Album Reviews

Captain Crimson - Remind

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Looking back at what I wrote about 2012’s CAPTAIN CRIMSON’s LP “Dancing Madly Backwards”, I recall wondering if there were any news from the BLOWBACK camp, and apparently I got my answer when I saw BLOWBACK’s vocalist Stefan Lillhager standing behind the mic for the third release of CAPTAIN CRIMSON (and herein discussed), “Remind”. Yup, it’s not a big secret that the retro-laden Blues Rock scene in Sweden (hail Örebro!) sees a lot of members changing projects and roles in bands, and to me, this shows a strong and confident musicianship that first and foremost wants the musicians to have fun with their doings. So, looking towards a totally positive mind-of-view in music-making where it’s not all about the money after all, let’s push together the ‘play’ button with “Remind” in position and see what CAPTAIN CRIMSON have in store for us.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:57

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Kee Marcello - Scaling Up

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I listened to the promotional clips and watched the videos from Kee Marcello’s new solo album “Scaling Up” and they brought quite mixed emotions. After reading his biography “The Rockstar God Forgot” (check it out HERE), it’s hard to not like him. But frankly, all of what I heard didn’t convince me that this album would be a smash. Since the only option for review was streaming, I had no other choice than to buy the damn album regardless if I liked it or not.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:45

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Artillery - Penalty By Perception

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Danish Dynamite, riffalicious. Perhaps it isn’t the same as it was back in the day but for sure ARTILLERY’s “Penalty By Perception” goes down fine with me. I really like the punch in the riffs; they are technical and pure perfection. It also feels like the songs are more adapted to suite Michael Bastholm Dahl’s way of singing as compared to the now three-year-old “Legion” album. Which was also good but the fit between riffs and vocals are perfect here. Michael’s rather high pitched vocals make the sound more modern and not the same classic Thrash Metal sound that is common for the band. Bands as INTO ETERNITY or the landsmen in MERCENARY come to mind. And I don’t mind that at all.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:36

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Witchtrap - Trap The Witch

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I’m already reading your thoughts: “Metal is all about density; that thick growl of angry guitar, the epic thud of possessed kick drum”. There are tons of Heavy Metal bands that managed to achieve that roar with the minimum amount of musicians, creating some pretty kickass, thick layers of music defined by a sharp rhythmic agility and probably some hoarse vocals. Of course, reading the above lines your mind instantly will go to MOTÖRHEAD, and please keep this thought in mind, because we may need it going forward. Back to music; today’s assignment is taking a closer look to Colombia’s power trio WITCHTRAP and their latest effort “Trap The Witch”, so in case you’re good in math, take a look at the band’s name and origin, multiply this by the three-word-title, add some points to the equation taken off the old-school cover artwork, and let’s see what this is about. Ready?

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Sunday, 06 November 2016 08:51

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