THE ORDER “1986”

THE ORDER
“1986”
(Massacre)
Back in 1986 I was totally immersed in the extreme metal scene and I had gotten rid of all my hardrock/heavy metal albums (well most of them anyway). In 2012 I have bought back most of those albums over the years and I whip myself for being so stupid to get rid of them in the first place. But that is youthful arrogance for you. Continue reading

SPELLCRAFT “Yersinia Pestis”

SPELLCRAFT
“Yersinia Pestis”
(Xtreem Music)
For every week that passes by I get to discover new and wonderful bands that I never heard of before. Spanish Spellcraft is one of these. Back in the 90s I had a pretty good overview of the Spanish black metal scene but somehow we came to a split around the Millennium and I lost touch with it. But now it is time to reacquaint me with that scene once again. I’ve already started with a couple of bands and I’ll continue with Spellcraft. Continue reading

TO/DIE/FOR “Samsara”

TO/DIE/FOR
“Samsara”
(Massacre)
Finns TO/DIE/FOR might be a familiar name to most of you guys into goth metal/rock but I have to admit that I can’t remember if I’ve ever come across a record of theirs before this new one. Having had a six year hiatus might have affected the band in more ways than one but since this is my first real encounter with them I have no idea what’s new and what’s not in their sound. Continue reading

AUDIOPORN “Jezebel’s Kiss”

AUDIOPORN
“Jezebel’s Kiss”
(JK Records)
I can understand why people from different bands want to come together to form a new band. In the meeting of like-minded souls a connection can happen that leads to something great. But it is not necessarily so that what works in one unit might work in another. It all depends on the chemistry. I’ve never ever heard of the band Jezebel’s Kiss I’m familiar with Hydrogyn. Which makes it hard to comment on if this sounds like a combination of the two. Continue reading

BIO-CANCER “Ear Piercing Thrash”

BIO-CANCER
“Ear Piercing Thrash”
(-)
Greek thrash metal. Don’t know when the last time was that that I heard a thrash metal band from Greece. Kinda looking forward to it though. Just from looking at the cover I get a second wave of thrash kind of feeling for this album. This is the sound of my youth. It is like being back in the demo days when I eagerly awaited a new tape to drop by Continue reading

HUMBUCKER “R.O.C.K.S.”

HUMBUCKER
“R.O.C.K.S.”
(Music Buy Mail)
I love KISS. Have ever since the 70s. I enjoy their older albums as much today as I did back in the days. Humbucker might not sound like KISS in any way but I still got that same feeling listening to this that I did when I put on KISS’ albums not so long ago. There is a freedom feeling to this, an escape from everyday life that puts a smile on my face. Continue reading

K-ØS “Planeta Violento”

K-ØS
“Planeta Violento”
(Maldito)
Spain is a not my stronghold when it comes to hardrock/metal. I am not totally unfamiliar with the scene but there are still huge blank spots. K- ØS are new to me. As I had no idea what to expect I came into this with an open mind. After having heard it I’m still not sure if they’ve managed to surprise me or not. Continue reading

LEYDEN JARS “Demo”

LEYDEN JARS
“Demo”
(–)
When I first saw this band’s name I thought it was a guy’s name. It took me a while to realize that it was actually a band name. You might have read the interview I did with them a while back. It has taken me some time to get round to reviewing their music but now I’m there. I got a good feeling from the first note. Continue reading

NEURONIA “Insanity Relapse”

NEURONIA
“Insanity Relapse”
(Metal Scrap Records)
I liked Neuronia’s last album. Now they are back with a digital only release. I will not hold my aversion against digital releases against the band. I will judge this purely on the basis of the music. I get at punk feel to Neuronia’s metal that makes me think of the way Volbeat bring Elvis into their hardrock/metal. I like it. Continue reading

NORDHEIM “Lost In The North”

NORDHEIM
“Lost In The North”
(Maple Metal Records)
Folk metal has literally exploded in the last couple of years. Nordheim can best be described as folk metal. I don’t know why but I get a Korpiklani feel to the band. That it is more party than battle over them. More mead flowing than bloodshed. This is the kind of metal that I can stomp my feet to and feel jolly in a none comical way. This is metal that is full of life and that feel invigorating. Continue reading