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

Δευτέρα, 8 Μαΐου 2017

PARRIS HYDE – Mors Tua, Vita Mea Review




PARRIS HYDE – Mors Tua, Vita Mea
Free Mood Promotion
This is the new band of the Italian singer and composer Parris Hyde. The band was formed in 2013 and although it has few years of existence the person behind it has an experience of 30 years. In 2016 the band released their debut album which I am about to present here. By the way the title of the album is in Latin and can be translated as your death, my life (something that describes pretty much the human society, especially these past few years).

Παρασκευή, 5 Μαΐου 2017

TESTAMENT - Brotherhood of the Snake Review




TESTAMENT - Brotherhood of the Snake
Nuclear Blast Records
A follow-up from their "Dark Roots of the Earth" release and I think this one is better. It's catchier, better produced and more diverse. Chuck Billy has some hoarse throat here mixing his old style of metal voice with a death metal sounding one. Pretty cool for a thrash release.  I just think that this album has more substance to it than its predecessor. I enjoyed all of the songs. Of course, to me "First Strike Still Deadly" is my favorite TESTAMENT re-recording. But this is a monument too. It's well laid out. On here they're playing heavy guitars, but yeah catchy and thick. I think after 4 years went by since a release they keep their longtime fans like me. They're not compromising and staying true to their roots. Production quality is exquisite definitely. Everything is well heard.

Τετάρτη, 3 Μαΐου 2017

VANTAGE POINT - Demonic Dinner Dance/Driller Killer EP Review




VANTAGE POINT - Demonic Dinner Dance/Driller Killer EP
Independent

VANTAGE POINT is a veteran strong heavy metal band from Scotland and thanks to Facebook and my friend Leo, I saw a post about ‘em that caught my attention!!!!

Δευτέρα, 1 Μαΐου 2017

RIFFOCITY - Under a Mourning Sky Review




RIFFOCITY - Under a Mourning Sky
Soman Records
2013 is the year that in a town of Northern Greece called Serres RIFFOCITY was born. During the first 3 years of their existence and particularly in 2016 they released an EP called “Disciples of the Storm”. Now a year after their first official work the band felt ready to create and release their first full length album entitled “Under a Mourning Sky” which I am about to present to you here.

Σάββατο, 29 Απριλίου 2017

THE VOID



THE VOID
Υπόθεση: Ένας αστυνομικό κατά την νυχτερινή περιπολία του συναντά σε έναν σκοτεινό, έρημο δρόμο έναν άντρα βουτηγμένο στο αίμα. Γρήγορα τον μεταφέρει στο νοσοκομείο της περιοχής για τις πρώτες βοήθειες, όπου σύντομα προσωπικό και ασθενείς θα βρεθούν παγιδευμένοι στο έλεος μιας τρομακτικής, απόκοσμης απειλής.

Πέμπτη, 27 Απριλίου 2017

MAGHI DI OZZY – Ho Perso L Eden Review




MAGHI DI OZZY – Ho Perso L Eden
Independent
Yep, the name of the band is intriguing, but they have nothing to do with the singer of BLACK SABBATH. They are probably influenced by the tale of wizard of oz. Their name I think is something like the magicians of ozzy and their album in English is titled “I have lost Eden”.

ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΑΣ-Εφτά αρχές στο να είναι κανείς ανίκητος




Δελτίο Τύπου

Οι AHERUSIAπαρουσιάζουν τη θεατρική παράσταση
ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΑΣ-Εφτά αρχές στο να είναι κανείς ανίκητος

Από 5 Μαΐου 2017 στο Θέατρο της Ημέρας
Για περιορισμένο αριθμό παραστάσεων

Ο Προμηθέας χαρίζει στους Ανθρώπους την Φωτιά και τον Λόγο και τους βλέπει να προκόβουν καθώς εγείρονται από το Χάος. Η Ανθρωπότητα συντάσσεται με τους Αθανάτους, στους πολέμους ενάντια στο σκότος, μα γρήγορα, το γειτόνεμα με τους Θεούς, θα κάνει τους Ανθρώπους να ποθήσουν την αθανασία και την παντοδυναμία των Θεών, ενώ παράλληλα θα τους κάνει να μισήσουν την θνητότητα, την βραχυβιότητα και την εν γένει φθαρτή τους φύση. Γρήγορα η τάση αυτή των Ανθρώπων θα τους οδηγήσει στον φόβο και στην κάθε αποτρόπαιη πράξη που ο φόβος μας οδηγεί καθώς μας δεσμώνει.

Τετάρτη, 26 Απριλίου 2017

EPICA - The Holographic Principle Review




EPICA - The Holographic Principle
Nuclear Blast Records
My first impression: generic. After listening to it a few more times I'd say that it's actually a step up from "The Quantum Enigma". It's more thrash oriented guitar work alongside Simone's beautiful voice and her symphonic liking of the orchestrated staff on-board. I like the fact that this one is heavier than its predecessor. The more guitar mixed with it makes them seem like their most thrash/symphonic/power metal. The leads on here again are wicked!! I like how they've seemed to balance everything on here. You get the best of all worlds in EPICA's songwriting. I never took a peak at their lyrics I'd have to say that the music is what's drawn me more towards this band. The fact that Simone seems to sing on here more makes it even better to listen to than just orchestration galore.

