Well, we had an admirable run of somewhat, kinda on-time Record(s) o’ the Month posts, but then reality, arcane legal issues and international time zone confusion conspired to make the September post a wee bit tardy. It helps, though, that our ongoing goal of never letting you get comfortable in routines, consistency, or reliability is essentially point number 1 on our Angry Metal Mission Statement, however. That means this kind of stuff fits right into our ongoing longterm goals. A further positive is that September wasn’t exactly shabby when it came to great music, so the delay gave the AMG staff plenty of time to argue, bicker, fuss and feud amongst themselves. This culminated in a dramatic reenactment of the assassination of Julius Caesar by Glen Benton. Blood was spilled, togas were ruined and crosses were defiled, but in the end, the staff writers came up with a list the survivors could agree upon. The funny part about all the bickering is that since I have the final say and take no consideration of what the others think when they don’t agree with me, all those hospital visits and soiled togas were a waste of time and energy. Though, it is nice to see passion in the plebeians. It means they have really have bought in.

Gloryhammer - Space 1992

Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards may be one of the most controversial records I have ever reviewed. There’s some irony to this, since in some ways, it can be criticized as being highly self-aware paint-by-numbers power metal. The amount of backlash and hate that Gloryhammer generates—including from certain silly persons who celebrate the Jørn Lande’s entire discography but think Gloryhammer is a bridge too far—is reason enough for me to hand them the Astral Unicorn Crown of Record o’ the Month glory. But there’s a better reason: Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards is the best power metal album I’ve heard in 2015, and it’s among my favorite records of the year. This cheese-encrusted disc of glory has wormed its way into mandatory listening in the Angry Metal Household, and I feel no shame loving it. Though, I must admit, the final straw in launching it to the top spot was an attempted coup by Steel Druhm, in which he tried to co-opt the record of the month for his own agenda due to my illness! You have only yourself to blame now, Druhm!

Runner(s) up:

Nechochwen_Heart of Akamon1Nechochwen // Heart of AkamonNechochwen isn’t a name that rolls off the tongue, but this one, sometimes two-man band has long held the admiration of Steel Druhm for their gripping fusion of black metal and American folk and tribal music. As good as their early releases are, Heart of Akamon leaves them in the dust, taking the core sound into new dimensions of brilliance. Sometimes sounding like modern Opeth, others like a Dan Swanö prog project, Heart marries emotional music with classic black, doom and traditional metal for a heady, intoxicating mix. This is one of those rare albums you feel compelled to play from start to finish, as if skipping or pausing would offend the Metal Godz and result in a Amaranthe double album. You’ll hear Ulver, Agalloch, Insomnium and even some ’80s hair metal as this epic plays out and you’d be crazy to miss one masterful second of it.

My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery 01My Dying Bride // Feel the Misery – The original masters of soul crushing doom/death return with a consistently well-crafted album touching on all stages of their vast and influential career. So impressed was Grymm that he went on the record asserting “the majority of Feel the Misery proudly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with The Angel and the Dark River and Turn Loose the Swans.” High praise indeed from a long-time fan. The lords of depression are back in that dark, sad place and we all benefit from their collective misery. Feel the Misery beat out some tough competition to end up on this list, including great new Amorphis and The Black Dahlia Murder albums because it communicates doom in a way that so many try to imitate but so few are good at.1

Official Lodged Protests:
Steel Druhm hereby officially protests the shocking and unforgivable exclusion of Amorphis in favor of neon-splattered unicorn fuckery.

Official Response:

umad

 

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  1. Yes, that’s definitely foreshadowing for the new Swallow the Sun record.

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  • Kalsten

    Since I listened to Gloryhammer album, I am not using cheese on my sandwiches anymore. I love that album :)

  • El_Cuervo

    When’s the October RotM going up? It’s getting a bit late now

    • In a couple weeks.

      • sir_c

        Why? What? It’s October already?

    • Meriyas

      Should be up by Christmas.

    • 517H

      If September caused arguments among the staff then October is going to be a battle royale. Can’t wait!

    • FutureBeyondSatan

      We all are awaiting the Golgotha cover art adorning the site.

      • That’s a lost cause right there. Hail Stryper!

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Trivium’s new artwork is going to look really good on the site for October.

