CAGE “Supremacy Of Steel”

CAGE
“Supremacy Of Steel”
(MusicBuyMail)
Forget that everybody keep mentioning Judas Priest in every breath when they speak about Cage. This is heavy metal done the heavy metal way. It doesn’t even sound like Judas Priest. It doesn’t even sound European for that matter. This is metal the way the Americans do it the best. Strong melodies and a tempo to kill for. Try keeping up headbanging to this and you’ll end up at the emergency room with serious neck injuries. Continue reading

CORONATUS “Terra Incognita”

CORONATUS
“Terra Incognita”
(Massacre)
If my memory serves me right there’s is more of a thrash metal feel to this album than on previous albums. I like it. It gives an added edge to the whole thing. Other than that everything else is business as usual. Coronatus have two female vocalists and no one is a growler. I like that too. It gives another edge to the music where you can do dual vocals in different range and still keep it melodic. I wouldn’t label Coronatus as goth metal. Continue reading

HATESKOR “Paint My Fear”

HATESKOR
“Paint My Fear”
(Noisehead Records)
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn out so very wrong. Take the old British band Trojan who thought they’d do a Motorhead and add dots to their O making it Tröjan, which in Swedish means sweater. That’s not a cool band name. Hateskor probably think that they’ve come up with a cool spelling of hatescore but hateskor read in Swedish can mean the shoes I hate/dislike. Again not a very cool band name Continue reading

ROUGH ANGEL “Hear The Angels Rock”

ROUGH ANGEL
“Hear The Angels Rock”
(-)
I wouldn’t bet my life on it but I seem to remember Rough Angel from way back in time and that I didn’t find them too interesting then. Has that changed with age? Have I come full circle and now find their heavy metal to be enjoyable? All these questions and more will be answered very soon. I’m not going to admit that it is because of high age that I like this (well sorta like it). It wasn’t as bad as I thought it to be. Continue reading

FALLSTAF

In a world filled with all kinds of metal you need to raise your profile in order to get noticed Canadian Fallstaf have added a brass instrument to their metal. Interview answered by Ben Forte – bassist of Fallstaf. Anders Ekdahl ©2011 Continue reading

CRYOGENIC IMPLOSION “Creation Of the New World”

CRYOGENIC IMPLOSION
“Creation Of The New World”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Death metal can be so many different things; Cannibal Corpse gore, Morbid Angel esoteric or just plain melodeath. Cryogenic Implosion represent a fourth variation ; the technical one. I’m no big fan of overly technical metal. I often get lost in all the wizardry to the extent that I loose interest. And although I can appreciate the skill I prefer my music simple and straight forward. Continue reading

CERVELLO “S/T”

CERVELLO
“S/T”
(Supernova)
It’s always a nervous experience starting from scratch with a debut album. No history to rely on, just a blank piece of paper to be filled with new and fresh impressions. Hopefully positive ones. I really don’t want to find out that I think about Nickelback after having listened to this album. I don’t know what it is about that band but I don’t like them at all, and I’ve tried, trust me. Continue reading

CYDIA “Evil Sun”

CYDIA
“Evil Sun”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Taking risks are a part of life. Play it safe and you’ll never know what awaits you around the corner. Cydia might be thrash metal but they have the guts to not play it safe and go for the note by note routine. That makes “Evil Sun” so much more interesting. That I hear second wave thrash metal references as well as some patented Pantera metal only adds to the concoction. Continue reading