Album Reviews

Forsaken - Pentateuch

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It's rare to see bands affecting me the way Maltese FORSAKEN have done so. You know that feeling when you don't know what to do with yourself being overwhelmed with emotion. I love the records but it really is onstage where everything comes alive for real. I think FORSAKEN have managed to capture the vibe they have live in a fantastic way on brand new “Pentateuch”. The extremely heavy and dark sound is still organic but, for sure, the speakers jump from the depth when cranking the volume up. This is clear from the start with the slow beat of “Serpent Bride” takes off (after the dynamic “Phaneros (Coming To Light)” intro). It feels a little rawer and edgier when compared to last release “After The Fall”, a bit backwards in time to the technical and jagged early days of the band, with a very smooth sound though. The mix works perfectly.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 03 November 2017 11:55

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Gravity - Noir

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They say "don’t judge a book by its cover" but in some cases it is tough to ignore for example Metal genres ending with the suffix ‘-core’ especially, if you have entered the 40s age group. However, by discriminating entire music genres just because the few bands who have heard were ‘too modern’ for your aging ears is not the right thing to do and that’s because you may be losing some really good stuff. I think you should trust me on this as I have banned the ‘Core’ genres a long time ago, although there are times when I let my guard down and get rewarded for doing so. In this instance, the reward listens to the name “Noir” which happens to be France’s GRAVITY's third LP.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 03 November 2017 11:52

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Paradise Lost - Medusa

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The rumors said PARADISE LOST was going back to the sound and style from their first two albums, “Lost Paradise” and “Gothic”, for the new "Medusa" record. And absolutely, they've really managed to capture the essence of their own old school sound. Their trademark Doom / Death mix is there, both when it comes to the sound and also in the music. What I really like though is that they didn't just take a step back to the early days but incorporated that in their contemporary sound. And that is what makes it work, at least if you ask me.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 03 November 2017 11:49

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Ice Age - Breaking The Ice

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It is not a big secret that the '80s was the golden era for Metal with many bands popping up all around Europe feeding from the fresh and untapped energy rising from the duel guitar frenzy. It is also known that the market was not at all ready to absorb all this new (and really good music), resulting in many bands getting lost between poor management and poor(er) decision making. Just by reading the first lines of the “Breaking The Ice” press release, one realizes that Sweden’s ICE AGE falls into this category. Yeah, four demos from the mid to the late '80s and lots of gigs were solid signs that the Swedes were onto something good. I guess, you can imagine how things went down considering that this band name comes up in discussion between old-school metalheads who are always digging for '80s obscure gems. However, “Breaking The Ice” comes to break the ice (pun intended) and resurfaces ICE AGE being the band’s debut LP after something more than three decades. It’s never too late, huh?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:14

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