Hyperia's third album The Serpent's Cycle improves on the techincal thrash/heavy metal that was established on their 2020 debut Insanitorium and their second album Silhouetts Of Horror. Singer Marlee Ryley has been compared to Kyle Thomas but I'd also say she reminds me of Tony Foresta (on Automatic Thrash Machine), but also Holy Moses' Sabina Classen as with tracks such as Psychosomatic, where she really let's the screams go.
Hyperia play thrash that is virtuoso, melodic but also extremely aggressive, tracks such as Prophet Of Deceit are full of twin axe harmonies, shifting guitar riffs and widdly solos, it'll have you getting your air guitar out in no time, but with Spirit Bandit they have also made sure that your neck will ache for weeks. Hammering out three albums in four years is a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider the quality of these tracks.
The playing is immense, the guitar playing is probably my favourite part of what this bands does, they swirl with complexity and savagery but the vocals are snarling, the drumming lightspeed and the groovy bass riffs are all to be commended. It's got a real feel of Sanctuary before they added the really progressive/introspective parts, the riffs shift at rapid pace on the title track as Trapped In Time puts it foot on the gas for speed metal, a few other cuts remind me of Skeletonwitch.
Rapidly attacking you from all sides The Serpent's Cycle is Hyperia consolidating their sound, the conclusion of the vision, so comfortable now with what they want to sound like they close this album with a cracking cover of Crazy On You, which ups the heaviness but doesn't sacrifice those acoustics, though Marlee is no Ann Wilson, she gives her all within her style. Still love it or loathe it, the rest of this album is ferocious thrash metal with bags of impressive playing. 8/10
Tol Morwen - Rise Of The Fury (Self Released)
Italian Viking Metal, yeah ok I'll go with it, seeing as Roman history had been taken by Ex Deo (though Tol Morwen have a go). Dealing with Emilian (Northern Italian) folklore and a passion for Norse Mythology.
Aeolian - Echoes Of The Future (Black Lion Records)
There can't be a massive metal scene in Mallorca can there? Well Aeolian look set to show the world that there is and that they are one of the brightest stars in it with Echoes Of The Future. It's the third part of their album trilogy that is focussed on the future and how humans have to deal with a planet that is dying, they do this through a style of metal that is intense and technical, progressive death metal that hangs it's hat on the guitars of Raúl Morán and Gabi Escalas slick guitar playing.
HumanKind - An End, Once And For All (ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records)
HumanKind play metalcore that is as modern as it gets, electronics sprinkled behind the grooving, breakdown driven angsty metal. It’s a throwback influenced by bands such as Architects, Bring The Horizon and others, though the band are less than a year old.