NECROVATION ” Necrovation”

Swedeath has come to mean something to a world of extreme metal fans. Every week you get a new release by a Swedish death metal band, or at least by a band influenced by the sound. Necrovation are not new to me. I managed to pick up their first album when it was released. I liked what I heard on that one so it was with great expectation that I approached this new one. I gotta say that this one did not disappoint me. This is swedeath when it is simply just great. This is the stuff that nightmares are created from. There is a darkness to this that will scare the living daylight out of those not ready for it. Try imaging a cross between Nihilist and Incantation coming at you in a dark alley and you’ll get an idea of what to expect. This is simply da stuff. Anders Ekdahl

THE ORDER “1986”

Back in 1986 I was totally immersed in the extreme metal scene and I had gotten rid of all my hardrock/heavy metal albums (well most of them anyway). In 2012 I have bought back most of those albums over the years and I whip myself for being so stupid to get rid of them in the first place. But that is youthful arrogance for you. Hardrocking Swiss The Order are on their fourth album. I can’t remember having heard them before; I might have seen their name around but not given them the time of the day. Until now that is. I gotta admit that I like this album. It’s not in any way original but then what is. To my ears this does not sound like 1986. This is as fresh today as it would have been back in the 80s. Anders Ekdahl

SPELLCRAFT “Yersinia Pestis”

“Yersinia Pestis”
(Xtreem Music)
For every week that passes by I get to discover new and wonderful bands that I never heard of before. Spanish Spellcraft is one of these. Back in the 90s I had a pretty good overview of the Spanish black metal scene but somehow we came to a split around the Millennium and I lost touch with it. But now it is time to reacquaint me with that scene once again. I’ve already started with a couple of bands and I’ll continue with Spellcraft. This is black metal in the Dark Funeral/Marduk school of full on blast, beat them to a pulp school. I can fully appreciate this kind of black metal. There used to be a time when I almost couldn’t stand mid to slow tempo metal and all had to be speed for me to appreciate it. I’ve changed over the years but I still have a special spot in my metal heart for a metal that stops at nothing. This got my heart beating and my pulse racing. Anders Ekdahl

TO/DIE/FOR “Samsara”

Finns TO/DIE/FOR might be a familiar name to most of you guys into goth metal/rock but I have to admit that I can’t remember if I’ve ever come across a record of theirs before this new one. Having had a six year hiatus might have affected the band in more ways than one but since this is my first real encounter with them I have no idea what’s new and what’s not in their sound. All I can do is succumb to the fact that this is good stuff. I don’t know why I haven’t bothered to check them out before. There is a melancholy to their heaviness that strikes the right kind of chords in me. I like music that isn’t to cheerful and happy. If you feel that HIM are to poppy and happy-go-lucky then this could very well be your kind of band. I know it is mine. Anders Ekdahl

AUDIOPORN “Jezebel’s Kiss”

“Jezebel’s Kiss”
(JK Records)
I can understand why people from different bands want to come together to form a new band. In the meeting of like-minded souls a connection can happen that leads to something great. But it is not necessarily so that what works in one unit might work in another. It all depends on the chemistry. I’ve never ever heard of the band Jezebel’s Kiss I’m familiar with Hydrogyn. Which makes it hard to comment on if this sounds like a combination of the two. What I do know is that this is hardrock in the more traditional way. Big melodies, guitars that are larger than the Chinese wall and a singer that has that bluesy feel to his voice. I don’t get to hear too much of this stuff anymore and I do not actively seek it out either but when it do come my way I often enjoy it. And so is the case with this one. I enjoy it. Anders Ekdahl

BIO-CANCER “Ear Piercing Thrash”

“Ear Piercing Thrash”
Greek thrash metal. Don’t know when the last time was that that I heard a thrash metal band from Greece. Kinda looking forward to it though. Just from looking at the cover I get a second wave of thrash kind of feeling for this album. This is the sound of my youth. It is like being back in the demo days when I eagerly awaited a new tape to drop by. I like this kind of thrash that is borderline. You never really know where you have it. If you like the Brazilian bands of the 80s then this will be for you. There is that primitiveness to it that those bands had. A youthful exuberance that nobody can take away from them. Cool stuff indeed. Anders Ekdahl


(Music Buy Mail)
I love KISS. Have ever since the 70s. I enjoy their older albums as much today as I did back in the days. Humbucker might not sound like KISS in any way but I still got that same feeling listening to this that I did when I put on KISS’ albums not so long ago. There is a freedom feeling to this, an escape from everyday life that puts a smile on my face. This is hardrock with a blues background that should appeal to everybody from die hard Bad Company fans to those who liked grunge but without the attitude. This brings me back to those old Krokus albums that I still listen to today. The nostalgia aside this isn’t too shabby a record of good old hardrock. Anders Ekdahl

K-ØS “Planeta Violento”

“Planeta Violento”
Spain is a not my stronghold when it comes to hardrock/metal. I am not totally unfamiliar with the scene but there are still huge blank spots. K- ØS are new to me. As I had no idea what to expect I came into this with an open mind. After having heard it I’m still not sure if they’ve managed to surprise me or not. This is metal, heavy and with an anthem kinda feel to it but then there is the vocals. They are of the harsher kind without going full on death. Which messes it up for me in my head. I like the music. It is cool heavy metal but then there’s the voice. Does it fit or not? I think I’ll settle for the former. It does fit, it just takes some warming up to. This is for those of you who like your heavy metal on the harsher side. Anders Ekdahl


When I first saw this band’s name I thought it was a guy’s name. It took me a while to realize that it was actually a band name. You might have read the interview I did with them a while back. It has taken me some time to get round to reviewing their music but now I’m there. I got a good feeling from the first note. This is the kind of American hardrock that I like in the right settings. The stuff that is called alternative and that is as much Americana as it is hardrock. The stuff you are more likely to hear on college radio than on mainstream. This is the kind of music that could be the soundtrack to my journey across USA in an open car. This is music to my romantic journey through the south of the US. Anders Ekdahl

NEURONIA “Insanity Relapse”

“Insanity Relapse”
(Metal Scrap Records)
I liked Neuronia’s last album. Now they are back with a digital only release. I will not hold my aversion against digital releases against the band. I will judge this purely on the basis of the music. I get at punk feel to Neuronia’s metal that makes me think of the way Volbeat bring Elvis into their hardrock/metal. I like it. It adds to the feeling of this being more than just another metal record. It makes me sit up and take notice. But there is also an annoying side to this. I can’t for the life of me recall what band it is that Neuronia reminds me of. I have it on the tip of my tongue but I can’t get it out. Oh well, while I figure it out I’ll continue to enjoy this record to its fullest. Anders Ekdahl