Monday, August 14, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Byzantine, Crimfall And Portrait

Here are a few new albums arriving from Metal Blade Records that you need to know about. First up is the latest release from the muscular, thrash metal band, Byzantine. Their new album titled "The Cicada Tree" was released back in July and features the band's most accessible music to date. The new 11-song release begins with the hard-hitting thrust of "New Ways To Bear Witness" as lead singer/guitarist Chris Ojeda injects a renewed energy into the music. The addition of Matt Bowles on drums adds an extra jolt of youthfulness to band along with bassist Sean Sydnor and lead guitarist Brian Henderson. They continue the new album with the chugging rhythm of "Vile Maxim" and the mystical, Iron Maiden-type epic "Dead As Autumn Leaves." Once again they flex their heavy metal muscle with the hardcore delivery of "Trapjaw" and "Incremental," before finishing their new album with the 9-minute progressive metal feel of "Verses Of Violence" and the classic metal of "Servitude," which gives us a reminder of Byzantine's earlier days. To find out more about Byzantine and their latest release "The Cicada Tree," please visit byzantinemetal.com.
 
Next up is the latest release from the Finnish metal band Crimfall. After six years of preparations, their new album titled "Amain" will finally be released on August 25th. Their new 10-track epic album delivers grand melodies and orchestration that will bring you back to the early Roman days of war among nations. A short two-minute introduction piece titled "Eschaton," leads into the grand delivery of "The Last Stands." The four part "Ten Winters Apart" showcases the depth of this band's songwriting and musicianship as the story plays out over this 15-minute epic piece. Crimfall finish up their new album with the emotion-fueled power ballad "It's A Long Road" and the sonic adventure of the nearly eight-minute closer "Until Falls The Rain." To find out more about Crimfall and their latest release "Amain," please visit crimfall.com.
 
Last, but not least we arrive at the latest album from Portrait titled "Burn The World." It will also be released on August 25th and features 10-tracks, beginning with a short instrumental introduction that leads into the blazing fast extreme metal of the title-song "Burn The World." The thunderous drumming of "Likfassna" and the swift guitar riffs of "Mine To Reap" shows the continuous growth in the band's sound as they continue to capture a classic heavy metal sound with their modern releases. Portrait wrap up their new album with the gentle acoustics of the instrumental "Further She Rode," which leads into the intense, power of "The Sower's Cross" and the epic, prog-metal piece "Pure Of Heart." To find out more about Portrait and their latest release "Burn The World," please visit portraitmetal.com.

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