SCARNIVAL “S/T”

SCARNIVAL
“S/T”
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I have no idea what the band name is supposed to mean but I like it. It works in my eyes. This German band is another death metal band. I for one can’t get enough of death metal, melodic or otherwise. So one more band like that is like the icing on my cake. I got a sweet tooth. This turned out so much heavier than I expected. Continue reading

SECRETS OF THE SKY “To Sail Black Waters”

SECRETS OF THE SKY
“To Sail Black Waters”
(Gravedancer Records)
I have absolutely no expectation on this band. It is with a totally open mind that I take this on. It could end up sounding like anything or nothing. It could be the greatest thing since sliced bread or it could be the worst kind of ear torture. Right now I couldn’t care any which way it goes. I’m just glad that I’ll get a chance to hear it. Continue reading

SHAPE MY CLARITY “Chameleon Mirror”

SHAPE MY CLARITY
”Chameleon Mirror”
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Those of you who checked out the video by SHAPE MY CLARITY might have gotten a bit of a picture of what to expect from this band. For those of you that didn’t do so, why not check it out after you’ve read this review. I guess that you really need to make your mark in today’s ever so competitive metal environment but neon metal! Continue reading

STERBHAUS “Angels For Breakfast… And God for Lunch”

STERBHAUS
“Angels For Breakfast… And God for Lunch”
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Don’t know if STERBHAUS is the opposite of Krankhaus (Hospital) but as a band name it sure works. Just that it is a German word gives it character. That is has death in it adds to the cred points. I just hope that this doesn’t turn out to be the world’s most tiresome German joke but instead some really cool metal. The fact that this is a Swedish mob just proves that you shouldn’t judge the band by the name. Continue reading

SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLES “

SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLE
“EP”
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SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLE came to me after the Abriosis review I did a couple of weeks back. I don’t know what it is with Canadian death metal bands and math/techcore but this is supposedly some super massive technical death metal. Just from that description alone I fear the worst but if I’ve learnt anything it is to not judge before the result is in. Continue reading

TRINITY SITE “Ex Infernis”

TRINITY SITE
“Ex Infernis”
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I haven’t noticed it but lately I haven’t heard too much melodic death metal. It has been all ultra brutal blastings when I’ve listened to death metal. Which makes this German band a necessary break from the most horrific growling and from guitars so down tuned that the strings are hanging by the knees of the guitar players. Continue reading

TYRANNY OF HOURS “S/T”

TYRANNY OF HOURS
“S/T”
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I have no particular relation to bands from Oregon, USA today. Back in the nineties I subscribed to a music paper from Seattle and that way came in contact with the music scene in Oregon too. But that was then, almost twenty years ago. TYRANNY OF HOURS present themselves as a metal band. I see no reason to question them on that. Continue reading

Shai Hulud – “Reach Beyond The Sun”

Shai Hulud – “Reach Beyond The Sun” (Metal Blade Records)

One of the original modern metalcore bands that formed in the mid 90s, Shai Hulud were as heavy as hell mixing aggro vox with emo melodic riffs, harsh rhythms and of course, heaps of gang vocal backups! “Reach Beyond The Sun” is a triumphant comeback to full form after five years and sees the return of not only OG vocalist Chad Gilbert (who went off to New Found Glory) both in a vocal and production capacity – but also prior vocalists Matt Mazalli, Damien Moyal, and Geert van der Velde guesting on backing vocals on ‘Medicine To The Dead’! If that wasn’t enough, lyrically Shai Hulud have gone deep for the throat in challenging one’s inner notions of pessimism in order to re-fire the spark to come out fighting again. I guess it’s a sign of the times that people feel trapped in the situations they’re in, or the people around them, but we should take heart from songs like ‘If A Mountain Be My Obstacle’ and ‘To Suffer Fools’, that on the face of it might seem despondent, but soon give way to a spirited outcry the likes of which only repressed human beings can produce – and Shai Hulud have commendably ignited. Continue reading

Voodoo Circle – “More Than One Way Home”

Voodoo Circle – “More Than One Way Home” (AFM Records)

Voodoo Circle are a classic rock supergroup made up of: Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Sinner,Silent Force) on guitar, Dave Readman (Pink Cream 69) on vox, Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, Kiske/Somerville) on bass, Jimmy Kresic (Liquid one, Steve Lukather) on the keys and Markus Kullmann (Dezperadoz) on drums. Despite their pedigree, on this album they sound uncannily like late 80s Whitesnake, especially Readman’s vocals right down to Coverdale’s sultry tones and pseudo orgasmic moans of ‘…oh lord..’. Add in Kresic’s hammond organ and Beyrodt’s blues / rock guitar and fiery solos on power rock ballads like ‘The Saint And The Sinner’, ‘The Ghost In Your Heart’ and ‘Tears In The Rain’ and you’re looking at Rock Star Wars Part 10 lol. Still, if you don’t mind all this then Voodoo Circle as top musicians certainly play a fine brand of rock that will have you crooning with your roses n chocolate! Continue reading

Altaar – “Altaar”

Altaar – “Altaar” (Indie Recordings)

Psychedelic doom noise from Norway. The brainchild of Andreas Tylden (also known from One Tail, One Head), the beginnings of Altaar began in Vår Frelsers graveyard in Oslo, before he was joined by arts academy graduate and noise-musician Sten Ove Toft (Ryfylke, Faux Pas). The rest is legend. From as far away as Chile interest in their “Dødsønske” demo grew until both pressings were sold out and soon Espen T. Hangård (KILLL, NoPlaceToHide), Kenneth Lamond (JR Ewing) and Didrik Telle (Obliteration) were added. The new band then began showcasing their work at art museums and festivals like SXSW, Øya and Incubat developing an almost surrealist live experience by playing in complete darkness or bathed in the projections of hand-picked films. This self titled debut essentially captures the sum of all parts making up Altaar: there are only two songs, but each is around 20 minutes a piece and to say they are intense is an understatement. Using a succession of sounds from ambient to noise to doom, Altaar slowly crush your senses on tracks like ‘Tidi Kjem Aldri Att’ and ‘Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Na?de’ until you are totally absorbed. This isn’t so much as music but an experience, one where you start a journey and when it’s all over you have long missed your stop – but only to be smiling at that fact. Continue reading