Wild Frontier – “2012”

Wild Frontier – “2012” (Prime Entertainment)

Inspired by the late Gary Moore’s 1987 namesake album, Wild Frontier were formed in Germany over 22 years ago to play melodic hard rock in the style of his passionate music. Well, that may have been the case back then, but the band have undergone quite a few changes over the years and after a promising start in ‘To The End Of The World’ things start to really mellow out to almost pop levels on the likes of ‘Why Don’t You Save Me’ – no thanks LOL! I’m not entirely certain for this departure, perhaps the band are trying to offer a range of songs from their career but the lighter material doesn’t really do it for me, included the cover of Abba’s ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ which may have been intended as tongue in cheek but appears to have backfired. Thankfully, “2012” closes respectably with the likes of ‘Long Gone’ which typifies the genre with crunching guitars and rock out vocals, while ‘Why Are The Good Things Too Hard To Find’ is like an excellent mix of Moore and Journey so why Wild Frontier couldn’t produce more of these seems to be reflected in the latter’s poignant title. Continue reading

AIRSPEED “Airspeed”

(Jolly Roger Records)
Just the band name Airspeed alone signals that this could be a ride to remember. This is heavy metal in the classic tradition. High wailing vocals, melodies aplenty and guitar solos. What more can you want? OK, so the production could have been a bit warmer but the rather rudimentary sound actually adds to the charm of this. Continue reading

ALTAR OF SIN “Tales Of Carnage First Class”

“Tales Of Carnage First Class”
(Xtreem Music)
Spain might not be the first place you think of if you like extreme metal but once you dig a bit deeper you’ll find a treasure that isn’t that hidden. Xtreem Music has for some time brought the world a bucketful of bands that in various degrees bring forth Spain as a metal country to count on. Continue reading

INMORIA “A Farewell To Nothing – The Diary part 1”

“A Farewell To Nothing – The Diary part 1”
(Metalbox/Ice Warrior/Rock It Up)
OK, so your brother is one of the more prolific persons in the Swedish media, known for drug use and fronting a questionable (musically) band. That doesn’t mean shit to me. All I care for is if the music you do is any good. Sweden’s Inmoria might be new to me but that only adds to the joy of hearing them the first time around. Continue reading

OSMIUM “The Misery Harvest”

“The Misery Harvest”
I’m a huge fan of Soundgarden and Black Sabbath. That the latter influenced the former there is no doubt about. So when a band comes along that bridge the gap between these two bands I can but not to love it. Osmium form New Zealand blew my socks off from the very first note I heard. Continue reading

PIGEON TOE “The First Perception”

“The First Perception”
(LifeForce Records)
I’m no worse than I can appreciate a fine prog metal album. It just takes me a bit longer to get into it than with a full on blast of trad metal. German Pigeon Toe are new to me and even though they are seasoned musicians in their own right that doesn’t mean too much to me. What I like about prog metal is the use of contrasts. Continue reading

SECRETPATH “The Wanderer”

“The Wanderer”
I liked Italian Secretpath’s previous demo. I found their clash of death and black to be quite enjoyable. With a new demo in my hand the expectations are higher this time. Will they be able to match or even surpass the previous one? Italian black metal is not my strong side. Continue reading