Δευτέρα, 29 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

ROSSOMETILE – Alchemica review



 ROSSOMETILE – Alchemica
Independent
Alchemy was something between science and magic in the ancient and medieval times. From the little I know it was the first effort to understand the nature of things and combine them in order to create something new. I think that creating music is a kind of alchemy too because you have to combine the mathematic accuracy of notes with emotions. I believe that something like that ROSSOMETILE had in mind when they named their 4th studio release under the title “Alchemica”.

Σάββατο, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

KILLERS LODGE - Alma Cachonda review



 KILLERS LODGE - Alma Cachonda
Diamonds Prod.
How cachondo are you feeling right now? Maybe the most proper answer is how cachondo do you feel when you listen to heavy metal music? Well, this is a question that each one can answer personally after you listen to the sophomore release of the Italian band KILLERS LODGE.

MYSTIC PROPHECY – War Brigade review



 MYSTIC PROPHECY – War Brigade
Massacre Records
MYSTIC PROPHECY for me have always been a band that played passionate and sincere dynamic metal, but they didn’t manage to touch me musically. This was until they released their previous album under the title “Killhammer” which is an album that I still recommend to all of you. “War Brigade” is the successor of this very good release and I was really anxious to listen to it.

Παρασκευή, 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

NO MAN EYES – Cosmogony review



 NO MAN EYES – Cosmogony
Diamonds Prod. Records
NO MAN EYES from Italy exist since 2011 and in 2013 they released their debut album entitled “Hollow Man”. Now, 2 years after their debut release and under a new label they are ready to release their new work entitled “Cosmogony”.

Πέμπτη, 25 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

FRENZY – Lethal Protector EP review



 FRENZY – Lethal Protector EP
Underground Power Records
In the 80’s, the era where I passed the biggest part of my childhood, we didn’t have smart phones and games consoles, so one of our best entertainment was to read comic books. I still have happy memories from reading Spiderman comic books and imagining being like him. A while after my love for comic books, I discovered my other passion which is heavy metal music. Actually there were many times that I was reading a comic book and listening to heavy metal and believe me it worked great.

Τρίτη, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

RIFFOCITY – Disciples of the Storm review



 RIFFOCITY – Disciples of the Storm
Independent
It seems that the Greek metal scene develops quite quickly lately and on good foundations. The quality of musicians that play metal has risen and the technology also helps them to compose their music easier and on professional standards. RIFFOCITY for example were formed a couple of years back (in 2013) in Serres (a town in North Greece) and they have already released their first official 5 track EP under the title “Disciples of the Storm” which I am about to present to you here.

ΗΜΕΡΟΛΟΓΙΟ ΑΦΑΝΙΣΜΟΥ

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ένας χαρακτήρας που κυκλοφορεί με ένα κοστούμι γεμάτο κατσαρίδες σε μια μεταπυρηνική Αμερική ή πιο σωστά σε έναν κόσμο όπου το ανθρώοπινο είδος είναι υπο εξαφάνιση είναι μια πολύ καλή ιδέα. Μια ιδέα που με παρακίνησε να πάρω αυτό το βιβλίο δίχως δεύτερη σκέψη. Η ιδέα βέβαια δεν εγγυάται και την ποιότητα, αλλά είναι μια καλή αρχή. Και ως ένα βαθμό το βιβλίο γίνεται αρκετά περίεργο και παράδοξο θα έλεγα. Επίσης έχει μια καλή δόση μαύρου χιούμορ που βγαίνει απρόσμενα και ανεπιτήδευτα κατά την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου. Το μόνο μειονέκτημα που μπορώ να βρω είναι ότι τελειώνει κάπως γρήγορα ή ότι είχε περιθώρια ο συγγραφέας να το εμπλουτίσει ακόμη περισσότερο. Με άφησε δηλαδή με μια αίσθηση ότι ήθελε κάτι ακόμα το βιβλίο αυτό. Για να είμαι δίκαιος είναι κάτι που και ο ίδιος το ομολογεί.
Επίσης στο βιβλίο αυτό θα βρείτε και το πρώτο διήγημα με τον χαρακτήρα του βιβλίου που μας λέει με συνοπτικό και ουσιώδη τρόπο πως ξεκίνησε η ιστορία του χαρακτήρα με περίεργο κουστούμι.
Θα έλεγα ότι είναι ένα περίεργο βιβλίο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί και ιδιαίτερα από τους φίλους του είδους της σκληρής επιστημονικής φαντασίας.

Δευτέρα, 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

SLEEPY HOLLOW – Tales of Gods and Monsters review



SLEEPY HOLLOW – Tales of Gods and Monsters
Pure Steel Records
SLEEPY HOLLOW is a great band; especially their debut release in 1991 under the same name is an album that I still listen to and it has the same freshness for me as I were listening to it for the first time. They are also a band that don’t rush things and release an album when they feel ready to do so. Ok, this time they released their third album quicker in comparison with the time gap between their debut and sophomore album.

