Album Reviews

Crime - First Crime

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Two things drew my attention towards CRIME’s EP “First Crime”; it will get the cassette tape treatment (yeah, those things are still out there) and the band’s point of origin. You see, bands from South America have the tendency to play old-school Metal and be extremely good, no matter the age of the lineup. So, to my mind, those two elements were more than enough to see what CRIME have in store, even though I already knew the outcome of this encounter...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:44

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Overkill - The Grinding Wheel

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If you look up the word OVERKILL in the great Metal dictionary, you’ll find these synonyms: consistency and reliability. Yeah, this New Jersey-based grinding machine has been putting amazing albums back to back, and aside from the legendary LPs, everything they have release since “Immortalis” is amazing. Of course, having a great back-catalogue is just half of the number of yards a band has to go to achieve the legendary status, and this is nothing other than being able to deliver these goods from the stage in a concert setup. And there, my friends, OVERKILL really shine and, most of the times, the music sounds ten times better than on the record. I guess this band is writing music with the mindset to be played loud and live, and “The Grinding Wheel” serves this purpose single handedly.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:35

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Vanderberg - Devil May Care

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I never really cleared out if Marc Vanderberg is doing all instruments himself or if he has a band backing him up. He’s been gathering a bunch of prominent musicians for his first full length album “Devil May Care” though and that’s what caught my interest. I really liked what Göran Edman did with Yngwie Malmsteen and basically everything else he’s been doing sounds good too.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:23

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Bill & Phil - Songs Of Darkness And Despair

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If you leave aside all the (mainly) online hatred related to Phil’s doings (or if you prefer alleged actions), then what is left is a highly productive musician who likes doing whatever feels good at any given moment, being totally free from any expectations or musts. Yeah, if you take a look at what Phil has done the last years, and then try to find a connective line, then most probably you’ll fail because his musical explorations are pretty music all over the Metal map. This is exactly what I respect about him, even though I may not like whatever he is putting out. Additionally, having new music out is a most welcomed distraction from all the other ‘stuff’, if you know what I mean. So, his latest venture involves iconic actor Bill Moseley, and under the title “Songs Of Darkness And Despair”, offers 5 and a quarter of songs with each of them bearing a different flavor.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Sunday, 05 February 2017 11:50

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