FLYING “Graceful Murder”

FLYING
“Graceful Murder”
(Metalscrap Records)
I’m not gonna comment on the band name. That is what it is. Flying are death metal of the kind that has nothing to do with metalcore or melodeath. This is death metal (with maybe a slight thrash feel to it) the way it was done in the 90s with lots of riffing and vocals from hell. It chugs along like a chainsaw on a mission sawing everything that comes in its way to bits. Continue reading

LION SPLICER “Valkyrie”

LION SPLICER
“Valkyrie”
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I liked Lion Splice’s first attempt at an album. There was potential to be found. Now these metalheads are back with a new EP. It’s going to be interesting to see if they’ve managed to take it one step further this time round. If they can add to the groundwork they did the first time round. I don’t know why but I come to think of Primus listening to this EP. Continue reading

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK “34613”

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
“34613”
(Battlegod Productions)
OK, I’ll say it once and then I won’t say it again in this review. For me to go mad over another project it got to have something very special. I don’t see the purpose of just writing an album and then invite a bunch of known names to perform on it. Norwegian metal project Tomorrow’s Outlook might be just another project among many Continue reading

SYN – ZE –SASE-TRI “Sub Semnul Lupului”

SYN – ZE –SASE-TRI
“Sub Semnul Lupului”
(Code666)
It is not enough to just be weird if you want to stand out. You actually got to have something to show for too if you don’t want to end up just a joke, or at worst trash on the floor. Syn-Ze-Sase-Tri might have one of the weirdest names I’ve seen in a long time but that shouldn’t be the end of it all. Musically this isn’t weird in any way. Continue reading

VORKREIST “Sigil Whore Christ”

VORKREIST
“Sigil Whore Christ”
(Agonia Records)
The French black metal scene might not be the greatest in size but it has over the years brought us some of the more innovative artists. Some more successful than others but all with their integrity intact. Vorkreist might be on to album number 5 but this is my first real encounter with them. It is with some trepidation but also with some anticipation that I approach this album. Continue reading

Saxon – “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken”

Saxon – “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken” DVD / 2CD (UDR Music)

‘..where were you in ’79 when the dam began to burst?..’ – NWOBHM legends Saxon were one of the front runners that’s for sure, and also one of that movement’s most prominent proponents, playing the first Monsters Of Rock festival back in the 80s and continuing right thru that decade until the decline of English heavy metal in the late 80s. But in Germany, the scene was starting to take off and in 1992, Saxon were invited to play the Wacken Open Air, and in a similar relationship with the Donnington fans, have since been adopted by that festival’s fans as ‘their’ band – indeed, promoter Thomas Jensen is also Saxon’s band manager! It is indeed a rare opportunity for any band to be associated with two iconic events in heavy metal history, let alone enjoy a rebirth that has arguably made them more popular than ever before! “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken” is Saxon’s most ambitious live product to date, reveling in the majesty of both their legacy and continuing title as key headliners as demanded by the fans: a DVD highlighting Saxon‘s Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 with no less than 30 songs, plus 2 live CDs with the entire Glasgow Apr 2011 performance, complete with behind the scenes footage and slideshow extras. As OTT as their 1 ton eagle, it’s available in a variety of packages from a 1,000 copy limited edition (since sold out) to a bumper digipack to a 3 gatefold vinyl edition. All in all a fitting tribute both to the longevity of this enduring band and their fans both young and old! Continue reading

Quimera – “Immortal”

Quimera – “Immortal” (www.quimeramusic.com)

‘…what would you do, if you could live forever?…’. Currently based outta NYC comes mysterious contralto tessitura vocalist Quimera, whose namesake band play a powerful and deeply passionate combination of classical, symphonic and cinematic rock. For a relatively unknown band, “Immortal” is highly ambitious given that it is a double album no less with 20 tracks! Sultry femme vocals combine with gothic cellos, operatic choirs, atmospheric keyboards, concerto percussion and the fluid contemporary guitar work of composer Patrick Rundbladh on songs like ‘The Forgotten’, ‘Fleur Du Mal’ and ‘Victoria’s Lullaby’, that are driven by a sweet passion which can only come from a heart crying l’amour, l’amour! On the face of it, there’s really no doubting Quimera’s talents, who not only writes from her soul to touch others across the human divide, but also possesses an enviable professionalism to strive for the highest standards in both songwriting and musicianship. Continue reading

HeXen – “Being And Nothingness”

HeXen – “Being And Nothingness” (Pulverised Records)

Wow, HeXen have been goin since the turn of the century and take off where thrash metal arguably left by introducing huge amounts of progressive melodies into their toons that will either send you nuts or turn you into a true believer! Glass in throat vocals, Hartoonian’s rumbling bass and chopping Kreator-esque thrash rhythms on songs like ‘Defcon Rising’, ‘Indefinite Archetype’ and ‘Walk As Many, Stand As One’ stand shoulder to shoulder with Ronny Dorian and Tak Arayan’s classically influenced soloing and prominent melodies, all in all adding an interesting new dimension that sees “Being And Nothingness” leaping the abyss and bravely pushing out the boundaries of this well defined style in good taste. Continue reading

Collisions – “Believe In This”

Collisions – “Believe In This” EP (www.facebook.com/CollisionsUk)

Fresh offa tour with Hed(pe) comes Collisions, who mix electro metal with DnB (drums n bass) to create a fiery fusion of agit rock highly reminiscent of bands like Senser. Against this heavy dub beat comes Olly’s street ragga raps, with the electronics adding a calming groove thru some cool melodies and overlays. With a matching in-yo-face production, songs like ‘Fire Fire’, ‘Push’ and ‘Chasing Forms’ leap out at you and one can only imagine what Collisions are like live cos man, are they heaving like one big rave! Infectiously addictive thru their no holds barred energy and funky but punky grooves, look out for Collisions, cos they look to headin to tha big time, big style. Continue reading