A glossary of the metal genre names and related terms used on the Iron Skullet blog.
A dull and tedious effort with few worthwhile moments.
Rating: 67 / 100 “Twisting the Blade is at its best when it produces fist-pumping, headbanging old school heavy metal with a gritty attitude. When it delivers, it does it as well as any album in contemporary heavy metal. Unfortunately, the band’s attempts at diversifying the song selection tend to backfire, revealing their relatively limited songwriting abilities.”
Rating: 83 / 100 “In a year when several of synthwave’s founding artists have struggled to create quality music, Overvad delivers a meaningful tribute to the sounds of Synthwave 1.0. His intelligent and innovative approach to songwriting frequently surpasses the repetitive structure of his inspirations, offering a fresh reminder of what made synthwave great in the first place.”
Rating: 87 / 100 “Burn the World represents a frequently explosive effort that sometimes dwindles to embers. Its most compelling pieces occupy the early going, and the level of inventiveness and technical elaboration revealed upfront can’t sustain itself for the album’s duration. Many inspired and exceptional moments contribute to a respectable venture that remains enticing for its duration, even if it’s not enough to set the world on fire.”
Rating: 98 / 100 “Blazon Stone’s fourth full-length album gravitates closer to Running Wild’s ’90s sound than anything from Ced to date, yet instead of complacently following in the wake of the older band’s vessel, Blazon Stone has prepared a hostile takeover. Down in the Dark uses established techniques to challenge Running Wild for dominance of the speed metal seas, and it does so with genuine respect and admiration, even as it boards their ship and sets fire to the sails.”
Rating: 77 / 100 “There’s no denying the technical skill and innovation displayed on Monochrome, which is consistently high throughout the recording, though the album’s brilliance is occasionally curbed by minimal verse compositions, a syrup-glazed vocal delivery, and reliance on uncomplicated hooks. Monochrome reveals its boldest colors when the instrumental compositions are allowed to speak for themselves.”
Rating: 92 / 100 “Retro enthusiasm radiates from the core of every song on Time Machine like the backdrop of a neon-hued discotheque. It beckons to the listener with infectious funk rhythms, brassy synthesizer melodies, and an irrepressibly positive attitude.”
Rating: 28 / 100 “Generally lifeless, frequently tedious, and occasionally embarrassing, Accept has piled on the latest releases from Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with a meaningless contribution to the modern heavy metal scene that does more damage to the band’s legacy than anything else.”
Rating: 97 / 100 “The immaculate and spacious sound production gives every song the audio strength of a titan, and Isidor’s brilliant songwriting exploits the potential to its fullest. 3218 delivers numerous rich and rewarding compositions that tower over the efforts of lesser songwriters.”