Album Reviews

Statement - Force Of Life

I have to give Danish STATEMENT that they can boost a party. Musically, they haven't really appealed to me when I've seen them but I still find myself tapping along to their beat. They have some really catchy tunes though, like the opening track “The Hero Inside” from their latest release “Force Of Life” that is sticky and I really like the vocal slide that kicks off the chorus. It’s memorable and creative at the same time. The issue I've had with STATEMENT is that they feel a little messy when it comes to the style; it's a little here and there and all over the place. At least that’s how I’ve experienced the shows, it’s poppy on occasion to move over to Thrash and then something more techy before back to the beginning again.

Written by Erika Wallberg Saturday, 15 June 2019 14:47

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Overkill - The Wings Of War

There is no point to pretend being unprepared for a new OVERKILL album and, really, you don’t have to be a scholar of their discography to know how explosive these NJ boys are. If you still have doubts (shame on you) then going to show with OVERKILL on the billing will be more than enough to put your mind at the right place. So, before spinning “The Wings Of War” I was only curious to see how this lineup would blow my eardrums of and how fast will my blood start to boil. It did not take long and I cannot think any OVERKILL album being a sow-burner to be perfectly honest.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:09

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Evergrey - The Atlantic

EVERGREY have a special place in my heart and have earned that putting out albums with depth and with so many layers that takes some time to peel off but the process of doing so is the beauty of this entire trip. Sure, there were a couple of albums that the Swedes looked like they had lost their bearing but they have braved the storm and now are stronger than ever. For whatever the reason, “The Atlantic” turned out to be the most slow-burning albums I have encountered from EVERGREY. I can compare this with “The inner Circle” and the truth is that the harder I found it to dig deeper the more I was lured to keep listening. Life loves puns and I found myself really listening to the album while traveling high above the Atlantic... That’s appropriate right? So, having little room to move around and even less freedom to do as I want EVERGREY turned to be the best way to create a micro climate and let myself get lost into the complex song-structures these gentlemen have put together.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:06

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Flotsam And Jetsam - The End Of Chaos

Seeing FLOTSAM AND JETSAM redefining themselves with the self-titled album release some three years ago was not enough to convince my old-school mind that these guys had some fresh fuel in their tanks. What sealed the deal for me was watching the band from Phoenix ripping it up onstage like it was the ‘80s all over again a few months later. Sure, I may be exaggerating a little bit but when you see a band more than three decades old having that drive onstage then going over the top with your statements is perfectly OK. “The End Of Chaos” is the second album after hitting the ‘reset’ button and, man, I did not see that coming...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:03

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