Album Reviews

The Skull - The Endless Road Turns Dark

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Greatness; yes, that would be the only word I will use to describe the sophomore album of Chicago’s masters of Doom THE SKULL who continue to produce moody yet crushing tunes, tinged with all the dark colors of the universe. I know, you may think I’m overselling this, but once you have experienced with your own ears how the album opener kicks the door down, you will understand the greatness of this lineup which loyally serves the Heavy music for more than three decades. And yes, it kind of contradicts the fact that the heavier-than-Heavy [sic] “The Endless Road Turns Dark” is just the band’s second full length effort...

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Friday, 31 August 2018 16:13

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Don Airey - One Of A Kind

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"Can you feel the music running through your veins?" That’s the first thing you see when upon opening the booklet to Don Airey’s fifth solo album, titled “One Of A Kind”. It’s actually just recently I’ve really gained a real interest in various band members’ solo albums. I've of course been familiar with Don Airey's capabilities since long but it has always been the main bands that have caught my interest. Yes, I know, I know, I’ve missed a lot of good music by doing this but it’s better to start late than never, right? With this (and because of his long list of merits), I had no idea what to expect from Don Airey, what he could deliver and frankly my expectations were very far off from what’s delivered on “One Of A Kind”.

Written by Erika Wallberg Friday, 31 August 2018 15:13

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Korpiklaani - Kulkija

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After “Manala”, KORPIKLAANI changed the album-releasing cycle into one per three years, and right on time, “Kulkija” will hit the stores, being one of the longest records the Finns have ever created. Aside from the time duration, “Kulkija” seems to be a curving point in KORPIKLAANI’s song-writing and it may as well be a way to re-introduce the band. One - most probably subtle or even irrelevant - change is the absence of the antlers-wearing figure on the album’s cover artwork which to my eyes points to the band’s first albums in a ‘going back to the basics’ way. However, having in mind that KORPIKLAANI is not a band eager to make grave changes, I had to proceed with caution with “Kulkija” streaming.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 17 August 2018 12:46

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Spillage - Bootleg Livewired

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It has been always hard to judge a live-recorded album when considering the post-processing and the possible re-recordings to make everything sound perfect. However, and contrary to the studio recordings, making this perfect, kind of defeats the purpose of having a live album. Nowadays, with the digital recording, it is quite easy and, most importantly, cheap for a band to make a live-recorded album sound pristine. So, unless it is something special, I kinda look the other way and prefer to go to a concert and get a first-hand taste of how a band sounds live. In the case of SPILLAGE’s “Bootleg Livewired” it was the other way because I had first seen the new SPILLAGE lineup onstage, and therefore, getting this CD was my chance to confirm what I was thinking during the set.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 17 August 2018 12:37

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