CD review BUFFALO SUMMER 'Desolate Blue'

Soundwise Buffalo Summer is rooted in Hard Rock of the '70s/'80s with bands Like Led Zeppelin, Free and Whitesnake being a strong source of inspiration. The quartet uses these influences and connect them with a modern sound, leading to grooving and dynamic songs like 'Hit the Ground Running' and 'Deep Water'.

CD review IRIST 'Order of the Mind'

Although there are many good bands hailing from South America THE protagonist of South American Metal is certainly Sepultura. Now, Irist isn’t a Brazilian band, but since the founders are Argentinean and Chilean some comparisons with the mighty spearhead of South American Metal are allowed. Pablo Davila and Bruno Segovia were inspired by the rise... Continue Reading →

‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ by DEVIN TOWNSEND

Devin Townsend announces the release of ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ on 5th June 2020. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains... Continue Reading →

CD review CONCEPTION 'State of Deception'

The new longplayer is the first studio album in two decades and features nine songs. Multi-layered sounds and a generally dark vibe are the main features of an album that shows Conception in good shape and form. It feels like the guys wanted to make this album to become real. Musical freedom and love to detail is what each of the songs reflects, being the main pillars for a cinematic sound architecture that sketches bigger soundscapes. 'State of Deception' is an album that spreads joy and entertainment by layered songs that balance musical savvy and a greats sense for melodies. Details will be unveiled along the way while the melodies catch the listener's attention right away. Well done welcome back Conception.

CD review DOOL 'Summerland'

'Summerland' is the anticipate bold next step of Dool. It showcases a band that maintain the revolutionary wildness of the debut, adding more layers and twists to their sound. Dool is one of the most exciting bands these days and their second longplayer underlines, why this is the case.

CD review PURE REASON REVOLUTION ‘Eupnea’

'Eupnea' is an album with a good flow. Although having some layers weaved into the different songs, melodies are always in forefront, which makes this longplayer to a sensitive, but also rocking one. 'Eupnea' helps to get to normal, good, unlabored breathing while still being excited.

CD review FREEWAYS 'True Bearings'

Freeways, hailing from Ontario, Canada, have a new album in the starting blocks. 'True Bearings' is the title of their newest delivery, a seven songs comprising record acting as a full-length debut for the band. The first time I heard of the band was while listening to the 'Trapped Under Ice Vol.1'-compilation, featuring many (in... Continue Reading →

CD review IGORRR 'Spirituality and Distortion'

Igorrr's music is special and for sure not run-of-the mill. The band, being the brainchild of French musician Gautier Serre stretch the frames of Metal and other genres by combining many and difrerent influences to rather unique sound collage. 'Spirituality and Distortion' takes time and wants to be uncovered step by step. Breakcore, Metal and... Continue Reading →

CD review TESTAMENT 'Titans of Creation'

Already while listening to the record the first time transferred me back in time to days when the band got out of the starting blocks. 'Titans of Creation' has the power of the first three longplayers, using modern production techniques that help to even strengthen this sonic punch. 'Titans of Creation' is raw and unpolished, still benefiting for a well-crafted sound.

Details about the upcoming VANDENBERG release

Dutch guitar mastermind Adrian Vandenberg recently announced the return of Vandenberg. After having had some successful years in the '80s, the axeman reactivated the band that also includes singer Ronnie Romero, Randy van der Elsen and Koen Herfst. '2020' is the simple title of the album that also includes 'Shadows of the Night' , a... Continue Reading →

CD review RIOT ‘Rock World’

‘Rock World’ is like opening a treasure box. The well-selected songs show that greatness of Riot and honors Mark Reale and Riot in a great fashion. Riot is much bigger than what any sales figures ever showed and this rarity collection underlines the importance of Riot for Heavy Metal.

CD review HYBORIAN 'Volume II'

Approximately one year after 'Volume I' was unleashed the next Hyborian record waits in line. Simply entitled 'Volume II' the trio deliver an album with eight new songs of Progressive Sludge Metal. Martin Bush, Ryan Bates and Justi Rippeto combine on their newest album a lot of full-force power with some complex song structures, introduced... Continue Reading →

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