MY BLACK LIGHT “Human Maze”

MY BLACK LIGHT
“Human Maze”
(Massacre)
For the longest of times I thought that Lacuna Coil were too light for my taste but then I started to listen to them intensely and I soon realised that there might be more to them that I actually like than things I don’t like. My Black Light are also Italians and any comparison with Lacuna Coil might be superfluous but Lacuna Coil was the first band that I came to think of when I first read about My Black Light. Continue reading

ARVEN “Music Of Light”

ARVEN
“Music Of Light”
(Massacre)
Have you ever wondered what Enya’s music would sound like had she fronted a metal band. Then give Arven a listen. OK that might not be the whole truth but this brings put feelings that I haven’t felt in a long time. Goth metal as a sub-genre is not homogenous. Within it you’ll find different branches that go in all directions. Arven might not even be goth metal even if they flirt with it. Continue reading

BLASPHEMIST “Shadowtorned World”

BLASPHEMIST
“Shadowtorned World”
(Noisehead Records)
I have no concept of time passed. Yesterday seem just as far away as last week, last month or last year. So when I hear that this or that was a big hit two years ago it still feels like it happened last week to me. So whenever I hear a new melodeath band that isn’t Swedish it feels new and fresh to me and not like last year’s socks. Continue reading

CAGE “Supremacy Of Steel”

CAGE
“Supremacy Of Steel”
(MusicBuyMail)
Forget that everybody keep mentioning Judas Priest in every breath when they speak about Cage. This is heavy metal done the heavy metal way. It doesn’t even sound like Judas Priest. It doesn’t even sound European for that matter. This is metal the way the Americans do it the best. Strong melodies and a tempo to kill for. Try keeping up headbanging to this and you’ll end up at the emergency room with serious neck injuries. Continue reading

CORONATUS “Terra Incognita”

CORONATUS
“Terra Incognita”
(Massacre)
If my memory serves me right there’s is more of a thrash metal feel to this album than on previous albums. I like it. It gives an added edge to the whole thing. Other than that everything else is business as usual. Coronatus have two female vocalists and no one is a growler. I like that too. It gives another edge to the music where you can do dual vocals in different range and still keep it melodic. I wouldn’t label Coronatus as goth metal. Continue reading

HATESKOR “Paint My Fear”

HATESKOR
“Paint My Fear”
(Noisehead Records)
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn out so very wrong. Take the old British band Trojan who thought they’d do a Motorhead and add dots to their O making it Tröjan, which in Swedish means sweater. That’s not a cool band name. Hateskor probably think that they’ve come up with a cool spelling of hatescore but hateskor read in Swedish can mean the shoes I hate/dislike. Again not a very cool band name. Continue reading