Album Reviews

Stygian Fair - Panta Rei

I always try to pay attention to new Swedish bands to support the local scene, but I can’t define what makes me hook on to some and not on others. STYGIAN FAIR caught my interest with the “Into The Coven” EP, about a year ago. There was something in their music that really appealed to me, which got through despite the rather primitive sound. The mix of styles made STYGIAN FAIR sound very unique and the mix keeps going here, apart from the Epic Doom, Folk and Post Grunge trademarked on “Into The Coven” there’s also an occult touch here and there on “Panta Rei”.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 18 January 2019 12:05

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Praying Mantis - Gravity

It’s funny occasionally how little it takes to kind of lose all respect for a highly ranked band. And PRAYING MANTIS have impressed every time, but that show at ‘Headbangers Open Air’ some years ago did that for me when they had to cut their set extremely short due to a computer failing, hence no backtrack, no keyboards and certainly no show. It just felt stupid that something as pure Rock as PRAYING MANTIS are should fail so miserable on modern techniques. They made up for it at ‘Keep It True’ though, so the confidence in the band is restored. And with that, I happily dug into “Gravity”.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 18 January 2019 11:54

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Conception - My Dark Symphony

It’s almost magical how life works sometimes because some days after I had finished the article about CONCEPTION’s “Parallel Minds” (you can check it out HERE, if you haven't already), I learned that the band had been reactivated with the original lineup. Not only this did mark the return of an important chapter in the Prog Metal history, but it was an exciting statement that Roy Khan was back in his Metal singing duties. However, welcoming Roy back should not overshadow the fact that CONCEPTION were not reactivated just for the sake of playing a couple of reunion shows (don’t we see this happening more than we would care?). Yeah, the four-piece lineup went back to the studio to work on some new tunes, and the first result is the “My Dark Symphony” EP in question.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:54

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The Deep - Watching You

What I really like about THE DEEP is that they're quite hard to label. I mean, there's really nothing odd with their music but it's not NWOBHM not Hard Rock, not Euro and not US Metal. It's really all of the above which isn't that uncommon either but THE DEEP still sounds rather unique based on that mix.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:45

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