CD review ARMORED SAINT ‘Punching the Sky’

‘Punching the Sky’ is done with a steelworker approach rather a Houdini show. There are no tricks or false bottom. Armored Saint and ‘Punching the Sky’ is real and authentic from start to finish. The band successfully lift the bar that was already on a very high level. ‘Punching the Sky’ is a clear candidate for becoming ‘Album of the Year’.

CD review COREY TAYLOR ‘CMFT’

Slipknot frontman, Stone Sour founding member and numerous guest appearances, that's all Corey Taylor. What's missing so far is a Corey Taylor solo album and from Friday on the gap will be closed. October 2nd is the release date of 'CMFT', Taylor's solo debut that features thirteen songs. 'Black Eyes Blue' and 'CMFT Must Be... Continue Reading →

RAMMSTEIN re-release ‘Herzeleid’

To date, 25 years ago, a band revolutionized Metal with an album called 'Herzeleid' - Rammstein. It was the band's debut and it brought a lot of new to Metal. The jubilee of this genre-defining album is reason enough for the band the re-issue the debut in special versions. 'Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition - Remastered)'... Continue Reading →

CD review AYREON ‘Transitus’

A release that has carved the moniker Ayreon on the cover artwork is always more than merely a longplayer. Ayreon is the outlet for Arjan Lucassen's creative ideas, already manifested in stellar outputs such as 'Into the Electric Castle', The Human Equation' and some more. The latest album was the 2017 release 'The Source', followed... Continue Reading →

CD review RAVEN ‘Metal City’

Two Englishmen in New York, that's the Gallager brothers, also known as Raven. The Metal veterans have a long history in Heavy Metal, considering their debut 'Rock Until You Drop' being released in 1981. What was at the time just an title for a longplayer became a life motto with John and Mark Gallagher still... Continue Reading →

CD review DEAD LORD ‘Surrender’

Dead Lord had to go through some changes and challenges since having released with 'In Ignorance We Trust' their acclaimed third longplayer. The fact that guitarist Olle Hedenström parted ways with the band led to some line-up adjustments with Martin Nordin taking over the guitar while the band added with Ryan Kemp a new bassist... Continue Reading →

CD review METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ‘S&M 2’

'S&M2' is better than the first attempt from 20 years ago and certainly the new version will become another commercial success for the Metal veterans from the Bay Area. Some of the songs are actually done very well, although the entire album feels like band and orchestra playing next to each other more than performing together as a unit. Combining two pieces of a puzzle doesn't necessary create a great total and that's a bit the case with this release too. The idea of making such an album is awesome and leaving the comfort-zone a bit more would have added extra excitement. 'Let's play safe' is the focus more than leaving the known.

CD review AVATAR ‘Hunter Gatherer’

The cinematic 'Wormhole' is the grande finale of an album that stands for a next step in the rise of Avatar. Heavy, modern, dynamic, innovative and with twists, that's Avatar's sound and the execute it in perfection on 'Hunter Gatherer'. Creativity seems to be a never-ending flow when it comes to the five guys from Sweden and bundling this flow in ten songs enforces the music even more. 'Hunter Gatherer', an album that entertains for a long time.

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