MY BLACK LIGHT “Human Maze”

MY BLACK LIGHT
“Human Maze”
(Massacre)
For the longest of times I thought that Lacuna Coil were too light for my taste but then I started to listen to them intensely and I soon realised that there might be more to them that I actually like than things I don’t like. My Black Light are also Italians and any comparison with Lacuna Coil might be superfluous but Lacuna Coil was the first band that I came to think of when I first read about My Black Light. Continue reading

ARVEN “Music Of Light”

ARVEN
“Music Of Light”
(Massacre)
Have you ever wondered what Enya’s music would sound like had she fronted a metal band. Then give Arven a listen. OK that might not be the whole truth but this brings put feelings that I haven’t felt in a long time. Goth metal as a sub-genre is not homogenous. Within it you’ll find different branches that go in all directions. Arven might not even be goth metal even if they flirt with it. Continue reading

BLASPHEMIST “Shadowtorned World”

BLASPHEMIST
“Shadowtorned World”
(Noisehead Records)
I have no concept of time passed. Yesterday seem just as far away as last week, last month or last year. So when I hear that this or that was a big hit two years ago it still feels like it happened last week to me. So whenever I hear a new melodeath band that isn’t Swedish it feels new and fresh to me and not like last year’s socks. Continue reading

CAGE “Supremacy Of Steel”

CAGE
“Supremacy Of Steel”
(MusicBuyMail)
Forget that everybody keep mentioning Judas Priest in every breath when they speak about Cage. This is heavy metal done the heavy metal way. It doesn’t even sound like Judas Priest. It doesn’t even sound European for that matter. This is metal the way the Americans do it the best. Strong melodies and a tempo to kill for. Try keeping up headbanging to this and you’ll end up at the emergency room with serious neck injuries. Continue reading

CORONATUS “Terra Incognita”

CORONATUS
“Terra Incognita”
(Massacre)
If my memory serves me right there’s is more of a thrash metal feel to this album than on previous albums. I like it. It gives an added edge to the whole thing. Other than that everything else is business as usual. Coronatus have two female vocalists and no one is a growler. I like that too. It gives another edge to the music where you can do dual vocals in different range and still keep it melodic. I wouldn’t label Coronatus as goth metal. Continue reading

HATESKOR “Paint My Fear”

HATESKOR
“Paint My Fear”
(Noisehead Records)
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn out so very wrong. Take the old British band Trojan who thought they’d do a Motorhead and add dots to their O making it Tröjan, which in Swedish means sweater. That’s not a cool band name. Hateskor probably think that they’ve come up with a cool spelling of hatescore but hateskor read in Swedish can mean the shoes I hate/dislike. Again not a very cool band name Continue reading

ROUGH ANGEL “Hear The Angels Rock”

ROUGH ANGEL
“Hear The Angels Rock”
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I wouldn’t bet my life on it but I seem to remember Rough Angel from way back in time and that I didn’t find them too interesting then. Has that changed with age? Have I come full circle and now find their heavy metal to be enjoyable? All these questions and more will be answered very soon. I’m not going to admit that it is because of high age that I like this (well sorta like it). It wasn’t as bad as I thought it to be. Continue reading

Wasted Sinners – “Unleashed And Dangerous”

Wasted Sinners
“Unleashed And Dangerous” MCD
(www.wastedsinners.com)

LOL – with names like Dude Rock and Pete Sin, be prepared for some serious kick ass rock n roll – although tempered by remaining members Gary Dainty and Roxx Hydi! And that’s pretty much the essence of London’s WS, GnR fire mixed in with the cool groove of Buckcherry on songs like ‘Fakeness’, ‘Drugs And Angels’, and ‘I Want More’. It’s not too threatening but not exactly wimpy either so I can see a wide appeal for these guys, especially if they have a good live act to match, cos their musicianship is certainly up there and they’ve got bunches of energy! Continue reading

Dragonland – “Under The Grey Banner”

Dragonland
“Under The Grey Banner”
(AFM Records)

Wow, I’m feeling anything but grey after listening to this stupendous album! Closing off the year in style comes this fine, fine symphonic metal band from Sweden who also seem inspired by the neo classic sounds of Hans Zimmer and Lord Of The Rings – wow, I mean WOW! Needless to say songs like ‘Dunir’s Forge’ and the awesome ‘Fire And Brimstone” reflect both the passion and classic nature of these themes with a musicianship that’s second to none. Elsewhere, like on ‘Throne Of Bones’, the band almost opt for a Falconer style folk spoken word, while the delicate ‘Ivory Shores’ could’ve only been conceived by the Elves themselves. Much more than just a musical release, this astonishing 5th release by Dragonland could almost be a concept album – hardly a surprise when you consider that their first 2 self produced albums were based on The Dragonland Chronicles – and is certainly worthy in stature to anything conceived by Howard Shore for LOTR. Continue reading

Sworn Amongst – “Evolution”

Sworn Amongst
“Evolution” EP
(Rising Records)

Metalli neo thrashers may not be the most suave metallers out there, but these Yorkies know their stuff in keeping to the basics of solid, crunching riffs, chugging rhythm and gruff vocals. This EP is mixture of new tracks like ‘The Rules Of Engagement”, which incidentally features Annihilator’s riff meister general Jeff Waters, as well as older material like ‘Severance’ and a re recorded version of ‘Darkness’. “Evolution” is also a limited edition release, with the first one-hundred orders receiving signed copies with a free exclusive poster. All in all a nice little appetizer from the steadily growing English band. Continue reading