actually listened to them yet – to my...

Technometal

I got wind of this track from listening to one of Razorfist’s epic rants. For those of you familiar with SCANDROID and their superb eponymous “techno-noir” cyberpunk album, this one is going to be a right treat: I’m definitely going to have to...

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...

The Great Khan’s horde

Longtime reader and friend of the blog Dire Badger had a very good musical recommendation to add to my epic Monday linkage and videos post, in the form of a new musical project called THE HU. Now, as far as I can tell, this is not a pun based on the name of one of the...

A pure cheese diet

I do love me some power metal, but this is a bit too much cheese even for me: This is the inevitable and logical result of unleashing bands like ALESTORM, GLORYHAMMER, and GRAILKNIGHTS. God help us, what have we done?!?! THE WORLD SHALL DROWN IN GLORIOUS EPIC...

Cartoon metal

I was planning to start this post off with a couple of videos from a really great melodic black metal band – steady, boys, they’re actually very good – called BELZEBUBS. Now, I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; they ARE a bunch of...
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