Δευτέρα, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2018

SILENT WINTER- The War Is Here EP Review



SILENT WINTER- The War Is Here EP

Independent


SILENT WINTER is a very melodic/symphonic epic power metal band from Volos, Greece.

This is a five track EP CD with an intro, 3 melodic power metal anthems and a theatrical outro.

The band delivers high energy power/speed metal in the vein of bands such as HELLOWEEN and STRATOVARIUS. Imagine great guitar work, excellent guitar solos, a solid rhythm section, fantastic and decisive work on keyboards, with a super talented young singer (Mike Livas of FORTRESS UNDER SIEGE, RHODIUM, KEEPERS ΟF JERICHO, MAIDENANCE (IRON MAIDEN tribute band)) on top.

This EP is a very tasty appetizer for the upcoming full album in 2019 and with a nice promotional video made by Bob Katsionis, the band makes the best moves into building a name and reputation.

The sound production and mixing are superb, as you can hear every instrument properly and in place, also there are great lyrics (social messages). I love the digipack packaging of this release and the depressive yet metal as hell artwork.


Theodosis Moiras

Κυριακή, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Condemned AD “Time Waits for No One” EP



Swedish Thrash Metal band Condemned AD released their new EP «Time Waits for No One». The EP was recorded in "4 White Walls Studio", and mix/mastered by Karlo Testen.

The band was formed in 1989 at Skoghall, Sweden by Mikael Klecken (vocal/guitar). In 1992 the band released their debut EP «Until death ends it all» but after some years playing together in 1994 the band split up, because Mikael Klecken had a major depressive disorder. In 2015 a good friend of the band asked Mikael  if they could temporary rejoin for his 40 birthday and do a gig at a local Rockbar, and they did with the new members - Magnus Elvsen (bass) and Sebastian Elmlund (guitar).

Πέμπτη, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2018

GIANLUCA D’ALESSIO – Sunrise Markets Review



GIANLUCA D’ALESSIO – Sunrise Markets

Independent


Ο βιρτουόζος κιθαρίστας από την Ιταλία, κύριος GIANLUCA D’ALESSIO είναι εδώ με την καινούρια του κυκλοφορία με τίτλο «Sunrise Markets». Πρόκειται για μια κυκλοφορία οργανικής – ορχηστρικής μουσικής η οποία αποτελείται από 9 συνθέσεις του ως άνω κιθαρίστα. Από τις συνθέσεις αυτές μόνο το τραγούδι «Drawning Borders» είναι με στίχους, το οποίο είναι μια πολύ  όμορφη και συναισθηματική μπαλάντα που φυσικά μιλάει για ερωτική απογοήτευση. Πιστεύω πάντως ότι αυτό το τραγούδι άνετα μπορεί να γίνει επιτυχία.

Δευτέρα, 5 Νοεμβρίου 2018

FEELAMENT - Hate Delivery Review



FEELAMENT - Hate Delivery

Independent


This metalcore/groove/metal band has been in existence since 2014 but have not released a full-length album till this year.  I was quite impressed by it, very catchy. With Maria on vocals, she kills it with her screaming and some clean voice but mostly just hate. The guitars are like SOULFLY/MESHUGGAH and their vibe seemed to me like that of THE AGONIST when Alissa was with the band.

Πέμπτη, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2018

OH – Metallia EP



“Metallia” is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

Τετάρτη, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2018

ASHES OF MY MEMORY - Raptures /​/​/ Disillusions EP


ASHES OF MY MEMORY is a melodic death-/ progressive metal band from South Tyrol, Italy. They have just released their debut-EP Raptures/// Disillusions (16:44 min, self-produced, release date: October 7th 2018).

Τρίτη, 30 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Πέμπτη, 25 Οκτωβρίου 2018

HATECRIME



HATECRIME is a death/black metal band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The band was founded in September2013. The musicians of the band had been played in such extreme music bands like Serpents, Exhumation etc. before that.

Until now we have released a demo "The Birth...Death", Internet singles "I'm Tolerant", «1984» and a full-length album entitled «A War, That doesn’t Existе» (Label  PutridCult и PlutoNSRising). The band has given successful concerts on various stages in Saint-Petersburg and also in other different cities and few countries since 2014.

Now we have completed the new material for recording the second full-length album.

