ABHORRENCE “Megalohydrothalassophobic”

ABHORRENCE ” Megalohydrothalassophobic” (Svart Records) Man, this is classic Finnish death metal. I remember this band from back in the fanzine days. I might even have owned their debut demo “Vulgar Necrolatry” back in the day. I was stupid enough to trade my whole demo collection for some CDs back in the day simply because I didn’t have room for it. Now I regret that move. But getting to hear this new album by ABHORRENCE sorta make up for that loss. This is old school death metal. Old school as in new school because they were there at the beginning… Continue reading

AEOLIAN ”Silent Witness”

AEOLIAN ”Silent Witness” (Snow Wave Records) I have never been to Mallorca and I don’t think I will ever go there, unless it is to see AEOLIAN play live on their native island. I haven’t heard of this band before but I gotta say that I am really impressed by what I hear on this record. This is best described as melodic death metal. But as I listen to this I start to think if it really is the best tag for this. I actually think this is more of a deathrash release. I get those kinda waves. But that… Continue reading

A.H.P. “Forakt, Hat og Död”

A.H.P. ”Forakt, hat og Död” (Avantgarde Music) This is a black metal band from Bergen, Norway. Nothing revolutionary about that. But it mustn’t be revolutionary to be good. A.H.P. are proof of that. And this is good. There is something to this that I cannot really put my finger on but as I listen to it I get flashes of having heard something similar to this before. But no matter what it is that I cannot think of this has an industrial feeling to it, a monotonous groove. Add to that some melody and you get a black metal sound… Continue reading

ANCESTORS “Suspended In Reflections”

ANCESTORS ” Suspended In Reflections” (Pelagic Records) Progressive stoner/doom metal from a LA band. Is that something for you? I didn’t think it was anything for me but as I listen to this I realize that this is actually really beautiful. There is a charm to this that is hard to resist and that makes me sit here grinning like an undertaker. This is not the hardest or grooviest album you’ll hear this year, but it could very well be one of the most beautiful albums you’ll hear. I know that I am totally floored by this album. So much… Continue reading

ANCIENT EMPIRE “Eternal Soldier”

ANCIENT EMPIRE ”Eternal Soldier” (Stormspell Records) I felt like it wasn’t that long ago I reviewed an ANCIENT EMPIRE album. But the one I reviewed back in January was in fact their 2017 album. This one I am about to review now is the 2018 album. I liked the “The Tower” album and I see no reason not to follow in that trail. The previous album was heavy metal. This new one is heavy metal. You don’t need to be a physicist to understand what is going on here. It is enough to be a metalhead. If you like your… Continue reading

ATAVISMA “The Chthonic Rituals”

ATAVISMA ”The Chthonic Rituals” (Memento Mori) Every now and then along comes an album that at first don’t seem that special but as you listen to it progresses to become one massive slab of excellence. I am not saying that ATAVISMA’s “The Chthonic Rituals” is that album but it sure grew on me. From being that album that just seemed ordinary to becoming a really nice slab of old school doomy death metal. There is a distinct early 90s feel to this that I like. And to me music is all about hitting the right strings in me and this… Continue reading

AVIDA DOLLARS “Catarsis”

AVIDA DOLLARS ”Catarsis” (Godbox) This is not a new album. From what I can find about it, it was originally released in 2015. But since not that many seems to know of this Barcelona band I seem urged to write something about it. There is something to rock and metal with Spanish vocals. I am a huge sucker for Heroes Del Silencio and before that Baron Rojo. I am not really sure where to place AVIDA DOLLARS because they move freely between stoner, grunge and hardrock. What I can say is that this sounds modern and very contemporary. And bloody… Continue reading

BLACK FAST “Spectre Of Ruin”

BLACK FAST ”Spectre Of Ruin” (eOne) Sometime I wonder if it is I that is thick or what when I don’t get a band’s name. I can honestly say that I don’t get the meaning of BLACK FAST. To me it sounds like somebody with rudimentary knowledge in English has put together words to make a band name. and it doesn’t make more sense when I listen to the music. Because this is really good. It reminds me of Coroner. A bit technical thrash with a very darkened soul. Perhaps a tad blackened too. Despite my issues with the band… Continue reading

BLACK SPACE RIDERS ”Amoretum Vol. 2”

BLACK SPACE RIDERS ”Amoretum Vol. 2” (Black Space Records) Yet again I sit here with a band that are totally new to me despite this being their sixth album. As the title suggests this is a continuation or sorts from the first “Amoretum” album that was released in 2017. Not that it matters to me as I haven’t heard that album or the previous four. But I do like what I hear. I don’t really know how to describe it but there is a heaviness and a melodic sense to this that sits well with me. Add to it a… Continue reading

Primal Fear – “Apocalypse”

Primal Fear – “Apocalypse” CD/DVD/LP (Frontiers Music)  Germany’s answer to Judas Priest since their inception just over 2 decades ago, Primal Fear also have a strong power metal element thanks to its 2 founders, Ralf Scheepers (vocals, ex-Gamma Ray) and Mat Sinner (bass and vocals, Sinner) – the former having auditioned at one time to be Rob Halford’s replacement! Now onto their 12th album, the title doesn’t come as any surprise given its inspiration from current world events, and equally the music doesn’t hold back in its aggression and driving furore, although there’s also bunches of power melody and plenty of… Continue reading