Album Reviews

White Empress - Rise Of The Empress

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When a musician does not feel right in a band, then the best solution is to step away, especially if all the economics have been settled and decided. Of course, I have no knowledge of the latter matter but what I do know is that Paul Allender stepped off CRADLE OF FILTH and has a new band named WHITE EMPRESS. So, being re-energized by this fresh setup, he put together a really strong lineup and “Rise Of The Empress” is the debut release, following the self-titled EP that introduced WHITE EMPRESS to the Metal scene.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:46

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Philm - Fire From The Evening Sun

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It’s a two-edged sword for a well-known musician to get involved in a new band because the expectations can be a huge turn-off, especially if the past has little to do with the present. You see, we, the metalheads that is, like to put our favorite bands and musicians in boxes and expect them to behave like we want. And yes, “Fire From The Evening Sun”, the second PHILM LP, belongs to this category with many expecting to get a Thrash answer to all noise most of the internet outlets raised after Lombardo parted ways with SLAYER. Well, if you approach this album with such thinking, then I am sure you will be disappointed...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:36

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Arkan - Sofia

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Sure, ARKAN’s CV says that the band’s country of origin is France but after a closer look and just a couple of listenings, one can easily tell there are some strong Eastern roots that make the music really interesting. Ok, music knows no boundaries and especially Metal does not (or at least shouldn’t) care about country borders, but personally I love seeing musicians drawing inspiration from their home country’s history and tradition, because then, the music acquires a personal character that is so needed these days. Anyway, “Sofia” is ARKAN’s third LP and for me a perfect occasion to rekindle my interest that was fueled with the band’s very good debut some years ago.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:25

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Jess And The Ancient Ones - Castaneda

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Of course and it’s solid argument that this vintage trend might have gone too far and nowadays we see bands stepping on each other, recycling the same raw material all over again. Having said that, it is still a shame to turn one’s back to this non-stop music generator because this saturation has also raised the expectations; in other words, if a band wants to stand on top of the growing pile, then the music it produces should be of the higher selves. So yes, JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES belong to the latter category and if you don’t believe my words, then you should trust King Diamond who picked them as special guests for the ongoing North US tour. In the concept of this tour, JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES put together this ultra-nice two track 10” vinyl, named “Castaneda” as the perfect teaser/appetizer for those who know nothing about them.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:11

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