Τρίτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

CARCASS – Reek of Putrefaction Review

CARCASS – Reek of Putrefaction
Earache Records
This is sort of a garage kind of recording, CARCASS’s first official record. It’s raw-like production and grind blast beats has me drawn into liking the album. Of course the lyrics I cannot relate to but the music is what kicks major ass. It’s just uncompromising and at some points seems like just noise-core. But I still enjoyed it. I think that they had to start somewhere, I just think that they should’ve never gone mainstream. NAPALM DEATH never did, but they have a variable agenda I think.

Παρασκευή, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

VICTORIUS - Heart of the Phoenix Review

VICTORIUS - Heart of the Phoenix
Massacre Records
Euro power metal is definitely an invention of Germany and of course the fathers of this sound are HELLOWEEN. Since the first albums of HELLOWEEN this genre has expanded all around the world and has been enriched with a variety of influences. I am saying this because VICTORIUS are from Germany and they of course continue the HELLOWEEN legacy with their music, but they are also influenced by the power metal sound as it was crafted in other countries.

Τρίτη, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

CARCASS – Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious Reviews

CARCASS – Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious
Earache Records
This is a quality, or I should say “high quality” death metal album. It wouldn’t necessarily fall under the grindcore category even though there are some blast beating going on here though. The music is what pulled me into this one. It’s HEAVY. There are backing vocals to assist Walker on here and Amott has his debut with CARCASS on second guitar here. Pretty damn awesome release.

Κυριακή, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

AN ENDLESS SPORADIC - Magic Machine Review

AN ENDLESS SPORADIC is the spiritual child of guitarist (guitar master/maestro), composer, producer Zach Kamins and it is a blend of high quality symphonic fusion/jazz/progressive rock, on a team effort and contribution of a respectful number of very talented musicians.

Παρασκευή, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

DIRKSCHNEIDER / U.D.O. Line up change

Kasperi Heikkinen is leaving U.D.O./DIRKSCHNEIDER for personal reasons. There is no bad blood or drama in this departure! The band and especially Udo wanna thank Kasperi for his great support and many fantastic shows on this planet. All the best Kasperi!!!

Kasperi´s statement: "I want to thank everyone, especially the fans, for these great four years I was in the band. I also wish all the best for the band with their future endeavors. From now on I will focus on my other music projects and some different outlets of creativity. You will surely hear from me again when the time is right. Stay metal and tsönk all the way! Thank you everybody!"

COMMUNIC sign with AFM!

AFM Records is pleased to announce its latest roster addition: Norwegian prog metal giants COMMUNIC have signed a worldwide deal with the Hamburg-based label.

The band is currently working on the follow-up to 2011's "The Bottom Deep" album. A release can be expected for late 2017.

STORMAGE post new video, reveal artwork

STORMAGE are going to release their upcoming album "Dead Of Night" on March 24th via Massacre Records!

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by STORMAGE, with the kind assistance of Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann. The artwork has been created by Mystik Arts.

JOTNAR reveal artwork and tracklisting

Melodic Death Metal outfit JOTNAR is going to release its new album "Connected/Condemned" on April 21st via Massacre Records!

The album was mixed by Sacha Laskow at Perfect Filth Productions in Canada, and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. British artist Russ Mills has created the cover artwork.

The tracklisting of JOTNAR's upcoming album looks like this:

Πέμπτη, 16 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

KUADRA – Non Avrai Altro Dio All’ Infuori Di Te Review

KUADRA – Non Avrai Altro Dio All’ Infuori Di Te
KUADRA is a band from Italy that was formed in 2006 and they describe their sound as alternative metal. As they claim in their bio sheet their sound is a mixture of rap, alternative rock and post metal elements. The band also writes the lyrics in their native language, because this gives them more possibilities to express their emotion and thoughts in words. Here I will have the chance to present to you their new album.

Τετάρτη, 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Pirates (Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok)

Pirates (Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok) (2014, South Korea)

Η απώλεια μιας βασιλικής σφραγίδας και η προσπάθεια ανεύρεσης της είναι η αφορμή για τη σύγκρουση Πειρατών και Ληστών. Δε θα είναι όμως μόνοι τους καθώς και το Βασιλικό Ναυτικό είναι στην αναζήτησή της. Ξεκινάει έτσι μια τρελή περιπέτεια με το προβάδισμα για την ανεύρεση της σφραγίδας να αλλάζει συνεχώς χέρια, με διάφορες συμφωνίες, προδοσίες και αλλαγές στρατοπέδων να φέρνουν τα πάνω κάτω. Κεντρικοί πρωταγωνιστές ο επικεφαλής των Ληστών από τη μία και η όμορφη αρχηγός των Πειρατών από την άλλη.

Τρίτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

CARCASS – Heartwork Review

CARCASS – Heartwork (1993)
Earache Records
I’ve purposely overplayed this album because it’s melodic death to the core. Michael Amott giving his best possible lead guitar work ever here. And with CARCASS, you would expect death/grind as in their earlier days. You’re not getting it here. Jeff Walker is solely on vocals, no backups by Bill Steer. This, to me, is the best CARCASS release ever. I like all their material though, so I’m sort of biased, but in a good way. The guitar on here is phenomenal. It’s classic CARCASS playing amazing.

