Album Reviews

Ritual Steel - Immortal

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It’s so hard with RITUAL STEEL; what I’ve been listening during past years sure sounds ok. And so does their new release “Immortal”. But one of the main reasons why I haven’t paid attention to RITUAL STEEL the last couple of years has one rather simple explanation (something I understood a while ago as well) and that is their performance at ‘Swordbrothers Festival’ a few years ago.

Written by Erika Wallberg Monday, 17 June 2013 06:27

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Carved - Dies Irae

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As we near the middle of 2013, I hear more people in the Metal scene reminiscing creations from the past and at the same time looking for bands that have an old-school sound, claiming often that these are good bands, but not as good as the originals. Even if the originals are now close to the 50s or 60s, they just can't let go...

Written by Dimitris Karametos Monday, 17 June 2013 06:23

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Oliva - Raise The Curtain

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Sometimes the fans are harsh on our favorite bands or artists by being completely insensitive to what is hidden behind the creation of an album. This is not a personal thought but – sadly – a fact and you can sense that reading all those comments written on the internet expressing opinions that are based on... thin air most of the times. Anyway, I am digressing here simply because the first solo album by Jon Oliva has little to do with JON OLIVA’S PAIN and let alone SAVATAGE. My two cents on this matter is if an artist uses a band name different from his main act, then he can do whatever he feels like and this is exactly the case with “Raise The Curtain”.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Sunday, 09 June 2013 11:28

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Mean Streak - Trial By Fire

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MEAN STREAK released a great 80s-inspired album in 2009; “Metal Slave” had this old-school European Metal feeling you can resist and I can still recall its headbanging moments while listening to it time after time. 2011’s “Declaration Of War” was not up to its dynamics since it was kinda fuzzy and undecided in which way to go. So, this third LP seems to be quite critical for the band’s future recognition and career.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 09 June 2013 11:24

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