A Flame in the Dark Volume 2

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A Flame in the Dark 2015

HAIL, WARRIORS! Check out this power metal compilation!

As some of you may know, I like power metal quite a bit. Some of you may remember that last summer, my blood brother and fellow warrior Frank Zaber and I released a United States power metal compilation album titled A Flame in the Dark. America has a burgeoning power metal scene with a ton of phenomenal bands, many of which we have written about here on the Toilet. We are proud to work with so many excellent people and feel privileged to help spread their music to potential new fans.

Frank and I are thrilled to announce that the 2015 edition of A Flame in the Dark has been unveiled. Featuring 11 of the best American power metal tracks recently released, we are confident that we have once again staked our claim as the greatest US power metal compilation album. We were fortunate enough to retain Matthew Cohen as our artist (you can see the full image here.) The track listing is below, with the artist link taking you to the band’s bandcamp, and the track link taking you to a YouTube link of the song.

  1. CelladorHonor Forth
  2. A Sound of ThunderTower of Souls
  3. Dire PerilPlanet Preservation
  4. Enceladus Ethereality
  5. Judicator Nemesis/Fratricide
  6. Tanagra The Path To Talmor
  7. Everthrone Under A Burning Sky (live)*
  8. Helion PrimeThe Drake Equation
  9. Infidel RisingReflections
  10. Automaton – Æther Flare (live)*
  11. Forevers’ Fallen GraceIron Will

* Videos are only live because there are currently not YouTube clips for the song. We have studio quality tracks for the comp!

Only 600 copies have been pressed, and will be shipped out to bands/contributors. If you want to get your hands on a copy, be sure to find the band closest to you and go to one of their shows! For any of you attending ProgPower, we will be handing out copies for free to anyone who wants one.

Just like last year, the compilation is 100% free. Frank and I do this for no other reason than to help our friends find new fans. If one person finds one new band because of our work, we consider it a success. We believe in our nation’s power metal scene, and want to help spread the fire to as many souls willing to burn with us.

Find any new bands because of A Flame in the Dark? Hit us up on our Facebook page, or post about it in the comments. ¿Por que no los dos?

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    OFF TO FUCK MANY OV DRAGONS! AND AWAAAAAYYYY!!!

    http://atlantablackstar.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/sdsasdfasd.jpg

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Well, now I’m ready to play Skyrim again. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

  • Vote for Jeb

    Cellador is a good.

  • Dagon
    • Vote for Jeb

      Is that one of those tricks where you can use a Phoenix Down on an undead enemy to kill it?

      *shoves self into locker*

      • Come out of that locker friend. You are safe here

        • No he’s not. It’s a trap.

          • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

            Are we locker proof if we bought the TOH shirts?

            BTW, how was your birthday?

          • I normally don’t celebrate it, but you folks were all very sweet and I ended up going out with a lady. So it was great, thanks!

          • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

            Awesome! I normally don’t celebrate it, especially not this year. Does Tay Tay know about this other lady?

          • Hahaha, until she comes to her senses and starts giving small-time metal bloggers a chance, I’ll have to play the field.

          • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

            Small time? You’ve come a fuck long way in just a year. Seeing how the other ones are going, do like the Art Of War said, and just sit by the mouth of the river and wait for the bodies of your enemies to float on by.

          • more beer

            But you have seen pictures of some of these other bloggers. That certainly put`s the odds in your favor.

        • Vote for Jeb

          I’m hotboxing myself with my own farts.

          • Dagon

            Getting high off your own supply.

    • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

      You can also use that and the otherwise useless Hades summon in Final Fantasy 7 to easily kill the Ruby Weapon. #oldschoolRPGnerdfacts

      *saves you the trouble and throws myself in the locker*

    • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

      You can also use that and the otherwise useless Hades summon in Final Fantasy 7 to easily kill the Ruby Weapon. #oldschoolRPGnerdfacts

      *saves you the trouble and throws myself in the locker*

  • KJM

    #StayNina

    That’s all I got.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      #StayMoiraine

  • RJA

    Power Metal is just not my thing – but out of respect to the amount of work that goes into doing something like this, I am going to sample this later today.

    • You can’t sample the new one quite yet, but the first one is up on bandcamp ready to go! Let me know what you think

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Sampling the new one would be damn easy. Just oress one of the links provided.

        • Dagon

          If he only he’d written the article… he would know.

        • I meant like in a bandcamp way haha, the new one isn’t the complete experience. The two live tracks are great but don’t do the studio versions justice

      • RJA

        I think I’m going to have to go with Enceladus as the winner.

        • They rip pretty hard!

        • Lacertilinger

          Anything named Enceladus will get a cursory stab from the Lizard.

