Album Reviews

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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Saxon - Thunderbolt

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There are a lot of things to mention to back up the claim that SAXON is an extremely consistent band as far as the album-releasing, the touring and, most importantly, the music making go. It is borderline shocking to check the band’s back-catalogue and realize that a new album is released in almost every two years, with lots of touring in between. Again, the saying ‘the more the merrier’ does not apply in music, but in the case of these fine Brits, this is exactly the case. I may not remember how many times I have seen SAXON live but I do remember that each and every time was absolutely awesome. In fact, the weak performances are the supporting ones but only because there is not enough time to fit all the songs you’d like to hear. With all this in mind, “Thunderbolt” is the title of SAXON’s album number #23 and in case you are looking signs of wear or tear, you’ll be disappointed...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 30 March 2018 15:00

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