Σάββατο, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

MOTELNOIRE – MotelNoire review



MOTELNOIRE – MotelNoire
MAP
MOTELNOIRE come from Italy although their band name comes from the French language which means dark/black hotel. It is an intriguing and dark name that someone can relate to horror fiction. After all these you might think that we have to do with a dark metal band, but these guys claim to play pop-rock music. So the question here is how dark can pop – rock sound?

SIMONE GIANLORENZI – About Her review



SIMONE GIANLORENZI – About Her
Maqueta Records
If you consider that in ancient times a whole war started for a woman and also gave the inspiration to Homer to write the best epic poem ever, then you can’t ignore the fact that women were and still are the inspiration for men to create. After all the muses were female goddesses. So, it is not weird that guitar virtuoso Simone releases his instrumental album and tell us a story about her (who is she? Don’t ask me I don’t know).

Παρασκευή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

PERSONA – Elusive Reflections review



 PERSONA – Elusive Reflections
Independent
Metal music is a global phenomenon that never stopped to expand all over the world. Even recently I have found bands that come from places of the world we’ve never imagined that have a metal scene. For example PERSONA come from Tunis, they were formed in 2012 and “Elusive Reflections” is their debut album.

ΕΤΗΣΙΑ ΑΝΘΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΝΙΚΗΣ ΦΑΝΤΑΣΙΑΣ

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Εξαιρετική ανθολογία με ιστορίες ανθρώπινες, αλλά που σε ταξιδεύουν. Η επιστημονική φαντασία είναι το αγαπημένο μου είδος λογοτεχνίας για αυτό το λόγο, παίρνει και εξετάζει τον άνθρωπο πέρα από το πρόσκαιρο και το εφήμερο και σε βοηθάει να βγάλεις τα δικά σου συμπεράσματα. Είναι μεγάλο και πυκνογραμμένο βιβλίο, αλλά αξίζει τον κοπο. Η νέα γενιά συγγραφέων επιστημονικής φαντασίας είναι πολύ καλή.

Τετάρτη, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

ARMONITE – The Sun Is New Each Day review



 ARMONITE – The Sun Is New Each Day
Independent
The story of ARMONITE is something worth to be mentioned and I will mention it in few lines. Paolo Fosso and Jacopo Bigi were friends since their teens. Actually in 1996 and after they had played in many local bands and a variety of musical genres they decided to create ARMONITE in order to realize their own musical vision. In 1999 they released their first album while they were in college. However at some point the good years of being a student in a college ended and each one decided to follow a different path in their work career which also had to do with music. This event was the reason to split up.

SPLIT HEAVEN – Death Rider review



 SPLIT HEAVEN – Death Rider
Pure Steel Records
“Death Rider” is a morbid title no doubt about that, but it brings happy memories to the fans of U.S. epic metal since OMEN have a great song with this name. I don’t know if SPLIT HEAVEN had that in mind when they decided to give this title to their new release, but surely it created to me a positive energy to listen to this album.

Δευτέρα, 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

TARCHON FIST – Celebration review



 TARCHON FIST – Celebration
Independent
Ah, TARCHON FIST from Italy is a band I appreciate much and it goes without saying that it is a band that deserves more attention. I think there is a kind of prejudice for bands that come from countries like Italy and Greece, because if these bands came from Sweden or Germany, now they would be considered a well respected name at least. Of course it is not only prejudice, but the poor distribution that these bands usually get.

REGICIDE – Fall of an Empire review



 REGICIDE – Fall of an Empire
Independent
Regicide is a word that sounds good to my ears and it is a name that fits to a speed/thrash metal band. The meaning of the word means killing a king and I think that in a way it also explains why the band chose to name its debut album “Fall of an Empire”.

Κυριακή, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

CRITICAL SOLUTION – Sleepwalker review



 CRITICAL SOLUTION – Sleepwalker
Punishment 18 Records
Norway is a country connected with the black metal since they have one of the strongest and most influential scenes in the world. It seems, though, that Norway is not only about black metal. CRITICAL SOLOUTION which are from Norway are here to state to us that you can also be dark and aggressive by playing a different style of metal.

BLACKSMITH LEGACY – Metal Never Dies EP review



 BLACKSMITH LEGACY – Metal Never Dies EP
Independent
Heavy metal is often a family business. I mean there are so many bands, some of which are well known which have been formed by members of the same family. Even our webzine is a family business after all since my sister and I have created it and keep it running for so many years. This, however, is something that I meet for the first time in the band BLACKSMITH LEGACY. Let me be more specific about it. The band formed in 2009 and it is a band that was created by the collaboration of father and son, Mr. Torgil Sturesson and Martin Sturesson, who are the constant members of the band from the start.

Σάββατο, 13 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

REVANTHAS (band presentation)



 REVANTHAS (band presentation)
REVANTHAS is a new band from Athens and I think those who like Tolkien (personally he is not my favorite writer) you will understand that the band’s name is a mix of words from the sindarin language that the aforementioned writer created. The sindarin language is the language of the elves and the band’s name, as the members say, means Wandering Singers. It is a description that in my opinion describes their sound very well.

