Album Reviews

Bloody Hammers - The Summoning

It is a given; Horror movies and Metal do extremely well together but only if the former comes from the '70s - '80s era. You see, just like in music, the market’s interest has shifted from the suggestive / atmospheric type of Horror to the best effect CGI can offer and this, unfortunately, is limited to the creator’s imagination (if any). In the process, the viewer’s / listener’s imagination has almost been rendered useless and therefore, the easier the movie / album, the higher the probability to do something worthy in the current “fast-food” market. However, you don’t have to “do as others do”, especially when there are - still - romantic bands out there eager to fuel your imagination, and in the case of BLOODY HAMMERS, make you fear of the unknown… Yeah, “The Summoning” feeds from the golden era of Horror Movies, walks in dump Gothic alleys and loves everything lurking in the dark...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 15 June 2019 15:08

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Statement - Force Of Life

I have to give Danish STATEMENT that they can boost a party. Musically, they haven't really appealed to me when I've seen them but I still find myself tapping along to their beat. They have some really catchy tunes though, like the opening track “The Hero Inside” from their latest release “Force Of Life” that is sticky and I really like the vocal slide that kicks off the chorus. It’s memorable and creative at the same time. The issue I've had with STATEMENT is that they feel a little messy when it comes to the style; it's a little here and there and all over the place. At least that’s how I’ve experienced the shows, it’s poppy on occasion to move over to Thrash and then something more techy before back to the beginning again.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 15 June 2019 14:47

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Overkill - The Wings Of War

There is no point to pretend being unprepared for a new OVERKILL album and, really, you don’t have to be a scholar of their discography to know how explosive these NJ boys are. If you still have doubts (shame on you) then going to show with OVERKILL on the billing will be more than enough to put your mind at the right place. So, before spinning “The Wings Of War” I was only curious to see how this lineup would blow my eardrums of and how fast will my blood start to boil. It did not take long and I cannot think any OVERKILL album being a sow-burner to be perfectly honest.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:09

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Evergrey - The Atlantic

EVERGREY have a special place in my heart and have earned that putting out albums with depth and with so many layers that takes some time to peel off but the process of doing so is the beauty of this entire trip. Sure, there were a couple of albums that the Swedes looked like they had lost their bearing but they have braved the storm and now are stronger than ever. For whatever the reason, “The Atlantic” turned out to be the most slow-burning albums I have encountered from EVERGREY. I can compare this with “The inner Circle” and the truth is that the harder I found it to dig deeper the more I was lured to keep listening. Life loves puns and I found myself really listening to the album while traveling high above the Atlantic... That’s appropriate right? So, having little room to move around and even less freedom to do as I want EVERGREY turned to be the best way to create a micro climate and let myself get lost into the complex song-structures these gentlemen have put together.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:06

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