Album Reviews

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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Manticora - To Kill To Live To Kill

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The dark and haunting chords that open “Echoes Of A Silent Scream” set a creepy mood right away. This one is definitely both darker and more brutal than MANTICORA normally are. But at the same time, there are a lot of fine details to the music on “To Kill To Live To Kill”. How emotions are captured to portrait the story... Yes, there is a very dark and uncanny concept backing it all up, written by Lars F. Larsen and published as a well-worth reading novel.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:43

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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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