Τετάρτη, 24 Οκτωβρίου 2018



Sacral Rage + Saboter (double release live)
Special guest: Stygian Oath
Temple (Ιάκχου 17, Γκάζι)
Παρασκευή 23 Νοεμβρίου 2018
Oι πύλες του τρόμου ανοίγουν στις 19:30

ΤΙΜΕΣ ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΩΝ:
•8€(προπώληση)
•10€ (ταμείο)

Τρίτη, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2018

While Heaven Wept ζωντανά στην Αθήνα



While Heaven Wept ζωντανά στην Αθήνα
Special guests: Enemy of Reality + Upon Revival
ΣτοTemple (Ιάκχου 17, Γκάζι, Αθήνα)
Κυριακή 18 Νοεμβρίου 2018
Πόρτες: 20:30
ΤΙΜΕΣ ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΩΝ:
• 17€ (περιορισμένη προπώληση – 100 εισιτήρια)
• 20€ (υπόλοιπη προπώληση & ταμείο)
ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΡΟΠΩΛΗΣΗΣ:
• No Remorse Records (Γαμβέτα 4, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 2103830981, www.noremorse.gr)
• Online κρατήσεις στο e-mailinfo@up-the-hammers.gr

ARCHSPIRE - The Lucid Collective



ARCHSPIRE - The Lucid Collective

Season of Mist


This sophomore release by ARCHSPIRE I feel was rated unfairly.  For being a technical death metal act, this release to me hits home with a "B" average.  It's blindingly fast and furious and hate in the vocals.  All the tracks on here I thought were noteworthy as well as super technical on the guitars/drums. The vocals are wicked as well. Not only do you get deep throat there are some screaming going on as well. The music is just furious. Nothing on here is boring or without significance. There are some milder guitar mixed in here but not extensively. It's enough to give the album variety and poise. This being a second album really is quite an achievement.

Τετάρτη, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2018

IMMORTAL - Northern Chaos Gods



IMMORTAL - Northern Chaos Gods

Nuclear Blast


This one is a combination of 'Blizzard Beasts' (blackened thrash metal), 'At The Heart of Winter' and 'All Shall Fall'. It has total blackened thrash vibe to the whole album and Demonaz does a good job sounding like Abbath. A definitely great album, well decidedly that, an excellent effort. They have shown us something quite fresh and not to mention DARK. But what would you expect? It's IMMORTAL, they're notorious for music that is grim and depressing. It's cool however, because their rhythm guitar is what's so strong about them and in this release it's a bit of a raw production sound. That's what takes it back to 'Blizzard Beasts' only it's not as raw.

Δευτέρα, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Spit the Blood + Risabov + Yovel



Spit the Blood + Risabov + Yovel
Temple Athens (Ιάκχου 17, Γκάζι)
Πέμπτη 15 Νοεμβρίου 2018
Πόρτες: 20:00Εισιτήρια: 7 ευρώ
Black metal, thrash metal, death metal... All kinds of extreme metal!

FAKE HEALER- D - Evolution EP



FAKE HEALER- D - Evolution EP

Independent


FAKE HEALER is Italy's best kept secret in heavy metal music. They deliver excellent 80'S power heavy metal and this is their second release. We are talking about a band of 5 experienced musicians who have passed through several Italian metal rock bands such as DUST DEVIL, FROZEN TEARS, JUGLANS REGIA, DRAGONIA and WEIRDREAMD. “D – Evolution” contains 4 songs with a live sound, a lot of double guitar work and solos, a very precise rhythm section and an exceptional vocalist. The songs are traditional, yet heavy and well executed, while the production is earthly and sounds like you hear them play live next door. “Quantom Jump” is my personal favorite on this disc. This is a nice gem for collectors of power metal and fans of IRON MAIDEN (mostly), SAXON, SAVATAGE, JUDAS PRIEST (early), HELSTAR, DARK QUARTERER.


Theodosis Moiras

Σάββατο, 13 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Ο πόλεμος των κόσμων