        • Click. Baiter.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            That’s Dr. Clickbaiter to you!

  • flaming_froghurt

    2015 has been a great year for power metal so far… Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Gloryhammer, Stratovarius, Orden Ogan, all good to awesome.

    • El_Cuervo

      Well you’re missing the clear best power metal of the year: Serious Black.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Good man.

      • AnnieK13

        I really did like that Serious Black but it has not stuck with me…the Pyramaze I’m still playing.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Pyramaze is a touch better than Serious Black, but I love them both oh so much.

    • CarvedInStone

      Don’t forget Helloween, Serious Black, Black Majesty, Royal Hunt, Civil War, Kamelot, Rocka Rollas, Magic Kingdom, Angra, Tad Morose, Blackwelder, Impellitteri & Symphony X.

      • Jozo90

        Don’t forget Pyramaze as well.

        2015 is a fantastic year of Power Metal, as was 2014…

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          That record is sitting firmly in my top spot for best power metal of the year.

        • Oscar Albretsen

          Yeah, I loved that new Pyramaze. Top 3 PM albums of the year for me are Gloryhammer, Pyramaze, and Blind Guardian.

        • Thatguy

          Power metal – bah, humbug.

      • [not a Dr]

        And Powerwolf.

        • Stop that.

        • CarvedInStone

          I didn’t quite enjoy the new Powerwolf album as much as the last one. Mainly because the new album is nothing more then a rehash of the last one. Only not as good.

    • Levly

      Orden Ogan still takes the crown for me, love the mix of Melodic Death riffs with ballsy Power Metal.

  • Garak

    Before 2015, I didn’t like any power metal. Now I have Gloryhammer, Visigoth, and Blind Guardian staring at me cheesily from across the room.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Just wait until you try Manowar out of curiosity and end up hooked for life.

  • Meriyas

    I really enjoy the nechochwen album, it’s good to see it up there. I’m not much of a power metal fan though, so most of the gloryhammer I listened to met me with a resounding meh. I get the appeal though. Top stuff AMG.

  • Alexandre Barata

    So in the end September was the month of cheese?

  • You wot m8?

    I predict that the October record of the month will be a seventeen-way tie, and will be announced mid-January. Just gonna call it now, to be safe.

  • Lasse Momme

    Deserving winner, indeed. Can’t remember the last time a metal record made me as happy as Gloryhammer did with 1992.

    • Thatguy

      Happy. Metal.
      Who are you really?

      • I don’t get this. Metal should be an outlet that lifts mood, not something that makes you miserable.

        • Oscar Albretsen

          Amen. I don’t ever listen to metal and feel bad. Even the most “down” stuff like doom metal and death metal, I enjoy the music, so that makes me feel good.

          • Thatguy

            I agree – see above.

        • Thatguy

          Of course it should.

          My comment was a joke referring to HNG.

          • Pimpolho

            Happy Nümetal Guy?

          • Thatguy

            Edited – thanks!

          • Oooh. I see.

  • John Mosley

    “… hereby officially protests the shocking and unforgivable exclusion of Amorphis in favor of neon-splattered unicorn fuckery” Best line of the review. This fuckery shall not abide.

  • Levly

    I have to suscribe to Steel Druhm’s complaint. I looooove the new Gloryhammer, but the omission of Amorphis is shameful! Record o’ the month for me – I would have kicked out My Dying Bride instead.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Yep. Amorphis is second for me right after Gloryhammer.

    • Hm yeah. Is Druhm filing an official complaint? I would sign it.
      I mean, come on, that album is sooo good.

    • Good thing you don’t run this website, then. I’d troll your comments for sure.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Only 3 albums showcased? Admittedly you could’ve made some space for Amorphis.

    My personal choice for best record would be Nechochwen, with Mgla and My Dying Bride as runner-ups.

    • Totally forgot Mgla was a September release. Should’ve been in there. I also need to get off my ass and listen to that Amorphis record.

    • The magic number is 3. Anything more than that feels cheap.

  • This is the biggest travesty of justice, art, culture and logic since the White Wizzard debacle!

    • I still think HMG is just AMG on prozac.

      • Eryops

        There’s never been any doubt of that in my mind. Been a while since we’ve seen HMG.

