Album Reviews

Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone

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The never-ending machine continues lead by the musical mastermind André Andersen. After 25 years in the business, 13 studio albums and countless live albums, Danish pride ROYAL HUNT is back with the 14th album titled “Cast In Stone”. Danish? Well, the two Andreas are Swedish and then American vocalist extraordinaire D.C. Cooper makes only two fifths Danish, so I guess international is a more right label. No matter what, ROYAL HUNT have made their mark in the melodic Progressive Heavy Metal scene and “Cast In Stone” continues down the same old tracks. But...

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:22

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Mike LePond's Silent Assassins - Pawn And Prophecy

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It is expected to mention the other bands that members of the lineup are involved with, especially if they are of SYMPHONY X’s caliber. Yes, bassist Mike LePond put together SILENT ASSASSINS, and yes, he is involved in the aforementioned Prop / Power Metal titans. However, this mention kind of sets the expectations of the musical content and identity of “Pawn And Prophecy”, so if this does not match the SYMPHONY X doings, then it can be discarded without trying much. For me, I would be totally disappointed if SILENT ASSASSINS were just an extension of SYMPHONY X because then, using a different band name is pointless, right? Fortunately and as it happened with the amazing SILENT ASSASSINS debut, “Pawn And Prophecy” comes to serve your Heavy Metal appetite with US Power Metal intentions and Progressive twists.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:03

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Crom - When Northmen Die

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I heard a few samples from CROM's “Of Love And Death” when it hit the stores, back in 2011. I was totally sold on it and kept it spinning for weeks, and then, suddenly it didn't appeal to me anymore. I've tried to listen on later occasions, but seemed that the magic was gone. And there's kind of the same with “When Northmen Die” now, 6 (or something) years later. It goes up and down, with the difference though that this one went up again after the dip.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:02

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Atala - Labyrinth Of Ashmedai

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For whatever the reason(s), the Stoner / Sludge scene was quickly saturated with bands playing pretty much the same style over and over again. On one hand, this is (kind of) good since being die-hard fan of this sound, you have an abundance of new albums to choose from, but on the other, it inevitable guides this sound into stale waters with people, like myself, losing interest and missing some good bands in the process. To avoid this, you have to check bands that are willing to go beyond what’s considered norm for this genre, to rekindle your interest. California’s ATALA seem to be moving towards that direction, with “Labyrinth Of Ashmedai” being their third LP effort, so let’s see what they have in store.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:51

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