101 Rules for… Power Metal

December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

1. You have one goal: be epic.
2. Let no sound be lonely. If there’s a guitar solo, harmonize it. If there’s singing, make it a choir.
3. Keyboards offer a way to add thousands of different textures to a song. Find two of those that you like and use them on every song you write.
4. In a power metal world, everything steel is good, and anything good must be compared to steel.
5. You are not bound to sing about Satan, evil, and/or darkness.
6. You are bound to sing about dragons, freedom, and/or power metal.
7. Remember how no sound should be alone? Same goes for albums. Everything can have a sequel!
8. You are allowed to be blonde.
9. Swords enhance your credibility and your performance. Be sure to carry one regardless of whether or not you know anything about using one.
10. Pick a theme and stick to it. Manowar are warriors of true metal, and they don’t get to sing about anything else. Rhapsody has their Algalord chronicles. HammerFall has their steel, hammers, and Templar. Running Wild has pirates. Blind Guardian has Tolkien. None of them are allowed to sing about anything else. « Read the rest of this entry »

3 Inches Of Blood – Fire Up The Blades (2007)

May 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: 3 Inches Of Blood
Album: Fire Up The Blades
Year: 2007
Type: Full-Length
Label: Roadrunner Records
Genre: Power/Heavy Metal
Origin: Canada
(Vancouver, British Columbia)

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Black Tide – Light From Above (2008)

May 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

Artist: Black Tide
Album: Light From Above
Year: 2008
Type: Full-Length
Label: Interscope Records
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal, Metalcore
Origin: United States
(Miami, Florida)

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