Τετάρτη, 24 Μαΐου 2017

BASTIAN – Back to the Roots Review




BASTIAN – Back to the Roots
Sliptrick Records
Third album from BASTIAN and I am really happy to present it to you once again.  I had the opportunity to follow the band’s steps from their debut album up to now and I can tell you that this record is similar to their previous 2 releases and yet shows a musical progress especially in the songwriting department.

Τρίτη, 23 Μαΐου 2017

Alexandroupolis Open Air Festival vol.2




Το “Alexandroupolis Open Air Festival” επιστρέφει για δεύτερη συνεχή χρονιά και η Αλεξανδρούπολη ετοιμάζεται να υποδεχτεί και φέτος το δικό της φεστιβάλ! Το Σάββατο 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017, τέσσερα συγκροτήματα έτοιμα να δώσουν παλμό και ένταση στο δημοτικό κηποθέατρο, στο πάρκο των προσκόπων. Sentinel, Bacchanalia, Defision και The Silent Rage υπόσχονται μια μοναδική βραδιά. Την έναρξη του φεστιβάλ έχει αναλάβει  ο Γιάννης Καρακασίδης ο οποίος θα δώσει τον πρώτο ρυθμό.

Δευτέρα, 22 Μαΐου 2017

IN FLAMES - A Sense of Purpose Review




IN FLAMES - A Sense of Purpose
Koch Records
This is bordering on a metalcore version of IN FLAMES. There is still the aggression and melodies with a heaviness continuum but the vocals vary. As do the guitars. Great production though. Just not my favorite IN FLAMES ALBUM, it's nothing like "The Jester Race", et al but there still is that vibe of melodic-ism. This band regressed more than anything else. This is despite Jesper leaving the band after, they still were withering away with their sound. The Metal Archives refers to their new style as melodic death/melodic groove. Whatever you want to call it, it’s not good for the band.

Παρασκευή, 19 Μαΐου 2017

ACID DEATH - Balance of Power Review




ACID DEATH - Balance of Power
Floga Records
ACID DEATH is one of the most legendary hard working bands in the death thrash metal genre since the 90’s.

The “Balance of Power” mini album was supposed to be released 25 years ago and now is a good chance for all collectors to get it on a nice vinyl edition or tape by Floga Records.

Πέμπτη, 18 Μαΐου 2017

NIGHT LEGION sign with Massacre Records, announce debut album




NIGHT LEGION's band members aren't rookies, they've earned their spurs in bands like Dungeon, Death Dealer, Darker Half and Blasted To Static.

NIGHT LEGION's drummer Clay T, lead guitarist Stu Marshall, vocalist Vo Simpson and bassist Glenn Williams are now ready to unleash their self-titled debut album this fall via Massacre Records!


The killer artwork was created by Dušan Marković, who already designed the artwork for bands like A Sound Of Thunder, Claymorean or Dragonheart.

Τρίτη, 16 Μαΐου 2017

VERGIL – Bright as Shadow EP Review




VERGIL – Bright as Shadow EP
Independent
I have already present in the past the previous EP of VERGIL. A band that comes from Finland and although they play gothic rock/metal (or dark rock as they describe it) which is a genre that I am not a big fan of, they have managed to stay in my mind. In my opinion this band has something that distinguishes them from many other of the same genre. A character or a quality if you prefer that transcends the borders of their musical genre and can approach people who are not into this kind of music. So 3 years have passed and the band has recently released their new EO entitled “Bright as Shadow”.

Κυριακή, 14 Μαΐου 2017

ASPHYX - Incoming Death Review



ASPHYX - Incoming Death
Century Media Records
More of a "blackened death metal" sort of release rather than utmost "death/doom metal" on here. I think out of the 2 ASPHYX albums that I own, this one has to be the better. I say that for many reasons. First of all, the production is solid and everything is well heard. The musicianship is much better here than previous albums. It's got a "thrashy" tinge to it as well. But overall, I'd say this is a solid death metal album. I'm not in agreement with dubbing this release as an average rating. The guitars are just ripping, thick, heavy and catchy. That's another reason why I'm thinking this is one of their best releases in a while. The intensity is there and the vocals are all pretty much deep throat. That hasn't changed with the band. They're still way underground. The aura is grim as well. I haven't gone through the lyrics, but I'm convinced that their concepts in writing words for their releases are very dark. I can appreciate the music more than anything. This remains my favorite from them.