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
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.

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
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
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

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.