Album Reviews

Apocalyptica - Cell-0

It is an amazing thing to realize that APOCALYPTICA started their cell-journey upon Metal territories, almost three decades ago... That’s right; what started as an extremely cool project with a bunch of METALLICA covers, has transformed into a unique musical expression that although resides in the Metal universe, it’s completely free to roam around. From the get-go, I loved the concept of approaching something from an alien (to me) angle, and this is why I got hooked, especially after experiencing how it feels headbanging under the sounds of cellos. The evolution came in the form of adding a drummer and vocals... Well, the latter kind of felt ‘going mainstream’ because it is a well-known fact that some people shy away from instrumental music. Maybe it is too much work to absorb music without vocals, but that’s the beauty here. And with that in mind, I was extremely excited to discover that “Cell-0” is a powerful return to the band’s roots.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 10 January 2020 15:20

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Crystal Viper - Tales Of Fire And Ice

CRYSTAL VIPER have managed to become a reliable band among the traditional Heavy Metal circles by releasing albums with impressive consistency. With this in mind, it made total sense to get “Tales Of Fire And Ice” on vinyl even before having the proper listening sessions. I mean, once you have established a certain level of trust with a specific Metal band, there are no changes or “trying new things” that could potentially destroy this. Be careful though, because I am not saying that once a band has created a certain sound and gathered a specific fanbase should keep doing the same thing until the sun dies...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 27 December 2019 11:59

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Rage - Wings Of Rage

Seeing RAGE releasing two albums five years after “21”, meant one thing; the German power trio is officially back and has all the cylinders firing. Of course, it does not say much when a band is putting out albums, because the music has to be on par with the back-catalogue that in RAGE’s case is not only long, but is also a killer. I am still baffled why they have not broken the US market yet despite their history being almost four decades long (if you consider the AVENGER years too). Anyways, the meat of the matter is “Wings Of Rage” that seems to have taken more time on the making when compared to the previous two that seemed almost coming back-to-back. How did the refreshed trio do this time around?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 16 December 2019 16:25

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Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate - Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate

Usually, I am a bit skeptical when I’m about to drop the needle on a split release, and the reason is because after the first listening sessions, I’m left kind of unsatisfied wanting to hear more from both bands / artists. In the case of SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS though, I felt I had to make an exception, simply because the name of Schwadorf (of the EMPYRIUM, THE VISION BLEAK and the NOEKK fame) lit all the bulbs on my emotional blackboard, as this fine gentleman possess a unique way to push my Folk / Doom / romantic Metal (yup, I just said that) buttons and therefore pique my interest. Add to this that this split release comes with 9 tracks, making the entire effort feel like a full length treat, and you’ve got yourself a deal.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Monday, 16 December 2019 16:25

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