Album Reviews

Rotting Christ - Rituals

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“Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” opened a brand new chapter for ROTTING CHRIST and watched Sakis opening new songwriting grounds and then solidifying a really unique sound. The use of different languages and musical instruments became part of the band’s trademark sound and carved new pathways to places which are rarely explored by the Metal genre. I am sure some of you may frown upon my saying thinking that I am just overselling ROTTING CHRIST following some short of a hidden agenda because this album is 'just one of the same'. But no, it is not; you just need to dig your heels deep and resist the fast-food listening habits we have adopted while unsuccessfully trying to absorb all these music being released in a relentless rate. Without further ado, let’s dim the lights and open this heavy book full of rituals and brace ourselves because when you stare into the abyss, the abyss will stare back at you.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:47

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Exumer - The Raging Tides

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It’s not my intention to stop or even badmouth those young bands for pursuing the old-school sound by practically copy/pasting what was happening back in those days. But I think it’s a fact that there is no better way to sound like the '80s than in fact being an '80s band' and this is exactly what’s happening with the kind of Thrash EXUMER have put together in the second LP of their post-reactivation era. The album is called “The Raging Tides” and if one wanted a secondary title' then that would have been the raging riffs because there is an abundance of those' so you better be warmed-up before hitting the 'play' button.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:08

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Meneapneontes - Promachos

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Black Metal can be a really diverse music genre and, in fact, works great with many languages aside from the English one. All the Scandinavian languages fit the prime form of Black Metal, adding an extra raw layer due to the strange-sounding pronunciation. In the same wavelength is the Greek language which has been used by quite a few bands with impressive success, with KAWIR and ROTTING CHRIST coming on top of my mind. Of course, I am referring to the Ancient Greek dialect which has the ability to adapt in almost every type of Black Metal, and if this is news to you, then you should investigate more. Obviously, the two Greeks of MENEAPNEONTES (a rough translation is "those who are furious") do exactly this in their debut album “Promachos” which have been visiting my stereo player for quite some time now.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:17

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Praetoria - Mirror Of Modernity

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Everyone knows that the French are a bit crazy, right? (no offense, this statement is mainly based on Monty Python sketches). But when it comes to crazy French people combined with Metal, the crazy part is a really good thing. I mean, there’s always a special vibe over French Metal. This is perhaps more prominent when we’re talking about more classic styles like Heavy Metal or Thrash Metal than modern Death Metal or Deathcore. So yes, we’re talking about French Metal here and PRAETORIA for sure fall under that signature as their first full length album “Mirror Of Modernity” contains some serious crazy stuff.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:11

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