KINJIIRU ”4D”

KINJIIRU ”4D” () Boy, I have not been thinking about Pitchshifter in I don’t know how many years. That was a band that I really liked in the 90s. But what was new back then has since then been around the block more times than you can count. I will not say that KINJIIRU are trying to mask their sound with a load of cool gimmicks because there is more than meets the ear to this. What I am going to say is that there is a modern touch to it. A mix of styles that we don’t get to … Continue reading

LOCH VOSTOK ”Strife”

LOCH VOSTOK ”Strife” (Label: ViciSolum Productions) This is LOCH VOSTOK’s 7th album. I have managed to miss all previous albums by this Swedish band. I have no idea how I’ve managed that. Because somehow I think that I would have liked what they have done in the past. As I am totally blank to this band I don’t really know what to expect. I do understand from the first track that they mix the progressive with the extreme. And since I have lived through and love Norwegian Atrox I don’t think that this is gonna be any harder to stomach. … Continue reading

LUCIFER’S DUNGEON “Music Of Lost Spirits”

LUCIFER’S DUNGEON “Music Of Lost Spirits” (-) It was not that long ago that I reviewed LUCIFER’S DUNGEON’s debut album. I gave “The Dark Army Raises” 3,5. I like the mix of ambient and black metal because it reminded me of a French band from the 90s. This second album is full of all the same from the first one. The black metal that is played is more of the Norwegian kind. Kinda like early Immortal. A touch epic but nothing like Bathory-epic. More epic like a snowclad forest. It is that wintry feel that appeals to me when I … Continue reading

MALEFIC LEVITATION ”The Ancient Plague”

MALEFIC LEVITATION ”The Ancient Plague” (Sentient Ruin Laboratories) I am not a person that find chaos enjoyable. On the contrary. I want order in my life. I want things to work tomorrow as they worked today. I might suffer from some sort of diagnosis but I don’t care. This most often than not reflects in the music I enjoy the most. I like music that is straight forward and easy to follow. You can call me simple if you like. I don’t care. But every now and then along comes a recording that put everything on its ends. The death/black … Continue reading

MILLENNIUM ”Awakening”

MILLENNIUM ”Awakening” (No Remorse) When the opening riff instantly remind me of Saxon I for one know that I am in for one hell of a ride. Having been formed originally in 1982 but resurrected in 2015 MILLENNIUM is a band with old roots. I missed out on the album from 2016 and I cannot remember the 1984 album but hearing this new one I think I missed out on something great back then. Because this is heavy metal that nods heavily towards the NWOBHM. The thing with this is that it will appeal to old farts like me as … Continue reading

MORVIGOR ”Tyrant”

MORVIGOR ”Tyrant” (-) Not so long ago I revisited Pestilence debut album “Malleus Maleficarum” simply because I wanted to check if it was as good as I remembered to be. And it was. It has nothing at all to do with MORVIGOR’s album “Tyrant”. I just remembered it because they too are Dutch. It just reminded me that I have been following Dutch metal for more than 30 years now and I am still amazed at the quality of bands that come from this submerged country. MORVIGOR are more black metal than they are anything else, even though the influences … Continue reading

MYRHOLT ”Med Samme Nål, Under Samme Måne”

MYRHOLT ”Med Samme Nål, Under Samme Måne” (-) Norwegian black metal is nothing new. Yet I feel some excitement whenever I do find a band/project that I am not familiar with. I have had some really cool moments with Norwegian black metal over the years. And I hope to have some more in the years to come. MYRHOLT (which is the surname of the sole member) brings back memories of bands I have heard in the past. Some I can name and some I can’t. The music has a feel of nature to it. Being Swedish I can relate to … Continue reading

MYSTIC PROPHECY ”Monuments Uncovered”

MYSTIC PROPHECY ”Monuments Uncovered” (Massacre) I am not much for cover albums. But I gotta say that I was massively impressed by what Exit Eden do. That one took me a while to realize that it was actually a cover album. Not so much this time. From the first note I totally got the album title. Starting with a Kim Wilde track kinda set the tone for this album by MYSTIC PROPHECY. And then to follow that one with a Donna Summer track pretty much painted the whole picture. But it is not all 80s pop/disco that is being covered … Continue reading

OBSCURE BURIAL ”S/T”

OBSCURE BURIAL ”S/T” (Invictus Productions) You just know from the band name that this is gonna be something really rotten. And Finland’s OBSCURE BURIAL does not disappoint. This is as rotten as it gets. If you like Obituary but think that they are too polished you might consider this. There is nothing polished whatsoever about this. Musically this is the equivalent of having just risen from the grave. All muddy and dirty. The old school sound does nothing but adding to that whole feeling. This is really a true gem. OBSCURE BURIAL has managed to create an album that will … Continue reading

PROFESSOR EMERITUS ”Take Me To The Gallows”

PROFESSOR EMERITUS ”Take Me To The Gallows” (No Remorse) Chicago has always been a great place to find cool metal bands. I did so in the 80s. and I do so in the 10s. PROFESSOR EMERITUS might not be my all time fave Chicago band. They might not even make my top 5 but that is only because there are so many more cool bands that I am so much more familiar with. But if they keep churning out metal like on this debut album I might very well bump them up on my list. Musically this is classic heavy … Continue reading