Album Reviews

Black Book Lodge - Steeple And Spire

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The thing about reviewing records is that sometimes bands come up with what most probably would have been overlooked when picking up new music at the record store. Sometimes it's a real challenge to dig as deep as needed to form an opinion. Sometimes what at a first glance seemed to be uninteresting, turns out to be a very good encounter. Danish BLACK BOOK LODGE would definitely fall into this category. Esthetically the band, as well as the musical description, fall outside my area of interest in general.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:12

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Estate - Mirrorland

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When I start to believe that I am up to date with the scene, another batch of bands shows up. But that I haven't heard about ESTATE, might not be all that strange; bands from behind the iron curtain tend not to be rotated frequently in the West, not even on social media. And so came ESTATE and their second full length release titled “Mirrorland” into my life.

Written by Erika Wallberg Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:04

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Kalapács - Örökfekete

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Metalheads have a hard time accepting something that falls outside the box where they have placed the music and the bands they like. Ok, sometimes they may go out of their ways and listen to a band or an album, even though there are things that do not agree with their extremely well-defined taste as long as the lyrics are written in the English language... That’s right, everything written in an alien language is considered as an outcast, so bands are restricted inside their country’s borders or worse are pushed into oblivion. Fortunately, KALAPÁCS belong to the first group and as far as I know they have a solid following in Hungary with some scattered fans in other places. I mean, the fact that “Örökfekete” is the band’s twelfth full-length record says a lot, right?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:56

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Lizzy Borden - My Midnight Things

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Music-making is a ‘tricky’ business and gets trickier once a band becomes successful. On one hand, this success means more touring opportunities, better promotion but also an ‘obligation’ to release new music in such a rate that the market will not forget you. And this is the turning point for a band to choose to either become a ‘true’ professional by entering the new-album-tour-new-album cycle or keep releasing new music whenever inspiration strikes. Leaving on the side the economic survival of a band and strictly speaking as a fan, I prefer the latter option. I want the band I am following to release an album only if it feels right and not because it’s the next step after touring. Bearing this logic in mind, I was extremely excited to read the news regarding the new LP from LIZZY BORDEN which has kept a studio-silence for almost a decade. I guess, touring was eating up all of Lizzy’s time but at the same time was increasing his hunger to return to the studio, with “My Midnight Things” being the end result of this.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:25

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