Album Reviews

Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

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Metal music was born out of the need to foster the pariahs and be the soap box for those who cannot freely speak their minds. It is a safe place regardless of the color of the skin, religion or wherever your passport says you’re coming from. Metal brings people in the same space (literally and figuratively) to celebrate their common love for this aggressive sound. By aggressive I mean, touching upon subjects that others fear even thinking about, and ORPHANED LAND is one of those loud voices in the Metal scene, with “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” being the latest offering. Before attempting to scratch the surface of this rich in content album, I will say that this LP has already secured a spot on my end of the year list for 2018...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 23 December 2017 12:18

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Moonspell - 1755

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For a band like MOONSPELL, it must be rather easy to make music sounding as close as to the most popular albums and be in a position to satisfy those fans who believe that only the first LPs are the best. But if you want to be a genuine artist and you are strong enough to follow your gut and feelings, then you will attempt what MOONSPELL have done with “1755” which, by the way, I consider as the most challenging album of the band’s career. And the reasons? Well, you just have to keep reading...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 23 December 2017 12:09

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Threshold - Legends Of The Shires

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When it was first announced that Damian Wilson left and original vocalist Glynn Morgan took over, people sure had mixed feelings. But if I remember correctly, it was exactly the same when Damian came back in 2007. For me, I didn't really know what to think. It was Damian that got me hooked on THRESHOLD with a mind-blowing performance on one of those crazy 24-hour cruises (read; Boozeroo's) between Sweden and Finland in 2007 or so. After that, everything worked!

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 23 December 2017 11:59

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Lionheart - Second Nature

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I almost missed LIONHEART at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ since I really had other work to do when they were onstage. I’m glad I went there anyway and caught the show as it was a fantastic delivery of melodic Hard Rock. And that can be said about “Second Nature” also. Give Me The Light” is on the verge of too soft for my taste, however it didn’t take long to get over that first impression. The musical performance makes it work though, as it holds great dynamics and flawless playing. “Don't Pay The Ferryman” which follows is darker and more melodic and fits my taste better. It's actually very close to the original, released by Chris De Burgh (“Lady In Red” - remember?), the slightly more modern production and LIONHEART's nerve in their music makes this one stand above the original though.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 23 December 2017 11:48

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