        • HMG and AMG are not the same person. In fact, we’re so not the same person it’s not even funny. If I was the same person as HMG, it wouldn’t be because of Prozac, it would be a confirmed case of multiple personality disorder.

    • Kryopsis

      In a shocking twist that surprised absolutely no one, Angry Metal Guy was revealed to be Happy Metal Guy all along!

    • Coming from a man who celebrate’s Jørn’s entire discography this is hilarious.

      • Not all of it, just his voice!

        • Noobhammer

          Speaking of the glory of Jørn’s voice, we wont have to wait much longer for more of it as he’ll be on the latest, (but hopefully not, though likely disappointing) Avantasia album in January.

  • Genezer

    So internal AMG politics put Gloryhammer on top, but we all know the real RoTM is Nechochwen

    • Harumph, harumph!

    • No, Gloryhammer is. Nechochwen is really good, though. Politics meant that I didn’t do what I normally do, which is to feature the band that has less reach via their label. So one might argue that politics has worked in the other direction during certain months.

  • tomasjacobi

    The abundance of Rhapsody references in the Gloryahmmer review made me give the Italians another chance. After all, how can you not like Rhapsody when you love Gloryahmmer?
    Sure enough, I finally “got it” and I’m now totally blown away by especially “The Frozen Tears of Angels” and “From Chaos to Eternity”. As great as Gloryhammer is, I have to say that every guitar solo sounds sort of pedestrian after listening to Luca shred…

    • Levly

      As AMG says, it’s almost unfair to compare the two guitar-wizardry-wise, since very few indeed are those that can equal the great Luca ;). Also, Power of the Dragonflame remains Rhapsody’s masterpiece for me, although their previous records and their last two are all amazing extraordinary fabulous and so on.

    • Don’t give the band’s early stuff a skip. Power of the Dragonflame is likely still the band’s best record, while the albums leading up to it between 1998 and 2002 are awesome: Symphony of Enchanted Lands, Dawn of Victory and Rain of a Thousand Flames. They kind of hit the skids after the guys from Angra claimed that they didn’t write their own music and they got signed to Magic Circle. So they put out two records that were really lackluster before coming back with TFToA and FCtE.

      • tomasjacobi

        Thanks, I’ll look into it when I get the time. I already heard PotD since it’s on Spotify in my country, but the older ones I’ll have to dig up somewhere.
        I didn’t know about the Angra thing so I just googled some articles about it; exciting with some Brazil vs. Italy DRAMA.

  • Once that unicorn humping, neon abomination becomes the page background, you’ll all be filing complaints!

    • Just means we’ll get the October ROTM in a timely fashion, the background will change, but the actual album itself won’t appear along the column till December.

      • Prepare for retina scorching.

        • Oscar Albretsen

          I dunno. Having Myrkur the last two months was getting REALLY dull. This’ll spice things up.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            I too find Myrkur really dull.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      And we thought that Steven Wilson background was bad…

  • I love power metal. I dreamed about Manowar once. I also love Dethklok. So I will accept a joke band is number one.

    What I don’t get is how My Dying Bride got in here over Ares Kingdom. Nechochwhen is sort of a novelty act but good enough to deserve mention. But My Dying Bride? Booooooring. Ares Kingdom released an album that is uncompromising and awesome. I am sad that apparently no one listened to it just because they refused to make it available for download.

    • That’s an awesome band name: I dreamed of Manowar Once

      • Yeah it’s an ambient dance power metal fusion thing I’m putting together. Our first single is going to be “Riding into Battle on Puff the Magic Dragon”

        • Monsterth Goatom

          That’s a good rhyme.

    • tomasjacobi

      With you on My Dying Bride; I don’t see what the big deal is with that album…

      • MelbCro

        Might have something to do with it being an awesome album.

  • Has anyone noticed the similarity in color scheme between the Gloryhammer
    and White Wizzard covers? How far up does this thing go??

    • I hear God and Satan were having a conversation about how you had this awesome faith in metal and God was all “I bet I can shake that faith” and Satan was all “bring it on”

    • Iain Gleasure

      I love how Druhm is stealing Mike Eckman’s idea from the original Gloryhammer review. In addition, Druhm decried and attempted to stop the comments saying WW and Gloryhammer were in any way related. What has changed Druhm? What has changed…?

