Темнолесье ”Сказания”

Темнолесье ”Сказания” (Grimm Distribution) Here is another one I cannot pronounce. But just by looking at the cover I could tell that this was going to be folk/pagan metal. I am not really to certain how to tell folk, pagan or heathen apart. To me they all seem to come from the same branch. With its roots in black metal they embellish it with different influences to make it somewhat resemble folk music. I don’t really care too much what sets it all apart. All I really care about is if it is any good. And Темнолесье are good. There… Continue reading

Руины вечности ”Шёпот забытых холмов”

Руины вечности ”Шёпот забытых холмов” (Grim Distribution) Руины вечности is a Russian doom/death metal band. I love early My Dying Bride. Well I love My Dying Bride period but I especially love the early stuff. That mix of the doomy with the death metal-ish really struck the right chords in me. And to this day I can get that exact feeling when I hear a band that carries the torch for doom/death. Like Руины вечности do. This is one of the better doom/death albums I have heard in a while. This is one that I will place alongside my My… Continue reading

KAAK “Litanies Of Pain”

KAAK “Litanies Of Pain” (RUMF Productions) This is an Austrian band but it has its origins in Russia. “Litanies Of Pain” is their second album. the style is industrial/groove metal. If you like early Fear Factory mixed with what I would say is black metal this might just be for you. There is a groove to this that moves it forward in a steady pace. I like the beat of this. The industrial touches are cool. I like the mechanical feeling that industrial gives the music. Add to it some really cool metal riffing and you got a sound that… Continue reading

VARIOUS ARTISTS “Russian Death Metal vol. 5

VARIOUS ARTISTS “Russian Death Metal vol. 5 (Darknagar Records) I have reviewed a couple of these compilations before and I have always found them to be extremely entertaining. This 5th edition proves to be no different. Again we get a wide selection of death metal. From the brutal to the melodic. 18 different acts to embrace to different degrees. You cannot like all equally. Some etches themselves harder into the mind. Some passes by like the wind. But the overall feeling is that this is a really great way to find out about the state of the Russian death metal… Continue reading

Стахановцы ”Ништяк”

Стахановцы ”Ништяк” () I have no idea what this band is called. I don’t read Russian at all. But what I do know is that this is a thrash metal band formed in 2007 and that they have released 4 full length albums since then. I am sure where this fits in their discography but nonetheless this is a really cool album. Musically this is thrash of the more aggressive school. The fact that they sing in Russian adds to the harsh feel of this. There is a groove to this that I really like. It is an album that… Continue reading

King Diamond – “Songs For The Dead Live”

King Diamond – “Songs For The Dead Live” DVD / Blu-Ray (Metal Blade Records)  With announcements made last year of even more activity from Denmark’s most famous falsetto vocalist, “Songs For The Dead Live” is the first of these fulfilments. Featuring two full shows recorded at Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 and Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016, the focus of both is 1987’s “Abigail” album, which sold over 175,000 copies in North America alone and whose fan favourite songs continue to be a staple in today’s live set! Consisting of 18 tracks each, including other King Diamond choice… Continue reading

Quiet Riot – “One Night In Milan”

Quiet Riot – “One Night In Milan” (Frontiers Music)  Originally formed in 1973 by none other than Randy Rhoads, Quiet Riot became a name in LA’s hard rock scene until they exploded with their 3rd album, “Metal Health” that went on to sell over 6 million copies and become the first heavy metal album to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200! With a classic line up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Carlos Cavazo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Frankie Banali (drums), the band’s success was matched by its volatility especially in DuBrow, leading to many line up changes, break… Continue reading

Carnal Forge – “Gun To Mouth Salvation”

Carnal Forge – “Gun To Mouth Salvation” (Vicisolum Prod)  Carnal Forge are back!!!! Near legendary during the millennium years for touring with just about band from Exodus, Testament, Halford, Immortal, Amon Amarth, Nile, Primal Fear and playing just about every damned festival in Europe from Sweden Rock to Summer Breeze to Fuck The Commerce, Carnal Forge’s brand of melodic death / thrash stood them alongside In Flames, Soilwork, The Haunted and Arch Enemy (and even more so when these bands diversified their original sound) for over 10 years thanks to 6 blistering albums. With all the band members taking a break after the… Continue reading

Ancient Bards – “Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2)”

Ancient Bards – “Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2)” (Limb Music)  This Italian power / symphonic metal band have been around since 2006, formed by keyboardist / orchestrator Daniele Mazza, who began The Black Crystal Sword Saga on their initial 5 track demo. Steadfast in his quest, Ancient Bards has risen over the years to become a name across Europe and Japan, playing alongside bands like Korpiklaani, Eluveitie, Turisas, and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody as well as festivals like Wacken, Made of Metal and Female Voice Metal Festival – to name just a few! While there have been the… Continue reading

Lugnet – “Nightwalker”

Lugnet – “Nightwalker” (Pride & Joy Music)  If ‘lugnet’ means ‘tranquillity’ in Swedish, then this couldn’t be further removed from the truth! Stoked and rippling in 70s hard rock and classic rock glory, it’s bands like Lugnet who not only capture the sound of that era authentically, but rather than retro hashing it, have brought it into modernity and actually paved a future for it. “Nightwalker” has it all in bunches! From the incredible compositions to the sheer range of 70s styles on show here – including stoner, blues rock and doom – it’s all performed superbly thanks to the… Continue reading