I'd have to admit that I found several of the most anticipated releases to fall short of my expectations, but a few managed to meet my lofty expectations. On top of that, a handful of unexpected gems came through as well.
1. Moonsorrow - Viides Luku - Havitetty
I'm a sucker for long, epic songs, and Moonsorrow have outdone themselves with this release. Two songs, 30 and 26 minutes respectively, of the most magnificent Pagan Metal soundscape ever produced, I cannot understate how incredible this album is - a compelling epic journey.
2. Circus Maximus - Isolate
This band's sophomore release took a slightly different approach from their debut, with less prog-metal wankery (not that there's anything wrong with that) and more focus on the melodies. …