Album Reviews

Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon

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The second part of the “Evocation” concept has to be an easier-to-swallow pill especially to those who are not paying much attention to the fine print. Actually, there is no fine print in “Evocation II – Pantheon” as ELUVEITIE continue on the same path they opened some eight years ago when they released an acoustic album focused on female vocals. Still, there were many ELUVEITIE fans who were complaining about not having many Metal elements and I guess this album will not change their opinion. I hope that they will see the connection and their whining will stop but I would not keep my hopes high. At any rate, this is the first album after the radical lineup changes so it is interesting to see how much has the new lineup affected the songwriting although having Chrigel’s name on the credits you (should) know the answer.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 06 March 2018 15:16

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Eleine - Until The End

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I don't like female fronted Symphonic Metal as it tends to be to very blunt, cheesy, weak and just a whole mess of instruments without edge. There are a few bands I tolerate but hardly something I listen to at home. That's why ELEINE came as a surprise when they opened for W.A.S.P., a few months back. I really liked their esthetics and appearance on stage but the sound wasn't on their side in Gothenburg. For the show in Helsingborg, a few weeks later, it was spot in. The intense riffs and the edge in the guitar playing came through and now this was certainly not weak and messy.

Written by Erika Wallberg Monday, 26 February 2018 15:47

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Death Keepers - Rock This World

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Sometimes, you need a Heavy Metal injection to make your blood start boiling inside your veins without overthinking it. Yeah, there are instances when getting super-complicated styles from bands that are trying to rediscover the wheel or create some bizarre genre by mixing too much from everything becomes overwhelming (and boring). And then, there are bands that tone it back a bit and use those simple and straightforward Heavy Metal elements to rock your Friday night out. Sure, you may think DEATH KEEPERS are one of the pile or that they are just living in (or from) the past but if this is done the right way then, I am up for it. And yes, “Rock This World” will do exactly what its title says and rock your world...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 26 February 2018 15:36

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Overlorde - 2017 Demo

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Of all the US Power cult-albums ever released, there is one standing out both in status as well as how it was received by fans and media. I am talking about OVERLORDE's “Return Of The Snow Giant”, released in 2004. And by all means, the album is a fantastic piece of Dark US Heavy / Power Metal which still holds strong today.

Written by Erika Wallberg Monday, 26 February 2018 15:33

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