CD review DETHRONE ‘State of Decay’

There are quite some bands with the moniker Dethrone. This time it is about the Swedish quartet that premiered in 2103 with “Humanity’ and continued with their sinister sounds on ‘Incinerate All’ in 2016. Four years later, the guys unleash a new EP, featuring four songs. The four-piece band from Sweden fuse thrash- and death... Continue Reading →

CD review ASSIGNMENT ‘Reflections’

‘Reflections’ is an album that might be interesting for fans of bands like Dream Theater, Savatage and Symphony X. Melodic Metal with progressive song structures is what this longplayer offers. Even if it feels like the guys being ahead of themselves here and there, the album is a well-done one and has the potential to enlarge the Assignment fan-base.

CD review POLTERGEIST ‘Feather of Truth’

Although Swiss metal veterans Poltergeist premiered in 1989 with ‘Depression’, the count of longplayers isn’t further than on four to date. This has less to do with a lack of musical quality or zeal. It’s mainly due to the fact that Poltergeist was ‘offline’ for 20 years. After having published ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, nomen et... Continue Reading →

CD review OZ ‘Forced Commandments’

OZ show with ''Forced Commandments'' that they aren't on the shelf yet and that Swedish steel doesn't rust that easily. The spirit of denim and leather, that what this album is about. Not more, but certainly also not less.

CD review PALACE ‘Reject the System’

Palace, that's not a new player in Metal, considering the fact of seven releases to date. The guys from Speyer, Germany startet 30 years ago and the fact that they are still releasing records shows willpower and staying power. 'Reject the System' is the newest release that reaches us from Speyer, featuring ten tracks of... Continue Reading →

CD review STORMWARRIOR ‘Norsemen’

It's a fact that vikings also came to Hamburg and thinking about the assault in 845 A.D. it wasn't with a peaceful intention. However, these days are long gone but there's still some viking spirit alive in the Hansestadt at the Elbe river. Hamburgs Metal powerhouse Stormwarrior have a new longplayer in the starting blocks.... Continue Reading →

CD review IVORY TOWER ‘Stronger’

(7/10) Ivory Tower, that's Progressive Metal hailing from Kiel, Germany. The quintet released four albums to date with 'IV' being the latest one. Eight years later and after having been gone through line-up changes the guys from Schleswig Holstein puts more wood on the metallic fire with longplayer number five. Frank Fasold (key) is the... Continue Reading →

CD review CRYSTAL BALL ‘2020’

(*/10) Usually Swiss clocks are appreciated for their preciseness. Having a glimpse on the title of the upcoming Crystal Ball album could give the impression of the Swiss guys being ahead of things, releasing a album entitled '2020' in 2019. A deep-dive into the meaning of the '2020' brings the true meaning to surface. Crystal... Continue Reading →

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