Album Reviews

Noctum - Until Then... Until The End

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It’s really interesting to watch a band evolve in terms of sound and style while doesn’t deviate much from its roots. One fine example is Sweden’s NOCTUM which surprised pleasantly the underground Doom community with their The Séance debut (2010), where they weren’t afraid of showcasing their love for even some more occult / Doom-ier stuff in their most recent “Final Sacrifice” release where the BLACK SABBATH references were nicely blended with the MERCYFUL FATE atmosphere and style which so many Scandi- bands seem to dig to the bone these days. So, let’s find out what NOCTUM offer in their “Until Then… Until The End” EP which seems to be an appetizer for their upcoming album that the band is currently writing.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Sunday, 02 August 2015 14:03

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The V - Now Or Never

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you should be aware of Veronica Freeman as the frontwoman of BENEDICTUM. Still, it’s worth to note that Veronica is not the typical female singer playing the beauty part in one of those rather cliché growling/clean duets, but possesses a Metal timbre that I believe is rather rare. Anyway, under the moniker THE V, “Now Of Never” is her first solo LP which features an impressive lineup (guests included) and is backed up by the always reliable Frontiers Records. “Now Of Never” is not musically connected to BENEDICTUM and to be honest, I wouldn’t like that because it’s way more interesting when solo albums present something different.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Sunday, 02 August 2015 13:57

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My Sleeping Karma - Moksha

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As I’ve expressed my thoughts regarding a new MY SLEEPING KARMA album in the past via these virtual pages, I’d love to hear something more extreme and out-of-the-box from my beloved Hindu-promoters in their next enterprise. So, listening to the news regarding the new MY SLEEPING KARMA offering, I really wished that this would happen now. To my understanding (after spending some time searching in the web regarding the album title and observing for hours the amazing cover artwork which is clearly a reference to Hindu god deity Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God), it seems that the German psych Groove Rock initiates dug deeper into the Hindu tradition with their fifth full length release, titled “Moksha”, drawing inspiration from the central concept of moksha (meaning liberation, freedom, self-realization and self-knowledge), which is one of the four aspects and goals of human life (with the other three being dharma / moral life, artha / material prosperity and kama / emotional fulfilment), while all together contribute to the four aims of life.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Sunday, 02 August 2015 13:53

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Dan Deagh Wealcan - Two Straight Horizontal Lines And The Organized Chaos In Between

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It’s not very often not getting a single thing about an album I’m set to review. My first instinct was just to take DAN DEAGH WEALCAN's “Two Straight Horizontal Lines And The Organized Chaos In Between” out of the stereo but before doing so, I noticed this note on the back of the booklet: "this album is dedicated to those who listened to it from beginning to end... and even those who have tried to do it. Thank you all." All music actually deserves respect but even if I got through this a couple of times, I’m not sure if I’m the fool or I still just don’t get it. Organized chaos, yeah, maybe...

Written by Erika Wallberg Sunday, 02 August 2015 13:42

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