CROSSPLANE “High Speed Operation”

CROSSPLANE
“High Speed Operation”
(7Hard)
I keep returning to where I started off once upon a time whether I like it or not. Even though extreme metal got me totally hooked in the 80s I can’t seem to shake off that very first meeting with hardrock/heavy metal. Not that I want to. If it wasn’t for that I would not be where I am today. And the fact that I like discovering new good music. Continue reading

DIRTY AGE “Plug In”

DIRTY AGE
“Plug In”
(7Hard)
Dirty Age sounds like it could be some sort of reallygreat music. I’m not one for slagging off a band for wearing make-up if they do it well. Or for being a down’n’dirty AC/DC like band. On the contrary. I can find the fun in dressing up for the act. Dirty Age conjures up images of a band that tries to be somewhere between AC/DC and Krokus with an added touch of sleaze. Continue reading

ENDEZZMA “Erotik Nekrosis”

ENDEZZMA
“Erotik Nekrosis”
(Agonia)
This is a total blank for me. I sometime pride myself for being down with the underground but I have to admit defeat on this one. There are way too many bands out there to have any sort of clue about them all. Sometime you come up empty like I did with Endezzma. Even if I’ve come upon the name previously it hasn’t sunk in or stuck by me. Continue reading

ERATIC ESCAPE “S/T”

ERRATIC ESCAPE
“S/T”
(Iron On Iron)
I’m a huge heavy metal fan. Have been so since the early 80s. Can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. So when I stumbled upon Greek label Iron On Iron it was like heaven had opened up for me. The bands I discovered the first time around were all so great that I had to interview them all. I have the same kind of hope this time around. Continue reading

FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING “The Art Of Coming Apart”

FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING
“The Art Of Coming Apart”
(Cyclone Empire)
I reviewed an album by Fragments of Unbecoming once upon a time. I liked their Gothenburgian metal back then. But that was ages ago. What the band has been up to since then I have no idea about. They could have gone either way since then to now sounding like Mr Bungle’s most inbred cousin or something. Continue reading

LOVER UNDER COVER “Set The Night On Fire”

LOVER UNDER COVER
“Set The Night On Fire”
(Escape Music)
The first time I saw the name I thought it was stupid. But the more I gotten used to it the better it fits in my mouth. It is actually pretty clever if you think about it. Hopefully the music they present isn’t as clever as the band name. I could really do with some big melodies right about now. I need some really good AOR/hardrock to light up an otherwise rather dark November day. Continue reading

SATURNUS “Saturns In Ascension”

SATURNUS
“Saturn In Ascension”
(Cyclone Empire)
I liked Danish Saturnus from the very first note I heard from them back in the late 90s. I tried keeping up with them but sadly lost touch with them after an EP they did. So I haven’t heard the two albums they’ve done in between the first album and this their fourth one. Continue reading

TIDAL DREAMS “Once Upon A Tide”

TIDAL DREAMS
“Once Upon A Tide”
(Iron On Iron)
I really hope that the band name is some sort of promise as to what I’ll get from listening to this album. I could really do with being swept away by some really great heavy metal. It doesn’t have to be symphonic or anything as long as it is great. Great is what I really need right now. And symphonic it isn’t. More like epic. Continue reading

UNHALE “Human Race”

UNHALE
“Human Race”
(7Hard)
Unhale might not be the brightest of band names but who says that you gotta have a clever band name to be any good. What matters in the end is the music and if it’s any good or not. I admire bands that stick to their plan and don’t let trends and shot stand in their way. I get that kind of vibe from Unhale. Continue reading

URITUP “Overcome”

URITUP
“Overcome”
(7Hard)
I’ve come upon some strange band names in my time but most of the time there’s been an easy explanation. Don’t know how this band will explain the name Uritup unless it is a surname or an anagram of sorts. But as they say; don’t judge the book by its cover. This could be anything but crap despite the band name. Let’s hope for the best? Continue reading