Album Reviews

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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U.D.O. - Steelfactory

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Seeing Udo doing two tours playing two different sets full of ACCEPT classics for this long and in that high level, was amazing to witness, to say the least. Instead of sounding and looking like a retiree, Udo and his lineup attacked all those classics like it was the '80s and I don’t think there is a single Metal soul disagreeing with me, especially these days, with all these ex-recording bands touring with the same setlist for more years than I care to count, having only our money in their crosshair. You see, there are two ways a band can follow once it has hit more than two decades of presence and this (of course) depends on how popular they are in the young(er) demographic: a) keep writing new music and supporting it (rare option), and b) keep cashing on the classics living on and from the past. Udo proudly belongs to the first category, and keeps writing great tunes and, in fact, the ACCEPT tour had also the purpose of closing that chapter once and for all. And to make this case even stronger, “Steelfactory” will soon hit the market, filled with the classic Metal we have learned to love with Udo’s vocals on.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 28 July 2018 11:33

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