Midnight Dice - Hypnotized

It was quite disappointing seeing SATAN’S HALLOW calling it a day, especially after crossing the Atlantic all the way to Germany’s ‘Keep It True’ festival to deliver their Chicago-born traditional Heavy Metal with impressive energy and confidence. In hindsight and after having watched MIDNIGHT DICE in concert, I’d say their decision to change a bit and move forward was golden. Really, you don’t need me to tell you that, because their new EP, titled “Hypnotized”, is already out there and has been on the repeat – at least until the vinyl version comes out.


Lamb Of God - Lamb Of God

There is something intriguing when a band decides to release a self-titled album, especially when the band in question has been around for a couple of decades. LAMB OF GOD have travelled a significant number of miles, and therefore choosing to name their eighth album “Lamb Of God” cannot but to be considered as a statement. Usually the intent behind such an album name-calling is to hit the reset button and sort of redefine where the band stands. With this in mind, I chose to approach “Lamb Of God” with a ‘fresh’ set of ears, without getting caught in the usual trap of comparing past with present. After all, who can claim to be the same person as he/she was five years ago?


Wino - Forever Gone

Scott “Wino” Weinrich is one of those musicians who age like fine, red wine getting better with time. In the middle of being an iconic frontman of US Doom Metal founders SAINT VITUS and THE OBSSESSED, both founded in the late ‘70s, Wino nurtures a strong love for Americana / Folk Rock and the underground scene, and once in a while releases ‘unplugged’ solo albums, with “Forever Gone” being his third one. This record is filled with stripped-down melancholic Rock tracks with sporadic use of unplugged guitar. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Wino’s music in any shape or form “Forever Gone” will call you by your name to...


Biff Byford - School Of Hard Knocks

There are some musicians, mainly singers, that is impossible to imagine them being outside the band you have been used to seeing them. And I am not talking only about the voice or the sound those musicians bring to bands, but also of the onstage presence. The examples are many, and in the case of “School Of Hard Knocks”, this applies to Mr. Biff Byford whose name is imprinted in SAXON’s DNA double helix. This fact makes his debut solo album extremely special because he would not have done this if he did not have something special to ‘say’. And for sure, seeing Biff working with OPETH’s Fredrik Åkesson adds a bit more excitement as the respective bands those two are, do not seem to share a lot music-wise.

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