BRAND NEW SIN “United State”

BRAND NEW SIN
“United State”
(Goomba)
Brand New Sin as a band name doesn’t say too much about the music they play. They could be death metal, thrash metal or even black metal. The truth is something totally different. This has more in common with Corrosion of Conformity’s southern tinged hardrock/metal. Continue reading

SHY “S/T”

SHY
“Shy”
(Escape)
I’m old enough to remember Shy’s debut album “Once Bitten… Twice Shy”. Not that I remember too much of it but I still have memories of it. That was in the early 80s. Now it is 2011. Is Shy still relevant even to an modern hardrock audience? Continue reading

SINCERA “Cursed And Proud”

SINCERA
“Cursed And Proud”
(Abyss)
I think I remember Fester. I know I bought that first Fester album simply because it was released on No Fashion Records, along with Marduk’s first album. Sincera is as far as I understand some sort of continuation of Fester. I had kind of expected a more retro oriented album but this turned out to be quite contemporary in its dark/black metal approach. Continue reading

SINGLE BULLET THEORY “IV”

SINGLE BULLET THEORY
“IV”
(Goomba)
There is a certain charm to the band name Single Bullet Theory. It is a statement of intent if any. I kind of expected Single Bullet Theory to be along the lines of Machine Head’s debut album but this turned out to be something totally different, yet equally good. Continue reading

Fornost Arnor – “The Death Of A Rose”

Fornost Arnor
“The Death Of A Rose”
(Witch-King Records)

Not quite as insane as The Dillinger Escape Plan but still well off the wall comes England’s Fornost Arnor who aren’t named after some quaint little village covered in roses, but a city from Tolkien’s Middle Earth! Thankfully they don’t sing about Orcs either but seem to have drawn inspiration from the likes of Opeth in producing epic musical experiences – in this case fusing blackish riffs a la Emperor and Mouth Of Sauron vocals coupled with prog melodies, acoustics, soft passages and even femme vocals. It’s quite an achievement and largely pulled off by founder Greg Chivers’s potent song writing and excellent arrangements in using each musical style (technically delivered excellently by the rest of the band I might add) on majestic songs like ‘Lady Heresy’, ‘Path Marked Unknown’ and ‘Aspire For The Darkest Hour’. As you are swept on this captivating journey by the 8 tracks on “The Death Of A Rose” you’ll visualize rolling green fields, spell bounding lakes and haunting fiery mountains – on second thoughts, mebbe Fornost Arnor have indeed taken you to Middle Earth!