Τετάρτη, 26 Ιουλίου 2017

METAL WITCH – Tales from the Underground Review

METAL WITCH – Tales from the Underground
Iron Shield Records
The story of METAL WITCH can be described as one of true love for the heavy metal sound and determination. The band was formed in 1985, but they managed to release their very good debut album in 2008. This is their sophomore release and it comes 8 years after their debut. They sure don’t like to rush things.

Κυριακή, 23 Ιουλίου 2017

MIDNIGHT RIDER – Manifestation Review

MIDNIGHT RIDER – Manifestation
Massacre Records
There was a time, I mean a decade back and even more, that you couldn’t find easily a band playing 80’s inspired heavy metal. You had to do a deep search in the underground metal scene which was a really good and fulfilling thing to do. Years though have passed and now we live in an era when the 80’s metal inspired bands find you; you don’t need to seek for them. This is good, but there are too many such bands and from a point on they lower the quality bar. So, you need to be extra picky in order to find the ones that really sound authentic.

Σάββατο, 22 Ιουλίου 2017

IMMOLATION – Atonement Review

IMMOLATION – Atonement
Nuclear Blast Records
My opinion changed as I listened to this with my earbuds on rather than on my boom box. One thing definitely stood out, and that was the music. The vocals don’t really change song-to-song. It’s deep growling accompanied by dark lyrics. But well written, however. These guys made a great contribution to 2017 album releases and I’m also glad that they’ve been getting good scores in terms of ratings.

Τρίτη, 18 Ιουλίου 2017

Tragul released "The Message"

International Melodic Metal band TRAGUL released their second single "The Message" from the upcoming debut album. The mix was done by Aldo Benegas at Blind Owl studios and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox Studios. 

TRAGUL is a melodic metal project created at the end of 2016 by Adrian Benegas, keyboardist and composer of the band Pergana. It features the participation and contribution of reknown metal stars such as Zuberoa Aznarez (Vocals), Steve Conley (Guitars), Oliver Holzwarth (Bass), Alex Holzwarth (Drums)

Κυριακή, 16 Ιουλίου 2017

Ο Πόλεμος Των Θεών

Διαβάζοντας κάποια βιβλία αντιλαμβάνεσαι ότι ο συγγραφέας όταν τα δημιουργούσε βρισκόταν σε μια μοναδική στιγμή έμπνευσης, ότι πέραν της έμπνευσης ενσωμάτωσε σε αυτό προσωπικές του σκέψεις και συναισθήματα. Αυτή την αίσθηση είχα διαβάζοντας το βιβλίο αυτο, ότι είναι δηλαδή ένα έργο που απασχόλησε πολύ καιρό των Neil Gaiman και εν τέλει το αποτύπωσε με το καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο στο χαρτί.

Σάββατο, 15 Ιουλίου 2017

AFTER DUSK - The Character of Physical Law Review

AFTER DUSK - The Character of Physical Law
Value For Money Records
There was a whiskey commercial on TV some years ago which showed people making whiskey taking their time to do so, not because they were lazy, but because time usually gives a better result. I think that this philosophy applies also to AFTER DUSK. It might take time - actually it took them 5 years- but you know the result will be something that is worth mentioning. So let me give you a description of their new release.

Πέμπτη, 13 Ιουλίου 2017

GOTHIC- Demons Review

GOTHIC- Demons
Loud Rage Music
GOTHIC is a fantastic four piece straight forward gothic/heavy/death metal band from Romania.

This is their fourth album a very intensive, emotional 8 anthem work full of heavy melodies, exceptional melodic guitars, dynamic rhythm section and a crystal clear production and sound, excellent sound engineering with a balanced sound full of melodic riffs, right in the flow rhythm section, a dominating voice and absolutely brilliant work on keyboards.

Τρίτη, 11 Ιουλίου 2017

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – Flotsam and Jetsam Review

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – Flotsam and Jetsam
AFM Records
I dig the genres these guys belong to, both power/thrash type and to be honest I’ve never (well, that’s a long time) heard a band that falls under these two particular styles. Quite interesting. The music and lyrics definitely are inspiring mainly the vocals make it “power” and the guitar-style is in “thrash” mode. I enjoyed this album thoroughly from beginning to finish.

