Album Reviews

The Gates Of Slumber - Stormcrow

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After almost two years of absence THE GATES OF SLUMBER saw the return of Iron Bob Fouts behind the drum kit, so I guess this EP is a way to reintroduce the band to all the doomsters out there. And I am saying this as a fact and not as a relief since the two years with J. Clyde Paradis on the drumming duties were equally successful (as compared to the pre-“The Wretched” days) and there is absolutely no complaint for this most groovy and powerful onstage performances. But bands are living entities constantly changing and sometimes looking at the past to redefine things.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:56

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Thomas Zwijsen - Nylon Maiden

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I am one of those MAIDEN fans who have failed to follow this band’s doings during the last (or maybe more) decade that features uninspired albums, DVDs, live albums and then some more DVDs. So, I wouldn’t check “Nylon Maiden” since listening to MAIDEN covers songs seems like re-heated food and that cannot be good. But the work this most talented guitar player has done with Blaze Bayley in the most recent “Russian Holiday” enticed my appetite for more nylon guitar action.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:54

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Cough / Windhand - Reflection Of The Negative

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How grandes cojones a split release should have to grab the attention of the underground Sludge / Doom Metal scene in an instance? And what happens when the bands sharing this release have only a couple of albums in their quiver? I dunno if I was expecting a split from the Doom masters COUGH / WINDHAND and not a full length release, since COUGH did leave us feeling thirsty for more than two and a half years after 2010’s opus “Ritual Abuse”, while WINDHAND’s debut hasn’t aged enough from its birth that happened last year.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Monday, 08 April 2013 22:22

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Brujas Del Sol - Moonliner

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I love when underground releases like this one reach METAL KAOZ HQ. Not because we love and wanna spread the word around about all these charismatic new bands that, with minimum help, try to get through the masses, or because we love vinyl releases, but also when bands like Columbus, Ohio’s BRUJAS DEL SOL (meaning ‘witches of the sun’ translated in English) produce really inspired and chaotic sounds that push the listener into a dive in colorful strawberry-ic sonic fields. And all this under a low profile that I instantly fell in love in their enticing tunes from the very beginning.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Monday, 08 April 2013 22:21

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