Album Reviews

Arduini / Balich - Dawn Of Ages

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Balich, Balich, Balich... Where have I heard that name before? Ah right, Brian Balich of ARGUS! Ok, then the ARDUINI / BALICH record “Dawn Of Ages” is necessary to check out. US Doom cult ARGUS have really impressed me with their albums. Especially their second release “Boldly Stride The Doomed” which holds one of the best songs ever written; yes, “Pieces Of Your Smile” is a sick and twisted epic piece of music. Brian’s deep and dark tone goes straight in and generates a fateful atmosphere. Victor Arduini also felt familiar but I had to check him up before realizing where he comes from. As a founding member of FATES WARNING, one of my absolute favorite bands, that added yet another level of curiosity regarding the “Dawn Of Ages” release.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:57

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Striker - Striker

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Most of the times, when a band chooses to release a self-titled album, it is for two main reasons: a) wants to reintroduce the band’s roots (aka return to the original sound), or b) wants to make a statement that this album is the most representative material hence it’s connected to the band’s name (or the greatest... well, hmm, till the next one). In the case of Canada’s heavy metallers STRIKER, I really dunno why they chose to title their fifth studio effort under the “Striker” moniker, since neither of the two aforementioned situations applies; sure, it’s a kick-ass record, but I can’t say if it is a re-introductory, or their most representative one. So now, let me explain why.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:46

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Need - Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom

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My mind was already set that I would like the new NEED LP even before laying [sic] ears on “Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom”, simply because their previous two albums have already paved the way. This is the type of Progressive Metal I love, contrary to my general mistrust to this, most of the times, too-complicated genre for my low musical IQ. Yeah, I cannot deal with all the showing-off and over-complicated song structures where it is difficult to distinguish the beginning from the end. However, I was not prepared that these Greeks would have created a better album than the already amazing “Orvam - A Song For Home”, released almost three years ago.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:25

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Elm Street - Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist

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How one should deal with a record when it really sounds very good but still, nothing seems to get stuck spin after spin? And the second full length record, titled “Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist”, by the Aussie lads of ELM STREET ended up under this category for me.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 08 March 2017 09:23

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