Album Reviews

Heavy Load - Stronger Than Evil

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Most of the times reissues play a nostalgia role and for a short while bring to the spotlight some long-forgotten band. In this case, No Remorse Records re-releases HEAVY LOAD’s “Stronger Than Evil” to remind us this historic band but also to wet our appetite for the upcoming live appearances where the Wahlquist brothers will (re)deliver their early Heavy Metal of Swedish origin. Yeah, HEAVY LOAD was formed in the mid-'70s in a non-existent Swedish Metal scene.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:51

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Terror Universal - Make Them Bleed

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It is best to address the elephant in the room and say right out off the bat that TERROR UNIVERSAL have similar looks with SLIPKNOT, and after having spent a lot of listening time with their debut, “Make Them Bleed”, I can safely say that these references / influences expand to their music as well. Although, this “connection” is definitely on plain sight, it can also be unfair to the US modern / groove Metal band because for some, any affiliation with SLIPKNOT is a considered a show-stopper. At any rate, you should listen first, leaving aside the looks for all those behind-the-keyboard-know-it-alls...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:46

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Stygian Fair - Into The Coven

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It's rare that a Swedish band strikes in a way STYGIAN FAIR did when first digging in to “Into The Coven” EP. For sure, the production and general sounds leaves more to wish for as it is primitive and feels more like a demo than an official release. Honestly, it took a while to buy it all and get into the music due to the sound. But there was something that caught my interest anyway and right from first “By The Gallows”, the fine details and creativity in the songwriting show. It's a mix of FATES WARNING and SOLITUDE AETURNUS and how those bands sounded a bit into their careers. The structure of the riff and change in time definitely draws similarities to FATES WARNING while the general feel deviates for it. Another more contemporary reference that came to mind was CORSAIR; the muddy sound is what gets me to that direction but also parts of the riff. So, it's hard to label STYGIAN FAIR.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:43

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White Skull - Will Of The Strong

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It's funny sometimes how the impression of a record can change after a few spins, when it starts to settle in. I really thought I was over my head when giving WHITE SKULL's “Will Of The Strong” a go for the review. Musically, it's grand, over the top and packed with every cliché in the book when it comes to Italian Power Metal. No doubt there, but one wouldn't want it any other way!

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:40

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