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Username Valdis   (number: 11782)
Name (Nick) Sisslith  (ex-Valdis23)
Average of Ratings 80.1 (448 Albums)   [ Rating detail ]
Join Date 2014-10-16 00:08 Last Login 2017-11-18 21:14
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"If music be the food of love, play on"

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Artist name Genres Country Albums Votes Date
preview Inferitvm Black Metal Spain 2 1 2017-10-13
preview Genocide Generator Grindcore, Brutal Death Metal, Industrial Metal Germany 2 2 2017-09-18
preview Tyakrah Atmospheric Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal Germany 2 2 2017-09-15
preview Brünndl Pagan Black Metal Italy 2 2 2017-09-14
preview Fellwarden Atmospheric Black Metal, Blackgaze, Post-Rock United Kingdom 1 1 2017-09-07
preview Mediis Tenebris Depressive Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal France 1 1 2017-09-01
preview Codeia Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock Germany 1 1 2017-08-31
preview SaaR Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post-Rock France 1 1 2017-08-31
preview Wampyrinacht Black Metal Greece 1 1 2017-06-01
preview Gentaro Satomura Neoclassical Metal, Shred Japan 2 1 2017-03-26
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cover art Artist name Album title Release date Rating Votes Date
Wintergedanken preview preview Wintergedanken 2017-10-22 70 1 2017-10-23
W2246​-​0526 preview preview W2246​-​0526  [EP] 2017-10-20 55 1 2017-10-22
The War of the Witches preview preview The War of the Witches  [EP] 2016-11-05 65 1 2017-10-13
The Warlock preview preview The Warlock 2015-10-31 - 0 2017-10-13
III preview preview III 2017-06-08 55 1 2017-10-04
Soul in Sight preview preview Soul in Sight 2016-05-01 70 1 2017-09-28
Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio preview preview Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio  [Compilation] 2015-04-14 75 1 2017-09-28
Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity part 2 preview preview Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity part 2  [Compilation] 2004 65 1 2017-09-26
2 X Again preview preview 2 X Again  [Compilation] 2007-11-05 80 1 2017-09-25
Ragnarok ~神々の黄昏~ preview preview Ragnarok ~神々の黄昏~  [EP] 2016-01-13 80 1 2017-09-23
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preview  Dream Spirit  -  preview  将·军 (2017) (80/100)    2017-10-27
将·军 It is true that nowadays metal music has spread throughout the world, and never before had it been so popular. Countries like China, however, still remain quite unknown in the metal scene. Proof of this is provided by the Encyclopaedia Metallum, where less than 300 Chinese metal bands are listed on the database. What is more, very few of these bands, such as “Tang Dynasty” or “Suffocated”, are really known in the West.

Despite the fact that “Dream Spirit” was formed in 2005, they didn’t release their debut studio album, “Mountains and Rivers”, until 2014. Three years later, this Chinese metal band present the world their second work: “General Triumphant”.

As the title suggests, this is a concept album which focuses on a fictional ancient general and his adventures (military, political, etc.). A detailed explanation of the album's background given by the band can be found at the end of the review, if anyone is interested.

General Triumphant consists of 44 min of pure Chinese folk metal blended with traditional heavy metal and symphonic metal elements, although the latter are relegated to a second place. Nevertheless, they are predominant and effectively used in the opening track to set the mood, along with traditional Chinese musical instruments.

On the one hand, the instrumental work is excellent. Every song is well-structured, the riffs and guitars verses are solid and catchy, and the album features various great, technical and melodic guitar solos. On the other hand, and this is probably the major drawback, the vocals feel somewhat lacklustre, even though a wide variety of vocal range is used on the album –even some death metal growls. If I had to pick one song among all, I would undoubtedly choose “Of Daggers and Men”. It is precisely this track the one that encompasses all the assets of this record: beautiful folk melodies, catchy choruses, solid riffing and proficient guitar solos.

All in all, General Triumphant is an interesting and enjoyable album recommended for folk metal fans and for those who want to discover new bands from distant countries like China. Hopefully, Dream Spirit will make a name for themselves in the following years.

