DAEMONHEIM “Widerwelt”

DAEMONHEIM “Widerwelt” (Naturmacht Productions) Here is another one from Naturmacht. This time it is a German two-man black metal band. And I like it. There is something to this that makes me think of Immortal. And since I like Immortal a lot I have no problems with this one. Throw in some atmospheric and melodic death metal too and you got me even more hooked. This is exactly what the doctor ordered right now. It cannot get much better (well, it can always be better) right now, right here. This turned out to be one hell of a cool black … Continue reading

THE DAHMERS “Creepiest Creep”

THE DAHMERS “Creepiest Creep” (Lövely Records) For one reason or another I have stayed away from THE DAHMERS. And for no rational reasons whatsoever. It has just turned out that way. But now that I do give them a chance I find that I actually like them. This is just an EP and since I don’t know anything about them I have no clue how representative this is for the band. But as I listen to this I find it full of references to both stuff like The Hellacopters but also to more Swedish things like Sator and more pop … Continue reading

DAYLIGHT SILENCE “Threshold Of Time”

DAYLIGHT SILENCE “Threshold Of Time” (Red Cat Records) I have no idea what the band name means. And I am a band name buff. I don’t know if I would have bought this had I seen it in a record store. Not based on the name. I might have picked it up for the cover. So I am glad that this was sent to me so that I got to hear this Italian heavy metal band. There is a bluesy edge to this. So not your typical Eurometal stuff. In a way the bluesy edge gives this an American vibe. … Continue reading

DEIQUISITOR “Downfall of the Apostates”

DEIQUISITOR “Downfall of the Apostates” (Dark Decent Records) I did not know that this was a Danish act until I read up on them. Because based on the sound they don’t sound Danish at all. This is instead some very brutal American sounding death metal. I love bands like Immolation and Incantation, bands that play uncompromising death metal. This is more of the same stuff. Perhaps a tad more brutal. This is unrelentless in it attack. It is not the world’s most complicated death metal but it is extremely efficient. It hits you like a ton of bricks and leaves … Continue reading

DREAMFIRE “Atlantean Symphony”

DREAMFIRE “Atlantean Symphony” (Minotauro Records) This is a rerelease of an album that originally came out in 2012. Listening to this today I realize why I never got around to check it out in 2012. This is in no way a metal release. This is an ambient release. I wish I had known of this in 2012 as this is some extremely beautiful music. This is structured like a film soundtrack. If you close your eyes you can imagine being taken on a journey riding on the back of a dragon. The sweeping sounds that come from this record paints … Continue reading

FISTER “No Spirit Within”

FISTER “No Spirit Within” (Listenable) The first time I saw this band’s name I thought that it was going to be some sort of thrash metal. but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. and had I been familiar with the band’s back catalogue I had known this. But as this is my first encounter with them I did not know what to expect. And now as I sit here listening to this I realize that for a very rare occasion I am not too thrilled. This is some sort of sludge/doom metal. It is heavy and sludgy. I … Continue reading

HUKUTUS “Oksitosiini”

HUKUTUS “Oksitosiini” (My Fate Music 2018) Formed in 2011 Finnish Hukutus and with three singles under their belts this mob feels it is time to unleash the debut album on an unsuspecting world. I don’t really know how to describe the sound of HUKUTUS. It is an amalgamation of styles. I would say that the music is based on heaviness. That seems to be the common denominator. But from there the band paint with a very broad brush. Because amidst all the heaviness up pops melodies that would put roses on even the most die hard metalheads cheeks. This is … Continue reading

KARDINAL SIN “Victorious”

KARDINAL SIN “Victorious” (Massacre Records) This is the debut album from Sweden’s new power metal hopefuls KARDINAL SIN. I often complain that I don’t get sent enough power metal albums so now that I do get sent one it feels like it is my day. And when then music reminds me of Helloween with Michael Kiske it all gets so much better. This is not the most original stuff but music doesn’t have to be original to be good. And good this is. I just sit here and indulge in the melodies and the cool guitar solos. Anders Ekdahl Continue reading

MASK OF PROSPERO “The Observatory”

(Symmetric Records) I am simple in my taste most of the time. I like it basic and to the point. I think it has something to do with me having both ADD and OCD and any other undiagnosed symptoms. But at the same time I totally love Dream Theater and stuff like that that meanders up and down hills. Which brings me to Greek MASK OF PROSPERO. This has it all. Both the to the point, almost metalcore-ish stuff as well as the more progressive side. I gotta say that this surprised me like hell. This turned out to be … Continue reading

MATTERHORN “Crimes Of Man”

MATTERHORN “Crimes Of Man” () This is strange because within days of each other I received two promo packages from bands calling themselves MATTERHORN. One Swiss band and one Aussie band. I am gonna start with the Aussie band. This Adelaide based band play a sort of classic heavy metal that is mid tempo and rather groovy. There is a slight progressive undertone to it. But the over all impression is that this is heavy metal done the good old way. In a way this reminds me of the heavier moments of Judas Priest and Pantera. And it is there … Continue reading