Δευτέρα, 10 Ιουλίου 2017

Kortofertos Ink Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions

Ukrainian Fantasy/Symphonic Metal band Kortofertos has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Last year the band released their new album «The Frozen Book». The album was recorded/mixed and mastered at "Sershen Music Studio" by Sergey Sershen.

Kortofertos was formed as one-man project in 2015 at Kyyiv, Ukraine by Alexander Shvets. His idea was to combine Fantasy in three aspects: metal, story line and art. For this moment the band released 3 albums and 2 singles.

Κυριακή, 9 Ιουλίου 2017

ASSORTED NAILS – Kana Rengashaarniskassa EP + Zoophisticated EP Review

ASSORTED NAILS – Kana Rengashaarniskassa EP + Zoophisticated EP
I’ve been following this band since its formation and I have to say I’m a fan! They embody two things I like… cool music and fun! They don’t take themselves too seriously; they are an extreme metal band and yet what do you know? They don’t claim to be bad ass dudes doing evil things all day long, but they show how much they love and enjoy what they are doing. So, ASSORTED NAILS stands for the fun side of death metal. That being said doesn’t mean, though, that their music is silly or “light”… On the contrary this German quintet delivers top notch old school death metal with fast tempos and a solid rhythm section that is accompanied by tight and heavy guitars and a singer who spews fun lyrics in such a way that they end up sounding full of hatred and animosity.

Παρασκευή, 7 Ιουλίου 2017

ANGEL MARTYR – Black Book: Chapter One Review

ANGEL MARTYR – Black Book: Chapter One
Iron Shield Records
There is quite an adventurous story behind this band. ANGEL MARTYR was formed in 2006 and its founding members were Tiziano Hammerhead Sbaragli (ETRUSGRAVE) and Tiziano Atreiu Chater (ORMGARTH former IMPERIUM). The founders of the band wanted to create straight forward heavy metal music with catchy melodies in the vein of the 80’s sound. At that period they had composed the song “Angel Martyr” which gave the band its name and also you can find it here in their debut album. The two founding musicians a few months after the birth of ANGEL MARTYR realized that they had some artistic differences and so Tiziano Sbaragli was left to continue the band. After many adventures the band found a stable line –up and it is here to present us its debut album.

Τετάρτη, 5 Ιουλίου 2017

Riffocity Announcement

The wait is over!!!Our debut album entitled "Under A Mourning Sky" will be available at 21/7 at the special price of 10e plus shippings!!But there is one more detail...It's going to be self-released as we end our cooperation with Soman Records for their total unprofessional stand towards to our contract.So the press will be in extra limited edition and you must be sure to order your copy in time!!The orders that we have already will be respect to the very last.You can order your copy only through the band and from no one else till we announce something new...The pre-ordering is open!!!

Darkenhöld released new album

French Black Metal band Darkenhöld released their fourth album «Memoria Sylvarum» on "Editions de la Vieille Tour Records". The album was mixed/mastered by Guillaume Vrac at his home studio.

Darkenhöld  was formed in 2008 at Nice, France by Aldebaran (former member of Artefact), Cervantes and Aboth (Continuum). After two split CD's and an appearance on a tribute to Emperor, the band released its first album, «A Passage to the Towers» in 2010. The second album «Echoes From The Stone Keeper» was released in 2012, and the third «Castellum» in 2014.

Σάββατο, 1 Ιουλίου 2017

Age of Disclosure released debut album

Swiss Heavy Metal band Age of Disclosure released their debut album "To the Universe". The album was recorded and mixed by Syn Schütz at Roar Recording Studio and mastered by Sky van Hoff (Kreator, The Sorrow, Caliban).

Πέμπτη, 29 Ιουνίου 2017

Power Quest: New Album

Power Quest, the renowned melodic power metal band based in the UK, will release their long awaited 6th album “Sixth Dimension” on October 13th via Inner Wound Recordings in Europe/USA and on October 11th in Japan via Marquee/Avalon. The album cover, once again designed by Felipe Machado Franco, can be seen below.

AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking Review

AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
Metal Blade Records
Even though I’m a melodic death metal freak, I’ve not heard enough of this band their discography “Jomsviking” is the only other album I’ve heard from theirs aside from “Deceiver of the Gods”. I am impressed with the music and I like the vocals too. The lyrics were well written too, even though I’m not into their concepts (Vikings, etc.), but still the vocals accompanied the guitars just right. One helluv a guitar frenzy.

