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. 

Πέμπτη, 15 Ιουνίου 2017

FABIANO ANDREACCHIO AND THE ATOMIC FACTORY – Living Dead Groove Review




FABIANO ANDREACCHIO AND THE ATOMIC FACTORY – Living Dead Groove
Sliptrick Records
Italy proves to have a prolific underground scene that is here to match each and every taste out there. Fabiano Andreacchio and his mates The Atomic Factory are here to please some more specific and peculiar tastes in music. Pinpointing their style is hard to do simply because they are all over the place. However, the foundation of their sound is modern and experimental with lots of grooves and electronic elements.

Σάββατο, 10 Ιουνίου 2017

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH




THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH
Υπόθεση : Όταν ένας συλλέκτης αρχαιοτήτων κληρονομεί το σπίτι της  πεθαμένης μητέρας του, συνειδητοποιεί ότι ζούσε σε ένα ιερό αφιερωμένο σε μια μυστηριώδη λατρεία. Αλλά σύντομα βρίσκει ότι το καταπιεστικό πνεύμα της μητέρας του είναι ακόμα εκεί, καθώς και με τη βοήθεια των αντικειμένων στο σπίτι προσπαθεί να επικοινωνήσει μαζί της και να μεταφέρει ένα επείγον μήνυμα.

Πέμπτη, 8 Ιουνίου 2017

JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR To Release New Studio Album This Summer




"Stand Your Ground", the long awaited new studio album of the legendary US Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, will be released on August 25, 2017, on High Roller Records. The effort, which is almost 80 minutes long, has been produced by Bart Gabriel (with whom the band already worked on the previous album, "Land Of The Dead"), recorded and mixed by Kevin Burnes (DOKKEN, RAVEN), and mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony Studio. The release will be available as CD, double LP, and digital download. Like in case of previous two BURNING STARR albums, its cover artwork was painted by Ken Kelly - legendary artist known from his iconic works for bands such as RAINBOW, KISS or MANOWAR.

Τετάρτη, 7 Ιουνίου 2017

THE RAPTOR TRAIL - Devil On An Indian Review




THE RAPTOR TRAIL - Devil On An Indian
Independent
THE RAPTOR TRAIL is a fantastic 3 piece melodic band from the USA. They have existed for 25 years and there is a musical bridge between Southern rock and psych prog rock.

Δευτέρα, 5 Ιουνίου 2017

DEATHVALVES - Dark Stories from the Past Review




DEATHVALVES - Dark Stories from the Past
New Dream Records
It seems that Southern metal is not only what comes from the States. It seems that we have here too some heavy metal hillbillies and they are DEATHVALVES from the town of Karditsa (Greece).
The band exists from 2006 and they have already released 2 full length albums in 2007 and 2012. The new release that I am about to present to you is their third full length album and was released in 2016.

Κυριακή, 4 Ιουνίου 2017

MEGADETH – So Far, So Good…So What! Review




MEGADETH – So Far, So Good…So What!
Capitol Records
This album I think is why I stopped listening to MEGADETH for the longest time without trying other platters that they laid out, including their latest release “Dystopia.” It’s really flat-production sounding and riffs that are just stale. It’s not nearly as good as “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”, I think that they really failed on this one. I’ve come to the same conclusion numerous times around trying to get to like it but not being able to do so.

Τετάρτη, 31 Μαΐου 2017

DOMINANCE – XX: The Rising Vengeance Review




DOMINANCE – XX: The Rising Vengeance
Sliptrick Records
Most people recognize Italy as the country whose metal bands are mainly focused on neoclassical, progressive and power metal paths; however, the truth is that there is a really strong and thriving extreme underground scene. I’ve been involved for a long time, but I still get the chance to discover hidden gems and DOMINANCE is such an example. Having formed in 1992, “XX: The Rising Vengeance” is their third studio release that came out after a seven year gap from their sophomore work “Echoes of Human Decay”. Now, let’s move to what’s really important here and the main point of this presentation which is the music itself and more particularly the one featured here. 

Δευτέρα, 29 Μαΐου 2017

TOXIC RUIN - Subterranean Terror review




TOXIC RUIN - Subterranean Terror
 Independent
TOXIC RUIN is a great five member band from the USA and “Subterranean Terror” is their debut.

Here we have 10 songs of great thrash metal flirting with the bay area sound with progress and freshness which is the new wave of USA thrash metal bands.

Κυριακή, 28 Μαΐου 2017

BLIND SEER announce debut album




The Belgian experimental metal trio BLIND SEER has signed with Massacre Records, and will release its debut album "Apocalypse 2.0" on July 21, 2017!

The band was formed in the autumn of September 2013 by guitarist/bassist Ashtar, who teamed up with vocalist Wan. Drummer J-Mo completed the line-up soon.

While playing edgy and melodic metal, they also incorporate other elements into their sound, like vintage synthesizers, the theremin, jazz licks as well as some special effects, among others.

"Apocalypse 2.0" was mixed and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Devin Townsend, Ayreon, Cynic) at the Tower Studio. The cover artwork has been created by BLIND SEER's vocalist Wan

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.

Τετάρτη, 10 Μαΐου 2017

MORTAL STRIKE - For the Loud and the Aggressive Review




MORTAL STRIKE - For the Loud and the Aggressive
Independent
MORTAL STRIKE is a very dedicated Teutonic 5 piece thrash metal band from Austria.

“For the Loud and the Aggressive” is a serious case for all fans of Germanic thrash metal music, which means 10 songs of pure 80’s barbaric stuff and a cover song of TANKARD’s “Zombie Attack”.

Τρίτη, 9 Μαΐου 2017

SILIUS signs with Massacre Records




The Austrian thrash quintet SILIUS is going to release its debut album later this year!

Some of you might've already seen drummer Ralph, lead guitarist Haui, rhythm guitarist Mex, bassist Martin and vocalist Matthias live at Wacken Open Air & MetalDays or as a support for Arch Enemy and Biohazard, among others!

The band now inked a deal with Massacre Records, where SILIUS' debut album is scheduled to be released this fall!s