LEE AARON “Diamond Baby Blues”

LEE AARON ”Diamond Baby Blues” (Metalville) LEE AARON will forever be the metal queen. No matter how hard she has tried to wash off that tag with jazz albums and what else she will never ever be able to escape that fate. As I am not that into jazz I have not been to keen on checking her out, until her “Fire And Gasoline” album from 2016 that is. This new 2018 album is not a new metal album but it is still one heavy piece of plastic (sort of). If you like you hardrock filled with blues you will … Continue reading

BALLS OUT “Too Big To Handle”

BALLS OUT “Too Big To Handle” () It doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Sometime the most simple things can be the best. Just look at early Motorhead. Or AC/DC. These two band have created some of the greatest music in the world. I am not saying that BALLS OUT come even close to matching these tow giants but you gotta start somewhere. And as a starter this album is not too bad. It is simple, balls out hardrock that has a groove. It is heavy, perhaps a bit too heavy for its own good. They could have … Continue reading

BLOOD OF CHRIST “Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish (Anthology IV)”

BLOOD OF CHRIST “Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish (Anthology IV)” (CDN Records) I actually thought that I knew this band but as I googled them I realized that I must have gotten them confused with some other 90s Canadian death metal band. Yeah, whatever. That is my mind for you, a total cluster of fucked up memories. This is very much 90s death metal. A bit technical but bloody brutal. I was never much of a Cryptopsy fan. I always thought that they were too technical. I am not saying that this is too technical but you gotta have the attention … Continue reading

COLDBOUND “The Gale”

COLDBOUND “The Gale” () This is COLDBOUND’s fourth album. I have no memories of ever having seen the band name before. As I look through the band’s discography I realize that I haven’t heard a single note by this band before receiving this new album. Musically this is depressive black metal although this new album are supposedly melodic death metal. Listening to it I don’t hear any melodic death metal. All I hear is some really wonderful black metal. As I listen to this is do realize that not all is black metal. There is an element of death metal … Continue reading

CRONE “Godspeed”

CRONE “Godspeed” (Prophecy) This North German band play a brand of rock/metal that is very dark. There is a familiarity in the sound of CRONE that plays all the right strings in me. This is an album that I like. This is so full of melancholy that I find it hard to accept this a German band. This is much more Scandinavian in spirit. But perhaps that is why I do enjoy this so much. It appeals to my Swedish soul and spirit. I know that I have heard of bands like this before but for the time being I … Continue reading

DEADLY CARNAGE “Through the Void, Above the Suns”

DEADLY CARNAGE “Through the Void, Above the Suns” (ATMF) As I sit here listening to this new album from DEADLY CARNAGE I cannot help to think that this could be so much more beautiful. Then it hits me that this is as beautiful as it gets. This is a truly wonderful blackgaze album. So full of emotions that it is hard to not shed a tear or two. Perhaps not the thing you associate black metal with but then blackgaze transcends all boundaries. This is emotive music of the highest order. This is my kind of music; melancholic and sensitive. … Continue reading

DJEVELKULT “Når Avgrunnen Åpnes”

DJEVELKULT “Når Avgrunnen Åpnes” (Saturnal Records) I know that I repeat myself saying I love this and that but I do really love everything metal. With me it is either total love or total ignoring it. If I take something to me I keep it. I don’t replace it with something new. So to say that I love 90s Norwegian black metal is to state the obvious. DJEVELKULT has that 90s vibe going in their black metal. This Oppland, Norway based band play the sort of black metal that is primal to say the least. There is nothing fancy about … Continue reading

THE EVER LIVING “Herephemine”

THE EVER LIVING “Herephemine” (Chromism Records) You shouldn’t judge a band by its promo picture but the ones that I found on THE EVER LIVING were some of the most dull I have seen in a very long time. I guess they were aiming for the bored outta the skull look because they nailed it. Thankfully the music is so much better. This is heavy, doomy and with a sort of post metal feel to it. Not really doom death but still not too far off either. This UK band are new to me but upon hearing this debut album … Continue reading

EVIL-LYN “Disciple Of Steel”

EVIL-LYN “Disciple Of Steel” (No Remorse Records) I did an interview with this band back in 2012 when they released their debut EP. I liked what I heard back then. Especially Johanna’s vocals. Now it is time for the debut album and there is no Johanna left. A major set back for me but the new male vocalist isn’t too shabby. Back then they were pretty much classic 80s heavy metal. And nothing has changed today. This is still classic 80s heavy metal. I get vibes of stuff like early Pretty Maids and NWOBHM along with a power metal touch. … Continue reading

FORGED IN BLOOD “S/T”

FORGED IN BLOOD “S/T” (Punishment 18) This was not what I expected. Based on the previous stuff I have heard from Punishment 18 I expected FORGED IN BLOOD to be yet another relentless thrash metal assault. But this turned out to be a pure heavy metal experience. And a good one too. This is for those of us who like heavy metal the way Hammerfall play it. It is in that vein that this Italian band move. Classic heavy metal. Melodic and catchy metal. There is something to the chest pounding heavy metal that brings out the cave man/woman in … Continue reading