Album Reviews

Phil Lanzon - If You Think I’m Crazy

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It’s quite rare that an album starts with vocals from the first note. But the effect when “Mind Over Matter” starts in its glory is phenomenal. I was expecting great melodies and epic arrangements from Phil Lanzon but the first few bars really exceeded my expectations. What's to come on “If You Think I’m Crazy” is fabulous pieces of music; it’s melodic and the melancholy makes it all very cozy. It is much of that feel-good moments happening when seeing URIAH HEEP live that comes out of Phil Lanzon’s solo album as well. It’s pompous and grand, the crescendo at the end of that first song almost touches upon TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA greatness.

Written by Erika Wallberg Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:21

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U.D.O. - Steelfactory

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Seeing Udo doing two tours playing two different sets full of ACCEPT classics for this long and in that high level, was amazing to witness, to say the least. Instead of sounding and looking like a retiree, Udo and his lineup attacked all those classics like it was the '80s and I don’t think there is a single Metal soul disagreeing with me, especially these days, with all these ex-recording bands touring with the same setlist for more years than I care to count, having only our money in their crosshair. You see, there are two ways a band can follow once it has hit more than two decades of presence and this (of course) depends on how popular they are in the young(er) demographic: a) keep writing new music and supporting it (rare option), and b) keep cashing on the classics living on and from the past. Udo proudly belongs to the first category, and keeps writing great tunes and, in fact, the ACCEPT tour had also the purpose of closing that chapter once and for all. And to make this case even stronger, “Steelfactory” will soon hit the market, filled with the classic Metal we have learned to love with Udo’s vocals on.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 28 July 2018 11:33

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Refuge - Solitary Men

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The recent history of RAGE had lots of ups and downs and, in fact, came close to an abrupt ending when Peavy announced the dismantling of the lineup with the future looking pretty vague. Fortunately, the crisis was officially averted, and the solid proof of this is the two records RAGE released in less than two years. But that is not all; REFUGE entered the spotlight when the classic RAGE lineup teamed up for some live shows (as TRES HOMBRES) just for the fun of it. Oh my, was I jealous learning that Peavy, Chris and Manni were revisiting those albums that turned me into a fan some decades ago... And then, out of the blue came the announcement of a new album titled “Solitary Men” with REFUGE being responsible. Is it possible that these fine gentlemen rediscovered their studio mojo?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 28 July 2018 10:58

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DevilDriver - Outlaws 'Til the End, Vol. 1

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It is rather easy to make an album full of covers and I am sure some will add the word ‘lazy’ to this description. Yeah, recording covers is part of having fun and - in theory - should not be taken seriously. However, when a band puts some serious effort on it and filters the songs through its own personal sound and style, then you’ve got something that’s worth spinning more than for ‘just checkin’ out’. This is exactly the case with DEVILDRIVER’s take on Country with “Outlaws ‘Til the End, Vol. 1” featuring ten covers of... Yeah, you guessed right, Country tunes. I would have add the adjective “well-known” tunes but that would have been insincere since my relation to this genre is on a ‘I’ve heard that somewhere’ basis.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:24

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