Πέμπτη, 31 Ιανουαρίου 2019

HELLIGATORS – Road Roller Machine Review


HELLIGATORS – Road Roller Machine

Sliptrick Records


Οι Ιταλοί σίγουρα έχουν την ικανότητα να φαίνονται (ή πιο συγκεκριμένα εδώ να ακούγονται) πιο Αμερικανοί από τους Αμερικανούς. Αν, λοιπόν, υπήρχε ηχητικά κάτι αντίστοιχο του σπαγγέτι γουέστερν, τότε σίγουρα θα ήταν οι HELLIGATORS.

Σάββατο, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2019

CALEA DREAMING released debut album



Australian Atmospheric Post-Black Metal band CALEA DREAMING released their debut album «The Rainforest Canopy». The album was recorded/mixed and mastered by Calea in "Huon Pine Studio".

CALEA DREAMING was formed in 2016 at Coffs Harbour, Australia as a one man project creating a mix of instrumental atmospheric post black metal, inspired by the natural landscapes that surround Calea's home region. In 2018 the band released their first single ‘The Morning Sun’.

Τετάρτη, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2019

KILMARA - Across the Realm of Time Review


KILMARA - Across the Realm of Time

Rock of Angels Records


Οι Ισπανοί KILMARA μπορεί να μην σας λένε κάτι σαν όνομα, αλλά έχουν μια σημαντική και σχετικά παραγωγική διαδρομή στον χώρο της underground metal σκηνής. Η καριέρα τους ξεκίνησε το 2003 και μέχρι σήμερα έχουν κυκλοφορήσει 4 στούντιο άλμπουμ.

Κυριακή, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2019

JOAKEM released debut album



Cyprus Progressive Metal musician JOAKEM released his debut album «Mind Matter». The album was recorded/mixed by Chris Charalambides at "Soundscape Studios" and mastered by Alex Psaroudakis at "Alex Psaroudakis Mastering" in New York. Musically the album is a blend of complex melodies and time signatures, heavy synth sounds, aggressive guitars, intricate drum patterns and a blend of different vocal techniques.

JOAKEM is a solo project of Stelios Ioakim. He gained international publicity after being the finalist of "The Voice" of Greece, taking second place. In February of 2018 he released his first solo work, the progressive rock single called “The Path” followed by his second single released in November 2018 titled “Generation Z”.

Παρασκευή, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2019

WARTHORN - G.O.D Review



WARTHORN - G.O.D

Envenomed Music


WARTHORN come from Salonica, Greece. A super dynamic death /thrash four piece band delivering the Scandinavian way of this genre. This is WARTHORN’s first full album after a CDR in 2016 that later was released on tape also (2017).

Τετάρτη, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2019

SKYGLOW released their debut album «Thousand Years of Terror»



Russian Progressive Death Metal band SKYGLOW released their debut album «Thousand Years of Terror». The album was recorded in "AVSound Records" and mixed/mastered at "TsunTsun Productions" by Alexander Borovykh.

SKYGLOW was formed in 2016 at Moscow, Russia as a musical project of the composer and vocalist Alexander Mokin. In 2017 Sergey Stepanenko (guitar/bass) joined the band and the record process of the album has begun. Drums were recorded by Dmitry Kim (Morton, Jinjer).

Ο δρόμος της δόξας

Ο δρόμος της δόξας

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Ο δρόμος της δόξας" είναι ένα βιβλίο που είχα αγοράσει στην ηλικία των 11 - 12 χρονών. Φανατικός λάτρης της επιστημονικής φαντασίας και διψούσα να διαβάζω για περιπέτειες στο διάστημα. Ενώ, λοιπόν, ξεκίνησα να το διαβάζω, δεν το τελείωσα ποτέ και και κατόπιν το έχασα. Παρ' όλα αυτά πάντα το είχα στο νου μου. Τον Δεκέμβρη, λοιπόν, που μας πέρασε είχα την χαρά να το βρω σε βιβλιοπωλείο μεταχειρισμένων βιβλίων και το αγόρασα αμέσως. Κι επιτέλους, χαίρομαι, που κατάφερα να τελειώσω αυτό που είχα αρχίσει παιδί.

