COLD INSIGHT ” Further Nowhere””

” Further Nowhere””

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When the whole blackgaze thingamajig happened I totally embraced it. But as with almost everything else it seemed to have slipped away back into the murky back room it came from. But lately I have been rediscovering a lot of bands that could easily fit into that category. And I am like a child in a candy shop. COLD INSIGHT have that dreamy ambience to the music that fascinated me the first time around discovering blackgaze. And since I have a fondness for anything dark and melancholic this is like coming home for me. You get a whole array of influences blended together to make for one tasty cocktail. So if you like stuff like Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Tiamat, Alcest and a whole host of similar bands you will most probably like this too, like I do. Anders Ekdahl

DESULTORY ”Through Aching Aeons”

”Through Aching Aeons”

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This is DESULTORY’s last album ever. A finer swansong you’ll have a hard time to find. I did miss out on their fourth album but I was there for the demos and the first 12” EP. So it is with both sadness and pride that I say goodbye to them with this album. But it doesn’t get any better than this. This is some of the harshest stuff you’ll ever hear from DESULTORY. This is death metal with no barrels held, This is really going out with one fucking massive bang. Which makes me sad realizing that this is the last we will hear from them. But if you’re gonna go you’re gonna go with the flag held high. And that is one thing that is certain. This is a monument, a testament to the strength of the Swedish death metal scene, past, present and future. It doesn’t get much better than this. Anders Ekdahl

DETHRONE THE SOVEREIGN “Harbringers Of Pestilence”

“Harbingers of Pestilence”

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I am not a big fan of metalcore or any other form of plus core but I am no worse than I can change if I am convinced that it is any good. And since I have already interviewed DETHRONE THE SOVEREIGN I a have kinda given them my stamp of approval. So this review is basically just a confirmation of me liking the band’s music. I will not say that if you like Meshuggah this is for you but you might be interested in this. At times my mind slips into that Dillinger Escape Plan mode too but that is because this is both extreme as well as technical. So if you like your music a brainercise you really should check this one out. If you are easily inclined for migraine you should stay the hell away, unless you want your brain to explode. Anders Ekdahl


(Great Dane Records)

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I have an on/off relationship with DEUS OTIOSUS. From time to time I do come upon a new album by them and then they slip into relative obscurity, Why I don’t know because this Danish band is one of the better I’ve heard. They have a sound that is harsh and go for the throat. I always think of them as a death metal band but I would really like to call them deathrash because that description fits them like gloves. This new album has a really matching title. “Opposer” really sets the tone for the album. From the first note you know that this is gonna be one hell of an angry album, and not angry like Pantera or something equally “bajsnödigt” but angry as in a band pissed off royally. You are sweaty and tired like you’ve gone 16 rounds with the band once the album is over. And that to me is a good sign. Anders Ekdahl

DIAMOND HEAD ”Death And Progress” ”Evil Live”

”Death And Progress”
”Evil Live”

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In the 80s I had heard of DIAMOND HEAD and their magic debut album. I wasn’t too impressed with what I had heard about them but then I found that album in a bargain bin and I bought it (my father paid for it) and brought it home. Still not too impressed I put it away. Then came Metallica proclaiming their love for DIAMOND HEAD and doing a cover of “Am I Evil”. But not even that convinced me that this was great. So I never really bothered to keep checking them out. Which is why I missed out on their fourth album “Death And Porgress”. Listening to it today makes me realize that even though it is a great album I would probably not have bothered with it back in 94 when I was deep in my death and thrash phase. But then who knows. This is progressive enough to have been of interest to me even back then. it is when I listen to DIAMOND HEAD’s back catalogue that I realize how underappreciated they really are. Metallica sure did their thing to rekindle an interest but DIAMOND HEAD should have elevated beyond cult status a long time ago. As I am not a big live album fan “Evil Live” passes by more as a parenthesis, an album you gotta have to make your collection complete. But nobody can ever question the role DIAMOND HEAD have in the play we call heavy metal. But they should not be reduced to just a cult act, they should be revered as a great band no matter what. Anders Ekdahl

ONSLAUGHT ”In Search Of Sanity”

”In Search Of Sanity”

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After having released two all out thrash metal albums British ONSLAUGHT were on that difficult third album. Out went the old vocalist and in came Steve Grimmett of Grim Reaper fame. When this album was originally released back in 1989 I wasn’t too impressed with it. Both “Power From Hell” and especially “The Force” had had such massive impact on me that I thought they’d have a hard time to top it. And I was right back then. “In Search Of Sanity” was a much more commercial thrash metal album to my 19 years old ears. But listening to this today makes me realize that this isn’t bad at all. Sure, it does remind me too much of Anthrax but the songs, oh boy they really rip. This is classic thrash the way I grew up with. There are times when you wonder why some albums are being rereleased but this is one that really deserves to be heard and remembered for what it is, a bloody good album. Anders Ekdahl

VONNEGUT ”Incanceration”

i am not much for reading books anymore yet when I saw this band’s name I knew in the back of my head that the name was familiar. Kurt Vonnegut was an American author and artist. Don’t know why the hell I have his name in my head butt that’s the way it is, VONNEGUT the band is a Russian death metal duo from a place that I mostly connect with ice hockey, Chelyabinsk. I don’t know if we really can speak of a Russian death metal sound. This to me is old school in a US kinda way. The whole blast beat, chugga chugga guitar kinda way death metal used to be played in the 90s. But I gotta say that this worked for me. There is a charm to it that makes me just sit and listen fully concentrated. Two thumbs up. Anders Ekdahl