Album Reviews

Ayreon Universe - Best Of Ayreon Live

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In case you don’t know Arjen, he is not a touring artist, and really there is nothing wrong with this, aside from the fact that there is no chance to get to hear his fantastic songs live. For exactly the same reason, seeing a live filmed DVD with a setlist spanning Arjen’s entire musical career is a must-have for all of his fans. But there is more to that, aside from being a rare occasion; this show was a huge success (kind of expected, despite Arjen’s pessimism), so the production took its foot from the breaks and created a once-in-a-lifetime show. Fortunately, for the unlucky ones who did not manage to get a ticket, Mascot Label Group packed this performance in two DVDs (I think there is a Bluray version also), clocking more than two hours of music, plus some interviews and tryout footage.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:55

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Shadowkeep - Shadowkeep

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I had dismissed SHADOWKEEP as a wimpy Power Metal band after giving what most likely would have been the band’s second album, “A Chaos Theory”, half a spin. Seeing them live some years later made me change my mind as the show was nothing like what I'd heard on record and of course I had to do a dig down the vaults when I got back home. I still prefer the full length debut “Corruption Within” and, at that time brand new, “The Hourglass Effect” over the one first introducing me to the band. And now, a decade later, learning that SHADOWKEEP tapped James Rivera (HELSTAR, ex-VICIOUS RUMORS etc.) for the vocal duties, I got thrilled to dig into the new record, simply titled “Shadowkeep”. I think James has the ultimate voice for Progressive Heavy Metal.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:44

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Primordial - Exile Amongst The Ruins

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A quick check will confirm that PRIMORDIAL have not released a bad, not even a mediocre album. Unfortunately, I have not yet had the chance to see how the Irish band delivers its epic Metal live as a headline act, but I hope “Exile Amongst The Ruins” will change this by bringing PRIMORDIAL to the US. And man, it should, because if you check the band’s backcatalogue, you’ll realize that every album is a powerful and solid piece of Metal, carrying a distinct sound. And rest assured because LP number nine will not change this and, in fact, is another great collection of songs in the still-growing PRIMORDIAL list.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 30 March 2018 15:21

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Meridian - The Fate Of Atlantis

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It's not very often to be floored by a band you've hardly heard before. Seeing Danish MERIDIAN performing at the ‘Nordic Noise Festival’ last year was such a moment. Amazingly creative Prog influenced Heavy Metal with lots of fine details. Also, Lars Märker’s vocal effort stood out; he's got range, tone and a great feel for this type of music which also build on to the whole experience.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 30 March 2018 15:01

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