CARELESS “Coalition”

CARELESS
“Coalition”
(-)
I guess that coming up with a band name can’t be the easiest thing in the world. So many bands with so many different names make for a challenge when naming your band. But Careless? I doesn’t really say much about anything other than that the band probably doesn’t really care about how they are perceived. If the name is bland then the music is a whole different story. Most of the time this is some pretty good heavy metal in a pretty American tradition. Continue reading

DEAD “Hardnaked But Dead”

DEAD
“Hardnaked But Dead”
(FDA Rekotz)
I have a 7” with Dead that is older than time itself. It dates back to when Nuclear Blast was a new label. I don’t remember anything about what it sounds like and I haven’t cared for Dead since that 7”. So I have no idea what to expect from this German cult act on “Hardnaked But Dead”. And I still don’t know what to think after having heard the album. Continue reading

THE DOGS DIVINE “Size Of The Fight”

THE DOGS DIVINE
“Size Of The Fight”
(Mortal Music)
I have no preference to either dogs or cats. I’m allergic to both so I stay far away from them. The Dogs Divine makes me think of nothing. If I am supposed to think of big muscles and macho men fighting it out between themselves then the band failed terribly. This sounds very American to me. Nothing wrong with that. Continue reading

DREAM ARIA “Fallen”

DREAM ARIA
“Fallen Angel”
(-)
Goth metal might be a watered down genre by now but every now and then a new band comes along that shakes my foundation. Canadian Dream Aria is one of these bands. By chance I came upon them on MySpace, sent them a message and now I sit here with their third album. The same thing that happened with The Beckoning. Another Canadian band that blew me away. Continue reading

ESKIMADA “S/T”

ESKIMADA
”S/T”
(-)
I’ve never been a big fan of bands like Korn or Deftones. I simply don’t understand where they are coming from. Just like I don’t understand where Eskimada are coming from. I can hear a lot of different influences on this album and while I can identify most of them I still don’t understand the end result. Continue reading

KITTIE “I’ve Failed You”

KITTIE
“I’ve Failed You”
(Massacre)
The first time I heard Kittie I dismissed them as boring and tiresome. It took me a long time to come around to realising that they aren’t that bad. Sure, they still at times remind me of what I don’t like about North American metal when it is bad but I have to admit that there is more to Kittie than the cute teenagers they were when they debuted. My biggest problem with Kittie is that I don’t know what to call their metal. Is it death, nu or whatever? Continue reading

MORGENGRAU

I’m not the biggest fan of all the social network sites out there but I do use them. Which is how I’ve come upon MORGENGRAU. Don’t ask me why I haven’t paid more attention to what Erika does before but from now on I’ll keep a sharp eye on her work. Anders Ekdahl ©2011 Continue reading

ROBIN BECK

You might remember the name ROBIN BECK but aren’t really sure where from. Just think a major soft drink advertisement and it’ll come to you. But that was then and this is now. Robin Beck has a new album out that ought to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2011 Continue reading