GRIDE “Hluboká temná modř”

GRIDE “Hluboká temná modř” (L’inphantile collective) Grindcore is nothing I got hooked on. I have tried it in various shapes but nothing has really stuck with me. I’ve tried Napalm Death, Agathocles, Terrorizer, Nausea, Exit 13 and Nasum but nothing really seemed like my thing. I am not saying that GRIDE are bad. In fact they are bloody marvelous at what they do. And in small doses this is something that I can listen to. Like on a 7”. But a full CD of their recorded works. It is a nice introduction to the band and I am glad that… Continue reading

PERFECITIZEN “Humanipulation”

PERFECITIZEN “Humanipulation” (L’inphantile collective) If you want to be totally blown away by a musical force you need to put this one on. I don’t normally go for this kinda chaos but I have to say that this totally surprised me. Chaotic grindcore played the most extreme way possible on a Sunday seem to be my kinda medicine. I cannot stop listening to this, how off it is from what I usually listen to. But as I said, there is something about this that intrigues me in ways I didn’t think possible. This one is one of my biggest liking… Continue reading

AMMYT “New Perspectives”

AMMYT “New Perspectives” (STF) I know that there are people out there that don’t like Amon Amarth because they have become too big. Which to me is total bullshit. Amon Amarth are good whether or not they are successful. I am a huge fan. I have no idea if I’ll be as big a fan of AMMYT in the future but I do like what I hear on this album. This is not a pure melodic death metal album. I do hear traces of other things too, like trad heavy metal. But that just makes this one so much broader… Continue reading

YARGOS “The Dancing Mermaid”

YARGOS “The Dancing Mermaid” (STF) I have totally missed out on the previous records by YARGOS. Which seem to be my operandi modus. So many acts and so little time to check them all out. This one totally knocked me from the very first note. This is goth metal and then some. From the first note I got swept into a world that is as beautiful as it is ugly. It is a real rollercoaster ride listening to this album. an album perfect to listen to with headphones on, or at full volume in the middle of the night. This… Continue reading

ONCE UPON A DREAM “Cruciamenthum”

ONCE UPON A DREAM “Cruciamenthum” (Alcyone Records) Here’s another one I am not all familiar with. What a shocker, right? Reading all the band names that gets dropped in association with this band I realize that there is a whole world of metal out there that I have totally missed out on. But then again I haven’t paid too much attention to modern metalcore. But hearing this 5 track EP I kinda realize that there might be something out there too for me in metalcore. Because I really like what I hear on this record. It is heavy an aggressive… Continue reading

SEWN MOUTH “The Narcissist”

SEWN MOUTH “The Narcissist” (Alcyone Records) The jury is still out on what I think of the band name. This is a Greek metalcore, modern metal, atmospheric metal band. It all sound good on paper but what does it sound like in reality? I gotta say that despite what they supposedly play I like what I hear. It might seem like I am very anti metalcore but I am not. I just need to hear more of it and especially hear the right bands to fully get the grips of it. And SEWN MOUTH is to me a fine way… Continue reading

CROWN OF GLORY “Ad Infinitum”

CROWN OF GLORY “Ad Infinitum” (Fastball Music) I am not too proud to admit that I have enormous problems with remembering names and faces. And that it takes me ages to remember people I’ve met. So when a band with any sort of Crown pre-fix come my way I must think both a second and third time to be sure if I have heard of the band or not. And with CROWN OF GLORY I have come to the conclusion that they are new to me. Hailing from Switzerland they have something to live up to when it come to… Continue reading

=fudge= “Dust To Come”

=fudge= “Dust To Come” (fastball Music) You can always question a band’s choice of name but some are questionable than others. You got bands like f x Chinchilla. What were they thinking? I am not the greatest fan of fudge. It is a bit too sugary for my taste. At least when it comes to candy. Hopefully the band =fudge= will be more of my taste. I have no idea what synth metal is. Perhaps listening to this will make me wiser. I do know that in the 80s synths and metalheads didn’t really get along. It was like comparing… Continue reading

RAVEN BLACK NIGHT “Run With The Raven”

RAVEN BLACK NIGHT “Run With The Raven” (SAOL) I will willingly admit that I used to own an album by this band that I never got round to listening to before I sold it off. Perhaps a major mistake from my side. Or perhaps not. This Aussie band are supposed to be some sort of epic doom metal band. And since I love epic metal this really should be up my alley. As I listen to this is I am totally convinced that this is to my liking. I sit here and discuss it with myself. One side of me… Continue reading

ROMUVOS “The Baltic Crusade”

ROMUVOS “The Baltic Crusade” (Dangus) History is cool. Without history we would not be the people we are. Ever since I first got into metal in 1982 I have been on a never ending history lesson. And there seem to be no end to it. Lithuanian ROMUVOS play a sort of folk metal that brings back thoughts of Bathory. This is epic in all the right places. It is extremely hard to not like this album, especially for someone like me that is a major sucker for epic. There is something special when you mix the epic of folk music… Continue reading