Album Reviews

Devildriver - Trust No One

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The news about the three members leaving DEVILDRIVER, combined with the reactivation of COAL CHAMBER, made me think that the end of the Californian Groove Metal band was really imminent. Fortunately, Dez Fafara and Mike Spreitzer did not consider quitting, but instead forged ahead, enlisted new musicians and then got in the studio with “Trust No One” being the result. “Did DEVILDRIVER change their sound?” or “what was the impact of these lineup changes?” are the logical questions one can make in anticipation of the new LP.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:45

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Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional

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I cannot claim that I am a diehard follower of HATEBREED and for sure you can blame my age for this, or just my European ancestry. You see, Metalcore is not the easiest pill for an old metalhead to swallow, especially if he is located on the other side of the Atlantic. However, things have gravely changed and nowadays the taste differences between continents have been smoothed out and Metalcore bands come from all around the world. Anyway, “The Concrete Confessional” managed to break my mind’s boundaries and got stuck although I can claim the album’s Thrash(-ier) as an exonerating piece of evidence...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:38

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Striker - Stand In The Fire

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Canada’s STRIKER had managed to put a strong foot on the door of the '80s-inspired and riff-based Heavy Metal, having released pretty solid albums with “City Of Gold” being one of their highest moments. Still, their new LP “Stand In The Fire” slipped through the cracks and really, I almost forgot about this, simply because I relied on the record label to send the appropriate heads-up press-release that the album was due. Apparently, STRIKER are now without a record deal, something that is absolutely bizarre considering the fuss around their name and, most importantly, the very good music they are putting out. Anyway, I’m glad that this situation changed and “Stand In The Fire” spent enough time inside my player and have been revisiting this since then.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:37

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Batushka - Litourgiya

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One of the few things (it may be the only one) I like with the so-called social media is the exposure to music that otherwise would have slipped through the cracks. You see, the number of new albums is ridiculously high. so the probability of missing good stuff flirts with becoming a certainty and that would be a great loss. So yes, getting random posts with sometimes interesting music suggestions is mostly welcomed. This is how I came across Poland’s BATUSHKA and their debut release “Litourgiya” that got me hooked right away.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:32

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