CELTACHOR “In The Halls Of Our Ancient Fathers”

CELTACHOR
“In The Halls Of Our Ancient Fathers”
(-)
Ireland has a rich history that you as a metal band can draw from. Stories of bravery that fits perfectly to epic metal battles. Bands like Primordial, Cruachan and Mael Mordha all dig deep into the ancestry to dazzle you with tales of yonder. I like it. I have a penchant for the big, heroic stories found in most ancient tales. Continue reading

EXCOMMUNICATED “Skeleton Key”

EXCOMMUNICATED
“Skeleton Key”
(Underworld Records)
Having been familiar with one of bands from which Excommunicated has sprung, Catholicon, I’m kinda expecting a continuation of that crazed death metal sound that band had. Reality is that this is something completely different. The sound is more controlled death metal like the Florida sound. Continue reading

FADING CIRCLES “Cyber Whirlwind”

FADING CIRCLE
“Cyber Whirlwind”
(Nail)
Romania might be a mythical land courtesy of Count Dracula but since the fall of Ceausescu the land has developed to be a part of the European Union. Romania might not be the greatest deliverer of metal but Negura Bunget has at least made an impact on the worldwide metal scene. Fading Circle as a band seem to be all over the canvas, going from sharp metal to soft progressive in one and the same song. Continue reading

FALL AGAINST FATE “If Not For Ourselves”

FALL AGAINST FATE
“If Not For Ourselves”
(-)
I know that metalcore still is the fad of the day but surely isn’t it about time to move on. How much more can you milk this cow? While being resistant to begin with most metalcore bands win me over in the end. Had there not been a Meshuggah I’m pretty sure Fall Against Fate would not have sounded the way they do. Continue reading

MORDBRAND “Necropsychotic”

MORDBRAND
“Necropsychotic”
(Deathgasm Records)
Everywhere you look, every way you turn you bump into another Swedish metal release. It’s like the metal world can’t keep spinning if there isn’t at least one new Swedish metal record released every day. I’m not complaining, never have, never will. I say the more Swedish metal releases the better. Continue reading

SLYTRACT “Existing Unreal”

SLYTRACT
“Existing Unreal”
(NoiseArt Records)
My experience with Hungarian metal is pretty much nil. Whenever I try to think of a metal scene in Hungary I end up with images of second rate Sepultura clones. Which I pretty much know isn’t true. In this day and age it doesn’t matter where you are from when it comes to playing metal. Continue reading