Τετάρτη, 27 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

ASTRAL FIRE - Defy the Lights EP Review


ASTRAL FIRE - Defy the Lights EP

Independent


Italy has one of my favorite metal scenes. If I have to make a catalogue of my favorite bands from over there it will be a long list. It is also very encouraging to see that it still produces good heavy and power metal releases (not that the other metal genres there lack of quality). ASTRAL FIRE are a new power metal band from Italy who introduce themselves to the metal audience with this EP which includes 5 tracks.

Στην καρδιά της θάλασσας


Στην καρδιά της θάλασσας

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου κλασσικά εικονογραφημένα ήταν η ιστορία του Μόμπι Ντικ. της λευκής φάλαινας και του αποφασιστικού στα όρια εμμονής καπετάνιου Άχαμπ. Η ιστορία με είχε τόσο πολύ εντυπωσιάσει που στην Ε΄τάξη του Δημοτικού έγραψα και σχετική έκθεση με αποτέλεσμα να εισπράξω το πολύ καλή αλλά βλέπεις πολύ τηλεόραση... Βλέπετε η δασκάλα είχε μπερδέψει το Μόμπι Ντικ με την ταινία Όρκα η φάλαινα δολοφόνος. Μόλις λοιπόν έπεσε το μάτι μου στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο που στις πρώτες σειρές στο οπισθόφυλλο του έγραφε η αληθινή ιστορία που ενέπνευσε το Μόμπι Ντικ, αμέσως το αγόρασα (το βρήκα μάλιστα και σε πολύ καλή τιμή).

Δευτέρα, 25 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

THUGNOR - The End of Time Review


THUGNOR - The End of Time

Independent


THUGNOR is a four piece band from Portugal, the music child of A.J. on lead guitars and drums well known with the Portugal veterans of the death metal band DECAYED.

Σάββατο, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

THE ORDER OF CHAOS – Apocalypse Moon Review



THE ORDER OF CHAOS – Apocalypse Moon

Killer Metal Records


We will stay in Canada and I will present to you another female fronted band that differs from CATEGORY VI, but they also have has common ground the inspiration they draw from the traditional heavy metal sound. “Apocalypse Moon” is the third studio album of the band THE ORDER OF CHAOS.

Πέμπτη, 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

DEICIDE – In Torment In Hell Review


DEICIDE – In Torment In Hell

Roadrunner Records


DEICIDE doesn’t need an introduction really, they formed in Tampa, FL in 1989 under the name AMON with all the original band members, the Hoffman brothers, Glen Benton and Steve Asheim. 

Κυριακή, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

OPEN BURN – Open Burn EP Review


OPEN BURN – Open Burn EP

Independent

OPEN BURN is a U.S. metal band with very talented and experienced musicians; the bassist, guitarist and drummer used to be in the legendary power progressive metal band LETHAL on the “Arrival” and “Programmed” era and the singer comes from bands such as SIMPLE AGRESSION, CHASTAINS’S SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN and HUMAN COMETH. Do I have to say more?

Τετάρτη, 13 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

CATEGORY VI – War Is Hell Review


CATEGORY VI – War Is Hell

Killer Metal Records


There are countries like Canada that when you start thinking about its metal scene you realize it has one of the strongest in the world and that has offered us through the years some really great bands which have released some classic metal albums. CATEGORY VI are hailing from Canada and their debut album under the title “Fireborn”, which was released in 2013 as an independent work, caught the attention of Killer Metal Records and decided to offer them a deal for their sophomore album which I will present to you here.

Δευτέρα, 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

WorldFall released debut album


American Power/Thrash Metal band WorldFall released their debut full-length album  “False Salvation”. The album was recorded, engineered, produced, and mastered by Giovanni Angel, and mixed by his brother Stephano Angel.

WorldFall is a one-man band formed in 2014 by Colombian guitarist and vocalist Carlos Cordoba at Miramar, Florida. On July 2017, the band released their debut single called “Never Fade Away”.

Πέμπτη, 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

VITAL REMAINS – Icons of Evil Review


VITAL REMAINS – Icons of Evil

Century Media

This band formed in 1988 and are still active, but haven’t released an album in about 10 years. Tony Lazaro (rhythm guitar), David Sazuki (drums, lead guitars, bass) and Glen Benton on vocals are all that contributed forth in this latest release. 

Τρίτη, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

Syconaut released new EP


Swedish Industrial Death Metal band Syconaut released their new EP  "Three or More". The EP was was recorded and mixed in "Holken Studio" by David Löfborg and mastered by Plec which runs "The Panic Room Studio".


