(Listenable)MY DYNAMITE
I have lately noticed a change in direction from Listenable. Away from the more extreme metal to a more hardrock/cock rock stable, without sacrificing the extreme side. I have no problems with that. I can at the best of times like a bit of good old hardrock and ’77 from Spain proved that with their album. Don’t know if My Dynamite will have the same effect on me but one can hope. Continue reading

PHAITH “Redrumorder”

I have no idea who Phaith are. Never heard of them before. That doesn’t stop me from having an opinion. This is hardrock in a very American fashion. It kinda reminds me of the 90s West Coast hardrock scene that centred around LA. But then it doesn’t. Continue reading


I like the cold, dark black metal that Forteresse present on record. It’s like being left alone in a winter wasteland with nothing but snow as far as you can see. Blinded by the snow all you can do is turn to your inner vision for any sort of comfort. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading


New Jersey often ends up the end stick of any joke. Resting in the shadow of the Big Apple, NJ is the place you move to to die. But that is not the whole truth. Think Whiplash if you want just one cool meal band hailing from NJ. Think Killed The Fixtion if you want another metal band. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading


WYKKED WYTCH is a name that everybody into extreme metal should be familiar with. This band has been at it for some time now and with a handful of albums to their name there is no better time than now for an interview. Anders Ekdahl © 2012 Continue reading

AK-11“Legendary, Demonic & Invincible”

“Legendary, Demonic & Invincible”
I don’t know why but for some reason Russian is a fitting language for extreme black metal. There is something to Russian that is so direct and harsh that it cuts like a hot knife through butter. You know that they mean business, no monkeying about here. AK-11 are black metal in the same way that Norwegian bands used to be black metal, a tad more primitive than f x Marduk or Dark Funeral but with the same attack as those bands. I like this kind of black metal that takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. Continue reading

DEAD “Thundaahhh”

This is not the German Dead that has been going for aeons. This Dead originates from Australia. The first time I heard this album I thought that there was something wrong with my computer, like its speakers being torn or something. The second time I realised that it should sound that way. There is a punky noisecore/powerchord side to Dead that takes a while to get used to. It is like the band has a desire to not write songs in a traditional vein. Continue reading


(Ultimhate Records)
Disease Illusion are so new to me that I have no expectations whatsoever about what they’ll sound like. That it is death metal is clear from the first second, well it takes a short intro before it all breaks loose. There is a slight Swedish melodeath feel to the music but with a rawer edge to it. I like that edge. It makes them stand out from all the overly melodic death metal hopefuls we keep encountering. Continue reading


“Trust No One”
(Standby Records)
I might be getting older but I still love metal even if its shape has changed over the years. When I got into it back in the 80s NWOBHM was the thing of the day. Today it is so different with all these different genres to choose from. Italy’s Hope Dies Last sound anything but Italian. Thos could easily be mistaken for an American band. Or for Sweden’s Sonic Syndicate for that matter. This is melodic, modern metal with screamy contra clean vocals. I have no idea what to call this kind of metal but for some reason I like what Hope Dies Last has accomplished. Continue reading