FROSTHELM “The Northwinds Render Flesh”

FROSTHELM
“The Northwinds Rend Flesh”
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OK. I might seem obsessed with band names this week. I’ve said countless times before that you shouldn’t judge a band by its name but this one just gotta be some sort of pagan/folk/black metal band. What else could they be with a name like Frosthelm? Don’t know how much folk/pagan this is but black metal it is. Continue reading

GALDERIA “The Universality”

GALDERIA
“The Universality”
(Metalodic)
I’m not going to lie. I’ve been looking forward to hearing this album ever since I first saw it advertised. Don’t know why but for some reason I think this is going to be one hell of a metal album. I just got that tingling feeling in my gut that says this is going to shake and rattle my bowels in a very positive way. Continue reading

THE HAARP MACHINE “Disclosure”

THE HAARP MACHINE
“Disclosure”
(Sumerian)
I like progressive metal if it doesn’t get to widdly waddly on me. I can take strange tempo changes and weird chord structure but once it all goes free form jazz on me I totally phase out. I get that kind of vibe from The HAARP Machine. UK’s latest in progressive metal. Continue reading

HACKTIVIST “EP”

HACKTIVIST
“EP”
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I admire bands that take it in their own hands and release a record. Hacktivist has done it with this debut EP. I gotta say that I kinda look forward to hearing it. The word on it is that this could very well be the next big thing to make it out of the UK. The bad part about this new wave of British bands is that they all seem still be infected by that trend sensitive bug Continue reading

LOFFT “The Bitterness Of Life”

LOFFT
“The Bitterness Of Life”
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This one was a tricky one to get hold of. I tried downloading it but failed. Then the band was to send it to me in physical format but that didn’t happen. Then I tried downloading it again and this time it worked. Hopefully all this hard work will pay off. This is not metal in any sense of the world. At its closest this could be described as hardrock way better than anything Nickelback ever could dream of writing. Continue reading

RUINS “Place Of No Pity”

RUINS (AUS)
“Place Of No Pity”
(Listenable)
I think I managed to hear RUINS (not to be confused with the German or any other Ruins) previous record. I’m not too sure but I get a distinct feeling of having reviewed it. Can’t say I remember too much of it though. Hopefully I gave it a positive review. And from listening to this new album I can only say that this is the kind of metal that I like.
I think I managed to hear RUINS (not to be confused with the German or any other Ruins) previous record. I’m not too sure but I get a distinct feeling of having reviewed it. Can’t say I remember too much of it though. Hopefully I gave it a positive review. And from listening to this new album I can only say that this is the kind of metal that I like. Continue reading

SPARROWS “Mark Of The Beast: Indoctrination”

SPARROWS
“Mark Of The Beast: Indoctrination”
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I like USBM. Not that it is a stringent genre. All bands I’ve heard that has been labeled USBM have all been pretty different in their approach to what black metal is. Sparrows is my latest foray into this universe. I have great expectations on this. I’m excited to see how they’ve managed to take it a step further, if they have. Continue reading

STAR INSIGHT “My Time is Out”

STAR INSIGHT
“My Time Is Out”
(Inverse)
Another band that is a total blank to me. Another Finnish band to get to know. But that hasn’t been a problem earlier so I don’t see it why it’ll be a problem this time around. When it comes to music I’m pretty adventurous. I got good feelings about this being time well spent. It doesn’t make it easier when there’s no info sheet included and my memory isn’t the best. Continue reading

VRPI “Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni”

VRPI
“Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni”
(Onslaught)
I’ve had this one for some time now but haven’t gotten round to reviewing until now. Don’t know why I’ve procrastinated. Just from seeing the promo material I got a pretty great vibe about this album. If this doesn’t turn out to be a total blast’n’thrash I’ll be mightily disappointed. There are albums that are harder to get to than others. I’ve had this one on my computer for a long time now but never really gotten round to listen to and review it until now. Continue reading

Exxplorer – “A Recipe For Power”

Exxplorer – “A Recipe For Power” re-issue (Pure Steel Records)

Another cult US band back from the dead doing it big time on the true metal circuit following the release of their comeback album ” Vengeance Rides an Angry Horse” in 2011. Exxplorer are an old school heavy metal band with prog n power elements as inspired by Queensryche, Priest and even US rock bands of that time. “A Recipe For Power” was the band’s 2nd album and originally released in the mid 90s as I recollect and contains a real mish mash of hard meets heavy styles on songs like ‘Bible Black’, ‘Smelling The Roses’ and ‘Beg, Borrow And Steel’ from soulful vocals to hard Priest riffing to softer elements using acoustics and even piano – yeah, that’s how it was done back in the 90s boys n girls lol! Re issued as a vinyl-edition (400 black, 100 coloured) with a top-quality gate fold cover, “A Recipe For Power” is another underground true metal opus that has been given a new lease of life to fly in the face of conventionality! Continue reading