Stratovarius: reminds me of very early Iron Maiden. A bit ‘big’ and self-regarding all ‘death and thrones’, and ‘I shall vanquish thee!’ etc... Lynx might like it
Good kind of stuff for when you’re having a karaoke night out in KL, and big power-gittar is everything
Jag Panzer!?: Translates as roughly ‘Hunter tank’, I think! Woah... early Iron Maiden again, cross-bred with Judas Priest. Ooh nice solo with a brief play on a baroque structure... clever/different.
Hammerfall – Nothing here really stands out. The overall is ok though. ‘temples, thunder, etc’ Gawd they do go on...
Manowar – Love the burning chains. More leather than if Alice Cooper owned a 50,000 acre ranch. Very 80’s. Didn’t know anyone still wrote music like this. ‘Warriors, thunder, destruction, pain, Gods’ etc.... there’s a pattern forming here.
ETOS – like 4-chord death-metal. Cute. The vocalist sounds German. Easy listening, complex, interesting, this one could really grow on me. Enjoying the lack of death, thunder, and general wrath-bolts from above
Love the 3:30m-4m section [esp the keys, reminds me of Focus, if they’d cross-bred with the Stranglers!]....
Kamelot - 10+ minutes, not a good omen! Andrew Lloyd Webber makes a musical about early metal, with leggings, lip-gloss and lots of gay dancers. I lasted to 2:30, when it was seemingly going in to a loop
I think I’ll go back to ETOS, and follow some of the side-links too. Very nice recording/engineering on this track too, comes through *beautifully* over my PC. Thanks for that, something I wouldn’t have come across by myself, so great to have suggested. [Man he slays that guitar in the intro!!)
-- Just 1st listen immediate impressions, and much music tends to grow on me [show me a man who even gets Miles Davis within the 1st ten years of first hearing him] --