ABSENTIA “Our Bleeding Sun”

ABSENTIA
“Our Bleeding Sun”
(Malevolence Records)
That melodeath is the big is no secret. That melodeath has spread like a wildfire throughout the World we know all too well. So why not let yourself be swept away by a Spanish melodeath band? Metal knows no borders; we are all one huge nation. This wasn’t quite what I expected. This was so much better than my expectations. While still being melodeath AbsentiA take it one step further in not letting themselves being limited by the frame of what they play Continue reading

CIRCLES “Eye Embedded”

CIRCLES
“Eye Embedded”
(Basick)
Listening to Circles I get images of every band playing/trying to be like Meshuggah and failing miserably. Not that Circles fail but then they are not a Meshuggah clone. I just get that image that had not Meshuggah existed and Djent had become a sub-genre we might not have seen Circles in the incarnation we now get to experience. Take away the melodic vocals and you’ll end up with music that twists and turns like an epileptic fit. Continue reading

CIRCUS OF LAMIA “Welcome Madness”

CIRCUS OF LAMIA
“Welcome Madness”
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Circus Of Lamia. With a name like that you kinda expect the most crazy metal you’ve ever heard in your life but the truth be told this is pretty middle of the road death/goth/whatever metal. Again it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. You got the angelic female vocals, the beastly growling and some down tuned death metal guitars. It could end there and just be a bland interpretation but I think I can hear something brewing in the background. Continue reading

STRANGEWAYS “Age Of Reason”

STRANGEWAYS
“Age Of Reason”
(Dangerous Dogs Records)
This reminds me of the feelings I had when I got into the whole NWOBHM scene in the 80s. When I discovered bands like Def Leppard, Tokyo Blade and Tygers Of Pan Tang. Bands that wasn’t anything like Saxon or Iron Maiden but still tough enough to wash away the muzak the radio spewed forth. Continue reading

T.I.R. “Heavy Metal”

T.I.R
“Heavy Metal”
(Jolly Roger Records)
When you’ve been going for a long time and I haven’t heard of you it hasn’t been through lack of me trying but because you’ve been mostly a regional/national secret. T.I.R might sound familiar by name but I am 99% certain that I’ve never ever heard a single note of their music. And with an album named “Heavy Metal” you just gotta love the band. Or? Continue reading

UNEVEN STRUCTURE “Februus”

UNEVEN STRUCTURE
“Februus”
(Basick)
I can’t say I have any greater connections to France than to any other country when it comes to metal but still I find it exciting (well I do so with most stuff I get) whenever a new album by a French band comes my way, be it black metal or more technical stuff like Uneven Structure. If the band name is anything to go by this might be up there with Treponem Pal in the weird department. Continue reading

ANDROMEDA “Manifest Tyranny”

ANDROMEDA
”Manifest Tyranny”
(Inner Wound Recordings)
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a full album by Andromeda. Somehow I feel excited to get to hear this new one. I have high hopes for it to be a massive progressive metal album. I don’t know how massive this album is but progressive it is. I love Dream Theater. Have since day one but I can’t say that I understand where they are coming from musically. Continue reading

FALLSTAF “Bastard Son Of A full Breed”

FALSTAFF
”Bastard Sons Of A Full Breed”
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I’m have no relationship to brass instruments whatsoever. They say that saxophone is the saddest instrument ever but that doesn’t make it a great instrument to use in doom metal. Canadian Fallstaf seems to think that adding brass instruments to their metal is a good idea. I’m not too sure about that. We’ll have to wait and see what I think once I’m through this album. Continue reading

KILL MATILDA “I Want Revenge”

KILL MATILDA
”I Want Revenge”
(-)
I have a fondness for female fronted metal bands. Well I have a fondness for females period but especially in metal. There is something to a band that is full of women. You get the best of two worlds and I don’t mean that in any sexist way. I’m all for women’s equal rights. If I could I’d bring equality to all women. But for now all I can do is champion all women that play metal. Continue reading

NIEGE ET NOIRCEUR “Hymnes De La Montagne Noire”

NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR
“Hymnes De La Montagne Noire”
(Sepulchral Productions)
I’ve only read great things about Neige et Noirceur. Well. I’ve only read good things about that whole Qubecois black metal scene that seems to be going on in that region. I get the same kinda feeling I got when Necropolis Records was in business. That there is something bigger going on than just another black metal label releasing albums. Continue reading