Δευτέρα, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2019

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Abysmal Review



THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Abysmal

Metal Blade Records


This is what a melodic death album should sound like. With precision in the songwriting, a solid production quality, insane vocals, and uncompromising way of each composition. The songs are chaotic, but well played out guitar/drum-wise. Each instrument was mixing with exactitude. I really enjoyed this album over their latest because everything on the production fit in. The melodies were catchy and uncompromising. The leads are superb and done immaculately. There's no letting up on the intensity of this album. It's in your face melodic death. The vocals taking right form both in low and screaming tones. The latter more so.

Κυριακή, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2019

HUMUNGUS – Warband Review



HUMUNGUS – Warband

Killer Metal Records


HUMUNGUS come from Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. The band was formed in 2010 and in 2011 they released their first 5 track EP entitled “Drinkin' a Beer” and after that in 2012 their 2 track EP under the title “Shark Castle”. Their debut full length release which has the title “Warband” was released for the first time in 2015 as an independent release and lately it was released again by the German metal label Killer Metal Records, which in my opinion is a label with a good taste in the traditional metal sound.

Πέμπτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2019

BELLE MORTE - «Game On» EP



Belarusian Symphonic/Gothic Metal band BELLE MORTE released their new EP «Game On». The EP was recorded at "Microphone Studio" and mixed/mastered by Sergei Butovski.

BELLE MORTE is a solo project from Minsk, Belarus formed in 2015. The idea behind BELLE MORTE is combining the beautiful and innocent part (Belle) with malicious and twisted one (Morte). The first single "Mercy" released on Dec 9, 2017 belongs to "Belle", while the second one "Devilish Deal" is all about "Morte". Right now the band is recording the debut album with full lineup, that is expected to be released in 2019


IBRIDOMA - City of Ruins Review



IBRIDOMA - City of Ruins

Punishment 18 Records

IBRIDOMA is a hard working band from Italy and “City of Ruins” is their ninth and current release.

Τετάρτη, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2019

PIG DESTROYER - Head Cage Review



PIG DESTROYER - Head Cage

Relapse Records


Well, even though they're categorized as being grindcore, they don't have an overabundance of blast beating drum-wise. Sure with the opener you hear some intense Mick Harris (ex-NAPALM DEATH, ex-DEFECATION) blasting, but it slows down. Most tracks have few real intense fast paced music, but I'd say that there isn't an overly technical album with crazy tempos. There are some tracks that have some, but most of them aren't overly-intense. They're more groove-laden death metal to me, not grindcore. It reflects some newer NAPALM DEATH and some of the riffs reflect that of NASUM, et al. NASUM was definitely faster than these guys.

Τρίτη, 8 Ιανουαρίου 2019

KAISAS - Steamin' Video


This January 8th, marks the 28th anniversary of the passing of guitarist Steve Clark.

Babis Kaisas and his project Kaisas, decided to honor the iconic guitar player, with a song on their new, long  awaited album “Martyria” (5 years after the previous “Degitalize”).

“Steamin'” is the first promo lyric video from the new album released by Sleaszy Rider records.

Acording to Babis Kaisas: “Steve was, is, and always will be, a great influence on me, whether I want it or not. Even though I got into Def Leppard in the “Adrenalize” era, when Steve had already passed away, his ghost was present on the album, and I guess it's something that haunted me ever since, as I became a fan, and Leppard defined a lot of my musical taste. The thought of honoring him (and them), crossed my mind a few times, but the song didn't actually become “Steamin'” till his nickname just jumped in my head while listening over and over to the instrumental piece that it was at the time. It came really naturally. After that, I knew what I had to do. Try and tell Steve's story. From what i've read, seen, heard...          

God bless you Steve, there's a lot of people that still miss you”...

