Album Reviews

Axel Rudi Pell - Knights Call

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Axel Rudi Pell, the master of melancholic guitar-melodies, strikes again on “Knights Call” and delivers yet another batch of the smooth Heavy Metal that has become his trademark sound over the years. And it is a pleasing start of the album with the snappy “The Wild And The Young” which holds a catchy chorus and in general a very good vibe. Johnny Gioeli's voice has that nice harshness and rasp to it which charges the melodies even more.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 18 May 2018 08:23

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Gatekeeper - East Of Sun

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It is painful to realize again and again that it is impossible to be up-to-date with the new releases in Metal nowadays. The simple days of passing by your favorite record store to see what is new this month is a constantly fading away memory and has been already replaced by the digital platform. So, one has to rely on his gut and try a new band based on a short snippet, or in this case, on the album’s cover artwork. Yeah, I was drawn to “East Of Sun” the moment I caught a glimpse of the Epic cover artwork with the almost Moorcock aesthetics, and once I saw this was a Cruz Del Sur Music release, the GATEKEEPER’s debut LP become a must-check album.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 11 May 2018 17:47

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Psychedelic Witchcraft - Sound Of The Wind

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Over the years, I have learned to trust some countries for specific Metal genres and I think the “easy” mentions are Germany for Thrash and Sweden for melodic Death Metal. One more country that deserves to be an immediate pick is Italy but not only for the Symphonic Power Metal; yeah, Italy has a tradition in Stoner and Psychedelic bands which are extremely good in creating '70s-infused Metal with a pinch of horror aesthetics. And for the latter reason, the new PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT album, titled “Sound Of The Wind”, immediately piqued my interest. I mean, who can say 'no' to a good-looking witch standing outside a house in her best '70s outfit?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 11 May 2018 17:46

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Kamelot - The Shadow Theory

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KAMELOT released “The Shadow Theory” and this is the third full length with Tommy Karevik behind the mic. The reason for opening with this, is to highlight that this band has not yet escaped Roy Khan’s shadow (no shadow pun intended), at least to the mind of longtime fans, like myself. Although, in this day and age people tend to quickly forget as they are focused on the ‘now’ which becomes ‘past’ as fast as a sweep on you smartphone lasts... However, and in hindsight mentioning Khan on this album presentation is absolutely unfair to Tommy who has done an excellent work thus far and in this album sounds at his best with KAMELOT. Come to think of it, “The Shadow Theory” is such a solid album that all the KAMELOT fans should consider the transition period to be over.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:47

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