Album Reviews

Sorrows Path - Touching Infinity

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I have to admit I was a bit confused after learning that the title track of the upcoming album from the Greek doomsters of SORROWS PATH “Touching Infinity” was actually the closing outro that clocks just one minute... Strange, huh? Not really. If you press the ‘play’ button having this restless band’s third venture in place, you’ll instantly get the theme which goes hand-in-hand with the rich music wrap that isn’t limited to this single track, and that’s one of the beautiful things happening inside. But let’s take first things first...

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:59

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Space Vacation - Lost In The Black Divide

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I first heard of SPACE VACATION when Kyoshi Morgan joined the band. I loved his guitar-playing in VICIOUS RUMORS and he's a cool guy, so of course, I wanted to check out what he was doing with a new band. SPACE VACATION has always been a quite odd sod in the US Metal scene - at least for the time I've known them - and I’m saying this in the most positive way. All since their “Heart Attack” album, which was where I got in, they've been serving classic Heavy Metal with a lot of fines and smart riffs. And these unique features got a lot more prominent on the brand new “Lost In The Black Divide”. Scott Shapiro’s very bright voice sets it apart, also that the music stays classic but how Scott sounds and the arrangement of the vocal melodies pushes in the more contemporary and modern influences into it all.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:54

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Blackfinger - When Colors Fade Away

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“Let us now pretend that I’m already dead”... This is the powerful lyric line that opens the title track of BLACKFINGER’s sophomore release “When Colors Fade Away”, sung by the warm voice of Eric Wagner, and sets the right mood from the start. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should already know that the kindled spirit of the American Rock / Heavy Metal singer remains restless, meaning he’s constantly working on something new to channel his inner demons / strawberry sky dreams with his creative pen and producing astonishing pieces of music in the process which are marked by his personal and recognizable style and velvety vocals. Surrounded by new bandmates (Matthew Tuite and Terry Weston that some time ago their roads crossed on Pittsburgh’s PENANCE), the former TROUBLE vocalist strikes back with a dark-er album (lyrically and musically), and in case the BLACKFINGER debut left you wanting more, then “When Colors Fade Away” will kick your door down with its moody, mid-paced yet full-band-served tunes.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:52

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Belphegor - Totenritual

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Some days ago, BELPHEGOR released “Totenritual” as their 11th full length album and this is an impressive fact on its own. I mean, the Austrians have been delivering the Death / Black Metal goods since the early '90s and have been doing so every two to three years. However, some health issues Helmuth had to address around six years ago kind of made the future seem a bit uncertain, but “Conjuring The Dead” proved that BELPHEGOR remains an unstoppable machine. On top of this, and after spinning “Totentirual” a healthy amount of times, I safely reached the conclusion that the band is in its best form.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:46

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