When Giants Collide – “No One Is Safe”

When Giants Collide – “No One Is Safe” EP (www.facebook/whengiantscollide)

Fookin ‘ell, it’s nice to know there’s something more upbeat than Plusnet in Yorkshire LOL! With a big sounding name, I’m sure glad they sound big too – straight outta the Pantera “Vulgar Display Of Power” schoolbook in fact, not withstanding Scott’s vocals, which are more reminiscent of Fear Factory’s Burton C Bell. In any case not a bad combination with those heaps of chugging Dimebag (RIP) riffs, Vinnie Paul precision double bass drumming and all in a cool aggro core groove on songs like ‘Defcon’, ‘Wasteland’ and the epicly titled ‘Balboa’ – and man, they fuckin hit like him too!

INFERION

I actually care a great deal about the geographic origin of a band. There is a greater satisfaction to finding a deathrash band from the deepest of South America than there is to finding a black metal band from the US. Nonetheless Inferion offered an challenge I couldn’t resist so I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading

PHAVIAN

There is progressive and then there is progressive. While one being overly Dream Theatre-esque the other is more organic and in some ways listener friendly. LA’s PHAVIAN are of the latter variant. Patrick Hassani answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading

PUSSY

PUSSY are in no way a new band. They are actually pretty much as old as I am, if not older. That apart I had not even heard of them until I came upon them on MySpace. With a name like PUSSY I knew I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading

TAIPAN

There was a familiarity to the name TAIPAN when I saw it on-line. It was only after I had done this interview that I remembered them from back in the 1980s. for some unknown reason I never ever checked them out back then but that has been sorted now with this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2012 Continue reading

FUNERAL IN HEAVEN/PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE “Astral Mantras of Dyslexia”

FUNERAL IN HEAVEN/PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE
“Astral Mantras of Dyslexia”
(Dunkelheit Producktionen)
Oh no, not another split album! I guess I have no other choice but to tackle this one too. Funeral In Heaven and Plecto Aliquem Capite are new to me. I can’t even remember having read about them on-line. I don’t even think I’ve heard any metal from Sri Lanka before. Which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Continue reading

TODAY FOREVER “Relationshipwrecks”

TODAY FOREVER
“Relationshipwrecks”
(Bastardizer)
Oh no, not another metalcore album. What is it with all these metalcore acts? Why can’t they just leave the hype behind and just concentrate on the music. Today Forever aren’t that bad. They do have all the characteristics of metalcore but it isn’t that hard to listen to once you get past the fact that it is metalcore. Continue reading

THUNDERKRAFT “Totentanz”

THUNDERKRAFT
“Totentanz”
(Svarga)
I guess it gets harder and harder to be original with every new band that arrives on the scene. You only got so many chords to choose from that they’re bound to be repeated sometimes by somebody. So you need to find your own niche in the field of metal to even have a chance to stand out. Thunderkraft seem to have found their own path on this wet and slippery road that we call metal. Continue reading

ULVERHEIM “När Dimman Lättar”

ULVERHEIM
“När Dimman Lättar”
(Soulseller)
Swedish black metal is something to worship by. Has been since that very first Bathory album back in the days. I don’t know if it is just me but whenever I see an album title in Swedish I kinda get a feeling that this will be another ode to the nature and its many different souls. Not that I mind. I like the “folkish” elements of bands like Arckanum or Finntroll (although they are Finns). Continue reading