Album Reviews

Trespass - Footprints In The Rock

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Of all these reformed bands who were a part of the dawn of NWOBHM, TRESPASS stand out as unique in the bunch. First, because their music, even back in the day is a fantastic mix of '70s and '80s Metal loaded with good melodies and fines. Also, that they gave the business a try in the '90s and released, at that time, contemporary sounding “Head” record. Perhaps not what was wanted from a band like TRESPASS but it's a very decent record and it's not that TRESPASS were the only ones adapting to the trends at that time.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:25

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Chrysilia - Et In Arcadia Ego

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No matter if you are a fan or not, you have to agree that Heavy Metal is one the most versatile music genres being able to match, mix and adopt elements from other scenes without sounding forced. Also, by bringing different music styles in the same melting pot, has spawned new Metal sub-genres that continue to branch out as far as the artist’s imagination wants. One of the most challenging marriages is the Symphonic Metal genre that sounds a bit saturated with bands pretty much following the same (and already successful) recipes. Fortunately, there are still bands out there inspired to take things one step farther and write music out of inspiration and not out of the will to make it big. Greece’s CHRYSILIA belongs to the former group and “Et In Arcadia Ego” is their first full length offering which has nothing with being the regular band debut...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:09

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Mausoleum Gate - Into A Dark Divinity

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It's not often I get super impressed with a band from the first spin, but when MAUSOLEUM GATE's music first appeared in my flow on Facebook page, I was blown away. Both “Lost Beyond The Sun” and “Magic Of The Gypsy Queen” sounded fantastic in their simplicity. I kind of liked the primitive sound and live feeling. But when it didn't rise above the recording when MAUSOLEUM GATE played ‘Keep It True’ in 2015, it was a bit of a turn off. Which made it a great surprise that they delivered exactly what I wanted to have from the band at ‘Muskelrock’ in 2017. Maybe, the more intimate environment did them good but it got just as nerve tickling and vibrant with that somber Hammond and fantastic melodies. And of course, that was what I was hoping for; that “Into A Dark Divinity” would serve as well. But we're back to the primitive, live-ish sound again. And it's nothing wrong with that. The songs should speak for themselves, but when it takes a few rounds to get into the right mood for the music, there's a risk the records to get bypassed just because of that.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:01

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Mountains - Dust In The Glare

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One of the reasons I love the ‘end-of-the-year’ lists is that there is a good chance I may lock ears and eyes on something really great that, for whatever the reason, had stayed under my radar earlier this year – or it was buried under the tons of promo material we constantly receive. Released back in March 2017, UK’s MOUNTAINS“Dust In The Glare” belongs to this category, and I’m so happy I randomly check their social media page out (something I do most of the times to scout for new stuff falling in my cup of tea and find some fresh-out-of-the-oven kickass tunes). And I mean, “wow, man!” – this album is a riff-antastic Heavy Psych piece of music with tons of layers to peel off, walking fearlessly between the underground Stoner Rock and the Prog-Rock line...

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:52

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