Syconaut was formed in 1999 at Skövde, Sweden. The band´s previous works consist of two full length albums "Burst Into Life (2009), "In Ruins" (2014) and EP "Fractions" (2010).

Κυριακή, 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

ART OF SIMPLICITY - When Fables Have a Bitter Taste Review


ART OF SIMPLICITY - When Fables Have a Bitter Taste EP

Independent


ART OF SIMPLICITY is a very interesting band from Greece with a demo CD and 2 official releases (an album and currently a 6 track CD).

Παρασκευή, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

Psycho Pass Crown Sign Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions


Japanese Melodic Death Metal band Psycho Pass Crown has inked a worldwide management deal with  GlobMetal Promotions.


Last year the band released their debut EP "Revenge For The Revenge", that was recorded at "PENTA Studio" and mix/mastered by TAKAMINE YUUKI.  This days the band playing mainly in Tokyo and as a support band in foreign bands’ Japan tours.

Τετάρτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2017

MESS EXCESS – From another World Pt1 Review


MESS EXCESS – From another World Pt1
Qua’ Rock Records
There are many bands in the metal scene that have created concept albums and some of them are considered all time classics. Such an example is QUEENSRYCHE’s “Operation Mindcrime” which I mention here due to the similarities it has with the concept story of MESS EXCESS’s album, but first thing first….

Δευτέρα, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2017

MONSTROSITY – Rise to Power Review


MONSTROSITY – Rise to Power

Conquest Music


These guys have been around for 27 years, in 1990 to be exact. They’ve been producing some quality death metal over the years. Even early on. From the Tampa area, many of the more prevalent death metal acts around. I don’t think they’ve gotten enough attention though. That’s just my view.

Τρίτη, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2017

JMP – Jam Movie Project Review


JMP – Jam Movie Project

Qua’ Rock Records

Jamming in music is something that helps musicians to improvise and expand their imagination and creativity. JMP started as their name stated as a jam project of the guitarist Gabriele Bellini and the opera singer Claire Briant Nesti back in 2014. A little later the drummer Michel Agostini joined the project and with this line up JMP released this debut album.

Κυριακή, 19 Νοεμβρίου 2017

GARDENIAN – Sindustries Review


GARDENIAN – Sindustries

Nuclear Blast Records


Short career for these Swedish melodic death freaks, which is rather unfortunate. This one was a follow up from a more emotional album entitled “Soulburner”, that one is my absolute favorite. But yeah, I’m not entirely certain of the reasons of their departure from the Gothenburg music scene, it’s just sad.

Πέμπτη, 16 Νοεμβρίου 2017

TEN – Gothica Review


TEN – Gothica

Frontiers Records


Number thirteen, if you are superstitious, is not considered a lucky number. For TEN though it seems to be a fortunate one since “Gothica” is their thirteenth studio release and also their comeback to Frontiers Records with whom they have signed a contract for many record releases in the future. I think that this can make the fans of the band really happy.

Οι Arcturus επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα


Όπως ανακοινώθηκε νωρίτερα από τις διοργανώτριες εταιρείες 3 Shades of Black και Krisis Productions, σε μία εξαιρετική συγκυρία, οι  Arcturus επιστρέφουν (μετά από 6 χρόνια) στην Ελλάδα, για δύο συναυλίες, τη Παρασκευή 12 Ιανουαρίου 2018 στο νεόδμητο Temple (Ιάκχου 17, Γκάζι, Αθήνα) και το Σάββατο 13 Ιανουαρίου στο Eightball Club (Πίνδου 1, Λαδάδικα, Θεσσαλονίκη).

Αφορμή για αυτό αποτελεί η κυκλοφορία του προσφάτου Arcturian, που επανέφερε τους Νορβηγούς στη δισκογραφία μετά από πολυετή απουσία, αποτελώντας ταυτόχρονα ένα εξαιρετικό δείγμα avant-garde metal, όπως και κάθε προηγούμενη δισκογραφική τους δουλειά.

