Album Reviews

Black Trip - Shadowline

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Bam! There are still some new bands able to create a time paradox and you’ll find yourself checking what year it is because the music says otherwise. Yup, this is the case with Swedish BLACK TRIP’s sophomore offering “Shadowline” (that will be out in a couple of days depending on which side of the Atlantic you are), and it won’t be too much to say that Joesph Troll is another version of Paul Di’Anno...

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:17

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Rotting Christ - Lucifer Over Athens

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Hands and crosses down, ROTTING CHRIST is the best Greek Metal band with an impressive back-catalogue and many tours all around the world. With two and a half decades of existence, the Greek band has achieved the legendary status and hence is (or should be) included in the elite of Black Metal. Although the many tours and the impressive albums are enough to praise ROTTING CHRIST, to my mind their biggest achievement is creating a unique music ID but without sounding stale but always pushing the envelope not being afraid to try and eventually break new grounds. After all, and as many other Metal artists have said (MOONSPELL’s Fernardo Ribeiro and MELECHESH’s Ashmedi come immediately to mind), Sakis has a unique voice and pronunciation, making the sound of ROTTING CHRIST so recognizable (and awesome). So, “Lucifer Over Athens” is the recording of two shows in the band’s hometown, Athens (Greece) which is packed with more music and less talking. Ok, the talking is in Greek and it can be a pain to understand...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:03

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Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

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There aren’t many artists / music-makers out there able to successfully capture exactly the feeling of a specific state of mind / psych, and since nowadays the majority of the music market works like a well-oiled clock, having as main reason of existence the production of single-song hits that will sell quickly on iTunes and whatnot, this is underlined even more. Soon enough, these hits are getting lost into oblivion, since the record labels do not invest more time (and money) to build an entire project around an album and let it grow into the listeners’ mind. It seems that the modern days’ homo listeneralis is in need of as many catchy tunes as possible and consume 'em really fast, sacrificing the quality the genuine song-writers have to offer, passing by the opportunity of getting in touch with really good music that could act as a therapeutic substance for the majority of modern world’s problems (check Friedrich Nietzsche’s approach in music will convince you for that). Contrary to this situation, Chelsea Wolfe continues fighting with the intent to give flesh and bone to her deepest fears, dark desires and paralytic dreams through her wonderfully dramatic mixture of Drone / Folk music. After the outstanding “Pain Is Beauty” of 2013 (which I bet most of you learnt from the ‘Game Of Thrones’ TV series and the “Feral Love” that accompanied last season’s trailer), Ms. Wolfe strikes back with “Abyss” which deals with sleep paralysis she has been experiencing since she was a child.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:26

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Godless Angel - Harvester Of Shadows

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Derek Neibarger, a 45 year old from Lawrence, Kansas, has been working hard on his own with GODLESS ANGEL whose “Harvester Of Shadows” is the second full length release. And I get it, it’s both fun, easy and affordable to create and record music at home these days but some of these releases really kill the scene (according to Metal Archives, "almost 3.700 full length albums were released this year already compared to 136 in 1985"). I’d say GODLESS ANGEL is part of those bands. I mean, projects here and there and not real bands pushing out records, how could anyone really succeed and stay in the music business today...

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:14

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