Τρίτη, 25 Απριλίου 2017

Ο ΜΕΓΑΣ ΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΝ


Ο μέγας θεός Παν
Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι μια συλλογή διηγημάτων του συγγραφέα Άρθουρ Μάχεν. Συγκεκριμένα συμπεριλαμβάνει τα διηγήματα: "Ο ΜΕΓΑΣ ΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΝ", "Η ΛΑΜΠΕΡΗ ΠΥΡΑΜΙΔΑ", "ΟΙ ΤΟΞΟΤΕΣ", "Η ΝΟΥΒΕΛΑ ΤΗΣ ΑΣΠΡΗΣ ΣΚΟΝΗΣ", "ΤΑ ΧΑΡΟΥΜΕΝΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ", "ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΒΑΘΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΙΩΝΩΝ" και "ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΝΕΡΟΛΑΚΚΟΥ".

Αυτό που χαρακτηρίζει το έργο του Μάχεν είναι η αγάπη του για την πατρίδα του και την παράδοσή της (Ουαλία, Αγγλία), αλλά προσδίδει σε αυτήν κάτι το μυστηριακό και σκοτεινό. Επίσης, κάτι που συναντάμε και στον Λάβκραφτ, είναι ο τρόπος που χρησιμοποιεί το φυσικό περιβάλλον και κατ' επέκταση το σύμπαν σε σχέση με τον άνθρωπο. Το παρουσιάζει, δηλαδή, ως μια δύναμη ή κατάσταση που ο άνθρωπος δεν μπορεί να κατανοήσει και να εξηγήσει πλήρως, αλλά αν το τολμήσει, τότε θα πληρώσει μεγάλο τίμημα. Χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα αυτών που περιγράφω είναι τα διηγήματα "Ο ΜΕΓΑΣ ΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΝ" λαι στο "Η ΝΟΥΒΕΛΑ ΤΗΣ ΑΣΠΡΗΣ ΣΚΟΝΗΣ" που μου έκαναν και τη μεγαλύτερη εντύπωση.

Ίσως κάποιοι που έχουν συνηθίσει στη σύγχρονη λογοτεχνία φαντασίας και τρόμου, θεωρήσουν τα διηγήματα αυτά παρωχημένα, αλλά αν δούνε στην ουσία τους θα αντιληφθούν ότι είναι ακόμη επίκαιρα. Χαρακτηριστικά να αναφέρω το δίηγημα "ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΒΑΘΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΙΩΝΩΝ" που μεταξύ άλλων διαπραγματεύεται και τις διαστάσεις τερατολογίας που μπορεί να πάρει μια ανυπόστατη φήμη (το βιώνουμε συχνά με τα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης του διαδικτύου).

Κλείνοντας θα έλεγα ότι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ήταν ένα εξαιρετικό ανάγνωσμα για εμένα κι επίσης με έκανε να συνειδητοποιήσω το πόσο επιδραστικός είναι ο Άρθουρ Μάχεν σε όλη τη λογοτεχνία, αλλά και τον κινηματογράφου του φανταστικού - τρόμου, ακόμη κι αν δεν απολαμβάνει την ίδια φήμη με άλλους συγγραφείς αυτού του είδους.


Δευτέρα, 24 Απριλίου 2017

TORCHIA Hits the Studio to Record Their Debut Album




Finnish metal patrol Torchia are currently recording their debut album. The album will be produced by Finnish producer legend Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Amorphis), who will create sounds to match the infernal essence of Torchia.

Κυριακή, 23 Απριλίου 2017

CRIMSON SLAUGHTER - Cycle of Decay Review




CRIMSON SLAUGHTER - Cycle of Decay
Independent
CRIMSON SLAUGHTER comes from Spain, Madrid and contains four heavy talented thrashers.

“Cycle of Decay” is an album with 10 songs of old school thrash metal with super production, fast guitar rhythms, intense vocals and a machine gun rhythm section.

Πέμπτη, 20 Απριλίου 2017

CELLADOR - Off the Grid Review




CELLADOR - Off the Grid
Scarlet Records
The first time that I learned about CELLADOR was in a review of their debut album which was released by Metal Blade Records and was entitled “Enter Deception”. I remember that the review was not very positive, because its writer considered the band as another DRAGONFORCE clone.  Sometime later I saw on YouTube the videoclip for the song “Leaving all Behind” which I liked and this made me search more about the band and finally I purchased their debut CD. As for the similarities of CELLADOR with DRAGONFORCE I think it is just their common influences from the German power metal scene.

