Album Reviews

Lucifer - Lucifer I

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There is no worth in crying over spilled milk, so having this in mind, Johanna Sadonis moved on rather quickly and formed LUCIFER but not to continue what THE OATH started doing but were stopped so abruptly. Yeah, that lineup reached the end of the road for whatever the reason(s), and instead of wasting time, LUCIFER was born with a different bearing moving towards traditional Doom Metal territories with distinct BLACK SABBATH references and not copy/past intentions making “Lucifer I” a killer and a must-have addition to your vinyl collection.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 23 June 2015 15:09

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Sammal - Myrskyvaroitus

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This is SAMMAL's third album following the 2013 self-titled release and 2014's mini album “No 2” - both being amazing records which deserve to be checked by all Prog and Heavy Rock fans. “Myrskyvaroitus” comes as a fresh Nordic air to continue and expand the musical spectrum of its ancestors. What I love in this album and you can also find abundant on the previous efforts of this Finnish band is the no-boundaries attitude. You can literally find anything in this sonic statement; from the heavy psychedelic style of HAWKWIND to the fairytales of CAMEL and to the crafty riffage of the mighty BLACK SABBATH there is almost everything for everyone. On top of this, SAMMAL carry their own identity without copying anyone; they are amazing in playing their instruments, they are not afraid of experimenting and they transmit a wonderful mystic and redeeming feeling, which makes the listening of this album a wonderful experience.

Written by Giorgos Filinis Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:49

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Wooden Stake - A Feast Of Virgin Souls

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Something that I miss from the days when the vinyl was the only format to get your Metal fix is spending time watching every single detail on the album’s cover artwork while listening to the music. I remember when it was quite easy (and fun) to predict the musical content of an album simply by watching the drawing on the cover but these days are long gone and now we have the tiny digital images which - sadly - most of them lack of inspiration and soul. Still, I like discovering new bands by looking on at covers and this is how I stopped on the new WOODEN STAKE LP, “A Feast Of Virgin Souls”. This looked to me like an actual painting that was in synch with the 70-80s horror movies aesthetics so I was intrigued to have a listen without checking the press release.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 15 June 2015 19:37

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The Vintage Caravan - Arrival

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There were many things to note down with the THE VINTAGE CARAVAN’s Nuclear Blast debut “Voyage” that raised quite a fuss around the vintage Hard Rock scene. First of all, the confidence and the maturity of the band’s songwriting had absolutely nothing to do with the young age of the musicians. Add to this the country of origin being Iceland and then you will understand what all this fuss was about. Sure, one could easily brand this trio as another ‘firework band’ but the brand new LP would make him chew this own words because once again this young CARAVAN carries lots of riff-driven songs dipped in 70s  aesthetics.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 15 June 2015 19:36

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