Best of 2016: Brat

Top 20 2016 Almanac – Tsar Not since Avantasia, the Metal Opera, has a concept album grabbed me so much. How can it not with Victor Smolski as the maestro; David Readman and Andy B Franck on vocals; and a concept drawing from my heritage. Tsar has without a doubt…

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Best of 2015 – Brat

Top 20 Albums 1. Eclipse – Armageddonize While it’s not metal technically, most of the tracks on this album are heavier and faster than a lot of metal I’m hearing these days. The last few albums have been pearlers and this one is no different. 2. Angra – Secret Garden…

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Xandria – Sacrificium

Reviewed: June 2014 Released: 2014, Napalm RecordsRating: 3.5/5 Reviewer: Brat The first time Xandria entered my consciousness was with the release of the album RAVENHEART. Already a devout Nightwish fan, if was only natural I would make comparisons. While I didn’t dislike it, the album left me wanting. This didn’t…

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Arkona – Явь (Yav)

Reviewed: June 2014 Released: 2014, Napalm RecordsRating: 3.5/5 Reviewer: Brat Slavic sounds formed the foundations of early releases, such as VO SLAVU VELIKIM! and OT SERDSE K NEBU, but YAV’ has moved away from the use of choirs and strings (mostly), relying on vocals, guitar and traditional (medieval) instruments to…

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Best of 2013 – Brat

Best of 2013 – Brat 1. Vandroya – One 2. Powerwolf – Preachers of the Night 3. Suidakra – Eternal Defiance 4. Masterplan – Novum Initium 5. Tyr – Valkyrja 6. Jorn – Symphonic 7. Human Fortress – Raided Land 8. Avantasia – The Mystery of Time 9. Helloween –…

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Best of 2012 – Brat

Best of 2012 – Brat Top 20 1. Bejelit – Emerge The melodies, the songs, the vocals – this combination had this CD dominate my players this year. 2. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity The split into two separate Rhapsody bands hasn’t adversely affected this half. 3. Secret…

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