Background information of the album: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dreamspirit-cn/general-triumphant-about-the-album/1522997844431981/

Originally written for: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/将·军-general-triumphant/355039
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preview  Jupiter  -  preview  Tears of the Sun (2017)  [EP] (85/100)    2017-05-26
Tears of the Sun After the departure of bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki, Jupiter released the single "The Spirit Within Me", which featured Rucy and Daisuke playing bass and drums, respectively, as guest musicians. However, it wasn't long before they joined Jupiter as permanent band members. A few months later, the new line-up released their latest work: "Tears of the Sun".

There are several things that quite surprised me whilst listening to this EP. First of all, their music is progressively becoming darker. Unlike many bands of the genre who soften their sound throughout the years, Jupiter seem to have much interest in adding death metal traits -we could already see this in previous songs, such as "Allegory Cave" or "Darkness"- and atmospheric elements into their musical pieces -just listen to the track "The Crucifixion". It is precisely in this song where Zin delivers an impressive performance by blending his tenor voice with death metal growls. Nevertheless, Jupiter's unique sound is still very recognizable, and a great example of it is the title track, in which the initial choir followed by a blast of symphonic metal and the melodic, neoclassical and highly proficient guitar solos by Hizaki and Teru are the band’s trademark.

Secondly, the production, both mixing and mastering, is simply flawless. It is so polished and well-done that it reminded me of albums like “Into the Legend” by Rhapsody of Fire, where it is a noticeable feature. Moreover, the lyrics fit in extremely well with the aforementioned dark sound. Although I don’t understand Japanese, the English verses depict feelings of struggle in our current society, going against the established order and so forth: “Live the pain and keep the struggle alive” or "I don't know why I was given breath, yet I still must go find the answer, no matter what", for example.

Finally, the musicianship is undeniable. Regarding the new members, their contribution is significant and they have their moments too. For instance, the bass in “We Against” and in “Guilty as Sin” or the drumming in the third track. But the symphonic elements and the guitars are the evident focus, and they take the stage.

Overall, Tears of the Sun is a really good release which represents the new phase Jupiter is entering. Not only have they maintained their characteristic sound, but they are also taking a new direction into heavier territories, in my opinion. Highly recommended for symphonic/power metal fans.

Originally written for: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/tears-of-the-sun/342295
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preview  Eximperitus  -  preview  Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchni (2016) (70/100)    2016-06-15
Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha j Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła skroź šaścihrannuju pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība na hipierpawierchni I am not a big fan of brutal death metal, but this album's unusual title and its dark and eerie cover art definitely caught my attention.

Regarding the music, I believe that the vocal work is quite average. In fact, the singing sounds similar to other innumerable bands, and the mediocre production of the album does not help to solve it. Nevertheless, the instrumental work is fairly good and creates an obscure atmosphere throughout the record. Those ephemeral and sinister Middle Eastern melodies are the best part of it.

In relation to the rest of "Prajecyrujučy sinhuliarnaje...", there are many different elements present in the cover art and within the enigmatic lyrics, which must contain hidden meanings and deep symbolism. However, the whole thing seems very complicated, and I do not have the time nor the will to decipher it.

Finally, I would recommend listening to this album only because of its occultism and strange attractiveness. Perhaps, I will listen to it again someday.

An interesting analysis of the title and cover art can be found here: http://canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/explaining-eximperitus
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preview  Symfonia  -  preview  In Paradisum (2011) (70/100)    2016-04-25
In Paradisum This album has been strongly criticised by a huge part of the metal community. It is true that with this experienced and masterful line-up anyone would expect a memorable album. Of course, this is not the case. In Paradisum lacks originality and creativity, its production and covert art are mediocre, the composition is very generic, the vocals are weak in several songs and many lyrics are cheesy and boring. So what? This does not mean that it is a bad album. In fact, it is quite solid for a power metal album. We could highlight the following elements, which make In Paradisum a plain, yes, but enjoyable album nonetheless: catchy and powerful choruses, very well executed guitar and keyboard solos, well-placed interludes, nice melodies overall and some meaningful lyrics.

