Album Reviews

Kalapács - Örökfekete

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Metalheads have a hard time accepting something that falls outside the box where they have placed the music and the bands they like. Ok, sometimes they may go out of their ways and listen to a band or an album, even though there are things that do not agree with their extremely well-defined taste as long as the lyrics are written in the English language... That’s right, everything written in an alien language is considered as an outcast, so bands are restricted inside their country’s borders or worse are pushed into oblivion. Fortunately, KALAPÁCS belong to the first group and as far as I know they have a solid following in Hungary with some scattered fans in other places. I mean, the fact that “Örökfekete” is the band’s twelfth full-length record says a lot, right?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:56

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Lizzy Borden - My Midnight Things

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Music-making is a ‘tricky’ business and gets trickier once a band becomes successful. On one hand, this success means more touring opportunities, better promotion but also an ‘obligation’ to release new music in such a rate that the market will not forget you. And this is the turning point for a band to choose to either become a ‘true’ professional by entering the new-album-tour-new-album cycle or keep releasing new music whenever inspiration strikes. Leaving on the side the economic survival of a band and strictly speaking as a fan, I prefer the latter option. I want the band I am following to release an album only if it feels right and not because it’s the next step after touring. Bearing this logic in mind, I was extremely excited to read the news regarding the new LP from LIZZY BORDEN which has kept a studio-silence for almost a decade. I guess, touring was eating up all of Lizzy’s time but at the same time was increasing his hunger to return to the studio, with “My Midnight Things” being the end result of this.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:25

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Pounder - Faster Than Fire

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Here are some facts that enticed my appetite before even hitting the ‘play’ button; this will be released as a 7” (aside from the digital format), POUNDER list NWOBHM as one of their influences, the cover artwork has an old-school feel to it and last (but definitely not least) this little thing comes from Shadow Kingdom whose taste is so compatible with mine, so I have learned to trust them. So, checking them out was the next and only thing left to do.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:16

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Amorphis - Queen Of Time

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It is pretty impossible to find a weak album when looking at the AMORPHIS backcatalogue and I am saying this knowing that the argument that the Finnish band went soft once Tomi took the spot behind the mic is (strangely) still active. Yeah, AMORPHIS belong to the category of bands that some metalheads like to state that I like only their first albums. No matter what, one thing has become a undisputable fact; AMORPHIS is a consistent band and has an impressive winning streak with amazing albums released in an almost 2-3 year basis. However, just adding “Queen Of Time” to this streak would be unfair as this album is a ‘perfect 10’ and stands on step above the previous LP(s). Care to find why? Read on, then...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:09

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