Symphonic Metal Reviews

Chthonic – Battlefields of Asura (, , )
28th September 2018 -

Things have been quite busy for the guys in Chthonic. Although there has been no new album since 2013’s immense Bú-Tik, an acoustic album and feature length film have come since, all while frontman Freddy Lim has been working as a politician, having been elected to Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in 2016. This has given the other members a chance to… Read More »

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (, , )
3rd May 2018 -

It’s been 8 years since Dimmu Borgir last released an album. The landscape of metal and extreme metal especially has changed considerably. Anticipation was undeniably high for new music from Dimmu, but it is hard to know at this stage if that anticipation was justified. Eonian, will, without doubt, be a divisive album among fans, depending on which side of… Read More »

Tarja The Shadow Self Album Cover
Tarja Turunen – The Shadow Self ()
23rd August 2016 -

Tarja Turunen’s fifth solo venture ‘The Shadow Self’ sheds a stunning new light on her endless talents.

Avantasia Ghostlights Album Cover
Avantasia – Ghostlights ()
19th April 2016 -

Avantasia’s ‘Ghostlights’ still gloriously illuminate the way for rock opera.

Cradle Of Filth – Hammer Of The Witches (, , )
13th July 2015 -

Cradle of Filth. Named by Noel Fielding (through his character Richmond Avenal) as “one of the best contemporary darkwave bands in the world” in The IT Crowd, the group have struggled to justify such a title in recent years with constant lineup changes underpinning lacklusture songwriting and poorly received attempts at experimentation. Now, though, Dani Filth has brought in two… Read More »