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.

Παρασκευή, 31 Μαρτίου 2017

STEAMROLLER ASSAULT - DEAD MAN’S HAND NEW ALBUM COMING ON APRIL 2017 BY EAT METAL RECORDS



After 10 years of record absence Steamroller Assault are coming back with their 3d album entitled Dead Man’s Hand and will hit the streets by Eat Metal Records in April 2017.

The album has 8 songs in the familiar raw, filthy and obscene attitude of the band.

Tracklist:

1. Dead Man’s Hand

2. Evil Is My Middle Name

3. Kill After Kill

4. Midnight Blues

5. You Ain’t So Pretty When I’m Sober

6. When A Girl Loves A Woman

7. Suicide (Wild Machine Cover)

8. Skull Island

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Entasis Studios by Nick Papakostas and his (too numerous to mention) personnel.

Layout and artwork by Semitone Labs.

Here you can have a glimpse of our new album:

Πέμπτη, 30 Μαρτίου 2017

DESTRUCTION - Under Attack Review




DESTRUCTION - Under Attack
Nuclear Blast Records
I just thought that this CD was mediocre and it seems to me that DESTRUCTION hasn't come out with a high-quality release since "Release from Agony", that's my contention though. They have stayed to their thrash roots ever since they came in to the metal scene though which dates back to 1984 I believe. The early stuff like "Infernal Overkill", "Mad Butcher/Eternal Devastation" and what I stated "Release from Agony" were their best. It just seems like they're bankrupt of ideas even though it's still thrash metal. Their songs on here are simply humdrum. There are no guitar lines that I really like nothing on here hits home with me. Some is just that Mike's leads are annoying so they have to bring in guests.

Τετάρτη, 29 Μαρτίου 2017

Caravan Of Shadows Festival

Η Nervous B.D. Style Produxxxions παρουσιάζει:



Temperance (ITA)
The Silent Rage
Hell’s Guardian (ITA)
Mind Erasure
T.B.A.

Σάββατο 13 Μαΐου 2017
Στο Graal (Διονυσίου Σολωμού 31, Κέρκυρα)
Οι πόρτες ανοίγουν στις 19:00
Είσοδος: 7€ με ποτό

Δευτέρα, 27 Μαρτίου 2017

MASQUERADE inks deal with Massacre Records




Swiss death thrashers MASQUERADE are going to released their debut album this summer on Massacre Records!

The quintet around vocalist Marcus, guitarists Michael and Thomas, bassist Gion and drummer Patrik is around since 2013. All band members are experienced musicians and have already played gigs with bands like Sepultura, Ektomorf, Cataract, Cannibal Corpse or Orbituary.

Σάββατο, 25 Μαρτίου 2017

EISENHAUER – Horse of Hell EP Review




EISENHAUER – Horse of Hell EP
Independent
One of the pleasures that I get from the metal scene is the discovery of new bands, especially if they move in the genres I like. I also have to say that I am a big fan of the German metal scene and EISENHAUER from Germany was a surprise for me, because I had never listened to them before.

Τρίτη, 21 Μαρτίου 2017

RHAPSODY OF FIRE: "Legendary Years" to be released on May 26




A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 - 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan). „Legendary Years“ – out May 26, available as Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl!

Tracklist:
01. Dawn Of Victory
02. Knightrider Of Doom
03. Flames Of Revenge
04. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
05. Land Of Immortals
06. Emerald Sword
07. Legendary Tales
08. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
09. When Demons Awake
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames

Κυριακή, 19 Μαρτίου 2017

SEPULTURA – Schizophrenia Review




SEPULTURA – Schizophrenia
Cogmuelo Records
This is probably the most thrash oriented release the band has ever released, and brutal too. The guitars reflect their ingenuity in songwriting structure. A lot of tremolo picking kind of like “Beneath the Remains” and “Arise” before the total and utter fall of the band. This one is about as heavy as its follow-up, though not as catchy. “Beneath the Remains” remains to be my favorite from the band but this one is not far behind. It’s an ingenious release. I like the lyrics as well.

Παρασκευή, 17 Μαρτίου 2017

MEAN STREAK Reveal 'Blind Faith' Album Cover, Tracklist




Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak have revealed the cover artwork and tracklist of their recently announced 4th studio album "Blind Faith", produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Armored Saint, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty). The record is set to be released in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records on June 2rd, in Japan via Marquee/Avalon incl. one exclusive bonus track on May 31st and in USA via HighVolMusic on June 16th.

The tracklist of "Blind Faith" is follows:
1. Blood Red Sky
2. Animal In Me
3. Retaliation Call
4. Settle The Score
5. Tear Down The Walls
6. Tears Of The Blind
7. Love Is A Killer
8. Come Undone
9. Fire At Will
10. Caught In The Crossfire
11. Gunnerside
12. Smile Of A Clown (Japan Bonus Only)

Apart from the CD version, "Blind Faith" will be available on vinyl in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angles Records on June 2rd.