Album Reviews

In-Graved - Victor Griffin’s In-Graved

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I have to admit I was quite surprised when Victor Griffin announced his departure from the US doomsters PENTAGRAM following his will to become fully dedicated to his new band, IN~GRAVED; not because I can’t imagine him doing something different from PENTAGRAM (he has already proved that he can), but because PENTAGRAM’s latest effort, “Last Rites”, spread so many promises for the next (!) album.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:47

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Amaranthe - The Nexus

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I think everyone agrees that female-fronted bands follow the same blueprint hence they tend to sound alike, something that placed this genre into standing waters. And this is a shame since many most-talented female singers have popped up in the scene but without the music support that would present their vocal-virtues in the best way. So, young female-fronted bands like AMARANTHE have to walk an extra mile to create something worth of our attention, able to stand out from the rest. But the band’s debut, about two years ago, did not do much (at least, according my taste), so I was prepared to get over with “The Nexus” pretty fast and check the next new release on my list.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:35

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High Priest Of Saturn - High Priest Of Saturn

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Yes, I have a thing for female-fronted psychedelic Stoner/Doom Rock bands and I am not ashamed to admit it; my ears are pleasantly bleeding each time a female presence stands behind the mic, spreading hallucinatory waves via her vocals chords, adding excitement, passion and color to the band’s dreamy, doomy sound. Only in the HIGH PRIEST OF SATURN’s debut case, the Norwegians decided to do things differently, and I mean that the female touch is a bit lost due to the distortion they put in Merethe’s vocals that sounded like being acid-drenched in FX, while the Hammond organ steals all the glory by standing in the limelight.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:29

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Imperium Dekadenz - Meadows Of Nostalgia

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A very boring album is what IMPERIUM DEKADENZ are offering here full of meandering compositions. We hear something that wants to remind us the Norwegian Black Metal with epic (nature based maybe) moments, with some melancholia inside but what it ends is an insipid hearing. Instead of majestic landscapes this album comes very close to an ideal cheerleaders background sound, suitable for other things unfortunately.

Written by Yiannis Doukas Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:23

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