“Feeding The Jinx”
(Violent Journey)
It might come as a surprise to some but I like boogie, especially southern boogie played by bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special or Molly Hatchet. So when a Finnish band with the word boogie in their name appears in my mail box I expect the best from it. Perhaps we don’t have the same idea what boogie is all about because this made me think of a Impaled Nazarene drunk on Motorhead playing punk. There is a raw and basic feel to the music that is as far away from southern boogie as you can come. This makes me think of bands like Gang Green, Wehrmacht and the likes that ruled the drunken thrash scene back in the 80s. Don’t know if I’ve ever found this kind of metal fun? I’ve never been a fan of humour in music. In small doses this rocks my world. Anders Ekdahl

GRÁ “Necrology Of The Witch”

“Necrology Of The Witch”
Grá was being hailed as the great saviour of black metal when they released their previous album. Oh I see, you’ve heard it before. I guess it all comes down to what you expect from a band. I will admit though that the album I reviewed a while back wasn’t too shabby a piece of black metal. Hopefully this new record will continue down that path. I have no idea if this is the record that will save black metal but I like what I hear. I get the feeling that this band is painting with the broad brush. Instead of limiting themselves to just one small canvas GRÁ paints with broad strokes making this a versatile black metal record. But seeing as I like both Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist endeavours into territories that aren’t that well trodden I have no problem liking the off the beaten path black metal that GRÁ presents. Anders Ekdahl


“Back To The Zone”
Don’t know who Hayley is and what her royal whores are up to but I sure am looking forward to hearing this, for no other reasons than to check it out once. I have no expectation whatsoever on this one. It could end up being everything from album of the year to a total waste of space. Only time will tell. Having heard it I find it hard that this will end up on my year’s best list. I get a (strange) 80s new wave feel when I listen to this. Like a metal version of Spandau Ballet or Duran Duran. I also get a Cedar Street Slut-feel that this isn’t really for real but a very elaborate joke. But most of all I can’t let go of the feeling that this is a new wave version of metal. But in all my hesitation I find myself nodding my head in agreement. There is a charm to this that is hard to resist. Anders Ekdahl

I LIED “World Insane”

“World Insane”
(Violent Journey)
I’m not much for lying. My motto is that it is better to tell than being told upon. Hopefully this band hasn’t lied about their music so that I will be blown away by a massive metal album. But as long as the band is true to its ideal who am I to complain? This is a full on thrash blast. No need lying about that. There is something very liberating about being blown away by a thrash attack not heard of in a very long time. I LIED brings to mind what it feels like to be in front of the speakers when they are turned up to 11. This is like a Demonic-Testament in full anger mode. So much harsher and so much more lethal but still with a The Haunted sensibility. Throw in some At The Gates too and you get a pretty good idea of where to find this on the metal scale. Anders Ekdahl

MASCOT PARADE “Cause And Effect”

“Cause And Effect”
The things I’ve seen written about this Swedish band has them raised to the sky. I wonder if I’ll feel the same when I’ve heard this album. I really need to be whizzed off to a marvelous place after the bloody long winter we’ve had this season. To be honest I had kinda expected this to be more of a light v/s dark album, more of a soft and hard album but this turned out much more metal than I had expected. Sure I can imagine parts of it being Tool-like but I had my heart set on more of an Opeth kind of record, more of a progressive hardrock/metal record. And while there are the nuances of soft turning hard this made me think of a more metal version of Cult Of Luna. But I can see the greatness of this. Slowly but surely the band draws me into their universe with no intention of letting me out again. Anders Ekdahl

NOX ILLUNIS “Metempsychosis”

( WAR Productions)
I’m at a loss when it comes to Latin. Which is why I have no idea what this band’s name mean. Not that it really matters. All I really care about is if the music is any good. There used to be a Swedish band by the name of Satan’s Penguins that had the most terrible name but whose music wasn’t too bad. One of my greatest Italian black metal experiences was when I came upon a band by the name of Handful Of Hate back in the 90s. I was mightily impressed buy them, so much that I’ve based all my Italian black metal references since then on their music. NOX ILLUNIS are black metal in the school of bands like Lord Belial, Marduk and Dark Funeral. The more for the throat kind of black metal. I wouldn’t say that I like this style better but there is a charm to being attacked sonically by this kind of black metal that is hard to resist. Anders Ekdahl

RAWAGE “Triumph Of Sin”

“Triumph Of Sin”
(Violent Journey)
This gotta be good with a name like RAWAGE. A combination of raw and ravage can’t fail, can it? Other than the band name I know very little about this band. But I’m sure as hell is going to find out as much as I can about them starting with their record. I can’t help being impressed by how many bands there are in Finland. I thought I knew of all but I’ve been proven so wrong time after time that I’ll stop thinking I have any clue whatsoever. RAWAGE could play thrash and nothing else with a name like that. This is thrash in the harsher, harder school. The Devastation/Sadus kind of thrash turned up to 11. The for the throat kind of thrash that is as far away from Testament and Anthrax that you can come. This is thrash for those that like the early sound of a band like Kreator. Anders Ekdahl


“By Your Side”
(Street Symphonies)
I really like hardrock. Grew up on it and can’t seem to let g of it. Have a weak spot for the most sugary of hardrock melodies you could ever imagine. Don’t know if that comes from growing up in the land of ABBA. Seeing as this is my first encounter with the band this record is the perfect start as it contains 3 remixed songs, 3 new songs and a KISS cover. This way I get to know of where the band comes from and where they are going all at once. This is up tempo hardrock with a “happy” feel to it. I like music that is sad but I also like music that outs a smile on my face. You can’t go around feeling grumpy all day. SANGE MAIN MACHINE puts a smile on my face. Anders Ekdahl

SAVIOR FROM ANGER “Age Of Decadence”

“Age Of Decacdence”
You can argue that we live in the age of decadence with all the wealth we dispense of while other parts of the world suffer to just survive. You could argue that we are our own downfall. But what a journey it is towards true devastation of planet earth (or is it?). This blew me away. It started with a raw guitar sound making me thing that this was going to be really old school but it turned out to be way more melodic than I ever could have imagined. This is some really cool thrash metal. Unfortunately I have no idea what this band has been up to before as I only got sent the tracks and no additional info. But this is so good that I can be without any additional info. The music alone is enough. Anders Ekdahl

SAWHILL SACRIFICE “Deus Humana Satanas”

“Deus Humana Satanas”
(Violent Journey)
I like horror movies. When I recently sorted out my DVD collection I noticed that I was more of a horror movie buff than I thought. Don’t know what it is about horror movies that interest me but a really good scare is never wrong. This is horrifying in a whole different league. This is the darkness that you want to avoid at all cost if you want to save your soul. SAWHILL SACRIFICE is black metal in a very raw and basic way. It kinda reminds me of hearing Blasphemy for the very first time. Or perhaps Beherit. This is the kind of black metal that only has one objective; to destroy your soul and bring you down into hell. Anders Ekdahl