    • Dagon

      I did the same. I always try, but I always fail.

  • Dagon

    In all seriousness, as much as I dislike this style of music for completely subjective reasons, I think your job is commendable, not just by putting together the compilation but by your involvement in concert promotion. You are, indeed, a true warrior.

    Still need to be banned though.

    • Can’t win em all

    • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

      He needs to be recognized as a god amongst mortal men, not banned! It’s ok, Dagon, you’re among friends here. You don’t have to hide your love of Angra, Hybria and Tierramystica here, you Brazilians hold the power metal crown.

      • USPM master race

        • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

          Little more towards Brazilian Power Metal nowadays, but hails nonetheless!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I only like Iron Angel, Riot and Manilla Road though.

        • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

          No Raven?!?!??!?!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I do like them. I completely forgot them.

          • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

            You are forgiven. 😉

      • Dagon

        I hope they hold them very far from me.

        • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

          Well, I guess this is good news for you, but some of the worst music news ever for me. Kiko’s staying with Megadeth (which won’t last) and Angra is replacing him. AKA, Angra is more or less dead. 🙁

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    That’s what I’m talkin about, Two Rivers!

    • Dude I’m almost at the end. About finished with book 13

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        That’s a haul, man. The prequel is good too.

        Currently reading the second Farseer trilogy (the tawny man) by Robin Hobb. Very very good

        • really? I kind of hated the prequel. The only interesting parts were the final confrontation and Moiraine’s testing. Then when they tested Nynaeve in the main series, the prequel lost all value to me since the one redeeming factor is now present in the main series.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            I thought it was pretty standard fare for the series, which means pretty good

          • eh, nothing really happened besides Moiraine/Suane being basic bitches and Lan being Lan.

            Since Sanderson took over though, HOLY SHIT. Veins of Gold is single handedly the best chapter of any book I have ever read.

  • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

    Damn good mix! Haven’t heard Cellador past the first CD, though. I thought they broke up after that. Always up for some good power metal, though I never thought much about the newer American PM scene, to be honest. Either or, a power metal salute!

  • You lost my interest at “power metal compilation.”

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    I’m going to need a bigger locker to shove all of these nerds into.

    • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom
    • Good luck besting my steel

      • Super Nintendo Chalmers

        You mean plastic light sabre your mom got you for your 8th birthday that you wrapped in foam and spray painted silver once you joined that LARPing club?

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          I won’t fit in a locker

        • I… how did you…

          • Heroic Iron Boogers Of Doom

            #ToiletSecretsRevealed

  • Hail Randall Thor.

  • Óðinn
  • CT-12

    Randall, you are so fucking suave man. Goddman you are suave. But seriously, that is badass you put the work in to turn some people on to the best power metal the US has to offer, which is a highly underrepresented genre. If you ever release this on cassette, I’d be super down to snag a copy. Also, here’s some Washington power metal for you (if you haven’t already heard of these guys) https://lastbastionpowermetal.bandcamp.com/releases

    • That name sounds familiar. Recs like this are how I find a ton of great underground USPM. I already have my eye on a TON of bands for next year. I think it’s going to top both volume 1 and 2 already.

      I’ll post back here and let you know what I think if I remember. or just hit me up in the Toilet fb group

      • CT-12

        I’ll never join the TOH facebook group, you hear? NEVER!!

        • Lacertilinger

          You might not, but will Mr Crazy Taco of Mexiville, TX?

          • CT-12

            What a poser!! haha

  • Cunt Cunt

    Unfortunately I wont get to check this out until tomorrow. I can and will however sharpen my blade in preparation for some glorious power metal.

    • Please report back on your findings, warrior!

      • Cunt Cunt

        This list was tops! I particularly enjoyed Dire Peril.

        • Dude I got so into Tanagra BECAUSE of making this. Perks of putting together comps is falling in love with bands all over again.

          • Cunt Cunt

            Nice its always awesome when that happens. I’m definitely gunna check out more from most of the above bands, especially Tanagra, they’ll be taking some of my money for sure.

          • Be sure to tell them you found them through AFITD! <3

          • Cunt Cunt

            I shall indeed, the most glorious of all metal compilations.

  • tertius_decimus

    Enceladus >>>

  • all right, i got halfway through this beast before i couldn’t go any further. it’s just SO SAMEY! so serious question: is that how black or death metal sounds to true warriors as well? or does that not bother a power meral fan when the riffs are so good?

    there ARE plenty of good riffs doe…

    • just saw this. Interesting you say that about the samey part, they feel quite diverse to me!

      I love black/death metal, but I would have to imagine that anyone not familiar with the genre would feel that way too.

      If you want riffs, I think Iron Will, the last track, is an absolute riff monster