LUNA AD NOCTUM “Hypnotic Inferno”

LUNA AD MOCTUM
“Hypnotic Inferno”
(Massacre)
Today it is enough to just say Polish extreme metal and you know that you’ll be in for a really awesome ride. I have no doubts whatsoever that LUNA AD NOCTUM will blow my socks off. I have the fullest confidence in their capability to be another really awesome Polish metal act. Continue reading

MODERN DAY SLAVERY “Requiem For Us All”

MODERN AGE SLAVERY
“Requiem For Us All”
(Pavement)
I might be strange but there are certain labels that I try to follow slavishly. I buy whatever they release even if I don’t know what it is that I buy. And then there are labels that I’m very cautious of. Pavement haven’t exactly supplied me with a massive catalogue of great metal albums. But perhaps MODERN AGE SLAVERY will be the act that tips the scale. Continue reading

OCEANS OF SLUMBER “Aetherial”

OCEANS OF SLUMBER
“Aetherial”
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Another act that I have no idea what to expect from. You could read the press release but describing music with words is an awkward business. We all come with our on luggage and from that we build our expectations. When I see this band’s name I get visions of everything from doom to death metal. Continue reading

OMNIUM GATHERUM “Beyond”

OMNIUM GATHERUM
“Beyond”
(Lifeforce)
This is another band that I haven’t bothered checking out. I have no real reason for it other than pure laziness. But as they say it is never too late to teach old dogs new tricks. So I’ll give this one a try to see if it is something that might appeal to me. Finnish melodic death metal anybody? Just as I thought. Continue reading

OV HOLLOWNESS “The World Ends”

OV HOLLOWNESS
“The World Ends”
(Code666)
I like the fact that black metal isn’t just one thing. You can always discuss what is true and not true but in the end what matters is if the music is any good. In my book black metal can be anything and nothing. It is all up to how you like to see things. I somehow imagine that Canada would be a great place for black metal. Continue reading

ULVEHARR “Swords Of Midgard”

ULVEDHARR
“Swords Of Midgard”
(Moonlight)
I’m a huge fan of the Viking era of Bathory. I cannot get enough of those albums and I play them over and over again. I don’t know if I’ll play ULVEDHARR’s album over and over again but I do hope that I’ll be taken on a journey far back in time when I listen to this album. Don’t ask me to label this pagan, heathen or folk. Continue reading

VADIKAN “Hydragyrum”

VADIKAN
“Hydragyrum”
(Metalscrap)
It might seem boring or that I’m one track minded but ever since I got to know about Iron Maiden and Saxon I’ve been more interested in finding the next big thrill that to stay with one or two bands for the rest of my life. Hence my love for discovering bands like VADIKAN. Continue reading

VALLORCH “Neverfade”

VALLORCH
“Neverfade”
(Moonlight)
I am not a bit fan of images but I would be lying if I said that I don’t find a certain charm in seeing bands dress up in costumes for photo shots. There is something cool to bands that take it one step further. VALLORCH might look like the long lost cousins to the Finnish war metal bands but as with anything no single culture has the definitive right to a look. Continue reading

Bush – “Live!”

Bush – “Live!” DVD / Blu-ray (earMusic)

With over 16 million albums sold in their time, Bush remain one of the most successful 90s indie rock bands and many ways set the blueprint for today’s emo scene with their use of heavy melancholic melodies amidst a passionate guitar driven sound. Still fronted by animated front man Gavin Rossdale (who during Bush’s hiatus acted as ‘Balthazar’ in the film “Constantine”), this is a long overdue live DVD that not only captures Bush’s best songs like ‘Little Things’, ‘Machinehead’ and ‘Greedy Fly’ but also the intimacy and most of all, love, between the band and their fans. Although older, the band look good being toned and tanned and it’s clearly reflected when Rossdale sings ‘..there’s no sex in your violence..’ during ‘Everything Zen’ and a line of hot lookin milfs (including one with a baby) got nuts and virtually claw him offstage lol! If that wasn’t enough the feel good factor is multiplied even further during his laid back balcony walk, stopping to sing to crowd members whose beaming smiles, tears and affectionate touches say it all about a band that was never forgotten by their fans. Definitely one of the most moving performances I’ve witnessed in a long time. The Roseland Theatre in Portland OR was a perfect choice for the filming which itself deserves a commendation in sparing no expense for its multiple camera angles, zoom and pan shots as well as giving plenty of views of the crowd, who along with the band are comfortable enough to fully participate in the cine experience that is accurately conveyed to the home viewer. With a crystal clear sound and matching note perfection from the band themselves this DVD sets a live standard that is on par with Bush’s legacy – little wonder they didn’t need a big light show or any stage effects! Chuck in the bonus tape.tv unplugged performances and music videos totaling 22 tracks and this is an absolute must have as Bush look set to take on the world again! Continue reading