Firewind - Firewind

A new FIREWIND album and a new singer in the lineup... Well, the former is news, while the latter it kind of isn’t. You see, the singer position has turned into some sort of an electric chair for the band, and if you do your basic math, you’ll see it’s one singer per two albums. One could blame it to Gus G. but whoever knows him to the slightest, is sure that that’s not the case. To be honest, this does not really matter as long as the music (and the feeling) is there and is good enough to make us crank up the volume all the way to ten. So, is “Firewind” convincing enough?


Secrets Of The Moon - Black House

Germany’s SECRETS OF THE MOON shouldn’t be considered as the new kid on the block especially after going through their discography; sure, nowadays the band is a lot different than it was when everything started back in 1995, and there is a lot debating on how they should (or shouldn’t) keep releasing new music under the same moniker. I believe music is a way of expression and first and foremost serves its creator’s needs and therefore should not remain trapped only to follow one genre just to please the fans’ appetite. After all, a fan is following the music and not the other way around. In this mindset, I was more than happy to give SECRETS OF THE MOON’s seventh full length, “Black House”, a digital spin, and hear with my own set of ears if their modern direction is (still) appealing to my taste. Ok, the intriguing album title played its part too...


Katatonia - City Burials

“Why does this sound nothing like KATATONIA but exactly like KATATONIA?” came to mind the moment the band’s eleventh full length release, “City Burials”, started breathing inside the room. Well, this is something that doesn’t happen very often to me; usually, when you’re listening to a band’s new studio offering (and especially if that band counts more than three decades worth of discography), you spot some recognizable sonic patterns that have a solid footing on the band’s songwriting past. Or, if that same band wanted to try something completely different, then what you get is totally new. But, listening to the album opener “Heart Set To Divide” for the first time, I was like “what the hell happened here?”


Midnight Moses - Midnight Moses

It's not often to have something imprinted in memory and remain as clear as it was some 30 years ago. I have this feeling from hearing BALTIMOORE and “Ballerina” the first time on the Swedish radioshow Rock Box. I really loved Björn Lodin's voice (BALTIMOORE, ex-BEDLAM, ex-SIX FEET UNDER, ex-KROKUS etc.). The rage and soul were of course prominent but what made it stick was that gnarly nasal sound he makes on occasion.

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