Τετάρτη, 20 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

NARNIA – Narnia Review




NARNIA – Narnia
Massacre Records
When C.J. Lewis created the “Chronicles of Narnia” he wanted to write a tale that was also a metaphor about the Christian religion. Actually the Lion Aslan is considered to represent Jesus Christ. So, I think this is the reason that the band chose to use this name, because if you check their lyrics then you will realize they have themes about Jesus and the Christian religion in general. It is what we can simply say a white power metal band.

Κυριακή, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

FROM THE DUST RETURNED – Homecoming EP Review




FROM THE DUST RETURNED – Homecoming EP
Sliptrick Records
All good things start as an idea, but to materialize this idea and make it happen requires talented musicians to be found and of course to be determined. I think that talent and determination is what made this EP possible for us to listen to. FROM THE DUST RETURNED was an idea of Alex De Angelis (vocals, guitars) in 2015 which he managed to realize after a change of line-ups. Actually the band managed to find a stable line –up during the recording of its debut album. The problems continued when the recordings of this EP were lost and the band decided to re – record it in a new studio. So after so many line–up changes and misfortune which the band’s determination surpassed I have in my hands their lost EP.

Τετάρτη, 13 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

CONCORDEA – Over Wide Spaces Review




CONCORDEA – Over Wide Spaces
Independent
Russia really has a very interesting and worthy to mention metal scene. I think that the reason why its bands have not become so known abroad is mainly because of the use of the Russian lyrics by most of them and that they are interested mainly to spread their music inside their country. However, there are exceptions to that rule and there are bands like CONCORDEA that use the English language and are interested to spread their music all over the world.

Δευτέρα, 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Söthis Ink Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions




American Brutal Death Metal band Söthis has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Last year the band released their debut EP «Trails of Blood». The EP was recorded and mixed  at "Impulse Recording" by Nick Kauffman.

Söthis was formed in 2015 at Oakland, California by Ivan Peric, Mitchell Tom, Paul Olsen and Joey Bartlett after meeting them at a local "Death to All" tribute tour. This days the band is working on their debut album that will be released next year.

Σάββατο, 9 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

FOGALORD – Masters of War Review




FOGALORD – Masters of War
Limb Music
Epic symphonic power metal or else Hollywood metal, if you remember the term (though I would prefer the tag Cinecitta metal) is a genre to which Italy has offered some very good bands. However, as any successful genre, we had an overproduction of such bands from all over the word and somehow this caused its decline. Personally, I have reached to a point of avoiding listening to such bands, although I am a big fantasy fan. FOGALORD, though, with their debut that was released in 2012, caught my attention and made me realize that there are still musicians that can bring something fresh to the symphonic power metal sound.

Τετάρτη, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

VOLTAX – No Retreat… You Surrender Review




VOLTAX – No Retreat… You Surrender
Iron Shield Records
People, who search the American metal scene and the underground, already know that in Mexico there is also a very interesting and promising metal scene. One of the most worthy to be mentioned representatives of this metal scene is surely the band VOLTAX who with this release reach their fourth full length album.

Δευτέρα, 4 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

CUSTARD – A Realm of Tales Review




CUSTARD – A Realm of Tales
Pure Steel Records
Ah… CUSTARD!! This is a band that I have followed since their first EP (which is great by the way). CUSTARD is one of these bands that exists for so many years and they never went astray from their sound. They really do love what they do, because first of all they are metal fans and of course good musicians. In all these years of their existence they have released some nice albums (some of them are really rare and the guys should consider reprinting them) and I am really curious to know why this band never received the attention they deserved in the heavy/power metal sound.

Παρασκευή, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

ETHNOR released debut EP




Russian Death Metal band ETHNOR released their debut EP «Exile». The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Taras Garadga at Portal Studios.

ETHNOR was formed in 2010 by ex-members of the band "Decadent" with Industrial Death Metal influence, and released their debut single "Virus".


