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Best Metal Newcomers Of 2013 Explored: Part 5

For our 2013 year-end awards we included a category for best “newcomers” – those bands that released debut albums well worth hearing.

To help get you acquainted with the best new talent releasing albums you may have missed, we’ll be looking at each of the bands nominated for the “best newcomer” category by our staff. Today, senior reviewer Progressivity_In_All looks at:

Damnation Angels

With one of the coolest names of the incoming class of 2013 bands, Damnation Angels strikes hot at the anvil of heavy metal to forge their sound out of equal parts power and symphonic metal. Hailing from Doncaster, England, a tag-team of brothers handle the drums and guitar: Will and John Graney, Stephen Averill handles bass guitar, and Per Fredrik 'PelleK' Åsly contributes impassioned clean vocals with a powerful voice that can pace about anywhere within a four-octave range with no problem.

The debut album, "Bringer of Light" (reviewed here), landed the band a prestigious opening spot on the main stage of 2013's ProgPower USA festival, where a stateside audience greeted Damnation Angels' debut in the country.

The sound of Damnation Angels is one steeped in tradition, and a damn fine iteration of it at that. When not involved with Damnation Angels, lead vocalist PelleK has his own self-titled project that he writes for, releasing a bombastic Christmas album just before this last Christmas (on the cover art, Santa Claus is riding a giant fire-breathing dragon). Fast on track to become the next Timo Kotipelto, young PelleK is leading Damnation Angels into the future with style into what will be their next record, "The Valiant Fire," which was announced to the ProgPower USA crowd during the exclusive performance of "Finding Requiem" from the album.

If you want to see more of the best new talent 2013 had to offer, be sure to check out the previous entries:

Part 1 - covering Witherscape, Gloryhammer, and Cnoc An Tursa
Part 2 - covering Vista Chino, The Resistance, Raven Lord, Skan, and Lord Dying
Part 3 - covering Avatarium, Gloryhammer, Bane of Winterstorm, Artlantica, and Heavatar
Part 4 - covering Gloomball, Damnations Day, Vista Chino, and Beezelfuzz

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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