THUNDERCROW ”Heavy Metal Space Cowboy”

THUNDERCROW ”Heavy Metal Space Cowboy” () I have no idea what space got to do with anything or even the cowboy part but I gotta say that this CD from German Thundercrow did raise an eyebrow or two. In a way this made me think of D A D gone total heavy metal when I first saw the album cover and promo shots. They have the jovial feel to their music that D A D have. Listening to this I get a feeling that these dudes do this with a smile on their lips. And that is something that the… Continue reading

VOLA ”Applause Of A Distant Crowd”

VOLA ”Applause Of A Distant Crowd” (Mascot) Danish VOLA is a very Danish entity. Having grown up with Denmark just a ferry ride away the Danish way of life has had an impact on me. From Danish TV to Victor Borge to hygge to Mercyful Fate to you free spirited thinking. The Danes have always been the bohemians of the Nordic people. And that is something that VOLA keep alive. They don’t seem to bothered with limits and comapartments. They do what comes natural to them. Which means that they create chaos in the head of a Swede that want… Continue reading

V/A “D.N.A.”

V/A “D.N.A.” (Maculata Anima Records) I have an ambivalent relationship to compilation albums. As a child I was never much for mix tapes. I know that people out there used to sit up all night and make mix tapes that they traded with friends, but I never did that. I am much more an album kinda guy. But then there are label compilations. These I find a bit more useful. They at least present the artists on the label. This is album showcases the intent of MACULATA ANIMA RECORDS. You get a wide variety of artist that play everything from… Continue reading

GATES OF DOOM

GATES OF DOOM “Forvm Ivlii” () This Italian band has a name that caught my eye immediately. How can you not be interested in a band called GATES OF DOOM? They play a form of death metal that is both melodic as well as epic. I would even go as far as to say that there is also an element of black metal to this. This is just a three track EP. A shame really as I would have liked to hear some more. But the tracks you do get are of highest order. This is one hell of a… Continue reading

KYTERION

KYTERION ”Inferno II” () When I look at the cover to this one I feel as if I already know the band but as I check my past reviews and interviews I find nothing at all about them. Annoying as fuck that my brain is this messed up, that I cannot tell facts from fiction at times. But don’t let my fucked up brain stop you from exploring this album by Italian KYTERION. Conceptually this one is based on the first canticle of Dante’s Inferno. I tried to read the book, but I gave up quite early on. So for… Continue reading

VERATRUM

VERATRUM ”Visioni” () When an album starts with a choir the first thing you hear you know that this is going to be epic. And symphonic. And that is what this album from Italian black metal band VERATRUM is. I love things that are over the top if it is done the right way. And this is definitely done the right way. If you like stuff like Limbonic Art and even mid-age Dimmu Borgir you are gonna like this too. If you are more into the necro stuff you are well advised to stay away from this. What I like… Continue reading

A LIGHT WITHIN “Epilogue”

A LIGHT WITHIN ”Epilogue” () Kansas City, Missouri is a place I know very little about. I do know that the million cities in the US are not as many as you might think and that most US cities are the size of Malmö to Gothenburg. And even though these Swedish towns are full of cool bands when you think of US cities of that sizes you think of backwardness and hillbillies, as if only the million cities are the places where it happens. But A LIGHT WITHIN is yet another band that proves that you don’t have to come… Continue reading

AETERNUS “Heathen”

AETERNUS ”Heathen” (Dark Essence Records) Man, this is like x-mas come early for me. I remember how every new AETERNUS album was a happening back in the day and how I collected them all. To sit here today with a new album is like a small revelation. I hope it will be as good as I remember the old albums to be. To be perfectly honest I kinda stopped following the band around 2001 so I missed out on the three albums that followed after that but that doesn’t stop me from liking this new album a hell of a… Continue reading

AUTOTHEISM ”CLSTVM – Dogma Sculptured in the Flesh”’

AUTOTHEISM ”CLSTVM – Dogma Sculptured in the Flesh”’ () This is a one-track single. It is a 17 minutes single. A 17 minutes digital single. I guess I just gotta adjust to the times we live in now and accept that a single is a single whether it is physical or digital. This Italian band play a sort of death metal that is clustered with both dark and post influences. To me this sounds like a mix between Morbid Angel and Revenant from New Jersey. The heaviness of Morbid Angel mixed with the technical stuff of Revenant. I could have… Continue reading

CHEVALIER “Chapitre II”

CHEVALIER ”Chapitre II” (Gates Of Hell Records) This is apparently a vinyl only release CHEVALIER’s sold out 2018 EP. I missed out on this highly hyped EP the first time around. This Finnish band seem to have caused quite a stir in the heavy metal underground. As I am somebody that doesn’t believe the hype I couldn’t care less how hyped this is/was. All I care about is if I like it. And to tell you the truth the jury is still out on this one. I am not as blown away as I thought I would be, yet I… Continue reading