Δείτε παρακάτω όλες τις πληροφορίες, σχετικά με τις επερχόμενες εμφανίσεις τους:

ΤΙΜΕΣ ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΩΝ:
Περιορισμένη προπώληση: 20
• Προπώληση: 23
• Ταμείο: 25

Παρασκευή 12 Ιανουαρίου – Temple / Αθήνα

ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΡΟΠΩΛΗΣΗΣ (η έναρξή της θα ανακοινωθεί σύντομα):
• Metal Era (Εμ. Μπενάκη 22, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 210 3304133, www.metalera.gr)
• No Remorse Records (Γαμβέτα 4, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 210 3830981, www.noremorse.gr)
Eat Metal (Σπυρίδωνος Τρικούπη 45, Εξάρχεια, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 213 0378553, www.eatmetalrecords.com)
• Sirens Records (Νικηταρά 14, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 210 3822304)
Syd Records (Πρωτογένους 13, Ψυρρή, τηλ.: 210 3218373, www.sydrecords.com)
• Temple (Ιάκχου 17, Αθήνα, τηλ.: 6979417274)
• Τηλεφωνικά στο 11876
• Reload Stores
• Media Markt
• Seven Spots
• Βιβλιοπωλείο Ευριπίδης
Viva Kiosks (Συνταγμα & Τεχνόπολις)
• Ηλεκτρονική προπώληση: https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/periodeia/arcturus-live-in-greece/

Σάββατο 13 Ιανουαρίου – Eightball Club / Θεσσαλονίκη

ΣΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΡΟΠΩΛΗΣΗΣ (η έναρξή της θα ανακοινωθεί σύντομα):
Ticket House / Musicland (Μητροπόλεως 102, Θεσσαλονίκη, τηλ.: 2310 264880)
Empire Store (Κωνσταντίνου Παλαιολόγου 10, Θεσσαλονίκη, τηλ.: 2313 090287)
Alone Metal Store (Γ. Θεοχάρη 2, Θεσσαλονίκη, τηλ.: 2310 266772, http://alone.gr)
• Classic Cafe-Bar Διώροφον (Μεταμορφώσεως, Καλαμαριά. τηλ.: 2310 453998)
• Τηλεφωνικά στο 11876
• Reload Stores
• Media Markt
• Seven Spots
• Βιβλιοπωλείο Ευριπίδης
• Viva Kiosks (Συνταγμα & Τεχνόπολις)
• Ηλεκτρονική προπώληση: https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/periodeia/arcturus-live-in-greece/

***  Όλες οι αποδείξεις εισιτηρίων του viva.gr θα ανταλλάσσονται με κανονικά hard copy συλλεκτικά εισιτήρια, την ημέρα της συναυλίας, στο ταμείο του χώρου διεξαγωγής.

Τρίτη, 14 Νοεμβρίου 2017

SUFFOCATION – Pierced From Within Review


SUFFOCATION – Pierced From Within

Roadrunner Records


This band doesn’t really need an introduction, but I’ll give a short one anyway. SUFFOCATION has been making death metal music 1990, but formed in 1988. They have a pivotal point in the death metal scene, this release being a monument in the genre.

Κυριακή, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2017

TABERAH – Sinner’s Lament Review


TABERAH – Sinner’s Lament

Killer Metal Records


In every form of art and the same goes for heavy metal we don’t have virgin births. The story of the huge names of our music (BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA etc) is the story of musicians that had the idea to take their influences and give them their own interpretation and this led them to create their own original sound. In our days, heavy metal is back and we witness new bands formed by young musicians release albums that have quality and offer us some really good moments, but the fact is that most of them don’t do anything more than copy the old school metal. I want to say that the new generation of metal fans need their own heroes and I think that TABERAH from Australia, who so far they have released 3 great studio albums, have the potential to be those heroes.

Τετάρτη, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2017

BLOODSTRIKE – In Death We Rot Review


BLOODSTRIKE – In Death We Rot

Redefining Darkness Records


This Colorado based band has a lot to offer here to the death metal scene. They’ve been around since 2013 and have a demo out, this one is their first full-length. They have a female vocalist, too.I’m always thrilled when there’s a newer death metal band out.

Κυριακή, 5 Νοεμβρίου 2017

DETHONATOR – Dethonator Review


DETHONATOR – Dethonator

Killer Metal Records


DETHONATOR from the U.K. started their career in 2002 under the name KALEB which they kept until 2009. In 2009 the band changed its name into its current one and in 2010 they released their debut album under the title “Dethonator”. In 2013 they released their sophomore album under the title “Return to Damnation” and in 2014 the EP “Monuments to Dead Gods”. In 2016 the band signed a deal with Killer Metal Records and this is their first release.

Πέμπτη, 2 Νοεμβρίου 2017

BEAR MACE – Butchering the Colossus Review


BEAR MACE – Butchering the Colossus

Gypsyblood Records


This Chicago based band spews out old school death metal with lyrical concepts on war, death and of course bears. Personally, I like this style of theirs, not that I’m biased though.  It just has an old school death metal vibe to it.

