ARVAS “Black Path”

ARVAS “Black Path” (Mighty) There are times when it feels like I have no clue as to what it is that I am doing, that I am not a true metalhead because I have missed out on certain bands that everybody else seem to be into. But then I realize that I too know of bands that not that many have heard of and that it isn’t a competition in who knows the most obscure bands. So I am not too worried that I have missed out on ARVAS previous three albums (as far as I know). I am just … Continue reading

CHONTARAZ “Rondamauh”

CHONTARAZ “Rondamauh” (Mighty) I gotta admit that everything about this band’s name and the album title leaves me with a big jaw dropping. Not because it is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard but because I have no, or very little, idea how to properly pronounce the band name or the album title. This Norwegian band differs from most native bands in that they aren’t black metal. I honestly don’t know right now where to place them but as far as I can hear there are elements of heavy metal, modern metal and a tad power/prog/thrash too in there. This … Continue reading

DISBELIEF “The Symbol Of Death”

DISBELIEF “The Symbol Of Death” (Listenable) When I searched the site for any hits on DISBELIEF I came up empty. Which kinda surprised me. I would have thought that we would have featured this band in one way or another but apparently this band has been overlooked. Until now that is. I do have memories of having heard one or two previous album by this band even though I can’t really remember what they sounded like. This is deathrash of the harder school. For some reason I think of DISBELIEF in the same thought as Legion Of The Damned. The … Continue reading

ENDE “Emën Etan”

ENDE “Emën Etan” (oBSCURE aBHORRENCE) This band has a very bleak band name if you are Swedish like. ENDE in Swedish can be translated as “the only”, as in “the only one left”. I have no idea if it is a French word too and if so what it means so I’ll will go with the Swedish meaning and hope that the music follow in that melancholic track that the name has set for me. Once past the intro the melancholia came pouring out. This could best be described as DSBM. That is the feeling I get from listening to … Continue reading

ENTROPIA INVICTUS “Human Pantocrator”

ENTROPIA INVICTUS “Human Pantocrator” (M & O Music) I am no musician but when I hear an album like this I really want to be one. This one came to me as a total blank but after having heard this record I gotta say that this is my new fave band right now. Little did I expect to be as blown away by the massiveness of the music as I was by “Human Pantocrator”. I want to say that this is symphonic black metal but it is so much more. Because beyond the symphonic lies a band that play a … Continue reading

GRUMPYNATORS “City Of Sin”

GRUMPYNATORS “City Of Sin” (Mighty) I know that I am a pain in the ass when it comes to band names but I have a bloody hard time taking a band serious if they don’t have a serious sounding name. GRUMPYNATORS might play the world’s greatest music but that will not help me getting past the humorous band name. And when I hear the music I get a party feeling. I am not saying that this is bad. There is a place in my metal heart where this is the soundtrack to a perfect Friday. It is up tempo party … Continue reading

ORM ”Orm”

ORM ”Orm” (Indisciplinarian) Danish black metal is not something that I stumble upon all too often. But when I do it is most often really good and cool stuff. The first thing that hit me when I saw the cover for this album was how much it set my mind for a black metal feast along the lines of Winterfylleth and bands like that. There is something about the cover that brings images of great tales to life in my head. Musically this is black metal that is bordering on the more epic. Not epic like Bathory epic but epic … Continue reading

SAWTHIS “BabHell”

SAWTHIS “BabHell” (Mighty) I don’t know if there is any clever word play involved in this band’s name but if there is it has gone past me in a thousand miles. I don’t see the cleverness of the name at all. But that aside I have really high hopes on this album after having read up on their previous efforts. This could very well be this week’s high light. This is SAWTHIS fourth album but my first encounter with them and I gotta say that that first riff really got me hooked. It felt like hearing Sepultura’s “Beneath The Remains” … Continue reading

SKYCLAD “Forward Into The Past”

SKYCLAD “Forward Into The Past” (Listenable) This is a band that really shouldn’t need any sort of presentation. After Martin Walkyier left Sabbat he formed SKYCLAD. A band that has made a name for themselves as a thinking man’s band. Walkyier left the band but they kept going continuing doing really clever records. If you only were to read one band’s lyrics this is the band to so with. They have always had a very poetic knack in how they take on the problems of the world. And then they have had the music to back that up making every … Continue reading

Michael Schenker – “Michael Schenker Fest ‘Live’ Tokyo”

Michael Schenker – “Michael Schenker Fest ‘Live’ Tokyo” 2CD / DVD (inakustik) A legendary virtuoso guitarist who started his career aged just 15 years old when he recorded his first album with the Scorpions, Michael Schenker went onto a stellar career in UFO then later establishing his own namesake band, MSG. When it came out in 1982, “One Night At Budokan” became a legendary double live album, cementing this revered status not in Japan, where he trod in the hallowed footsteps as a guitar god, but also internationally as a major headliner. Now, some 35 years later with Schenker back … Continue reading