Human Temple – “Halfway to Heartache”

Human Temple – “Halfway to Heartache” (Escape Music)

Be still my beating heart! Finland’s premier melodic hard rockers Human Temple are back with a brand new release that will have you rockin and crying your l’il souls out on this excellent release. Passion is the name of game here and it’s lacquered on syrup thick on rock anthems like ‘I Will Follow’ driven my its dual melodic guitars to power ballads like ‘Like A Beat Of A Heart’ to an amazing rock / new wave / goth cover of Fleetwood Mac’s own AOR classic ‘Little Lies’! The foundation of the Temple was laid way back in the late eighties, when vocalist Janne Hurme and drummer Petri Lehto were influenced by the likes of Whitesnake, Dokken and later Danger Danger. But to be frank I’d say these were more inspirations as Human Temple have a hard edge without wimping out whilst keeping that heavy melody – that’s respect in my book even from the most die hard metalhead. Indeed, my body might be an (ancient) temple – but Janne Hurme owns its heart this day! Continue reading

Funeral Whore – “Step into Damnation”

Funeral Whore – “Step into Damnation” (Chaos Records)

F–k me, it’s nice to see the Dutch are still hardcore headbangers! Funeral Whore are aptly named (actually the chick in the foto is the guitarist, not one of your ‘friends’ in Amsterdam LOL – Ed). Harking back to the death metal days of Grave, songs like ‘El Salvador Death Squad’, ‘The Bitch Died’ and ‘Camp Blood’ leave nothing to the imagination: bestial, guttural vocals combined with grim, whirring guitars and a pummeling rhythm show no mercy as they trample you underfoot amidst an orgy of old school brutality. Sensibly snapped up by Mexico’s equally rabid label – Chaos Records – “Step into Damnation” is in every sense an international meeting of the mindless that doesn’t disappoint but is hardcore all the way… Continue reading

Run From Robots – “Rust”

Run From Robots – “Rust” (Glasstone Records)

Brizzel’s RFR take me right back to the halcyon dayz of punk pop in the 90s when bands like Blink 182, Green Day and The Offspring were introducing the world to a strange combination of quirky vocals defined by contrasting raw energetic guitars that also had a catchy mellow groove that appealed to a billion teenagers the world over. Well, that appeal hasn’t gone away and similarly caught the hearts and minds of 4 school friends who formed the enigmatically named Run From Robots. Although the 90s formula remains untouched on songs like ‘Red Lights Ruin Lights’, ‘On Top Of The Game’ and ‘Wolf Spider’, it’s more than a rehash given the strength of the material and musicianship. Moreover, there is a genuine youthful passion and innocence that comes across on this debut which money can’t buy let alone successfully reproduce. Continue reading

CRUSHER “Endless Torment”

CRUSHER
“Endless Torment”
(Metal Scrap Records)
Crusher seem to be an old school thrash metal band like the one we found in the 80s/90s. A band that likes to smoke pot and skate till death. A perfect crossover band in other words. Like a Suicidal Tendencies for the 10s. Or for those of you younger a Municipal Waste. When you do a cover of a slayer song and it isn’t “Angel Of Death” you get my two thumps up. Continue reading

FATAL ERROR “Conglomerate”

FATAL ERROR
“Conglomerate”
Metal Scrap Records)
OK, so the intro sucked but once the music started we were thrown into a really heavy metalcore assault. Or is it a Meshuggah insanity we are experiences. This is so heavy that I at first thought that something must have broken in my CD-player or that something might break from the sheer heaviness of the opening track. Continue reading

SO MUCH FOR NOTHING “Livsgnist”

SO MUCH FOR NOTHING
“Livsgnist”
(MyKingdom)
It seems that by just being Norwegian or Swedish gives you an edge over other bands when it comes to attract interest from labels. Norwegian So Much For Nothing might not have the most sexy band name but if you look beyond that you’ll find a band that has something interesting to tell you. Continue reading

UNITED MIND CLUB “World Blood History”

UNITED MIND CLUB
“World Blood History”
(Metal Scrap Records)
There used to be a time when I thought that Megadeth was the greatest band ever. I listened to the first three albums over and over and never got tired of them. Then we all got older and I wandered elsewhere and Megadeth went their way. Still to this day I value those Megadeth albums high. Without them I wouldn’t be the man I am today. Continue reading

VOICE OF MIDNIGHT “Bifrost”

VOICE OF MIDNIGHT
“Bifrost”
(Metal Scrap Records)
I had for a long time problems getting to grips with the band name Voice Of Midnight. It sounded so anonymous and bland but I’ve grown accustomed to it by now. “Bifrost” is all sung in Russian which makes it hard to decipher what it is that they are singing about. So to me the voice(s) are just another instrument. Continue reading

VORE “Gravehammer”

VORE
“Gravehammer”
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Vore as a band name is familiar to me that I want to think that I’ve heard their music prior to receiving this album and looking through my collection I found their “Lord Of Storms” album from 2001. Ten years later I rekindle my friendship with the band on their fourth album “Gravehammer”. Continue reading