SACRED LEATHER “Ultimate Force”

SACRED LEATHER “Ultimate Force” (Cruz Del Sur) This is being describes as heavy/thrash metal. I am inclined to agree on that. This American band play a brand of metal that is very positive. You feel good when you listen to it. It is uplifting, the tempo is relatively high and there are lots of melodies and cool guitar solos. So what more could you ask for. As I am new to SACRED LEATHER I do sit here in awe over how good this is. So I am glad that this album came my way. Especially now when we are in … Continue reading

SALEM “Attrition”

SALEM “Attrition” (Dissonance) Formed in 1980 this is a band with a great pedigree. At first I thought I most have been both blind and deaf in the 80s because I can’t seem to remember ever having heard SALEM but as I go through their discography I realize that they only released their debut album in 2013. If you think that Metallica are slow in releasing new album then it is time to rethink. This new album is their third. But this is still classic British heavy metal. And since they were there back in the days this is an … Continue reading

SANCTUM & SOLACE ”Made Wrong”

SANCTUM & SOLACE ”Made Wrong” () I say it again. I don’t get enough hardcore releases sent my way. I am eager to get to hear more hardcore and to learn more about the scene today. So I am thankful that this Aussie band came my way so that I can get my fix of hardcore this week. To my ears this is more of the technical hardcore, with lots of stop and starts. This does bring me back to the nineties and the Umeå scene. Back then I tried to keep up with what was going on. As I … Continue reading

SCHWARZER ENGEL ”Kult der Krähe”

SCHWARZER ENGEL ”Kult der Krähe” (Massacre Records) Apart from the fact that they sing in German this is a very German sounding band. The whole goth scene is as far as I can tell big in Germany. Something I can understand with the history that the Germans have with literature and film. People that hear this for the very fist time will call this a Rammstein rip off but that is not entirely true. Sure, they do operate in the same kinda field but this is much more metal than Rammstein will ever be. And I love Rammstein so I … Continue reading

VOJD ”The Other Ocean”

VOJD ”The Other Ocean” (High Roller Records) This is another Swedish band that I have totally missed out on. At times it feels as though I have been living under a stone far away in a forest. There are so many bands that I should know about that I have no bloody idea existed. VOJD has a sound that is pretty much classic NWOBHM spiced with some classic FWOSHM and with some Thin Lizzy vibes too. As I listen to this is curse myself for having missed out on this band. This is the kind of heavy metal that I … Continue reading

A LIGHT WITHIN ”Epilogue”

A LIGHT WITHIN ”Epilogue” () I have no idea what life is like in Kansas City, Missouri but judging from the sound of A LIGHT WITHIN it ain’t the most joyful. I am not the greatest fan of the post modern simply because at times it is like dressing old stuff in new clothes and then call it brand new. It is a bit like the Emperor’s clothes. But once I look beyond the whole post this and post that I more often than not find great things. So this whole post metal thingamajig I take light heartly. But I … Continue reading

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ” No Cross No Crown”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ” No Cross No Crown” (Nuclear Blast) This is a band that I have been following ever since their debut album back in the 80s. I have been there on their musical journey, from hardcore to groovy hardrock to whatever it is that they are now. And I have enjoyed every single incarnation of the band. What has characterized CORROSION OF CONFORMITY through all this has been the groove. You have always been able to stomp along to the beat. This new album is no different. The groove is there and the foot stomping that comes with … Continue reading

FUNERAL WINDS ”Sinister Creed”

FUNERAL WINDS ”Sinister Creed” (-) I don’t know that many Dutch black metal bands to be honest. And then I call myself a Dutch metal lover. But it has been more death and thrash metal bands that has come my way. But FUNERAL WINDS are here to correct that. This is black metal in the old school necro kinda fashion. Brutal and harsh and primitive. It might seem like I turn my coat towards whatever black metal, or metal, release that comes my way but that is only because I love all kinds of metal. But this particular brand of … Continue reading

HOLOPHONICS ”Fast Forward”

HOLOPHONICS ”Fast Forward” (Mighty Music) This is a band that I can’t remember ever having heard before. And listening to this album I am sure that I would have remembered having heard them before. I am not really sure how to describe them musically. While there is a modern feel to the music there is also a classic rock sound to it. To describe it as metal would be to stretch the truth too far. But I’ll go as far as saying that this is modern hardrock. But what’s more important is that I actually like what I hear. There … Continue reading

HYVMINE ”Earthquake”

HYVMINE ”Earthquake” () I am no musician. I cannot tell one chord structure from another but that doesn’t stop me from liking music. And it gets even worse with progressive music. I have no idea where they come from or where they are going but if it is done well I don’t really care for any sort of direction. As long as it takes me on a journey I don’t really care where we are going. And boy what a ride HYVMINE takes me on. This is progressive in a way that makes me sit up and take extra notice. … Continue reading