THRASHFIRE – Vengeance of Fire EP review



 THRASHFIRE – Vengeance of Fire EP
Xtreem Music
It seems that THRASHFIRE have been quite a long time in the metal scene of Turkey, but this release will make them more known abroad. The band was formed in 2006 in Ankara Turkey and before this EP they released a demo in 2007, an EP in 2010 and a full length album in 2011. Four years after their last full length album, they come back with the EP which I am about to present to you here.

Παρασκευή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

THORNBRIDGE – What Will Prevail review



 THORNBRIDGE – What Will Prevail
Massacre Records
Sometimes I think that this can’t be a coincidence. Let me explain what I mean. A couple of days ago I was thinking why there are no bands playing European power metal music in the way that bands did in the late 90’s. It was the era that power metal gave us some really good albums and some of them are already considered classics. Most of the new power metal bands blend this sound with other elements which most of the times are good, but there is still a gap for traditional European power metal.

Τρίτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

MOANING SILENCE - A World Afraid of Light review



MOANING SILENCE - A World Afraid of Light
Progressive Vision Group
We, the Greek people, are Mediterranean and this means that we are used in bright days and we have a light mood (usually). Greece, though, is not only sunshine but it also has cold winter days and in these days many people especially if they are lonely feel frustration. On such a day or more accurately night somewhere in 2014 Christos Dounis (guitars) and the head of the band wanted to channel this frustration in a creative way and this is how the foundation of MOANING SILENCE has been set. On the same year Christos met his muse who is the vocalist Aimilia Papatheochari and they started creating and recording the songs that you can find in the debut album of the band which I am about to present to you…

HOLOCAUST – Predator review



 HOLOCAUST – Predator
Sleaszy Rider Records
Companies and labels count as success the number of sales. In general they consider everything that they produce as a product to be consumed. Thanks god in heavy metal music and in other forms of true art success is proven by its endurance in time and mainly by how influential it can be. HOLOCAUST in commercial terms might not be a successful band, but if you consider that they have influenced such bands like METALLICA and GAMMA RAY, then you can’t deny they are amongst the bands that have left their own mark in the heavy metal sound.

Σάββατο, 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

MATTIA GOSETTI – Il Bianco Sospiro Della Montagna review



MATTIA GOSETTI – Il Bianco Sospiro Della Montagna
Rockway Records
Mattia Gosetti is a musician that I have already introduced to you with his other band SIRGAUS where they were playing symphonic gothic metal with some gothic rock elements too. It seems though that Mattia has a creative anxiety that can’t be fulfilled in only one band and because of that he proceeded in the formation of a solo project that has his own name. It is a bold endeavor I have to say, but also introduces to us a man and more specifically an artist with a vision…

Παρασκευή, 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

SHEPHERD - Shepherd review



 SHEPHERD - Shepherd
Independent
Well thought out lyrical concepts, solid production quality, good melodic death/thrash, basically everything on here is what should be incorporated in a demo. My contention overall is that this deserves at least a "B" rating because it's dark, creative, intriguing and uncompromising. It's taken me quite a while to finally arrive at a conclusion here. What sets it apart from most bands are that the vocals make the atmospheric aura of the music more depressing than it really is. But if you read the lyrical content of these 3 songs, you'll know why it's been set to have this grim voice hover over the melodic distorted guitar-work. A well produced demo as well, you can hear pretty much everything on here. It's got a quality sound.

SARASIN – Sarasin review



 SARASIN – Sarasin
Pure Steel Records
Usually the heavy metal bands release a demo or an EP and after they see that there are people interested in their music, they move on releasing a full length album. This is what happened with SARASIN with the difference that there is a huge time gap between the release of their EP and their debut full length album. In order to be more specific I have to mention here that the EP was released in 1987 under the title “Lay down your Guns” and their debut album will be released in February 2016. The line – up has changed through all these years and the only member from the original line – up is the guitarist Greg Boileau. So let us see what SARASIN has created under the influence of years that have passed by and with the assistance of the new line –up…

Τρίτη, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Serpent - Lunar Intoxication (Official Video)


VISION LUNAR – Luna Subortus review



 VISION LUNAR – Luna Subortus
Winterwolf Records / Abridged Pause Recordings
VISION LUNAR is a one man band based in Canada who is here to release its debut EP containing 3 songs, after seven demo works. The band has been founded around 2006, but because of various problems it went on a hiatus for long periods of time… it was only last year that Virkelix, the guy behind this band, decided to re-form it and start all over again.

BLACKSLASH - Sinister Lightning review



BLACKSLASH - Sinister Lightning
Iron Shield Records
It seems that heavy metal sound has reached a point where it can’t give birth to new ideas. In such circumstances and after much experimentation, it is logical the new generation of heavy metal musicians to turn back to the roots of this sound and draw their inspiration from there. It depends on them if this turning back can help heavy metal music to reinvent itself or we will stick to an endless repetition of the good old times. BLACKSLASH from Germany is a band of young heavy metal musicians that were formed in 2007 and “Sinister Lightning” is their sophomore album that comes two years after their debut release.