      • Gloryhammer is people!

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Don’t forget part pirate because Alestorm. I’m sure that will quell the rage a little bit!

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Speaking of that, To Mega Therion turned 30 this year!

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            I know!!! I thought about writing it up but what hasn’t been said about it for thirty years now?

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            That it’s a bad album is about the only stone left unturned there, but that’s because anyone who tried to legitimately argue that collapsed under the sheer weight of their objectively wrong opinion and disappeared into some void somewhere forever.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            HR Giger’s aliens are real. And they killed all those people.

      • “Plagiarism runs rampant” on Angry Metal Guy will be the next tagline after “snobbery.”

        • A few months from now when all the drama dies down, I’mma gonna steal that line.

    • Eryops

      Only someone who has both these album covers on the ceiling above their bed would notice something like this. I think we have a secret fan in our midst.

      • No room. My ceiling is all Samantha Fox all the time.

    • Someone already said that, you’re just trolling.

  • Pimpolho

    My Guts Like Akamon. Soulful, Honest, Occult, Ultra Lionhearted, Dimensional. Has A Very Effective Woe On, Naturally.

    Mgla should have won.

  • Pimpolho

    I luuurv the new My Dying Bride. It’s good to see it here.

  • Iain Gleasure

    I think Druhm is experiencing the rage,
    the astral rage,
    the astral rage of cosmic dwarves from Aberdeen!

    • I’m crying silver tears of elvish wengeance as we speak.

      • Iain Gleasure

        Don’t worry, your pain will end soon. The Hootsman is a cyborg powered by a neutron star!
        The only way to save the galaxy is to destroy planet Earth and all Dundee!
        He detonates his neutron destroys all human life!

    • IronMaidenaregods

      Brilliant

  • De2013

    Whut???? No.
    Nechochwen yes.

    • Wilbur Teegrus

      Easily my AOTY actually…I’ve been non-stop full-playing this Nechochwen record. It’s amazing!

  • Kryopsis

    I actually saw this coming and, if by ‘Record o’ the Month’ you mean the amount of incredulity this controversial decision generated, that is indeed a record that can’t be beat! Seriously, that record-setting album has a song about Arnold Schwarzenegger being the king of California. I still don’t know how I feel about it.

    • I feel great about it. We’ll see how I feel about it in two years.

      • Kryopsis

        Just to make sure we’re on the same page (also because I still feel bad about my ‘Contrarian Metal Guy’ comment taken seriously), I don’t actually have anything against Gloryhammer or this album. It’s a celebration of a lot of things I quite dislike in Power Metal, mainly the themes, over-reliance on synths and ridiculous over-the-top vocals. Still, that doesn’t make a bad album and I can definitely understand people liking it. That’s the thing about good pastiches, they have a very specific target audience. I never liked Manowar and haven’t returned to Rhapsody in years so Gloryhammer is probably not for me.

        I personally love Power Metal and it has a special place in my heart since my own journey into heavy music started with Helloween. In fact, one of the reasons I like this blog so much is because many of the contributors, including yourself, Mr. Druhm and Diabolus in Muzaka are not above giving a good Power Metal album due praise. AMG is one of the few Metal blogs which doesn’t necessarily scoff at wankfest solos and dragon-themed lyrics delivered through falsettos, which means I don’t just visit for the TRVE KVLT satanwinterdarkness stuff. Over the years, I discovered some pretty damn good albums via this blog, like 2014’s Elvenking record and this year’s Orden Ogan and, so I am always excited about Power Metal coverage. I just don’t think Gloryhammer is AotM material, but that’s just me.

        • Orden Ogan > Gloryhammer

          • Monsterth Goatom

            Odin’s Organ > Orden Ogan

          • Steel Druhm likes Jørn, therefore his opinion is irrelevant.

            Who needs math when you have formal logic?

