Album Reviews

Idlewar - Rite

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Right from the start, the tracklist opener “Sullen Moon” from IDLEWAR's second full length album, “Rite,there are a lot of things happening. The muzzy rhythm in the initiating riff as well as the rather raw and mechanic sound lean towards Hardcore, while the beat and groove scream Grunge. On top of these, the vocals lean towards as soon as James Blake takes tone. SOUNDGARDEN's late Chris Cornell as well ALICE IN CHAIN's departed Lane Staley come to mind. James definitely has a very good voice with a great tone and range, but towards the down-tuned lead-heavy riffs backing it up, it becomes a little too clean on occasion.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:11

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Cradle Of Filth - Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay

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“Hammer Of The Witches” proved that there was more fuel inside the CRADLE OF FILTH tank and I am sure that some of the Dani haters came close to eat their words up and admit that comparing the old with the new has become old... Especially if you consider the current age of a genre-shaping band like CRADLE OF FILTH was back in the '90s when it opened the doors for Gothic to enter and added a different angle in Black Metal. And just any other living entity the band has evolved, changed and changed again into the form that is proven to be resilient with “Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay” being a solid proof that the new lineup knows exactly how to create the type of cleaner filth we started to love with “Median”. Yeah, I am talking about a fine blend of aggression and catchy melodies able to haunt your dreams and give you a good headbanging time.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:08

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Traitor’s Gate - Only The Strong

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There was no chance I would turn down the opportunity to review the TRAITOR'S GATE EP “Only The Strong” when I was asked to. Getting the record in the mail with the directive to be honest when writing about it, the conditions kind of changed. Not that I'm not being honest when reviewing records but it made me want to make sure about it all. So, the EP has been spinning day and night around the house and in the car...

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:05

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Arrayan Path - Dawn Of Aquarius

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The following album presentation could easily fit in a single sentence; ARRAYAN PATH have met all of my expectations by creating another killer album and a powerful successor to “Chronicles Of Light”. That’s it; there is nothing more a metalhead needs to be convinced to get his hand on this Heavy Metal with broad strokes of Power Metal album titled “Dawn Of Aquarius”. In fact, I was really excited getting an advance digital copy of the sixth full length LP by the Cypriot band having in mind how awesome “IV: Stigmata” and “Chronicles Of Light” turned out to be.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 24 October 2017 14:44

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