«Exile» Tracklist:
1. The Awakening 03:01
2. Of Ashes and Blood 09:30
3. Desert Winds 06:10
4. River of Time 02:21
5. Godless War 07:38

Τρίτη, 29 Αυγούστου 2017

METALL – Metal Heads Review




METALL – Metal Heads
Iron Shield Records
The story of METALL goes deep in the past and more specifically in the early 80’s. The band was formed in 1982 in Eastern Germany (if you don’t know what that is, go check a history book or Wikipedia). The band was active until 1991, after changing their name in 1988 into HEADLESS when they split. In that era they had managed to record songs for the biggest radio stations of Eastern Germany and some of them reached the number 1 place in the rock metal charts of that country. In 2013 the band was reformed under its original band name and “Metal Heads” is their debut album. I think that here fits the saying rather late than never.

Δευτέρα, 28 Αυγούστου 2017

SVIET MARGOT – Glance To Infinity Review




SVIET MARGOT – Glance To Infinity
Agoge Records
The name of the band is a combination of the Russian word “sviet” which means universe and the female name Margot who is a character of the Japanese manga (comic book) entitled Lupin III. So, the name of the band can somehow be translated as universal Margot. Why universal? Probably because music along with mathematics can be the only two universal languages that we can understand. Anyway, this is the sophomore album from the female fronted band from Italy.

Παρασκευή, 25 Αυγούστου 2017

ANDREA SALINI – Lampo Gamma Review




ANDREA SALINI – Lampo Gamma
ticketbus
I think most of us in our family had an elder brother/sister or cousin that introduced us to the music of rock or metal. Same is the story of the Italian guitarist Andrea Salini who, through his elder brother, discovered his love for the electric guitar and rock music. Actually this love for those things gave him the motivation to realize his dream and become a professional guitar player and composer.

Τετάρτη, 23 Αυγούστου 2017

CHRONOSPHERE - Red n' Roll Review




CHRONOSPHERE - Red n' Roll
    Punishment 18 Records
The musicians that participate in CHRONOSPHERE may be young of age, but they display in their releases a maturity that a lot more experienced musicians would envy. They also have the thirst of the young band and of course they are monsters on stage and they never refuse an opportunity to play live. And if in all these you add that they have already released 3 albums (their third I am about to present to you here), then you can’t avoid to state that you are impressed by what someone can achieve if he/she is determined and loves what he does.

Δευτέρα, 21 Αυγούστου 2017

SWEEPING DEATH – Astoria EP Review




SWEEPING DEATH – Astoria EP
    iGrooveNext.com
I was never font of the term progressive. It sounds to me a bit arrogant and most of the times when it is used in music, it has nothing to do with progress. Most of the times the progressive sound in my mind is equal to musical show off or even wore to musical masturbation. I respect that there is a part of people who like these kinds of things, but personally it bores me to death. On the other hand I love innovative music. I like musicians that play a certain kind of music and give it more depth and make it more interesting; the musicians that give you the sense that you listen to something familiar and yet fresh. In my opinion SWEEPING DEATH belong to this category.

Κυριακή, 20 Αυγούστου 2017

THE HUNTERS/TH release «Thrash Attack».




Colombian Thrash Metal band THE HUNTERS/TH released their debut album «Thrash Attack». The album was mixed and mastered by Julian Sandoval at his home studio.


THE HUNTERS/TH was formed in 2011 at Bogota, Colombia by Andrés Garcia and Julian Sandoval with strong influences in Old School Thrash Metal.

Σάββατο, 19 Αυγούστου 2017

VOICE announce new album




VOICE fans, rejoice! The German melodic power metal outfit is finally back, has signed with Massacre Records and will release the new album "The Storm" in late October!

The band - newly reformed as a quartet, consisting of vocalist Oliver Glas, guitarist Thommy Neuhierl, bassist Sören Glas as well as drummer Stephan "Stocki" Stockburger - is around since 1995, and has already released several studio albums.

The upcoming album "The Storm" marks the band's 5th release, and promised to offer a journey through various metal genres, with unforeseen twists and turns as well as surprises along the way.