“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.”

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....

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...
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