Πέμπτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2018

MONSTROSITY - Passage of Existence Review



MONSTROSITY - Passage of Existence

Metal Blade Records


It's been a long while since MONSTROSITY released a full-length album. But it definitely was worth the wait in gold. This isn't a "typical" death metal album.  The production quality was not the greatest, though. It sounded a bit flat. But that doesn't take away from the magic of the album. Almost 60 minutes of pure awesome riff-tastic songs. I don't think that there's a song on here that I didn't like. The reason is the music is really fresh and noteworthy. They play fast and technical, the music just grapples you. It really makes a difference when you're hearing brand new different sounds as well as vocals.

Δευτέρα, 26 Νοεμβρίου 2018

ENTRAILS - World Inferno Review



ENTRAILS - World Inferno

Metal Blade Records


Brutal Swedish death metal in the vein of ENTOMBED, though this one has a little more insane vocals. The guitars are heavy and the atmosphere totally grim, dark, depressing. This is one of their heavier releases. The old school ENTRAILS reflected solely that of ENTOMBED, almost a replica. But now it seems like they're venturing away from their roots and coming into their own. 'World Inferno' is a combination of growling/screaming, insane guitars, pounding drums and furious tempos. The production quality on this is quite good. I think it does the band justice in that department, more so than past releases.

Σάββατο, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2018

GABRIELE BELLINI – 2018 – D.C. “Definitive Collection” Review



GABRIELE BELLINI – 2018 – D.C. “Definitive Collection”

Qua Rock Records


Ο GABRIELE BELLINI είναι ένας εξαιρετικός κιθαρίστας, αλλά αυτό που τον καθιστά άξιο ενδιαφέροντος δεν είναι μόνο η εκτελεστική του δεινότητα και οι γνώσεις του στην ηλεκτρική κιθάρα. Το σημαντικότερο όλων είναι ότι πρόκειται για ένα ανήσυχο δημιουργικό πνεύμα που πειραματίζεται με διαφόρων ειδών ήχους και μουσικές. Εκεί, λοιπόν, που οι άλλοι δημιουργοί βλέπουν όρια και περιορισμούς από το μουσικό είδος που υπηρετούν, αυτός δεν διστάζει να παντρέψει διαφορετικούς και φαινομενικά ετερόκλητους ήχους και να δημιουργήσει κάτι πραγματικά πρωτότυπο και άξιο ενδιαφέροντος.

Πέμπτη, 22 Νοεμβρίου 2018

DEICIDE - Overtures of Blasphemy Review



DEICIDE - Overtures of Blasphemy

Century Media Records


I'm not sure if this album was worth 5 years upon arising, but I gave it a "B" anyway since DEICIDE is still playing aggressive death metal after 30+ years of being in existence.  I'm going to say it but I always liked them the most with the Hoffman brothers in the band. They just were so much more creative from their debut all the way up unto 'Scars of the Crucifix'. But now with newer lineups Ralph Santolla's passing and recruiting members to that of the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Order of Ennead, and Monstrosity things will never be the same again. Nothing can replace the innovative first two releases. But this is them now.

Τετάρτη, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2018

AGON - Hollowed Lake



American Atmospheric Black Metal band Agon released their debut album «Hollowed Lake». The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andre Basora in "Blackened Remains Studio".

The band was formed in 2018 in Miami, Florida as a solo project of Andre Basora who wrote and recorded all his music.

Τρίτη, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2018

RHODIUM - Scream into the Void Review



RHODIUM - Scream into the Void

Independent


Well, have you ever made mistakes with your judgment? Ever criticize something or somebody and then you realize that you were wrong? Well I have… some time ago, I had the chance to hear a part of the preproduction of this recording with rough vocals and totally rough mixed sound... actually through the discussions with the guitarist, I told my exact opinion… the sound was rough, the production needed work but the magic of heavy metal was all around. The guy I was talking with was partly offended yet he understood and then we parted ways...

Κυριακή, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2018

CARMELO CALTAGIRONE – The Iron Man Review



CARMELO CALTAGIRONE – The Iron Man

Cielom Records


Δεν έχει πολύ καιρό που παρουσίασα μέσω της σελίδας μου αυτής την κυκλοφορία του Ιταλού κιθαρίστα CARMELO CALTAGIRONE με τίτλο «F*ck*d Alien», η οποία ουσιαστικά πρόκειται για μια συλλογή συνθέσεων του καλλιτέχνη από το 2012 μέχρι το 2017.

Πέμπτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2018

SATHANAS - Necrohymns Review



SATHANAS - Necrohymns

Transcending Obscurity Records


Front man Paul Tucker does a good job of songwriting here, producing some pretty intensive blackened thrash metal. I'd say it's a step-up from 'Worship the Devil'. It's stronger in the riff department and production. The length of the album is a little short though, spewing out eight songs and thirty-two minutes in length. But that doesn't take away from the sick music/lyrical concepts this record has to offer. Every song is good, solid and riff-wise the music is positively solid. The production sound is a bit raw, but by thought and design.  The vocals are screaming as with past releases and duplicated. This one is even with more aggression.

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.