Album Reviews

Blues Pills - Lady In Gold

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I’m sure you remember the huge impact the BLUES PILLS phenomenon had in your music-life back in 2014, with tracks like “High Class Woman” and “Devil Man” gaining lots of air-play through internet stations, and how their self-titled debut conquered the top of many best-of lists, so there’s no need to underline how impatient we all were for their sophomore discographic step. Sure, their inspiring Blues-infused earthy Rock shook pretty good all the Press and the entire Rock community with many speaking about the rejuvenation of the ‘Age of Aquarius’-type of era, but listening carefully to their latest venture, titled “Lady In Gold”, I have to say that nowadays BLUES PILLS decided to show us their Gemini side, meaning that they present a different, ‘more Psychedelia / less Blues’ aspect of their music this time, stepping on a more Soul-laden motif and forms, leaving a bit behind the Blues powerful Rock that carried that ‘60s / ‘70s excitement and transformed us to big believers of time-traveling.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Friday, 12 August 2016 09:00

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Hammers Of Misfortune - Dead Revolution

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To say that something is truly unique and can’t be compared with something else is very rare these days. Of course, there are many fantastic records being released but for almost any new band (with a decade or so history), references can be made to something else. Ok, HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE have been around for almost two decades and have been grinding and developing their sound with every album. Their unique sound has been kept though and it happens in “Dead Revolution”. In comparison with the now five-year old “17:th Street”, this new album feels a little more straightforward and heavier which I assume can be assigned to Will Carrol. The beat is definitely much more Heavy Metal and that really suites these songs.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 12 August 2016 08:56

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The Order Of Israfel - Red Robes

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It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sweden and Doom Metal do so well together that one can trust a new band with eyes closed. Ok, there are a few exceptions out there and also there are those cases where the copying / pasting is too much to handle. In this context stands the two years old band THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL who released the sophomore LP, “Red Robes” in the end of May and like many other cases managed to catch my attention through the album’s cover artwork. As I’ve said in the past, I have a strong nose when it comes to how good an album will turn out to be just by looking at its cover artwork and since my success rate is so high, I’ve learned to trust this.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 12 August 2016 08:52

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Arkham Witch - Get Thothed Vol. II

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There are lots of things for me to like in ARKHAM WITCH and I will give a sample by mentioning the anti-star attitude, the NWOBHM guitars, the Lovecraft-ian thematology and what’s probably the most important of all; the band freewill being absolutely bound by nothing. Ok, the last one is purely based on my intuition but I would be shocked if I learned that it was not true. So, after the extremely good “I Am Providence”, ARKHAM WITCH returned with the blessings from The Old Ones, with the second of the three THE LAMP OF THOTH EPs, a.k.a. “Get Thothed” trilogy, containing three covers and one previously unreleased song.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 12 August 2016 08:44

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