Album Reviews

Uriah Heep - Live At Koko

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I am sure that it’s rather difficult to choose what to buy (unless you’re a die-hard fan/collector) when a live recorded album also gets the DVD/Blu-Ray treatment. I mean, with the latter aside from the audio part you also get the visual aspect of the show, so for some people choosing is a no-brainer. Still, I think there is a good value to get the audio format of live album (especially if it’s on vinyl) because there is a good chance to miss the really good stuff by having your attention distracted but what is happening onstage. And no, this is not the same with seeing the band live and feel the music hitting your chest... British longtime Hard rockers URIAH HEEP have released the hearty double CD “Live At Koko” packed not only with the classics but with some new tunes, and this to me means that this lineup is not a bunch of music performers but real musicians. You see, there are many examples with bands milking their past and at the same time being dead without producing new music that can actually stand side-by-side with the older material.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:55

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Kalapacs - Enigma

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Every country has its local heroes when it comes to traditional Heavy Metal music and I’m talking about those with a relatively minimum offering to the global Metal scene; one such country is Hungary. POKOLGÉP, OMEN and OSSIAN are bands that stand together as godfathers of the Hungarian Metal style. All of them in one way or another have helped in the formation of KALAPÁCS with - of course - singer Jozsef Kalapacs being the connecting link between them. “Enigma” is their new LP.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:46

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Wind Rose - Wardens Of The West Wind

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It’s very interesting to consider those countries that have created a tradition in a specific Metal genre so a metalhead can pretty much know what to expect in terms of style and, most importantly, of quality. Following this thinking, it is rather easy to connect the dots regarding WIND ROSE, starting with the epic cover artwork of “Wardens Of The West Wind” and stopping at the point of origin that is Italy. Yeah, Power Metal is the deal here with generous symphonic infusions building the proper aesthetics for the story-telling lyrics.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:33

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Devil’s Train - II

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The first album by this supergroup was a nice one indeed but I was not ready for a follow-up disc, to be honest. You know how things work with supergroups at times, anyway. Still, DEVIL’S TRAIN return to surprise us with the release of “II” and my expectations were high before the disc was placed inside the audio system.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:28

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