        • I love power metal, but for me it’s very hit or miss. Gloryhammer hits all the right buttons for me, even if it’s an intentional cheesefest. You know these dudes love it as much as we do, and that’s why it works for me.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Great pick! I’d never even heard of Gloryhammer before reading that review, but now I just can’t get enough. I also tracked down their first album “Tales from the Kingdom of Fife,” which, although not quite as good as 1992, is excellent as well. The tongue in cheek approach actually makes the lyrics more interesting than with most other fantasy metal bands, and most importantly, the music is relentless, catchy, and fun. I’m always bobbing my head and singing along. I also really loved the new albums from Amorphis and Riverside.

  • AnnieK13

    Wow! I love the Gloryhammer but I also loved the Amorphis and Nechochwen. In all honesty it would have been a very hard choice for me..but I think I might have leaned just a bit more towards the Amorphis.

  • Mark Hunt

    Are you guys gonna do a review of the new Gazpacho album? I rather enjoyed some of their earlier outputs, but have not yet listened to their latest one.

    • Thatguy

      You are trolling, surely…..or pathetically seeking to curry favour with AMG in the hope of replacing the upstart SD!

  • Nechochwen snubbed! Ye Olde Metal Godz are in a tizzy.

    • It is foretold that should Nechochwen be snubbed, 2016 will become the year Nu Metal and Grunge united to destroy all that is good. It is known.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        In the distant future of the year 2016,
        War has returned to the galaxy!
        A new hero arises to do battle with the forces of evil!
        Behold, Steel “Justice” Druhm and his Hammer of Dooooom!

    • They’ll feature just fine for many writers at the end of year, I assume. I like it, but I don’t like it better than Gloryhammer yet. I haven’t had _time_ to like it better than Gloryhammer because I’ve been so busy listening to Gloryhammer.

    • mtlman1990

      Ya. That was by far the best album of the month. One of the best this year.

  • Thatguy

    Good try SD…..but it’s his party and he can (make us) cry if he wants to.

    He’s wrong though.

    • My coup may have failed, but the fire still burns.

  • Where is the new Panopticon in all of these fancy record ‘o the month reviews? Or Thy Catafalque? Oooh it makes me so itchy darn you. MDB glad to see but….humpy?

    • Pimpolho

      They are both from October, mate.

      • Rightey! So, why weren’t they RotM in October? One of them that is my good man.

        Humpey!

        • We haven’t had RoTM October yet! Also I totally missed Thy Catafalque otherwise I’d have been all over that like a body condom. Will be a “Things You Might Have Missed” no doubt.

  • Art Saves

    IMO September hasnt had that many great releases, and to my surprise I’ve probably been listening the most to the new Bring Me The Horizon album so I guess that one is my top one.
    Close followed by Iron Maiden, My dying bride and Graveyard.

    • I really don’t like Graveyard. I’m not sure I get the appeal. They’re well-loved, but they just sound like a kind of copy and paste retro hard rock band.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Me too though I can see the appeal, they’ve got a sound and solid songs but there’s the shameless Jeff Buckley worship which makes me wanna stab things, and if you’re in the mood for retro there are so many better options Opeth(even Heritage), Sahg, monster magnet etc etc

  • Pimpolho

    By the way, you guys really should review the Amaranthe b-side that was just released. It’s fantastic.

  • IamRipper

    Great choice. Your review was definately forged in the heart of celestial fire.

  • Ernesto Aimar

    Gloryhammer better than BG, Angra, and Orden Ogan releases…..just sounds like a bad joke. Even the new Strato is better than this.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Gloryhammer is definitely good fun but Nechochwan is such a powerful piece of work and would’ve been my pick.
    Still I think Gloryhammer will make a better backdrop for the site :).

  • Innit Bartender

    thanks for putting Nechochwen here: september has been a mess and I totally missed it!! What a waste woulda been. Thanks again!

  • I’m disappointed that greatness of a cover isn’t glorifying the backdrop on the site yet.

    • Dackad

      I don’t know if the world is ready for that much purple cheese.

      Then again, we did get Voivod’s Target Earth in all of its glory(hammer).

  • Shawn Cypher

    I was about to protest and then I realized this is September’s — man.. you guys are going to have an awful hard time picking October’s ROTM.

    Gloryhammer and MDB are very good though, I bought both of them the day they came out! There’s so much good music this half of the year.

    • Shawn Cypher

      I somehow missed the release of Amorphis. After previewing and reading review — I just bought that.. ugh. I need a second job.

  • This still gals me, but the fire still burns….