Δευτέρα, 7 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Γαλήνη

Γαλήνη

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Τελειώνοντας το βιβλίο αυτό έχεις την αίσθηση ότι διάβασες κάτι ιερό, ένα κείμενο γραμμένο με τον ιδρώτα, τα δάκρυα, αλλά και τα όνειρα των προσφύγων. Δεν υπάρχει "κάθαρση" εδώ, ούτε χαρούμενο τέλος. Υπάρχει ο ρεαλισμός των βασάνων που πέρασαν οι πρόσφυγες ερχόμενοι από την Μικρασιατική καταστροφή. Υπάρχει ο αγώνας κι ο κόπος τους να ριζώσουν στη νέα γη που δεν τους καλοδέχτηκε και η προσπάθεια τους να συμφιλιωθούν με την οριστική απώλεια της πραγματικής τους πατρίδας. Κι όλα αυτά δίνονται με έναν τρόπο ποιητικό που δίνει μια λυρικότητα στο δράμα των προσφύγων.

FONDLECORPSE - Creaturegore Review



FONDLECORPSE - Creaturegore

Razorback Recordings


I've heard of this band for a while, but never really checked them out. That is, until pretty recently. I wasn't able to get their newest release, so I settled for this one. And man, what a killer death metal band! They had a lot of people (musicians) filling in on here, but the main core of the band was still on here. The release was heavy, but not overly brutal. Quality death metal from the Netherlands. They do a good job with their songwriting techniques. I really applaud 'Creaturegore' and think the band has a long future. They've just had to keep on being consistent with not too many gaps between releases.

Σάββατο, 5 Ιανουαρίου 2019

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JUNE 1974 – Nemesi Review



JUNE 1974 – Nemesi

Visionaire Records


Κατ’ αρχήν το όνομα της μπάντας από μόνο του σε ιντριγκάρει. Σε κάνει να ψάξεις από πού το εμπνεύστηκε ο καλλιτέχνης και τι σημαίνει. Δυστυχώς στο βιογραφικό που συνοδεύει την παρούσα κυκλοφορία δεν αναφέρεται κάτι. Επίσης σε μια έρευνα που έκανα στην Wikipedia βρήκα πολλές αναφορές για τον Ιούνιο του 1974, αλλά και πάλι δεν μπόρεσα να κατασταλάξω σε κάποιο συμπέρασμα. Πιθανόν, ο Federico Romano που είναι ο «εγκέφαλος» της συγκεκριμένης δουλειάς να έχει γεννηθεί το 1974. Αν εσείς έχετε κάποια πληροφορία παραπάνω, παρακαλώ αφήστε το σχόλιο σας κάτω από αυτή την παρουσίαση.

Παρασκευή, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2019

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Nightbringers Review



THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Nightbringers

Metal Blade Records


I thought that this deserved a better rating overall from listeners worldwide, but hopefully my score will boost the rating average. So, let me tell you why...these guys give a new meaning to the words "intense melodic death metal." They have a unique style musically. Not to mention constant screaming doused with some occasional low-bellowing vocals. It enhances their music, though the riffs are in an utmost full roar, barely slowing down. There are acoustic bits and pieces with the guitar, but VERY SHORT. These guys are very serious about their music and it shows on the recording of this album.

Πέμπτη, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Το τέρας της σελήνης

Το τέρας της σελήνης

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ο Α. Ε. ΒΑΝ ΒΟΓΚΤ είναι ένας από τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς επιστημονικής φαντασίας της επονομαζόμενης "Χρυσής Εποχής". Ένας συγγραφέας που χαρακτηρίζεται από την πλούσια φαντασία του και την καταιγιστική δράση που προσφέρει στα βιβλία του.

Τετάρτη, 2 Ιανουαρίου 2019

PARRIS HYDE - Undercover 1 EP Review



PARRIS HYDE - Undercover 1 EP

Freemood


Ο Parris Hyde είναι μουσικός (τραγουδιστής) και συνθέτης που γεννήθηκε στο Μιλάνο της Ιταλίας. Μαζί με τους μουσικούς Paul Crow (guitar), Max Dean (bass) and Karl Teskio (drums) δημιούργησε το συγκρότημα που φέρει το δικό του όνομα. Ήδη έχουν κυκλοφορήσει τον πρώτο μεγάλης διάρκειας δίσκο τους με τίτλο «Mors Tua, Vita Mea» και το οποίο έχω παρουσιάσει εδώ.