Album Reviews

DevilDriver - Outlaws 'Til the End, Vol. 1

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It is rather easy to make an album full of covers and I am sure some will add the word ‘lazy’ to this description. Yeah, recording covers is part of having fun and - in theory - should not be taken seriously. However, when a band puts some serious effort on it and filters the songs through its own personal sound and style, then you’ve got something that’s worth spinning more than for ‘just checkin’ out’. This is exactly the case with DEVILDRIVER’s take on Country with “Outlaws ‘Til the End, Vol. 1” featuring ten covers of... Yeah, you guessed right, Country tunes. I would have add the adjective “well-known” tunes but that would have been insincere since my relation to this genre is on a ‘I’ve heard that somewhere’ basis.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:24

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Black Book Lodge - Steeple And Spire

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The thing about reviewing records is that sometimes bands come up with what most probably would have been overlooked when picking up new music at the record store. Sometimes it's a real challenge to dig as deep as needed to form an opinion. Sometimes what at a first glance seemed to be uninteresting, turns out to be a very good encounter. Danish BLACK BOOK LODGE would definitely fall into this category. Esthetically the band, as well as the musical description, fall outside my area of interest in general.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:12

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Estate - Mirrorland

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When I start to believe that I am up to date with the scene, another batch of bands shows up. But that I haven't heard about ESTATE, might not be all that strange; bands from behind the iron curtain tend not to be rotated frequently in the West, not even on social media. And so came ESTATE and their second full length release titled “Mirrorland” into my life.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:04

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Kalapács - Örökfekete

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Metalheads have a hard time accepting something that falls outside the box where they have placed the music and the bands they like. Ok, sometimes they may go out of their ways and listen to a band or an album, even though there are things that do not agree with their extremely well-defined taste as long as the lyrics are written in the English language... That’s right, everything written in an alien language is considered as an outcast, so bands are restricted inside their country’s borders or worse are pushed into oblivion. Fortunately, KALAPÁCS belong to the first group and as far as I know they have a solid following in Hungary with some scattered fans in other places. I mean, the fact that “Örökfekete” is the band’s twelfth full-length record says a lot, right?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:56

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