A LIGHT WITHIN “Epilogue”

A LIGHT WITHIN ”Epilogue” () Kansas City, Missouri is a place I know very little about. I do know that the million cities in the US are not as many as you might think and that most US cities are the size of Malmö to Gothenburg. And even though these Swedish towns are full of cool bands when you think of US cities of that sizes you think of backwardness and hillbillies, as if only the million cities are the places where it happens. But A LIGHT WITHIN is yet another band that proves that you don’t have to come… Continue reading

AETERNUS “Heathen”

AETERNUS ”Heathen” (Dark Essence Records) Man, this is like x-mas come early for me. I remember how every new AETERNUS album was a happening back in the day and how I collected them all. To sit here today with a new album is like a small revelation. I hope it will be as good as I remember the old albums to be. To be perfectly honest I kinda stopped following the band around 2001 so I missed out on the three albums that followed after that but that doesn’t stop me from liking this new album a hell of a… Continue reading

AUTOTHEISM ”CLSTVM – Dogma Sculptured in the Flesh”’

AUTOTHEISM ”CLSTVM – Dogma Sculptured in the Flesh”’ () This is a one-track single. It is a 17 minutes single. A 17 minutes digital single. I guess I just gotta adjust to the times we live in now and accept that a single is a single whether it is physical or digital. This Italian band play a sort of death metal that is clustered with both dark and post influences. To me this sounds like a mix between Morbid Angel and Revenant from New Jersey. The heaviness of Morbid Angel mixed with the technical stuff of Revenant. I could have… Continue reading

CHEVALIER “Chapitre II”

CHEVALIER ”Chapitre II” (Gates Of Hell Records) This is apparently a vinyl only release CHEVALIER’s sold out 2018 EP. I missed out on this highly hyped EP the first time around. This Finnish band seem to have caused quite a stir in the heavy metal underground. As I am somebody that doesn’t believe the hype I couldn’t care less how hyped this is/was. All I care about is if I like it. And to tell you the truth the jury is still out on this one. I am not as blown away as I thought I would be, yet I… Continue reading

DREAM PATROL ”Phantoms Of The Past”

DREAM PATROL ”Phantoms Of The Past” (Mighty Music) This is an international band with members from the US, Austria, Slovakia and The Czech Republic. They play a sort of melodic hardrock that I don’t listen too that much anymore. But I do like it and I am very happy when an album like this comes my way. What I like about this is that there is an energy to this that gets the heart pumping. The tempo is high and the melodies are the sing along kinds that makes it feel like it is a party every time you listen… Continue reading

EVILON “Leviathan”

EVILON ”Leviathan” (Wormhole Death) This Swedish band look the part but when I listen to this I don’t hear that clear folk metal sound that I thought I would. Instead this is much more of a melodic death metal band. Not that I am complaining. This is still good stuff. I want to say that this is in the vein of early In Flames and even a tad Dark Tranquillity. This is a really strong death metal album with a touch of folk in it. It has quickly become a fave of mine. An album that I will return to… Continue reading

FUA ”Socially Transmitted Disease”

F U A ”Socially Transmitted Disease” (Wormhole Death) Dutch punk with dual vocalists are not something that drops in me daily. I don’t remember that last time it did. But I am sure it has happened. FUA has that classic British punk sound, the Chaos UK cider sound that we all know from the 80s. This is the kinda punk I grew up on and still listen to today. So to hear a band that still does this in 2018 is like a really nice throwback to a time less complicated. This is really song along punk. No complicated rhythms… Continue reading

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN “Age Of Revolution”

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN ”Age Of Revolution” (M-Theory Audio) IMMORTAL GUARDIAN as a name gave me hopes of some sort of symphonic black metal but the truth couldn’t be further from the hope. This is instead progressive power metal. Not that I am complaining. Not really. There is a positive vibe to this that I like. It gets me in a happy mood listening to this. As much as I love melancholic metal, as much do I like to feel happy and content. This does that to me. But being progressive it does dip its toes in that pool of melancholy. But… Continue reading

MADDER MORTEM ”Marrow”

MADDER MORTEM ”Marrow” (Dark Essence Records) I wasn’t there from the beginning. I though that this band was a tad too weird even for me, but then I overcame that barrier and really fell in love with their weirdness. This Norwegian band is like no other band. Or at least they used to be. I am really looking forward to hearing this album and to see if they are as weird as they used to be. It just hit me, and I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before but Norwegian MADDER MORTEM does in parts remind me… Continue reading

ALBERT MARSHALL

ALBERT MARSHALL ”Speakeasy” (Red Cat Records Inst Fringe) As the label name suggests this is an instrumental album. Whenever one of these albums comes my way I often find myself at a loss for words. Simply because I am no musician and most of the times I find myself thinking that this is something I have no clues about whatsoever. I feel that way with this album. This is no entirely instrumental. That way this is kinda like Yngwie’s debut album. But that is also the only comparison between the two guitarists. This feels much more bluesy hardrock than anything… Continue reading