Ένας τσιρκολάνος, μία καμήλα και 4.000.000 ερωτήσεις

Ένας τσιρκολάνος, μία καμήλα και 4.000.000 ερωτήσεις
Υπόθεση: Η κοσμοθεωρία του τσιρκολάνου Ότο Βίτε συνοψίζεται στα εξής:

Κανείς δεν δίνει σημασία σε κάποιον που κλέβει καμήλες, εφόσον είναι επιτυχημένος σε αυτό που κάνει. Το κόλπο είναι να κλέψεις χιλιάδες καμήλες. Άρπαξε τις καμήλες ολoνών και πες ότι είναι δικές σου, και πλέον δεν είσαι αυτός που κλέβει καμήλες. Είσαι ο Βασιλιάς.

Εξαιτίας μιας απίθανης ομοιότητας του Ότο Βίτε με τον υποτιθέμενο καινούριο βασιλιά της Αλβανίας, τα μέλη ενός φανταχτερού τσίρκου της Βουδαπέστης αποφασίζουν να αναλάβουν τις τύχες της μικρής χώρας. Για να το πετύχουν, τι πιο φυσικό από το να κλέψουν το σιδερένιο κουτί με τις εισπράξεις, μια δύστροπη καμήλα και μερικά φανταχτερά ρούχα. Το σχέδιό τους είναι τόσο σατανικά απλό που μπορεί και να πετύχει, αρκεί οι συνάδελφοι του Ότο να παίξουν καλά τους ρόλους τους. Η Σάρα να είναι υπομονετική, ο Μαξ να καταπιεί σπαθιά, η Τίφτι να χορέψει σαγηνευτικά και ο καθηγητής Αλμπέρτο Φον Μέσμερ να απαντήσει σε τέσσερα εκατομμύρια ερωτήσεις. 

Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

STEVE MISIK & CO. – Schizoemphatic Review

STEVE MISIK & CO. – Schizoemphatic
Does music which is a form of art have any common ground with science? Yep, that’s an easy one for me. They have and it is called experimentation. If we didn’t have that, then we wouldn’t have any of the musical genres we love (including heavy metal). STEVE MISIK & CO. and their debut album is a result of such an experimentation.

Παρασκευή, 10 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

LOST DREAMS sign with Massacre Records, announce new album

The modern melodic death metal quintet LOST DREAMS is ready to unleash its new album "Exhale" in late May 2017 via Massacre Records!

The goal to make nonconformist, raw and distinct music united the guitarist Andreas and Herbert, and they soon started searching for like-minded people to successfully complete their band LOST DREAMS back in the days.

SHADOWS LEGACY - You’re Going Straight to Hell Review

SHADOWS LEGACY - You’re Going Straight to Hell

Imperative Music

SHADOWS LEGACY is a hard working traditional heavy metal band from Brazil and they had the kindness to provide me with an exceptional full album CD release called “You’ re Going Straight to Hell”, a nice four track EP called “Blood and Sweat” plus I’ve heard a track on Imperative Music’s CD compilation (track number nine).

Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

SadDoLLs album update

This is the artwork of the upcoming new album from SadDoLLs called "Blood OF A Kind" made by Mironized.

The album is expected to be released on March 31 worldwide via Trisol Music Group (Digitaly) and Darktunes (Physicaly). It will also be available on the band's official site saddolls.net along with brand new merchandise.

Τετάρτη, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

METALLICA – Hard Wired to Self Destruct Review

METALLICA – Hard Wired to Self Destruct
    Blackened Recordings
A long 8 year wait for a new studio album that’s so far sold between 260-280K of records according to the charts. Was it worth it? To me, yes but of course there are those strong critics out there including myself to conclude that sad fact METALLICA of the 80’s remains gone forever. Not to say that there aren’t thrash elements to this release, it’s more of a heavy metal album than anything else. It’s a post Justice sort of “Black Album” revisited and the Black dates back to 1993!! So much for reliving the old as I stressed.

Δευτέρα, 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

MINOTAURUS – Insolubilis Review

MINOTAURUS – Insolubilis
Limb Music
Minotaur was the beast which lived in the Minoan labyrinth and was killed by Theseus. It is a monster that has inspired many artists and amongst them also metal musicians. Amongst these musicians are the German metallers MINOTAURUS who apart from their band name their music has little to do with the Greek tradition.

Σάββατο, 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

SINNER to release new studio album "Tequila Suicide" on March 31st!

Even though band boss Mat Sinner is involved in many musical projects (just mentioning Primal Fear, the "Rock meets Classic" project and Voodoo Circle), he always finds the time to also release albums with his band SINNER. In 2013, "Touch Of Sin 2", a collection of re-recorded SINNER classics from the 80's (+ a few new songs) was following the 2011 album "One Bullet Left".

Underground Symphony announce a deal with Lux Perpetua

The Polish band, founded in 2009, plays a power metal with symphonic arrangements and folk influecences. The album is mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann (Orden Ogan, Almanac, Rhapsody Of Fire) at Greenman Studios and it’s a masterpiece for fans of Blind Guardian, Gammaray and Manowar.

“The Curse Of The Iron King” will be available on the 28th February under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipak edition.

Here's the Artwork, realized by Magda Tararuj.