Τρίτη, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2017

MEGA COLOSSUS – Hyperglaive Review


MEGA COLOSSUS – Hyperglaive

Killer Metal Records

MEGA COLOSSUS are no other than COLOSSUS who started as a band in 2005 and existed with that name until 2016. I don’t know the reasons that led them to add the word MEGA in their band’s name, but this decision makes this album their debut release.

Κυριακή, 29 Οκτωβρίου 2017

DANZIG - III - How the Gods Kill Review


DANZIG - III - How the Gods Kill

Def American Recordings

A solid follow-up to the awe-inspiring “II – Lucifuge”, DANZIG hits the heavy metal scene again circa 1992, but hey, it's never too late to celebrate a 25 year anniversary of a well appreciated release. Glenn is back at it with his notorious vocal outputs and the rest of the band that was with them for the first three albums as well. So yeah, you'll hear the heavy blues influenced John Christ, the rubble ling of Eerie Von's bass, and sick drum outputs by Chuck Biscuits. The music is quite admirable, notably "Dirty Black Summer." There were more, but that one (to me) stood out the most out of the whole album. The tempos vary, some songs are slow, meaning tempo-wise. Some filled with vigor. All of them are very dark indeed though. But that's what the whole reason for this concept that they've chosen for the album.

Σάββατο, 28 Οκτωβρίου 2017

ΤΟ ΣΑΒΑΝΟ ΤΟΥ ΙΗΣΟΥ


ΤΟ ΣΑΒΑΝΟ ΤΟΥ ΙΗΣΟΥ

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Το Σάβανο του Ιήσου είναι μια έρευνα του συγγραφέα Ian Wilson που έχει σπουδάσει Ιστορία στην Οξφόρδη για το αν η σινδόνη του Τουρίνου είναι πράγματι το σάβανο του Ιησού μετά τον μαρτυρικό του θάνατο στο σταυρό. Η σινδόνη εμφανίζεται για πρώτη φορά στον δυτικό κόσμο το 1300 μ.Χ. και ο συγγραφέας προσπαθεί να ανακαλύψει αν υπήρξε προγενέστερη αναφορά της στην ιστορία. Καταλήγει στο συμπέρασμα, μέσα από αποδείξεις - ενδείξεις που επικαλείται, αλλά και τα αποτελέσματα κάποιων επιστημονικών ερευνών που έγιναν στο λινό αυτό ύφασμα, ότι η σινδόνη είναι το Μανδήλιον του Χριστού που ανακαλύφθηκε στην Έδεσσα και μεταφέρθηκε στην Κωνσταντινούπολη περί το 900 μ.Χ. και εκ των υστέρων ότι είναι το κεφάλι για το οποίο κατηγορήθηκαν οι Ναϊτες ότι προσκυνούσαν.

Πέμπτη, 26 Οκτωβρίου 2017

KILL FOR METAL – Vol. I Presentation


KILL FOR METAL – Vol. I
Killer Metal Records
When YouTube and of course other sites like that entered our lives and sharing videos became an easy task, this also affected the metal fans too. We have reached a point where many people in our days listen to music directly from the above mentioned sites. This leads also many bands to create video – clips in order to promote their music since the power of image is irresistible. Having all these in mind, I believe, this is why Killer Metal Records released this DVD which has over an hour of duration and includes video clips of some of the bands that belong to its roster (it would be nice if they could include videos or live footage from all of their bands, but maybe this will happen in their next release).

Τρίτη, 24 Οκτωβρίου 2017

SODOM - Decision Day Review


SODOM - Decision Day
Steamhammer Records
This one is definitely a step-up from “Epitome of Torture”, it just has more energy to it and is catchier. I'll admit that I only have 2 SODOM albums in my collection. I've never been a huge fan until “Agent Orange” came out some 20+ years ago... then my interest faded after succeeding albums with lineup changes left me in disinterest with the band. But I tried “Epitome of Torture” and just ultimately didn't care for much. I feel that “Decision Day” is filled with good lyrics, fresh riffs, good leads and cool vocals by Tom Angelripper. I think that this is one of their best albums that I've heard by them. Helped a little with technology, the production quality is superb and the music just says it all. It's simply original sounding and has a lot of balls to it.

Κυριακή, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2017

AGE OF DISCLOSURE – To the Universe Review


AGE OF DISCLOSURE – To the Universe
    Kunz Soundcorp.
It seems that Adriano Troiano (bass player) is a musician that participates in most of the interesting metal bands that come from Switzerland, although AGE OF DISCLOSURE is not exactly his own band as DISTANT PAST is (if you like traditional heavy metal with progressive touches you should check them out). AGE OF DISCLOSURE actually were formed when the guitarist and songwriter Ben Sollberger decided to professionally record some of the many songs that he had written in the past. The catalyst which helped him to make his dream a reality was Adriano Troiano with the huge experience he has in the metal scene (he was also a member of the great band EMERALD). So, the cooperation of these two musicians led to the realization of this album in which four singers participate amongst the other musicians.

Τετάρτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2017

LETHAL SHOCK - Evil Aggressor Review




LETHAL SHOCK - Evil Aggressor
Witches Brew Records
A very METALLICA – “Kill ‘em All” based release...with a better production of course. This is a debut album, it's only about 30 minutes in length, but it sure kicks butt. I can't relate to the lyrics, but the vocals were just OK, the music I'm more keyed into than anything else on here. The guitars just kick total ass. For a debut, this sure is one to appreciate. The music is speed sort of style of metal and it has a good mixing/production sound to it. It's one of 2016's better releases by a band. This album just simply rips from beginning to end.

Τετάρτη, 11 Οκτωβρίου 2017

ESSENZA - Blind Gods and Revolutions Review




ESSENZA - Blind Gods and Revolutions
SG Records
In the search I did, I found out that there are two bands with the same name both coming from Italy. The one that plays black metal and doesn’t exist anymore and the one that I am about to present to you that has many years of existence, although I only learned about them with this release.

Δευτέρα, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2017

KREATOR - Gods of Violence Review




KREATOR - Gods of Violence
Nuclear Blast Records
Now this far outweighs “Phantom Antichrist”, big time. This is another KREATOR album that's melodic, filled with hateful lyrics, Mille's unique vocals and music that's just totally kick ass. These guys really did a number with this one. I think it was worth the wait. Mille said in an interview that metal can be "spiritual" which I totally agree with. And that he picks out music that's like no one else's except for KREATOR. What he is implying is that it's all his own creation when writing songs, the whole process. A lot of bands are bankrupt of ideas and turn to other artists/composers just to make and sell an album. KREATOR isn't like this. Sure they've gone through musical changes over the years but yeah now they're back to their roots in thrash metal and they have been.

Πέμπτη, 5 Οκτωβρίου 2017

PECTORA – Redemption Review




PECTORA – Redemption
Independent
There are some countries that we don’t listen to very often in the metal scene, but when they pop up they have something interesting to give. Denmark for example is a country that might not have the quantity of metal bands of other countries, but definitely has the quality that many would envy. This is the country of PECTORA who in early 2017 released their second 5 track EP (they have also released in 2013 the EP entitled “Burgeon of Hate”) entitled “Redemption”.

Δευτέρα, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2017

VEKTOR - Terminal Redux Review




VEKTOR - Terminal Redux
Earache Records
This album resembles “Outer Isolation”, but to me it's better. It's lengthy too, clocking in over an hour long. Progressive thrash which isn't my type of genre but the music is so awesome on this album. Way technical guitar work. The only thing that I don't like about the album or band are the vocals. They sort of shriek. The guitars make up for that. I suppose that THAT is the concept behind the music, is the vocals to try to match the guitar work. I would presume that's the case. Otherwise, I'd say get different vocals. The guitars are so technical here and really perfection to the tee. It's amazing the leads and music overall.

Σάββατο, 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

PAOLO BALTARO – The Day after the Night before Review




PAOLO BALTARO – The Day after the Night before
Banksville Records Company
I am not used to receiving a vinyl as a promo. Most of the labels have us used to digital promos. So this is something that I will remember and of course something that impressed me. However, this doesn’t mean that someone can “bribe” me with such a move (but you can try if you want to hehehe). So let me get to the point… this is a release of Paolo Baltaro from Italy who I have never known before this release, although he has achieved some great accomplishments in his career as the award of best progressive of the year2010 by the Prog Award Webzine. But besides that he is a musician that can play all the instruments, someone with a restless spirit that can feel satisfaction in a specific genre. So, if you do a research in his career you will find out that he has played from experimental nu-jazz to punk rock and in 2016 he even released a book that soon will be translated in the English language. If you are not impressed, personally I am.

Τετάρτη, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

MEGADETH - Dystopia Review




MEGADETH - Dystopia
Tradecraft Records
For a while, I hated MEGADETH. That is, until I bought their re-mastered “Peace Sells...” CD that I had on tape 25 years ago. I think it was the vocals that killed my interest. Now that I have that CD, I appreciate it more and more. And with this new album, it's a great follow-up from a flop album “Super Collider”. This one rips in every respect. It just doesn't let up in originality, the vocals are tolerable and the music/leads are fantastic.