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Nightwish Go in a Folk Direction on Their Double LP 'Human. :||: Nature.'

In the curious case of Nightwish's Human. :||: Nature., the whole is ultimately less compelling than the individual parts it comprises.

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Týr: Valkyrja

Týr write some of the most moving choruses, catchy riffs, and thought provoking lyrics in all of contemporary metal, and their new record Valkyrja is another example of their greatness.

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Helloween: Straight Out of Hell

An epic sound palette and catchy choruses create a solid, captivating 14th studio album for the power metal veterans.

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Dawnbringer: Into the Lair of the Sun God

Into the Lair of the Sun God represents everything that is glorious, vital and welcoming in traditional heavy metal. It also happens to be one of the best metal albums you'll likely hear in 2012.

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Once More Unto the Breach: What Do People See in Sabaton?

Sabaton's strange combination of metal style (power), subject matter (depictions of real war events), image (everyone clad in snow camouflage), and stage presence (goofily jumping around like they're Kiss without make-up), was just too much to bear.

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Mercenary: Metamorphosis

Despite losing half their lineup a year-and-a-half ago, the remaining members of Mercenary are able to retain the band's sound in surprising fashion on their sixth album.

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Angra: Aqua

Brazil's power metal veterans continue to sound better on their seventh album, creeping ever closer to the worldwide popularity they deserve.

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Holy Grail: Crisis in Utopia

New band from former members of White Wizzard delivers good quality power metal with a sense of light-hearted fun added to the mix.

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Fight or Flight: The Dichotomy of Manowar

True metal believers or a mousse-abusing joke? Begrand explores how Manowar, one of the most polarizing and contradictory metal bands of all time, can simultaneously flaunt Spinal Tap-isms and ignite a crowd of 30,000 screaming fans.

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