JEFF AUG “Wedding Song”

“Wedding Song”
This is about as eclectic that Battle Helm will ever be. There used to be a time when MTV Unplugged was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Acoustic performances was what every self-respecting artist should do, From Nirvana to Metallica to whoever. All did it. That was acoustic. This is also acoustic but in a whole different league. Continue reading


There used to be a time when British death metal was something you talked about loudly. Nowadays you almost get laughed at mentioning British death metal. No panic now. There are those who are trying to right that wrong. Bloodshot Dawn are one to start with. This is death metal that is not melodeath or old school death or any other of the trendy deaths. Continue reading


I can honestly say that this album made me scratch my head in confusion. What is it that the band wants to tell us with their music. It’s not as confusing as Celtic Frost’s “Cold Lake” album was but still it leaves me wondering what to think. Something that I’ve noticed is that the band seems to want to incorporate as many styles as possible in their music. Continue reading

IRDORATH “Dekonstrukteur des Fleisches”

“Dekonstrukteur des Fleisches”
Thanks to the success of Rammstein everything sung in German makes me think of them instantly. No matter what style of music we’re talking about. Irdorath could best be described as death metal. In a way they too make me think of Lemming Project. That old German band keeps popping up every now and then when I hear a new band from Germany or German speaking countries. Continue reading

PANDAEMONIUM “The last Prayer”

“The Last Prayer”
(IceWarrior Records)
For the longest of times I had this romantic notion of Pandaemonium being the greatest thing to come out of Italy since Rhapsody (Of Fire). That they would carry the banner of symphonic heavy metal higher than most other bands. That was before I got to hear anything by the band. It’s been 7 years since the last Pandaemonium album and that’s pretty much a life time for any band. Continue reading

PHAVIAN “Meridian I”

“Meridian I”
Phavian seem to have a very elaborate plan for the future releasing four albums in a conceptual series with “Meridian I” being the first. For that I celebrate them. I like it when people put all on one card and just go for it. Better them than me. “Meridian I” could have started better than with an instrumental track but hey, from here it can only go up. I don’t know why but for some reason I came to think of Hammers of Misfortune when I listen to Phavian. Continue reading


I actually care a great deal about the geographic origin of a band. There is a greater satisfaction to finding a deathrash band from the deepest of South America than there is to finding a black metal band from the US. Nonetheless Inferion offered an challenge I couldn’t resist so I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading


There is progressive and then there is progressive. While one being overly Dream Theatre-esque the other is more organic and in some ways listener friendly. LA’s PHAVIAN are of the latter variant. Patrick Hassani answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading


PUSSY are in no way a new band. They are actually pretty much as old as I am, if not older. That apart I had not even heard of them until I came upon them on MySpace. With a name like PUSSY I knew I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading


There was a familiarity to the name TAIPAN when I saw it on-line. It was only after I had done this interview that I remembered them from back in the 1980s. for some unknown reason I never ever checked them out back then but that has been sorted now with this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading