DREAM PATROL ”Phantoms Of The Past”

DREAM PATROL ”Phantoms Of The Past” (Mighty Music) This is an international band with members from the US, Austria, Slovakia and The Czech Republic. They play a sort of melodic hardrock that I don’t listen too that much anymore. But I do like it and I am very happy when an album like this comes my way. What I like about this is that there is an energy to this that gets the heart pumping. The tempo is high and the melodies are the sing along kinds that makes it feel like it is a party every time you listen… Continue reading

EVILON “Leviathan”

EVILON ”Leviathan” (Wormhole Death) This Swedish band look the part but when I listen to this I don’t hear that clear folk metal sound that I thought I would. Instead this is much more of a melodic death metal band. Not that I am complaining. This is still good stuff. I want to say that this is in the vein of early In Flames and even a tad Dark Tranquillity. This is a really strong death metal album with a touch of folk in it. It has quickly become a fave of mine. An album that I will return to… Continue reading

FUA ”Socially Transmitted Disease”

F U A ”Socially Transmitted Disease” (Wormhole Death) Dutch punk with dual vocalists are not something that drops in me daily. I don’t remember that last time it did. But I am sure it has happened. FUA has that classic British punk sound, the Chaos UK cider sound that we all know from the 80s. This is the kinda punk I grew up on and still listen to today. So to hear a band that still does this in 2018 is like a really nice throwback to a time less complicated. This is really song along punk. No complicated rhythms… Continue reading


IMMORTAL GUARDIAN ”Age Of Revolution” (M-Theory Audio) IMMORTAL GUARDIAN as a name gave me hopes of some sort of symphonic black metal but the truth couldn’t be further from the hope. This is instead progressive power metal. Not that I am complaining. Not really. There is a positive vibe to this that I like. It gets me in a happy mood listening to this. As much as I love melancholic metal, as much do I like to feel happy and content. This does that to me. But being progressive it does dip its toes in that pool of melancholy. But… Continue reading


MADDER MORTEM ”Marrow” (Dark Essence Records) I wasn’t there from the beginning. I though that this band was a tad too weird even for me, but then I overcame that barrier and really fell in love with their weirdness. This Norwegian band is like no other band. Or at least they used to be. I am really looking forward to hearing this album and to see if they are as weird as they used to be. It just hit me, and I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before but Norwegian MADDER MORTEM does in parts remind me… Continue reading


ALBERT MARSHALL ”Speakeasy” (Red Cat Records Inst Fringe) As the label name suggests this is an instrumental album. Whenever one of these albums comes my way I often find myself at a loss for words. Simply because I am no musician and most of the times I find myself thinking that this is something I have no clues about whatsoever. I feel that way with this album. This is no entirely instrumental. That way this is kinda like Yngwie’s debut album. But that is also the only comparison between the two guitarists. This feels much more bluesy hardrock than anything… Continue reading


SILVER P ”S/T” (Red Cat Records) I thought that I didn’t remember my 90s as well as I remember my 80s but I was wrong. The more I thought about it the more I realized that I do remember a lot of the 90s bands. But they are more death, thrash and black than anything else. So the kind of metal that SILVER P play is something that I don’t remember too well from the 90s. But I do like what I hear on this album. There is a groove and a melodic sensibility that gets me going. I don’t… Continue reading


VESSEL OF LIGHT ”Woodshed” (Argonauta Records) Ever since that very first Black Sabbath album heavy metal has been a thing. And I mean heavy in slow and doomy metal. I cannot what it would have been like to hear that debut album back in 1970 because it must have been so totally opposite of everything else being released that year. Nowadays it is common stuff. And doom metal that evolved to be so much more and yet so many bands still keep returning to that very first Black Sabbath album. As I listen to VESSEL OF LIGHT’s new album I… Continue reading


WHERE’S MY BIBLE ”M’N’R” (Spinefarm) I went to a local gig a couple of weeks back, a sort of mini festival because it was locally and because Darkane was the main attraction. The bill had a couple of metalcore acts. As I stood there listening to it I thought to myself that I am too old for this because I understood nothing at all what the music was about. To me it was just a wall of noise. But then I listen to stuff like Finns WHERE’S MY BIBLE and all of a sudden metalcore makes sense. This has a… Continue reading

24/7 DIVA HEAVEN ”Superslide”

24/7 DIVA HEAVEN ”Superslide” () In a perfect world we would not need stuff like #metoo or riotgrrrlll. Gender equality should be every day stuff and not something we ever thought about. But as the world doesn’t look like that there are those that needs to be constantly reminded about it. 24 7 DIVA HEAVEN play a brand of music that brings to mind Babes In Toyland, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and those kind of bands. This is punk rock with a twist. Stuff that is a bit dissonant and off beat but still rocks like there is no tomorrow. This… Continue reading