Album Reviews

Cloven Hoof - Who Mourns For The Morning Star?

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NWOBHM is a rather wide definition of music, whether the weight is on Hard Rock or leans towards Heavy Metal. CLOVEN HOOF definitely stretch over the whole spectrum with everything from very Heavy and Epic tracks to rather light weight Hard Rock is featured on all of their releases while sticking inside the borders to keep the records as an a solid entity. It's the same with “Who Mourns For the Morning Star?" which starts with the heavy "Star Rider" after the DIO-esque intro that sets a good mode straight off. I love the changes in the track and that the music pauses a little with the riff taken down in terms of intensity during the chorus. This track struck immediately, it's catchy and heavy. The very mellow verses in “Song Of Orpheus” with a very high-pitched vocal line felt odd on the first spin but the more I've listened the better it got and the contrast towards the chorus worked perfectly in the end. The dynamics and stomp in the chorus-line really make a difference.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:18

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Crimson Dawn - Chronicles Of An Undead Hunter

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You know that feeling when you don’t really know what hit you, but you know you’re on something good? It can be either excitement or just well-being. Anyway, this happened on my first encounter with Italian CRIMSON DAWN when they played the ‘Malta Doom Metal' festival a few years ago. It’s hard to pinpoint what made them to stand out among a bunch of fantastic bands playing that year but they sure got to me and so did “Chronicles Of An Undead Hunter” which is CRIMSON DAWN’s second full length album.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:01

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Aherusia - Prometheus: Seven Principles On How To Be Invincible

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Considering how much I like what ROTTING CHRIST did with the last two albums by bringing more Greek traditional music sounds in their style, I feel really bad for having missed AHERUSIA’s doings. On top of this, I strongly believe that the Ancient Greek music as well as the Folk version of it as it was transformed through the decades blends really well into Black Metal and, in fact, there are instances it is way better than the rawer Scandinavian version. Ok, this may be a matter of personal taste but I believe that if you dig deep into this, I am sure you’ll eventually agree with me. Anyway, AHERUSIA have already released “Prometheus: Seven Principles On How To Be Invincible” and it has been on my daily playlist because it is an amazing LP delivering the genre mix I was referring in my opening words...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:42

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Extrema - The Old School

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There are a lot of bands using the old school brand these days but when it comes to EXTREMA it is surely justified with their history starting in 1986 and over the years they has released no less than six full length albums. Still, haven’t heard of them? My first encounter with the band was when they opened for VICIOUS RUMORS a few years ago. The show was a complete smack on the face and very impressive. Musically, EXTREMA deliver a mix of old school Bay Area Thrash Metal and more modern sounding Metal. What was the most striking though was the intensity in the music while they were performing on stage.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

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