What we have before us is a power metal album in every sense of the word. This will not be an album to be remembered, a masterpiece or a classic. In Paradisum is just another good power metal album, generic and extremely influenced by other great power metal bands, but entertaining and convincing enough if you listen through it.
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Abschied preview  Maré  -  preview  Abschied (2017)  [EP] (65/100)    2017-11-16
Blackgaze with crust punk/hardcore influences.
Awakening from Abyss preview  Lovebites  -  preview  Awakening from Abyss (2017) (85/100)    2017-11-16
Excellent instrumental and vocal performances, although the latter might be a little difficult to digest at first. A band with great potential.
To Call | To Speak preview  Voidsphere  -  preview  To Call | To Speak (2017) (50/100)    2017-11-16
Too repetitive. Boring.
Reaching Into Infinity preview  Dragonforce  -  preview  Reaching Into Infinity (2017) (90/100)    2017-11-16
1 hour of pure and incredibly fast power metal. This seventh album also includes several progressive passages and some thrash and melodic death metal moments.
Obscurity preview  Dragonhammer  -  preview  Obscurity (2017) (75/100)    2017-11-11
Classic power metal sound.
Return of the Cosmic Men preview  Galderia  -  preview  Return of the Cosmic Men (2017) (75/100)    2017-11-11
Quite a good power metal album.
Subjugate preview  Implore  -  preview  Subjugate (2017) (85/100)    2017-11-11
Furious deathgrind album featuring powerful political and societal criticisms. One hell of a ride.
Darkness of Eternity preview  Amberian Dawn  -  preview  Darkness of Eternity (2017) (75/100)    2017-11-10
Solid and unusual symphonic power metal blended with pop rock and some neoclassical metal influences.
Lionheart preview  Serenity  -  preview  Lionheart (2017) (85/100)    2017-11-04
Epic, cinematic and enjoyable from start to finish.
Back in Black preview  AC/DC  -  preview  Back in Black (1980) (80/100)    2017-11-03
Hard rock classic.
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Life Life (100/100)    2017-08-31
preview  Adagio  -  preview  Life (2017)
Led Zeppelin IV Stairway to Heaven (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Rock and Roll (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin IV Black Dog (100/100)    2017-07-20
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Led Zeppelin III Since I've Been Loving You (100/100)    2017-07-18
preview  Led Zeppelin  -  preview  Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Over Wide Spaces Wings' Motion (90/100)    2017-06-08
preview  Concordea  -  preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
Over Wide Spaces Breathe New Life (90/100)    2017-06-08
preview  Concordea  -  preview  Over Wide Spaces (2017)
oltreLuna [.subLuce.] (90/100)    2017-06-03
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura  -  preview  oltreLuna (2017)
oltreLuna [.Pianeta.Zero.] (90/100)    2017-06-03
preview  Progenie Terrestre Pura  -  preview  oltreLuna (2017)
An Extraconscious Lucidity Pyre of Ascendance (90/100)    2017-05-25
preview  Mare Cognitum  -  preview  An Extraconscious Lucidity (2012)
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Heroes of Mighty Magic Twilight Force Lyrics (23) Heroes of Mighty Magic Lyrics (12) 2016-09-21
Luminiferous Aether Mare Cognitum Lyrics (20) Luminiferous Aether Lyrics (5) 2016-09-16
Malkhedant Elffor Lyrics (11) Malkhedant Lyrics (4) 2016-09-07
A Frozen Flame of Ice Far Beyond Lyrics (6) A Frozen Flame of Ice Lyrics (6) 2016-09-07
Dreamless Fallujah Lyrics (38) Dreamless Lyrics (12) 2016-04-29
Rain Forest Concerto Moon Lyrics (11) Rain Forest Lyrics (4) 2016-04-01
Akróasis Obscura Lyrics (40) Akróasis Lyrics (9) 2016-03-13
From Father to Son Concerto Moon Lyrics (11) From Father to Son Lyrics (4) 2016-03-12
Fragment of the Moon Concerto Moon Lyrics (11) Fragment of the Moon Lyrics (2) 2016-03-06
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