Album Reviews

Ichabod Krane - Day Of Reckoning

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Pure Steel Records strikes again with a new band; the German label has inked deal with a new US outfit that comes as the result of the collaboration of members from bands like SLEEPY HOLLOW, HALLOWEEN and WÜLFHOOK. By placing the label and bands names in the map you should have understood by now what’s the deal with “Day Of Reckoning”, hehe.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:09

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Medieval Steel - Dark Castle

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MEDIEVAL STEEL formed in 1982 in Memphis, TN. They released the now ultra scarce same-titled EP in 1984 and a demo tape in 1989 and then fell into oblivion. A compilation CD called “The Dungeon Tapes” resurfaced in 2005 and nothing more was heard until a couple of years earlier when the band decided it was time to record its first full-length album some 32 years after its formation...

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:08

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Désillusion - Metal Influences

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It’s actually fascinating how different one Heavy Metal band can sound from another. French DÉSILLUSION play rather straightforward Heavy Metal but they do sound rather dissimilar to other bands under the same label. “Metal Influences” is this band’s third full length album since the beginning back in 1999 (first album release happened in 2004) and it sure is a very decent Metal album. One of the things can of course be the language barrier since DÉSILLUSION sings in French. I like it when a band stands out and even if all lyrical themes (almost at least) gets lost since I don’t speak French I still find it very charming with the phrasing and pronunciation that sometimes feel totally off.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:07

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Thrashback - Possessed By Thrash

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French Metal tends to have kind of a twist to it and no, THRASHBACK doesn’t sound like old school German or US Thrash but it sure as hell is old school Thrash, no doubt about it. This band rose from the remains of EVIL ONE and compared to them THRASHBACK is kind of the same, just a bit more rough and raw in general. I really like the live vibe in the performance and the massive wall of sound but it still feels organic and not all that precise. That straightforward MOTÖRHEAD kind of Rock ’N’ Roll touch is there in Possessed By Thrashand the songs are good. There are riffs with attitude and sing-a-long chorus lines. How can this fail? It can’t!

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:05

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