DAEMONICUS “Deadwork”

DAEMONICUS
“Deadwork”
(Abyss)
Deamonicus, Demonic, Demonicus etc. The variation seem endless on the word demon but I’m not complaining as long as each band deliver great music. This Deamonicus are new to me. Just from the name I kinda have made my mind up as to what to expect. If the result matches the expectation I’ll be in for a hell of a ride. If not I’ll have to reassess the situation and come up with a new answer. Continue reading

ERUPTED “In The Grip Of Chaos”

ERUPTED
“In The Grip Of Chaos”
(Abyss)
There are so many bands out there that even if I get to hear hundreds of them there are still twice as many if not more that I miss out on totally. Sometime I wish that there were more than 24 hours to a day just so that I could spend my time looking up all the great bands in the universe that we call metal. But since that won’t happen any time soon I’ll settle for the bands that do come my way. As with Erupted. This is another Swedish death metal act. Continue reading

EXECRATION “The Acceptance Of Zero Tolerance”

EXECRATION
“The Acceptance Of Zero Tolerance”
(Comatose Music)
Execration! While not being remotely close to having any sort of relation to this band I still want this to be a brutal piece of extreme metal. But then again I pretty much hope for that with any and all record I get my hands on. Call me indecisive but I’m so in love with anything and all that is metal that I only see the world of metal through rose tinted glasses. I only see the glass as half full instead of the other way round. Continue reading

MANILLA ROAD “Invasion”

MANILLA ROAD
“Invasion”
(Shadow Kindom)
I remember Manilla Road from the 80s and the Black Dragon record label. Not that I bothered checking up on them back then but they’ve been in my conscious ever since. And although it hasn’t been by choice I have managed to miss out/stay away from them up until now. But with 2012 coming to an end I’m going to hear my very first Manilla Road album. And what better way to start than with an album that dates back more than 30 years. Continue reading

MEMORAIN “Evolution”

MEMORAIN
“Evolution”
(Maple Metal)
I’m not that very easily impressed by “supergroups” as most of the time they are more PR- stunts than anything else. And when you haven’t even heard of half of the people involved it just ends up silly. As with Memorain. I know of some people involved (Gene Hoglan) but most of those involved are a blank card to me. Continue reading

MUNRUTHEL “CREEDAMAGE”

MUNRUTHEL
“CREEDamage”
(Svarga)
It feels like just yesterday that the re-release of an earlier Munruthel album dropped in on me. But as they say; “you better strike while the iron is hot”. So without further ado I present to you a brand spanking new Munruthel album. I really liked the re-released album. In spirit it reminded me of Master’s Hammer. I hope that this new one will carry that same spirit, perhaps a bit farther too. I get a very strong battle spirit/readiness when I listen to this. Continue reading

PALE DIVINE “Painted Windows Black “

PALE DIVINE
“Painted Windows Black
(Shadow Kingdom)
I’m a huge sucker for doom metal. Perhaps even more so for the kind of epic doom that Candlemass has come to represent but I can also appreciate the doom metal of bands like Trouble, Revelation, Dream Death etc. The more rootsy, earthy kind doom that has more in common with early Black Sabbath with Ozzy than the Heaven and Hell- Dio era. Pale Divine does bring up those kinds of early Sabbath vibes. More 70s than 10s so to speak. Continue reading

VANIR “Onwards To Battle”

VANIR
“Onwards Into Battle”
(Mighty Music)
As chair is a chair is a chair no matter what you call it. You can call your metal Viking, pagan, heathen, folk but to me it still ends up sounding like black metal with the added instrument here and there. Danish Vanir have that whole Viking metal aura to them. They at least dress the part. If the music matches the clothes this might very well be as close to Valhalla as you’ll ever get. Continue reading

Angra – “Best Reached Horizons”

Angra – “Best Reached Horizons” 2CD (Steamhammer / SPV)

Angra are probably Brazil’s best known power metal band and have been going for the best part of two decades. Funnily enough in all that time this is their first ever compilation which speaks bounds about their recording output! Comprising 20 tracks handpicked by the band’s two guitarists, Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt, “Best Reached Horizons” brilliantly showcases the awesome talent of this band – and in particular the two distinct eras in their history as reflected by the vocal talents of firstly Andre Matos and later Edu Falaschi. Although without any frills (i.e. remastering), songs like ‘Evil Warning’ and ‘Spread Your Fire’ show the breadth of Angra’s influence besides metal, ranging from prog to neo classical to traditional Brazilian music, all played with breathtaking virtuosity! If that wasn’t enough, they boldly offer a cover of Zepp’s ‘Kashmir’ and whilst yet to touch the godlike status of Plant & Page, their ascendancy is beyond question! Continue reading

Mob Rules – “Cannibal Nation”

Mob Rules – “Cannibal Nation” (AFM Records)

Despite having such an aggressive name, Germany’s Mob Rules are surprisingly melodic! They’ve been going since the mid 90s and having seen them at festivals I swear they were more power metal then? However, “Cannibal Nation” is more melodic prog metalized rock – from Klaus Dirks’s throat strained rock out vox to Jan Christian Halfbrodt’s hammond keyboards and the smooth, harmonious guitars of Matthias Mineur and Sven Lüdke. Still, the uplifting tempo and epic atmosphere of songs like ‘Lost’, ‘Ice & Fire’ (inspired by the story of the abducted Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt) and ‘Scream For The Sun’ (lyrically dealing with the first ascent of Mount Everest) are truly breathtaking, reflecting both mental poignancy and musical potency. It’s actually pretty shocking given how good these guys sound that they aren’t superstars – although they are hailed globally as a cult band – so more power to them man, they really are awesome so what’s in a name? Continue reading