Album Reviews

Monolord - Vænir

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No, Sweden’s MONOLORD is not a “new kid on the block” and if you're still scratching your head, then double-check again the names in the lineup and see if there’ll be any bells ringing. Still nothing? Then, let me help; Thomas V Jäger and Esben Willems were involved in the heavy ’70s-oriented MARULK, with whom I crossed paths five years ago when they released the self-titled debut that was clearly part of the music evolution with Swedish Retro Rock bands started using the English language in the lyrics songs, while flirting with the BLUE CHEER / CAPTAIN BEYOND atmosphere, raising the expectations for their next discographic step. Anyway, this never happened, so the side-project that took flesh and bones in 2013, out of the ashes of MARULK and ROTTEN SOUND (yes, one more Swedish band) came as a heavier (and louder) break-out band.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Friday, 17 April 2015 21:19

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Kiske / Somerville - City Of Heroes

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I hope there is no one reading these lines who doesn’t recognize - at least - half of the musicians involved in this lineup. And yes, the term ‘supergroup’ fully applies in the Kiske / Somerville singing alliance simply because the music getting out is of the highest quality. You see, rich biographies are not enough to make really good music, so I guess we should think twice before using the 'supergroup' tag. How many times have we witnessed an all-star lineup putting out lame music? Anyway, this does not apply to “City Of Heroes” which is the second product of this collaboration with Amanda Somerville (ladies first) and Michael Kiske handling the magical vocals, and Magnus Karlsson and Mat Sinner most of the songwriting.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 17 April 2015 20:59

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Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers

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In case you were thrilled by the Prog oriented and melodic parts Finnish metallers BARREN EARTH have in their sound in 2012’s “The Devil’s Resolve” release, wait till you hear their new discographic step, “On Lonely Towers”. I believe the six-piece band decided to go closer to the Prog Metal roots and then blew a breath of fresh air into this genre that really doesn’t need tons of distortion and guttural vocals to claim a Metal character. So, sit back, press the ‘play’ button and enjoy the magical ride BARREN EARTH are offering here.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Friday, 17 April 2015 20:44

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Abrahma - Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird

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Listening to ABRAHMA’s tunes for the first time feels like a huge-ton wall of riffs falling on your chest, leaving you just a tiny space to breathe, and this is not an exaggeration at all. Influenced by early-90s Seattle Grunge Rock scene, the French heavy psych foursome seems like digging deeper into their soul’s darkest corners (and yours), and then paint with strong colors their findings, using their vivid imagination and their sonic brushes.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:56

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