Οι Grand Magus επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα

Η διοργανώτρια εταιρεία 3 Shades of Black ανακοίνωσε την επιστροφή στην Ελλάδα των Σουηδών heavy metal θρύλων Grand Magus. Έχοντας μόλις πέρυσι κυκλοφορήσει το τελευταίο τους δισκογραφικό πόνημα, υπό τον τίτλο Sword Songs και διανύοντας την ίσως καλύτερη φάση της μέχρι στιγμής πορείας τους, οι Grand Magus θα βρεθούν σε Αθήνα και Θεσσαλονίκη για δύο shows, για να μας προσφέρουν τις παντοδύναμες γκρούβες, τα χτισμένα-από-riffs κιθαριστικά walls of sound και την πάντα χαρακτηριστικότατη, επικών διαστάσεων φωνή του mainman του σχήματος JB. Ακολουθούν όλες οι πληροφορίες:

Τετάρτη, 28 Ιουνίου 2017

IMPERIOUS signs with Massacre Records

Massacre Records is happy to announce the signing of the German epic black metal band IMPERIOUS!

The band was founded by vocalist, bassist and main composer Sertorius in 2009, and with the addition of both guitarists Iluaar and Kalmesh they form the trio IMPERIOUS. Their intention and goal is to create music based on historical, lyrical and poetic sources.

Δευτέρα, 26 Ιουνίου 2017

DEVIL DRONE - Erebo Review

Cave Canem D.I.Y
I’m going to start this presentation in an unorthodox way and will comment on the excellent packaging of this work. The digipack is superb, the artwork and everything around it indicates a professional release coming out of one of the big labels. Still DEVIL DRONE have released this on their own with the help of Cave Canem which is a Do It Yourself company. So, kudos guys on the kick ass work. The production is also noteworthy since it has the necessary volume and power while it still allows all the instruments to be equally heard.

Σάββατο, 24 Ιουνίου 2017

WITCHUNTER - Back on the Hunt Review

WITCHUNTER - Back on the Hunt
Blasphemous Art Productions
Six years have already passed? The debut album of this Italian band was released in 2010 under the title “Crystal Demons” and I think that it is one of the first new bands that had this strong N.W.O.B.H.M. feeling in their sound. The band exists since 2007.  For reasons unknown to me the band after 6 years decided to strike back with its sophomore album and I was really anxious to listen to it.

Τετάρτη, 21 Ιουνίου 2017

TOMMY VITALY- Indivisible Review

TOMMY VITALY- Indivisible
SG Records
Tommy Vitaly is a very experienced, guitar wizard from Italy and "Indivisible" is his latest album project.

This album musically is a masterpiece of 10 epic hard rock, power metal, neoclassical heavy metal, progressive metal anthems.

NOCTURNAL RITES sign with AFM / new album „Phoenix“ out in late September!

There are bands which are badly missed once they disappear from the scene. One of those examples are Swedish melodic metal masters NOCTURNAL RITES who released their latest album “The 8th Sin” in 2007 and afterwards slowly slipped into a hiatus kind of situation.

Δευτέρα, 19 Ιουνίου 2017

INCARNATE – Hvman Svffering Review

INCARNATE – Hvman Svffering
Cold Church Studios
Here in Greece we say that sometimes an obstacle can lead you to good results and I think this is what happened to INCARNATE from the Netherlands. The band wanted after their 2011 full length release entitled ““Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed” to work on an EP release, but they put this project on hold because their singer left the band. INCARNATE decided to focus on composing songs and in August 2014 the vocalist Martijn Geelhoed (ex-REMAINS) joined the band and in the summer of 2015 the band entered to studio to record this release that I am about to present to you.

Σάββατο, 17 Ιουνίου 2017

WARBRINGER - Woe to the Vanquished Review

WARBRINGER - Woe to the Vanquished
Napalm Records
This, by far is the best WARBRINGER release that I've heard!! The production isn't raw, it's well mixed, the vocals are better (not so annoying), and the music is fresh. Totally awesome thrash metal release by this band. The music was what made it stand apart from the rest of their releases. These guys are a 5-piece band and I think their guitarists totally rip on leads. The energy is all there and pretty original sounding riffs. Everything fit well together. The only complaint that I have is that it wasn't a longer album. But I guess 40 minutes of these guys’ music is enough.