Ο πόλεμος των κόσμων

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Η αλήθεια είναι ότι μέχρι πρόσφατα γνώριζα την υπόθεση αυτού του βιβλίου μέσα από τις κινηματογραφικές μεταφορές του και του κόμικ που είχα διαβάσει από τα Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα. Η προσεγμένη έκδοση του βιβλίου από τις εκδόσεις ΕΡΑΤΩ σε συνδυασμό με την καλή τιμή που το βρήκα μου έδωσαν το κίνητρο να το αποκτήσω κι επιτέλους να το διαβάσω. Τελειώνοντας το βιβλίο συνειδητοποίησα για άλλη μια φορά αυτό που λένε ότι το βιβλίο είναι πάντα καλύτερο από οποιαδήποτε μεταφορά του σε ταινία ή κόμικ. Πραγματικά στο βιβλίο βρήκα λεπτομέρειες σχετικά με την ιστορία που μέχρι τότε αγνοούσα. Το σημαντικότερο, όμως, που κάνει ο συγγραφέας εδώ είναι να σκιαγραφήσει την ανθρώπινη συμπεριφορά απέναντι σε έναν καταστροφικό κίνδυνο με τρόπο ρεαλιστικό, αλλά και να κάνει την κριτική του στην ανθρώπινη αλαζονεία που μας κάνει να πιστεύουμε ότι είμαστε κυρίαρχοι του σύμπαντος. Περιττό να πω ότι το βιβλίο είναι ότι πιο επιδραστικό υπάρχει στο χώρο της επιστημονικής φαντασίας και της λογοτεχνίας τρόμου. Σκηνές εισβολής ή καταστροφής που έχετε διαβάσει σε οποιοδήποτε βιβλίο ή έχετε δει σε ταινίες επιστημονικής φαντασίας υπάρχουν ήδη εδώ. Μπορεί να "ξέρουμε" ότι ο πλανήτης Άρης δεν είναι κατοικήσιμος ή τουλάχιστον έτσι "θέλουν" να πιστεύουμε, αλλά πέρα από την προέλευση των εξωγήινων όντων το βιβλίο αυτό παραμένει επίκαιρο και σίγουρα είναι ένα από αυτά που πρέπει οπωσδήποτε κάποιος να διαβάσει.

Να σημειώσω επίσης για τους φίλους του φανταστικού ότι "Ο Πόλεμος Των Κόσμων" επηρέασε σαφώς τον Λαβκραφτ για να δημιουργήσει τη δική του μυθολογία. Οι Αρειανοί όπως περιγράφονται εδώ άνετα θα μπορούσαν να ανήκουν στη μυθολογία Κθούλου.

Κλείνοντας, όπως είπα η έκδοση αυτή είναι εξαιρετική, αλλά στο κεφάλαιο με τίτλο "Ο άνθρωπος στο Πάτνι Χιλ" (σελ. 290) λείπουν σελίδες.... Οπότε πριν το αγοράσετε εκλέξτε το δικό σας αντίγραφο.

Τρίτη, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2018

ARMONITE – And The Stars Above



ARMONITE – And The Stars Above

Cleopatra Records


Δεν έχει περάσει πολύς καιρός από την παρουσίαση του προηγούμενου δίσκου των Ιταλών ARMONITE που κάναμε εδώ. Πρόκειται, για όσους είχαν διαβάσει την προηγούμενη κριτική μου, για ένα πολύ ιδιαίτερο συγκρότημα που ξεκίνησε την καριέρα στα τέλη του το 1990 όταν τα 2 βασικά μέλη του συγκροτήματος, ο συνθέτης – πιανίστας Paolo Fosso και ο βιολιστής Jacopo Bigi φοιτούσαν μαζί στο κολέγιο. Μάλιστα τότε η μπάντα πρόλαβε να κυκλοφορήσει κι έναν δίσκο, αλλά από ότι καταλαβαίνω μάλλον κινούνταν σε διαφορετικά ηχητικά μονοπάτια σε σχέση με τις πρόσφατες κυκλοφορίες τους. Δυστυχώς το project εκείνη την εποχή δεν λειτούργησε και η μπάντα σταμάτησε τις δραστηριότητες της. Το 2015 και κρατώντας μόνο το όνομα ARMONITE οι 2 ως άνω μουσικοί συναντήθηκαν ξανά για να κυκλοφορήσουν το «ντεμπούτο» τους με τίτλο «The Sun Is New Each Day», του οποίου όπως προανέφερα παρουσίαση του θα βρείτε εδώ.

Σάββατο, 6 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Eluvian released debut album



Norwegian Melodic Death Metal band Eluvian released their debut album «Prophetic Flame». The album was recorded in "Midnight Studios" and mixed and produced by Cory Harbak in Canada.

Eluvian was formed in 2017 at the cold and mountainous west coast of Norway by Mads Smebakk (guitar) and Markus Olsen (vocals). Soon after Ludvig Pedersen (drums) and Espen Mork (bass) joined the band and the lineup was complete.

Παρασκευή, 5 Οκτωβρίου 2018

SKELETAL REMAINS - Devouring Mortality Review



SKELETAL REMAINS - Devouring Mortality

Dark Descent Records


Definitely some solid death metal in the vein of DEATH/PESTILENCE/OBITUARY et al.  I would have to say that some of the guitar riffs reflected that of DEATH's "Spiritual Healing."  Very similar vibe to it.  The vocals are the only part of the band that I think should be different, but they are what they are.  The music and production quality makes up for that aspect.  This one I thought is a better listen to than their previous album, though I thought both were pretty strong.

Τετάρτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2018

ACHELOUS – Macedon Review



ACHELOUS – Macedon

Metalfighters Records


This is a band I know really well and finally their third release is out, along with a free demo and a private EP CD, showing an enormous progress on their skills and sound. We are talking about one of the top 10 albums for Greek metal in 2018. Chris Kappas ex-singer for REFLECTION, shows a completely different face and prism of his vocal talent. The whole band along with the producer offers 100% of what they have. Excellent compositions, great guitar work, basic traditional melodies, a few female voices and folk elements are things to be found here. In general we are talking about a jewel for your CD collection; a must have for epic metal fans and the influences are similar to: WARLORD, MANOWAR, SAXON, ACCEPT, IRON MAIDEN, REFLECTION, SKYKLAD, FOLK EARTH, ATHLOS, SACRED BLOOD, MARAUDER, MANOWAR, HELSTAR, SAVATAGE, SCORPIONS, PRAYING MANTIS.

Παρασκευή, 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

SKELETAL REMAINS - Condemned To Misery Review



SKELETAL REMAINS - Condemned To Misery

F.D.A. Records


Definitely a sounding like DEATH/OBITUARY mixed in there, this death metal act does a good job at keeping the listener entranced in awe of a slaughter of the eardrums.  The riffs here are faster and furious than their latest, "Devouring Mortality."  I like their latest a bit more, the production quality is better sounding and the instruments are more augmented.  This one is more of a death metal solely type of album whereas I think their latest was flirting more with melodic pieces.

Τετάρτη, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

GRAVE DIGGER - LIVE IN THESSALONIKI 20-09-2014


Lethal Gram released debut EP



British Heavy Metal band Lethal Gram released their debut EP «Potentially Lethal». The EP was self-produced and recorded almost entirely at home, with the exception of drums, which were recorded at "The Boogie Trap Recording & Rehearsal Studio". Mixed by Alex Kazhdan and Mark Roytman and mastered by Graham Bate.

Lethal Gram was formed in 2017 at London, England by Alex Kazhdan. In April 2018 the lineup was completed consisting of Graham Bate (bass, vocals), Ronnie Onu (guitar, vocals) Alex Kazhdan (lead guitar) and Mark Roytman (drums, cowbell) and the work on the debut album was began. 

Δευτέρα, 24 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

HADAL SHERPA - Hadal Sherpa Review



HADAL SHERPA - Hadal Sherpa

Independent


HADAL SHERPA is a 5 member instrumental prog rock band from Finland. They combine melody and complexity on this eight track album. They have a very sweet sound on the guitars, a tight rhythm section and a virtuoso keyboard player. There are a few bouzouki tunes playing on the tracks which enhances the sweetness of the guitar riffs I mentioned before. If you dig stuff like JETHRO TULL, PORCUPINE TREE, KANSAS, ASIA, DREAM THEATER and instrumental prog rock, this is the best choice for your collection. The package comes on digi pack edition and as I know it sells fast.


Theodosis Moiras

Δευτέρα, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

MORBID ANGEL - Kingdom's Disdained Review



MORBID ANGEL - Kingdom's Disdained

Silver Lining Music


This is kind of a rehash to "Gateways To Annihilation" which was an outstanding album to say the least.  This one, I thought though was a little bit less of a great album than that because the riffs on the guitar were not as catchy nor do they either compare to old MORBID ANGEL circa David Vincent era such as "Alters of Madness" or "Covenant."  That was when MORBID ANGEL I think was at the top of their game when it comes to death metal releases and fresh music that's totally underground and fresh riffs.  On "Kingdom's Disdained" you don't get that vibe of the old band just "Gateways..."

Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

EVERSIN - Armageddon Genesi Review



EVERSIN - Armageddon Genesi

My Kingdom Music


The fourth full length studio release of EVERSIN has the title “Armageddon Genesi” and will be released in June this year. The release comes three years after their previous full length release entitled “Trinity: The Annihilation” and two years after their EP titled “Flaggelum Dei”.

Δευτέρα, 10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

Seventh Servant - The Almighty One (Official Lyric Video)


American heavy metal band founded by former Iced Earth vocalist John Greely, best known for his work on the Iced Earth classic 'Night of the Stormrider' album.

Line Up:
John Greely (Guitar, Vocals)
Ginger Sizemore (Bass)
Shawn Walker (Drums)