Album Reviews

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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Warrant - Metal Bridge

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WARRANT is one of those bands that delivered a couple of very good releases back in the mid-80s but fell back into oblivion mainly due to the rise-and-shine status of other bands in Germany, namely e.g. HELLOWEEN, RAGE or RUNNING WILD. Both “The Enforcer” and “First Strike” are notable pieces of teutonic Speed Metal and every fan of this genre shall dig back in the past discography of this Düsseldorf-based outfit.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:08

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Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died

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It’s hard for a band to return with a new album after 15 years and SANCTUARY will not be the exception to this ‘rule’. I mean, there are many variables in this equation and most of them have to do with the burning question of how the reactivated lineup will pay justice to the old material and - of course - if the sound will be as old-school as in the debut. Well, there is a rhetorical question that is enough to answer all this: are you the same person as you were fifteen years ago? Anyway, “The Year The Sun Died” is the title of the comeback SANCTUARY album, so let’s see where their music is going.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:03

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Unisonic - Light Of Dawn

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It’s really hard for a new band to supersede a most successful debut but when we are talking about UNISONIC and this lineup, then this unofficial rule goes down the drain. Really, did you expect to get something less than great music from UNISONIC considering the awesome self-titled LP? Ok, I am exaggerating a little bit but no one can deny the fact that wherever Michael Kiske is involved, then magic is happening (no, I won’t discuss, “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” or “Chameleon”) - especially here, with such highly skilled musicians. And yes, I will follow the cliché path and underline that Kiske reunited with Hansen, even though I consider this kind of irrelevant to the undeniable quality of “Light Of Dawn”. In case you have missed the existence of UNISONIC, let me put this in layman’s terms; this is not a HELLOWEEN wannabe, and honestly I am happy about it...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:58

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