Album Reviews

Spartan Warrior - Hell To Pay

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I go for the volume control by instinct when opener as well as title track of “Hell To Pay” get things going. It just needs to go up a bit. The stripped guitar and that riff which starts the song cuts through the speakers and makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. The sound is raw, naked and unforgiving. Without the precision and the edge it is being delivered it would have been a mess. But it's perfection. The up-tempo track really lured me in to the record, I sure want more.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:51

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Stormhold - Salvation

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New Swedish Power Metal titans STORMHOLD crash the scene with their second album titled “Salvation”. There's not a good refill with this type of music in Sweden anymore, so when something shows up and shows to be both good and unique, I’m a happy camper. I mean, Power Metal is Power Metal and STORMHOLD is following that blueprint, so with that being said, there are no massive surprises with “Salvation”.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:38

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Crier - Let There Be Sound

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As a part of the FVASHM (First Wave of Swedish Heavy Metal), CRIER made their mark with their 1989 single “Bad Booze / Running In The Night” but perhaps even more so a few years earlier under the SACRIFICE name and the now highly sought after “Street Fighter” 7". Sound-wise it is the same and that goes for the 2018 outing as well.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:28

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Cellar Darling - This Is The Sound

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With every ELUVEITIE touring cycle, Anna Murphy kept growing as a performer and especially her vocals have flourished throughout these years. It would have been such a shame not to form something on her own and continue her journey so the silver lining in her, Merlin’s and Ivo’s split with the Swiss band was the birth of CELLAR DARLING. Of course, I have no inside info about the hows and whys of this parting, and really, it doesn't matter as long as new music is getting out. I am not being cold about it, but I am fully aware that being on the outside means not knowing all the details. However, the purpose of these lines is talking about music and “This Is The Sound” in particular, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:22

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