Friends of thundering riffs and massive beats welcomed a new player back in 1999 – Trivium. The band from Orlando, Florida started in the old century, and it took them a while to transfer their ambition into something tangible. ‘Ember to Inferno’ is title of the 2003 released debut and it was the following record,... Continue Reading →
Times Of Grace is the band of Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach. The starting point of this band was a rather unusual one. Dutkiewicz required an emergency surgery some years ago while being on tour with Killswitch Engage. During his recovery, the guitarist started to work on songs. Later on, Leach joined as singer and... Continue Reading →
Light The Torch is the continuation of Devil You Know. Under the banner of Devil You Know, two longplayers have been released before the band announced a change of names in 2017. Devil You Know became Light The Torch and with ‘Revival’ the first album under the new moniker has been unleashed in 2018. The... Continue Reading →
An album title is more than just words. It is in a way the framing for what fans and listens can expect from a longplayer and Caliban's newest record 'Zeitgeister' is the perfect example in many aspects. Caliban connect history with present on 'Zeitgeister' and they do it in a way that is more than... Continue Reading →
Oceans published their full-length debut 'The Sun and the Cold' a bit more than a year ago and to keep the momentum rolling, the guys unleash with 'We are Nøt Okay' a next EP. With four songs, things are quite lucid and to the point. Compared to the debut, that was a bit all over... Continue Reading →
'MMXX' is the new EP from Eskimo Callboy and I'm not sure if the world waited for it. The disc is a kind of Corona product the band recorded instead of being on the road. The band unleash 'MMXX' mid September, featuring 6 songs in the typical Eskimo Callboy fashion. What's new is frontman Nico... Continue Reading →
In normal times, Long Distance Calling should put the last dots on the 'i', preparing for the 'Seats & Sounds' shows, but the pandemic sticked a needle in this endeavor. The tour is postponed to next year, but even COVID-19 can't stop the quartet from playing live. Not only the bands have to suffer these... Continue Reading →
The basic mood on 'Cannibal' is certainly in strong contrast to the current summertime. It's not light and color which are the main focus and spirit. Darkness and uncompromising emotional honesty is what makes this longplayer to an emotional contrast to what the eye sees these days. If you've got enough sun and want to spend some time on (self-) reflection, you've found your soundtrack with 'Cannibal'.
Protest The Hero's new offer is a complex album. Complexity in itself isn't something bad but the portion that's offered by the four Canadians demands an effort from the listener. 'Modern', 'Metal', 'Alternative' and 'Progressive' are the key terms that describe the album best. When I listened to the album the first time a got... Continue Reading →
August Burns Red's lyrical concept behind 'Guardians' became much more relevant than what the band maybe had in mind when starting work on the new album. Guitarist Brent Rambler describes the album title as addressing "a loose theme of being there for another person who’s reaching out for help. This individual who saves the day acts like a guardian." These guardians are more relevant than ever these days.
'Of Truth and Sacrifice' is heavy, aggressive and brutal. At the same time it covers moment of vulnerability and reflection. It's this mix, together with lyrics being far away from meaningless blablabla, that makes Heaven Shall Burn's 9th album to a 97 minutes experience. This record is more than only a carrier of music. It's a milestone for the band and Metalcore in genral. 'Of Truth and Sacrifice' lifts the bar and belongs to the musical diamonds in 2020 and beyond. Timeless.
Recover, Regroup, Return, Record - Neaena 'Neaera' is the great return of a band that used the years of absence to recover, regroup and return to record an album that is a statement of being back. What exactly this means for the coming months and years is what time will tell. In the meantime it's all about enjoying this sonic wrecking ball.
Heaven Shall Burn’s next album is already lining up in the pipeline but before releasing a new longplayer the band goes cinema. In nearly 90 minutes ‘Mein grünes Herz in dunklen Zeiten’ the film is about the band and life on tour. ‘Mein grünes Herz in dunklen Zeiten’ will premiere on February 19th in various... Continue Reading →
A while ago a music video went viral on YouTube, showing a band from Mongolia that merges Metal with Mongolian Folk music. Their name – The Hu, meaning ‘the people’ in their native language. The band got in the spotlight very quickly and still is talk of the town. With having released an album recently,... Continue Reading →