Album Reviews

Darkend - The Canticle Of Shadows

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It is a very challenging task to create an interesting Symphonic Black Metal album, simply because it’s rather impossible to escape sounding like the leading bands of the scene. Songwriting-wise it is even more challenging to balance all the different elements and keep the Black Metal character intact and still sound pompous and in cases have a larger than life production. So, I was a little bit discouraged to check the new LP by the Italians DARKEND due to the Symphonic Black Metal label that follows them in the press-release. Still, “The Canticle Of Shadows” sneaked up on me after having kindled my interest upon learning the four guest appearances from ROTTING CHRIST, ABYSMAL GRIEF, MAYHEM and, last but not least, SHINING members. I mean, there is no way these fine gentlemen to have gotten involved in something they didn’t approve.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:45

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The 69 Eyes - Universal Monsters

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There are albums that I’m looking forward to getting in my hands and spin from the moment they drop on my lap, and yes, Helsinki’s most famous vampires THE 69 EYES’ releases are on the top spots of this list. I dunno if this happens due to the fact these guys stay true to their fanbase and never disappoint or because their high-quality Goth ‘n’ Roll hymns always deliver. I mean, the Finns have a unique and instantly recognizable sound, mainly due to the Elvis-meets-THE CRAMPS-meets-THE SISTERS OF MERCY groovy blend, spiced up with the insanely guitar hooks and the catchy refrains that no one can’t resist of listening to again and again. This April, our beloved vamps are back in discography with their 11th full-length album, titled “Universal Monsters”, so let’s get straight into it and see what THE 69 EYES have baked this time for us.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:31

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Savage Master - With Whips And Chains

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There are some things in Metal that are bound to sound great, if they are delivered with the proper respect and attitude. There is absolutely no way for riff-based songs with galloping rhythm sections to fail, even though this whole nostalgia has no place in a music scene that counts around five decades of life. Still, there is huge scene built around this concept and there are lots of festival feeding a hungry audience and I have absolutely no problem with this (I’d be crazy, if I did). SAVAGE MASTER are back with their second studio LP and are perfect to join this feeding-chain with “With Whips And Chains” that I believe is better from their debut, and let me explain why.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:23

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Beseech - My Darkness, Darkness

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For some unknown reason, I had never crossed paths with Swedish Gothic metallers BESEECH - well, until now. The band’s history begins in 1992 and sees a backcatalogue with LPs and lots of demos, with “My Darkness, Darkness” being their sixth, yet first album in over a decade, with a new line-up changes featuring three guitarists on the side of the original member and singer, Klas Bohlin. So, the fact that this promo reached METAL KAOZ’ HQ was more than a good excuse for me to give BESEECH a chance and see first-hand what “My Darkness, Darkness” has to offer to today’s slumbering Gothic Metal scene.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:19

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