Album Reviews

Manticora - To Kill To Live To Kill

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The dark and haunting chords that open “Echoes Of A Silent Scream” set a creepy mood right away. This one is definitely both darker and more brutal than MANTICORA normally are. But at the same time, there are a lot of fine details to the music on “To Kill To Live To Kill”. How emotions are captured to portrait the story... Yes, there is a very dark and uncanny concept backing it all up, written by Lars F. Larsen and published as a well-worth reading novel.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:43

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Blitzkrieg - Judge Not!

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If you did not skip any Metal History classes, then just the BLITZKRIEG logo on an album’s cover artwork should be more than enough to get you excited. Of course, you have to be a NWOBHM fan, but if you are into Metal, then it would be shocking not be one... With all this in mind, “Judge Not!” comes five years after the previous BLITZKRIEG LP and this can be understandable considering that the glory days of Metal have gone away and I don’t think they will return any time soon. I mean, putting out a new LP has become a labor of love for a lot of bands, especially of BLITZKRIEG’s age range, receiving skeleton budgets and the bare minimum support to do their studio magic. Do I need to mention that selling records is peanuts when it comes to keeping the light on?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:35

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Black Rainbows - Pandaemonium

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Ok, some countries are not known for producing Heavy Psychedelic Rock bands in a steady and regular pace (if not at all), and Italy belongs to this category. But Roman trio BLACK RAINBOWS has established already a high-energy fuzzed-out Psych Rock release tradition, with most recent “Pandaemonium” marking their sixth full length offering in over 10 years of existence, and somehow this is huge for a newbie band in this oversaturated, smokin’-soaked scene.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:26

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Phil Lanzon - If You Think I’m Crazy

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It’s quite rare that an album starts with vocals from the first note. But the effect when “Mind Over Matter” starts in its glory is phenomenal. I was expecting great melodies and epic arrangements from Phil Lanzon but the first few bars really exceeded my expectations. What's to come on “If You Think I’m Crazy” is fabulous pieces of music; it’s melodic and the melancholy makes it all very cozy. It is much of that feel-good moments happening when seeing URIAH HEEP live that comes out of Phil Lanzon’s solo album as well. It’s pompous and grand, the crescendo at the end of that first song almost touches upon TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA greatness.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:21

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