Τρίτη, 18 Απριλίου 2017

OPETH - Still Life Review




OPETH - Still Life
Peaceville Records
Well when they were still good… This is a sad reality when a change towards the virtual mainstream is just to make money. But I think that with this release their focus was this kind of progressive sort of style which fluctuates between soft melodies to much more deathly ones. The old OPETH (meaning before the fall) delved into things that they were notorious for: progressive metal fluidity never knowing what to expect from this album. It has a conglomeration of mood-swings musically and stays with this for the whole album. Acoustic guitar, clean vocals, heavy guitar, hoarse vocals. That's what I mean by the "mood-swings" here. But this was a staple OPETH displayed for years till they lost heart. Every song on here you don't really know what to expect, heavy or clean? That's the magic about it.

Κυριακή, 16 Απριλίου 2017

FABULOUS DESASTER - Hang’ Em High Review




FABULOUS DESASTER - Hang’ Em High
Independent
FABULOUS DESASTER is a 4 piece band from Germany. This is a ten song full album release and the secret of this band is in the strength and simplicity of their compositions.

Παρασκευή, 14 Απριλίου 2017

GALDERIA announce new album




The French power metal outfit GALDERIA has signed with Massacre Records!

GALDERIA - consisting of vocalist/guitarist Seb, lead guitarist Tom, bassist Bob, drummer J.C and Julien on keyboard - have already released numerous demos, an EP and an album since their formation in autumn 2006.

Πέμπτη, 13 Απριλίου 2017

VENDETTA – The 5th Review




VENDETTA – The 5th
Massacre Records
VENDETTA is a thrash metal band from the 80’s. They had released their debut album “Go and Live ... Stay and Die” and “Brain Damage” through Noise Records. These two albums which I have on vinyl are highly appreciated by the fans of the 80’s German thrash metal sound. After the 80’s the band hadn’t released anything until 2003 that a demo appeared. After that they have released a compilation and two full length albums in 2007 and 2011 which I haven’t listened to. So, I was really surprised positively that VENDETTA have their new full length album which is their fifth in their career (as the title mentions too) and I was really anxious to listen to it.

Τρίτη, 11 Απριλίου 2017

NAPALM DEATH - Enemy of the Music Business Review




NAPALM DEATH - Enemy of the Music Business
Dream Catcher Records
Totally uncompromising. This album is brilliant, yet quite heavy as hell. The riffs are unique Jesse (RIP) on the second guitar just rips. And Mitch's screaming backup vocals makes the album even more intense. They put forward what they wanted which was just an annihilation musically going back to their roots, yet more death metal oriented than grindcore. But still simply awesome. The musicianship is never to the level of "Harmony Corruption", but still they're kicking ass on this one, no doubt they're hitting no holds barred here.

Κυριακή, 9 Απριλίου 2017

E.Z.RIDERS- Wishing Well Review




E.Z.RIDERS- Wishing Well
Independent
E.Z.RIDERS is a nice Italian southern rock/hard rock band blending in the blues as well. By mixing young talented musicians along with veteran artists on blues rock we get a fabulous release for all the fans of this genre.

Παρασκευή, 7 Απριλίου 2017

ADRIAN WEISS - Criminal Record Review




ADRIAN WEISS - Criminal Record
Independent
Adrian Weiss is a very talented guitarist and the first time I came in touch with his work was through the band GLORYFUL who I believe that have much to offer in the heavy/power metal genre. It seems though that Adrian’s creative ambitions are not satisfied only through the music of GLORYFUL. He is an artist that constantly searches for new creative challenges and different ways to express himself. This is how the third album under the title “Criminal Record” was created.

Τετάρτη, 5 Απριλίου 2017

HORIZON OF THE MUTE – Horizon of the Mute Review




HORIZON OF THE MUTE – Horizon of the Mute
Independent
HORIZON OF THE MUTE is a newcoming band from Finland created only a couple of years ago and having already released this EP I’m presenting to you plus a while later a full length debut album titled “Trobar Clus”. Finland is an important chapter in the heavy metal music mainly dominating the extreme and melodic power metal genres. However, if you are expecting HORIZON OF THE MUTE to be following the well trodden paths already paved by their co-patriots then you are in for a surprise. You see using their name as an indicator you already understand we have something different here.

Τρίτη, 4 Απριλίου 2017

AFTER DUSK - The Devil Got His Soul Review




AFTER DUSK - The Devil Got His Soul
Independent
There is a question that often rises in our heads or in a chat amongst friends, why we don’t listen to songs or even bands that can make us stick with them for a long time. In my opinion the reasons for this are: 1) the overproduction of metal albums in our days which makes it impossible for someone to listen to them all, 2) even when a band manages to achieve something they are pressed by labels and fans to release another album very soon (which is impossible, because the real good ideas need time) and 3) we are living in an era that is cool to copy the glorious 80’s even if that means lack of personality. Is there any hope against these odds? Yes, there is and I believe that AFTER DUSK are on the right path.

Κυριακή, 2 Απριλίου 2017

EXILED ON EARTH-Forces of Denial Review




EXILED ON EARTH-Forces of Denial
Punishment 18 Records
EXILED ON EARTH is a four member heavy metal band from Italy and “Forces of Denial” is a magnificent album with 8 songs of US style 90s power metal with a few thrash metal elements.