Symphonic Metal Reviews

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 »

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful ()
25th March 2015 -

Nightwish are arguably one of Finland’s biggest musical exports. The band have been at the forefront of the development of symphonic metal over a 19 year career and now in 2015 the band are set to release their eight studio record, Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Does this new offering by Nightwish continue the band’s choke hold on the symphonic scene… Read More »

Delain The Human Contradiction Album Cover
Delain – The Human Contradiction (, )
21st May 2014 -

The Human Contradiction is the third release in as many years from Dutch symphonic metallers Delain. While this shouldn’t be something to complain about, surely with such a rapid release of music, the quality will be affected. Right? Well actually the answer is no. Getting off to a blinding start; ‘Here Comes the Vultures’ has an eerie, ethereal feel to it as Charlotte Wellbury’s… Read More »

Within Temptation Hydra Artwork
Within Temptation – Hydra (, )
22nd January 2014 -

Over the last decade, Within Temptation have undergone something of a transformation. When they first hit mainstream attention in the UK with the release of The Silent Force in 2004, they were very much a symphonic metal act, with a sound somewhat more geared to give them success in the European mainland than in the likes of the UK and… Read More »