Album Reviews

Anvil - Legal At Last

For no particular reason, I had missed the ANVIL bus, at least for their last albums before their brand new “Legal At Last”. I don’t know why, but it was one of those strange situations where you keep saying to yourself that you will check that album and you end up not doing so. Now, I feel guilty for doing such thing, especially after hearing how refreshed ANVIL sound in their 18th LP, seeing these never-giving-up Canadians creating Metal for four decades. If this is not impressive, then I do not know what is. At any rate, since ANVIL became legal at last, it is the perfect time to redeem myself by dropping the needle on the wax...

Written by editor Friday, 14 February 2020 13:22

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The 69 Eyes - West End

The combination of the black balloons in the album’s cover artwork, the rather pessimistic title and the miles this band has consumed during the 30-plus-year career may seem to some like an unquestionable precursor for retirement. That would have been the case, if “West End” had not seen the light of day (or should I say the moonlight) under the name of THE 69 EYES. Yes, this band keeps going but not for the sake of going... I mean, the five-piece band has been releasing awesome albums with this one being a celebratory one for the band’s 30th anniversary. So, is this the end? Or just the beginning of something new?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:05

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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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