Album Reviews

Rotting Christ - The Heretics

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Even though there is an overwhelming number of new bands and really good albums, there is a small number of releases that make my blood boil out of expectation. Yeah, I’m referring to that thirst to spin the album over and over again to check all those details that can make the music to stick with you as years go by. I know that this is in full contradiction of how most people like to consume new music by spending as much time as they do gobbling down some fast food. Flash news, people; music and especially Metal music is still a slow-dopamine release agent. One of such music-for-thought example is the new ROTTING CHRIST offering that comes with the rather different concept which is maybe less dark than its predecessors. You see, “The Heretics” deal with some writers / thinkers who were considered as literally heretics during their time and now are highly regarded litterateurs. Did you just think of getting famous after death? Of course, because groundbreaking thinking needs more time to be digested and understood...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 16 February 2019 13:27

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Lucer - Ghost Town

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“Indestructible”, which kicks off Danish LUCER's second full length album “Ghost Town”, mixes the D.A.D. kind of quite odd structure and hitty melodies with a Pop-music production. On the record, there are layer after layer, loops and keyboards, precise and clean and hold basically everything I hate with modern music. Still, it tickles my nerves and I press 'repeat' when the album is done. The main reason for this is titled “Ghost Town”, not meaning the album in its entirety, but the title-track; a Reggae kind of a rhythm and a sticky melody. To contribute further, bassist / vocalist Lasse has a special way of phrasing the vocal lines, his tone is quite short but it all in combination makes it unique.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:31

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Incite - Built To Destroy

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Unless you have been living inside the deepest caves, you should have at least come across INCITE as a name, because this happens to be a hard-working band, following the Cavalera spreading the Metal' way of doing things. I have seen INCITE quite a few times in concert, and although I had lots of headbanging fun, I was not intrigued to check their studio efforts. This was strictly related to my kind of old-ears-habit not being able to digest this Metalcore sound where guitar solos are considered a rarity. But like I said, this is a hard working band and “Built To Destroy” was meant to change my appetite as far as INCITE are concerned.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 18 January 2019 13:10

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Stygian Fair - Panta Rei

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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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