Τετάρτη, 30 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.

Σάββατο, 26 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.

Πέμπτη, 24 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.

Τρίτη, 22 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.

Τετάρτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2017

GAME ZERO – Rise Review




GAME ZERO – Rise
Agoge Records
By reading the biography of GAME ZERO I realized that finding the right people to co-work and coincidence can play a catalytic role in order to move forward with your career. Of course you can’t depend only on that, but you must also be talented and work hard to achieve what you want. So, having all these GAME ZERO in a short time managed to release their debut album which I am about to present to you here.

Κυριακή, 13 Αυγούστου 2017

ALESSIO SECONDINI MORELLI – Hyper – Urania Review




ALESSIO SECONDINI MORELLI – Hyper – Urania
Independent
The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is very wise, although here we have to do with a CD. On the cover of the EP you can see Alessio holding his guitar and when I saw that my first thought was that I had to do with a release of a virtuoso rock guitarist who is displaying his skills, but it turned out to be something more interesting.

Πέμπτη, 10 Αυγούστου 2017

MOANING SILENCE - Fragrances from Yesterdays EP Review




MOANING SILENCE - Fragrances from Yesterdays EP
Independent
The Greek metal scene was known in the past years mostly due to its extreme metal scene… Something very logical based on the quality of the bands in this genre. These latest years though our scene shows a pluralism in many different genres of the heavy metal music and with noticeable quality. MOANING SILENCE had impressed me with their debut album which I had the chance to present in this zine a while ago. Now 2 years after their debut full length the band releases an EP in order to expand more the borders of their music.

Τρίτη, 8 Αυγούστου 2017

OVERKILL – The Grinding Wheel Review




OVERKILL – The Grinding Wheel
Nuclear Blast Records
To be honest, I’ve never really have been a huge fan of this band due to the vocals and lyrical content, though with this new one (the only other album I have of theirs is “Years of Decay”) has definitely got a lot of substance to it. I was pleased that everything that makes a good album it all has which is the music, lyrical content, production quality, and guitar leads. It’s no wonder that “The Grinding Wheel” has had positive scores/feedback.

Κυριακή, 6 Αυγούστου 2017

WRETCH – The Hunt Review




WRETCH – The Hunt
Pure Steel Records
WRETCH come from the United States and as I read on their bio they were the pioneers of the Cleaveland metal scene and they were formed in 1984. The first time that I listened to them was their previous album entitled “Warriors” which left me with very good impressions, because it had all these elements that make us love the traditional U.S. metal sound.

Παρασκευή, 4 Αυγούστου 2017

MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep of Reason Review




MESHUGGAH – The Violent Sleep of Reason
Nuclear Blast Records
Wow, some powerful Djent (a type of progressive metal). In fact, their guitarist according to a source is responsible for inventing this style. It features some real low-end sounding guitar work mainly palm muted riffs and grooves in which it seems (based on what I’ve heard from past releases) is their strongest output to date. Not only is the music good and original, their lyrics are extremely well thought out!

Τρίτη, 1 Αυγούστου 2017

STORMHAMMER - Welcome to the End Review




STORMHAMMER - Welcome to the End
Massacre Records
STORMHAMMER is a band from Germany whose career I had the chance to follow from their debut album entitled “Fireball” until their sixth studio release which I am about to present to you here. They started as a melodic heavy/power metal band and through the years they have become heavier without losing their power metal character. It is a band true to what it does and because of that they have earned my respect.