Brainstorm – “On The Spur Of The Moment”

Brainstorm
“On The Spur Of The Moment”
(AFM Records)

Wow, these dudes have been goin’ since the late 80s when old school power metal was in. Somehow they’ve managed to survive on the German circuit all these years and still with most of their original line up intact! I guess they are one of these timeless bands having taken 8 years to release their debut and despite coincidentally having now released their 8th album in “On The Spur Of The Moment”, haven’t really grown in terms of popularity. Still, their music has given songs like ‘My Own Hell’ are almost symphonic whilst ‘Still Insane’ is a pleasant power ballad complete with some excellent dual melodic guitarwork from founders Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric. However, Brainstorm still prove they are true to their roots when it comes to the power thrash of ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ or the heavy chugging ‘Dark Life’, proving their is still plenty if life in these guys, even if they don’t actually live it on the spur of the moment.

BASANOS “Cracking The Sledge”

BASANOS
“Cracking The Sledge”
(NoiseHead Records)
Thrash metal might not be the first thing you think of when Italian metal is mentioned but there’s a great tradition for it too in Italy. Think Necrodeath and Schitzo and you have to great Italian thrash giants. Basanos (from Austria) are more groove oriented in a Sepultura-way. Continue reading

GORGY “Birth Of Damnation”

GORGY
“Birth Of Damnation”
(Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Coming from the home of country and western music doesn’t have to be a negative thing if you’re a metal band. Gorgy is proof of that. Their aggressive death/thrash will take you far away from broken hearts and whining violins. Here it’s all blood and guts and the only broken heart is that crushed by a hammer. Continue reading

NIGHT IN GALES “Five Scars”

NIGHT IN GALES
“Five Scars”
(LifeForce Records)
Night In Gales is a band I’ve been aware of for a very long time, since their first record, that I haven’t bothered to check out. At least I don’t think so. I can’t remember ever having heard a full album by them before this new one. A comeback of sorts seeing as it was ten years since their last one. Night In Gales can best be described as melodic death metal. Continue reading

RAIN “XXX”

RAIN
“XXX”
(Aural Music)
I don’t know what to think of a band that has 30 years in the business but is new to me. Are they that bad that nobody but their closest relatives care for them? Or is it just me that have had my ears to a different underground? Continue reading