Album Reviews

Firewind - Immortals

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At last, FIREWIND decided to break the almost five years long hiatus and are ready to drop “Immortals” which I think will be the first concept album in the band’s back catalogue. I am sure the band’s die-hard Power Metal fans will rejoice because according to Gus’ sayings (check the interview HERE), this album marks the return to the Power Metal norms that FIREWIND introduced with the first three albums. However, hearing him explaining this decision made me feel a bit sad, since an artist is by default meant to be free and not be confined inside boxes that we, the fans, are very willing to create. So, I was extremely cautious and a bit skeptical before clicking on the 'play' button to see how “Immortals would break this five-year studio silence, having Mr. Henning Basse behind the mic.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 13 January 2017 11:16

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October 31 - Metal Massacre 31

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Even though my point of origin stands from the other side of the Atlantic, I do understand the impact the “Metal Massacre” collections had on spreading the word of Metal in the US and giving the chance for some young bands to get a recording out. OCTOBER 31 also acknowledge the influential works of Metal Blade so they come up with a 10-track collection with covers on songs which saw the light of the day being part of those eight volumes.  “Metal Massacre 31” will get you back in time, so you can take a glimpse of how the US / Canadian Metal scene was shaping up and - who knows? - you may dig deep in your collection and re-spin some of those gems.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 13 January 2017 09:32

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Binary Creed - A Battle Won

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It’s not often a Swedish band I’ve never heard of before can surprise me as BINARY CREED did with their second full length album “A Battle Won”. The Umeå-based quintet has really managed to compose a dark and heavy record with a lot of interesting twists, turns and tunes, really excellent Prog / Power Metal.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 13 January 2017 09:24

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Glenn Hughes - Resonate

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I saw DEEP PURPLE at Fyrishov in Uppsala, Sweden sometime in the '90s (it must have been during the ‘Purpendicular’ tour) and then I got a flyer saying Glenn Hughes was playing a club downtown and the DEEP PURPLE ticket granted free entrance to that show. Before this, Glenn hadn’t made a huge impression on me - ok, I’d only seen him do a few songs on the Zeppelin Awards together with John Norum but the impression didn’t last. But hey, this was free, so he could absolutely get another shot. I thought I’d stay for a few songs since it was getting late, but before I knew it, Glenn and his band said "thank you and goodnight" and I realized a full 90 minutes or so set had passed.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 13 January 2017 09:13

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