Album Reviews

Chasing Ghosts - These Hollow Gods

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I try to vary the approach when reviewing albums and sometimes I push 'play' with 'repeat' and leave it on. No checking out the band or anything before. Just to see what sticks. With CHASING GHOSTS' “These Hollow Gods” I did just that, and round after round, I found myself checking out the player when “Fearless” came on. A few spins later, the same thing started to happen for the title track, “These Hollow Gods”, as well.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:40

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons - The Age Of Absurdity

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I was wondering what the surviving members of MOTÖRHEAD would do after Lemmy's passing. That the guys would continue to play, there was no doubt about, just in what form. Mikkey Dee was quickly drafted to SCORPIONS and Phil joined in with his sons... All pretty much as I expected, Mikkey to something grand and Phil to something familiar, but perhaps not something as close at hand as it became. I guess this how it felt like to happen; Phil just wants to play and as long as he can do it he’s happy. It is really a cool thing they've got going with PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and what strikes me is that they've managed to capture two worlds and make it fit.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:38

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Ayreon Universe - Best Of Ayreon Live

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In case you don’t know Arjen, he is not a touring artist, and really there is nothing wrong with this, aside from the fact that there is no chance to get to hear his fantastic songs live. For exactly the same reason, seeing a live filmed DVD with a setlist spanning Arjen’s entire musical career is a must-have for all of his fans. But there is more to that, aside from being a rare occasion; this show was a huge success (kind of expected, despite Arjen’s pessimism), so the production took its foot from the breaks and created a once-in-a-lifetime show. Fortunately, for the unlucky ones who did not manage to get a ticket, Mascot Label Group packed this performance in two DVDs (I think there is a Bluray version also), clocking more than two hours of music, plus some interviews and tryout footage.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:55

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Shadowkeep - Shadowkeep

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I had dismissed SHADOWKEEP as a wimpy Power Metal band after giving what most likely would have been the band’s second album, “A Chaos Theory”, half a spin. Seeing them live some years later made me change my mind as the show was nothing like what I'd heard on record and of course I had to do a dig down the vaults when I got back home. I still prefer the full length debut “Corruption Within” and, at that time brand new, “The Hourglass Effect” over the one first introducing me to the band. And now, a decade later, learning that SHADOWKEEP tapped James Rivera (HELSTAR, ex-VICIOUS RUMORS etc.) for the vocal duties, I got thrilled to dig into the new record, simply titled “Shadowkeep”. I think James has the ultimate voice for Progressive Heavy Metal.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:44

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