Children Of The Sün – “Flowers”

Children Of The Sün – “Flowers” (The Sign Records) Winners of the Swedish national music competition ‘Livekarusellen’, Children Of The Sün soon followed up by playing events such as ‘Putte I Parken’, Arvika Hamnfest’ and ‘Karl Oskarsdagarna’ before releasing a self titled EP. Now signed, “Flowers” is their debut and resonates flower power in all its 60s glory from start to finish! However, while the 8 members of the group look in every sense like hippies as defined by the 1969 Woodstock Festival featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, they don’t appear to re-create as much of that… Continue reading

ADES NUMEN “War”

ADES NUMEN “War” (Another Side Records) Italian symphonic black metal is nothing new to me. Back in the 90s I discovered a whole lotta of this kinda metal thanks to a label called Scarlet. So for 20, 25 years I have been listening to this kinda Italian metal and for every new band I come upon it feels like it is the first time. ADES NUMEN are a raw band in the same kinda school as Carach Angren. It is not totally OTT with the symphonic bits. Instead this focuses more on the rawness and the directness of black metal.… Continue reading

ARMAGEDDON DEATH SQUAD “Necrosmose”

ARMAGEDDON DEATH SQUAD “Necrosmose” (Great Dane Records) As I listen to this I realize that there are too many technical death metal bands out there that I have no clues about. I know their names but in most cases I have no further knowledge about them at all. In that sense it is really cool that stuff like this comes along so that I can get better acquainted with what is going on. ARMAGEDDON DEATH SQUAD are not over technical, like Necrophagist are. There is an old school feel to this too that makes it cool. Listening to this brings… Continue reading

CATALYST bandcamp “The Great Purpose Of The Lords”

CATALYST bandcamp “The Great Purpose Of The Lords” (Great Dane Records) I tend to back a bit whenever I see the term technical death metal because wise from previous encounters I know what it could be. Some of the most technical death metal releases has left me with a pounding headache from trying to follow all the twists and turns but this one is not that hard to follow. Great Dane Records has again found a French band that delivers death metal of the highest class. There is just one annoying bit about this one. I cannot for the life… Continue reading

CREPUSCOLO “You Tomb”

CREPUSCOLO “You Tomb” (Metal Scrap Records) The band name sounds very Italian. Almost like it is some sort of Giallo movie. But it isn’t. And although it would be cool if it had been this is still cool stuff. This is death metal on the more brutal side of things. The vocals and the overall sound makes me think of Entombed and Dismember. This is very much that obvious old school. But it doesn’t matter because this is still cool stuff. I am a huge sucker for anything that is remotely old school. Like this. An album that I am… Continue reading

DARK LEGACY “The Rejects”

DARK LEGACY “The Rejects” (Black Vulture Records) I think I have interviewed this band at one time but I am not too sure. This one is a bit old now but I am so behind of things after my nasty fall where I hurt my thump. But better late than never as they say. And this one deserves to be reviewed. This Swedish band play a sort of death metal that leans on the symphonic side. I don’t know if anybody remembers Oxiplegatz but they too had that sort of bigger than life sound. I get that sorta vibe listening… Continue reading

DESERT NEAR THE END “Of Fire And Stars”

DESERT NEAR THE END “Of Fire And Stars” (Total Death Records) Power thrash. Now there is a combination for you. Throw in some death and black and you get Greek DESERT NEAR THE END. This is a band that I am familiar with from before. I do remember that I liked what I heard and I don’t see any reason to change my mind with this their fourth album. If I could add my four pence I would call this death metal with influences from power, death and black. The black and thrash metal influences makes this one stand out… Continue reading

DESOLATION “Screams Of The Undead”

DESOLATION “Screams Of The Undead” (I Hate/Growls From The Underground) I thought I knew of DESOLATION when I was handed this album at Gefle Metal Fest but upon checking it out further I was wrong. This band is new to me. This is the band’s second album. The first one they released independently thropugh I Hate but for this one they have the joint forces of I Hate and Growls From The Underground behind them. Perhaps this will mean that guys like me will from now know of the name DESOLATION. As I checked out the band I noticed that… Continue reading

GLOBAL SCUM “Odium”

GLOBAL SCUM “Odium” (NRT Records) I have said a thousand times that I should not judge an album by its cover. Yet I still do that. I can reject an album simply because I don’t like the cover. I tell myself that I will not like it. It happened with this album from GLOBAL SCUM. I took one look at the cover and decided that I would not like it. As usual it all changed once I started to listen to the album. this will not be my fave album of the year. But it is still good enough for… Continue reading

GRIECO VINCENZO “Misleading Lights Of Town”

GRIECO VINCENZO “Misleading Lights Of Town” (Red Cat Records) Again I have no idea who this is. Not that it really matters for me to have an opinion on the music but every once in a while it would be cool to actually know something about the artist’s history. This is to my ears a classic hardrock album. the kind that was made in the 80s. I have said it before and I’ll say it again; I like hardrock but I haven’t got the faintest idea how it has progressed over the last 30 years. So I base all my… Continue reading