ALLELE “Next To Parallel”

ALLELE
“Next To Parallel”
(Goomba)
The impression I had gotten just reading the press material on Allele was that this would be another of those Djent influenced releases but “Next To Parallel” is nothing like that. This is a completely different beast. This is much more of a progressive metal release in the Fates Warning school than the Dream Theater one. Continue reading

GOLDEN RESURRECTION “Man With A Mission”

GOLDEN RESURRECTION
“Man With A Mission”
(Liljegren/Doolittle)
I believe in neither God nor Satan so if you sing about god or Satan is of no consequence to me. I never make it a point of pointing out who is Christian or not but with Golden Resurrection you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out whom they root for. Good for them. I only judge them by the music. Continue reading

I DECLINE “Time To Shine”

I DECLINE
“Time To Shine”
(Horns Raised Records)
Just by looking at the cover to “Time To Shine” you’d think this would be another death metal record, or at least a thrash metal one. The truth lies somewhere closer to Monster Magnet or Corrosion Of Conformity. Imagine a clash between thrash metal and stoner rock and you get a picture of where you find I Decline musically. Continue reading

IZEGRIM “Code Of Consequences”

IZEGRIM
“Code Of Consequences”
(Listenable)
I never tire of telling people how many great moments I’ve had in the company of Dutch metal. Izegrim are not new to me. I’ve followed them for some time now but this time they’ve got the muscles to back up their thrashy metal. I really like Izegrim’s metal. There’s something very appealing to it. Continue reading

MHORGL “Heresiarch”

MHORGL
“Heresiarch”
(Sovereign Records)
Australian black metal is a new experience for me. So far I’ve come upon has been thrash related, doomier than hell, some sort of crossover or plain heavy metal. Mhorgl (pronounced morgul) is a four piece band that makes me think back to Emperor’s “Anthem To The Welkin At Dusk” album for some reason. Not that it is totally out of context. Continue reading

TORMENTED “Rotten Death”

TORMENTED
“Rotten Death”
(Listenable)
I never thought I’d admit to liking being nostalgic but I do like this new wave of Swedish death metal that take from the past and turn it into something new and refreshing. Maybe it’s the first sign of old age, being nostalgic and remembering the good old days. Not that it was any better back then. It was just new and fresh Continue reading

Charred Walls Of The Damned – “Cold Winds On Timeless Days”

Charred Walls Of The Damned
“Cold Winds On Timeless Days”
(Metal Blade Records)

These guys are probably my fave band (or mebbe I should say supergroup) right now! From the affable, multi talented Richard Christy to legendary Steve DiGiorgio and famous Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, this melting pot of talent have it all – incredible melodies, brutal riffola, double bass drumming par excellence and epic vocals conspire to carry on in fine style the standard set by their amazing self titled debut! Continue reading

Glyder – “Backroads To Byzantium”

Glyder
“Backroads To Byzantium”
(SPV / Steamhammer)

A lot has happened to these Irish lads since the release of their last album “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” – despite being well received and on the verge of success, vox / bassist Tony Cullen and drummer Davy Ryan quit the band. Three new members have joined: Jackie Robinson, Graham McClatchie and Des McEvoy and it’s also a heralded a change in the band’s sound, that while still melodic hard rock, is very much more American in style like on ‘Fade To Dust’ than their prior Thin Lizzy influenced approach. Continue reading

As You Drown – “Rat King”

As You Drown
“Rat King”
(Metal Blade Records)

On the face of it the town of Boras in Sweden might represent an idyllic one: rich in culture, natural beauty and happy folk. But there are exceptions. As You Drown clearly represent the alternative: heavily tattooed morose lads with plenty of angst in their faces. And “Rat King” sez it all – modern death core is probably how best I’d describe songs like ‘Conqueror’, ‘Rabid Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing’ and ‘Slaves to the Kingdom of Fear’. Continue reading

Almah – “Motion”

Almah
“Motion”
(AFM Records)

Well, with reference to their biblical name, they ain’t no virgins LOL! Fronted by none other than Angra’s vocalist Edu Falschi, this is the next Brazilian metal monster to be unleashed and what a chundering beast it is too – at times the riffs are on par with Sepultura!! Given the number of high quality musicians that have guested with Edu, I often wondered where he would take this solo project. Continue reading