KONGH “Sole Creation”

KONGH
“Sole Creation”
(Agonia)
I gotta admit that at first I confused this Swedish band with the Dutch band Korgh that released some albums on Peaceville in the 90s. How stupid of me since the bands are nothing alike sound wise. This is doom metal. Having been nominated for a P3 Guld award (Swedish national radio’s own award) they must have been doing something right. Continue reading

LIGHTLESS MOOR “The Poem – Crying My Grief To A Feeble Dawn”

LIGHTLESS MOOR
“The Poem – Crying My Grief To A Feeble Dawn”
(Wormholedeath)
From what I can tell this album has been in the making for a long time now. Having been recorded in May 2011 it is only now that it sees a release. So, has the wait been worth it? That is what I intend to find out now that I can actually listen to it and not just read about it in press release after press release. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Continue reading

MECHANICAL GOD CREATION “Artifact Of Annihilation”

MECHANICAL GOD CREATION
“Artifact Of Annihilation”
(Wormholedeath)
When I got my hands on MECHANICAL GOD CREATION’s previous album I had been looking forward to hearing it for a long time. It can tell you that I wasn’t disappointed. That album was death metal in the more melodic school without losing its edge. Now that I get to hear the new album it is with eager anticipation that I take it on. Continue reading

MYSTERY BLUE “Conquer The World”

MYSTERY BLUE
“Conquer The World”
(Road Show Productions)
I have no idea why I haven’t heard of this French band before. Given their history I should have but as it is I totally missed out on them. That will be corrected with this new album. I have the highest regard for French heavy metal. One or two of my greatest metal experiences have been French (H-Bomb & Sortilege). Continue reading

NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWER “Cosmic Child

NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWER
“Cosmic Child”
(Listenable)
I get the impression that I should know of this Swedish band but I‘m sorry to have to say it but I have never ever heard of them before. That apart I get a feeling that this could end up any which way. This could be some of the greatest music ever recorded or it could be the worst kind of crappy prog rock to ever come out of Sweden. Continue reading

SONIC REIGN “Monument In Black”

SONIC REIGN
“Monument In Black”
(Apostasy)
This German black metal band is being hailed as some sort of saviour for the German black metal scene. I don’t know if I’ll go as far as that. I’ve heard a couple or three bands that are strong enough to keep the German black metal spirit alive. But I wouldn’t mind if this turned out to be one hell of a strong album. I was late in discovering Satyricon but now that I have I hear them all over the place. Continue reading

SORCERY “Arrival At Six”

SORCERY
“Arrival At Six”
(Xtreem Music)
OK, it doesn’t get more classical than this. This is the real deal. This is the heritage of Swedish death metal. SORCERY were there in the beginning. They had everything going for them and then nothing. It pretty much died out. Now they are back with a new album 20 plus years later. Will they be able to bring something worthwhile to the death metal scene with this album? Continue reading

SPEKTR “Cypher”

SPEKTR
“Cypher”
(Agonia)
This is a band that I thought about checking out but haven’t gotten round to for various reasons. I have read only good things about this band which makes me a bit cautious. Usually when I read good things about a band I end up not liking them once I hear the music. And with this being an album entirely without vocals I don’t know how likely it is that I’ll like it. Continue reading

TAINTED NATION “F.E.A.R”

TAINTED NATION
“F.E.A.R”
(Massacre)
I guess that modern technology has made it easier to be in two places yet being able to piece together an album. I can at times feel that something is lost when you don’t record as a group but instead do it separately. But that might just be in my head. That might just be something that I’ve imagined matters. This is borderline hardrock/metal. Continue reading

UNREAL OVERFLOWS “False Welfare”

UNREAL OVERFLOWS
“False Welfare”
(Xtreem Music)
Don’t know how correct I am in assuming that the band name has something to do with the fucked up weather we see all over the place. Massive floodings in Australia, below zero snowstorms in the Middle East, people freezing to death in the south of Europe. Hopefully the music will warm us enough to dry up and defrost so that we can mosh like crazy. Continue reading