Warkings - Morgana (Napalm Records)
Their second album in as many years by the multi national power metal unit Warnings and this one moves on from their R titled albums to the stories of Morgana Le Fay in Arthurian Legend. This album is based loosely around the 'mistress of the lost souls' who has joined the Roman Tribune, Viking, Crusader and Spartan to escape the underworld telling the story in four acts, Hellfire, Monsters, Heat Of Rage and Immortal each of them featuring guest vocalist Lacri as Morgana.
Her growls adding to those oh so familiar clean vocals of The Tribune. I'll say that the four songs with 'Morgana' are the best here but the remaining tracks, are still very deeply in that already established Warkings sound. The tracks away from the concept are all based on fantasy and history, the Warkings dealing with Hereward the Wake on Last Of The English, Salamis on Row (Into The Storm) and a man unjustly enslaved, on Shame, delivered their trademark heroic power metal style.
With three albums in such quick succession the Warkings style is perhaps wearing a little thin on Morgana, but Warkings continue to crank out power metal like it's going out of fashion even throwing two covers on this record with Powerwolfs Armata Strigoi and Dragonforce's Cry Thunder rounding out the album, though neither are really needed, Cry Thunder somehow feels less epic than the original. While there's still a call for this style of power metal, Warkings perhaps should go to their separate camps to build up some more tales before going to battle again. 7/10
Ronny Munroe/Munroe's Thunder - The Black Watch (RFL Records)
Ronny Munroe is an established name on the US metal scene having been the singer of Metal Church from 2003 to 2014, he's also been a part of Lillian Axe, Presto Ballet, Trans Siberian Orchestra and recently joined Vicious Rumors as they're new singer. Since 2015 he's also had his solo project Munroe's Thunder.
Jordan Red - Hands That Built The World (Self Released)
Recorded at Cardiff' Long Wave Studios, produced, mixed and mastered by Romesh Dodangoda (Those Damn Crows, Inglorious, Motorhead, Nova Twins, Don Broco), guitarist Dan Baker teamed up with New Device's Daniel Leigh to start writing the songs that would eventually become Hands That Built The World, joining them are Conor O'Keefe (bass) and Dave Fee (drums) both of them formerly of As Lions.
Blakk Ledd - Heavy Metal Fans (Melodic Passion)
Swedes Blakk Ledd are a heavy metal band formed by Tommie and Anders in 2014. As you can tell from the title they are Heavy Metal Fans, what this means is that they are basically a bunch of friends emulating their heroes. These heroes are Priest, Accept, Primal Fear etc adding to their ranks as they searched for a singer, as they found Christer ‘Cidda’ Elmgren, the second guitarist and drummer left the band meaning that this record is all drum programming, and it shows, the drumming is really simplistic, sounds fake and tinny production wise.