Album Reviews

Scars On Broadway - Dictator

Some decades ago hosting an album presentation of non-traditional Metal album on a Metal webzine would have been an anathema despite the fact that we, metalheads, like to believe that we are free from discrimination being opened minded. Yeah right, I cannot even attempt to count the instances when metalheads were bashing a band for deviating from their sound... Anyhoo, METAL KAOZ does not belong to any category and pretty much hosts whatever feels heavy enough. However, in the case of Daron Malakian, things are heavier than one would be expecting, considering his involvement in SYSTEM OF A DOWN. By the way, the latter band was granted “access” into the Metal community and I believe SLAYER helped in that by taking them on the road with them some ages ago. “Dictator” is Daron’s second album under the SCARS ON BROADWAY moniker, and if I believe the information I found online, the music was supposed to be for SYSTEM OF A DOWN but the singer/guitarist did not see eye to eye with the other gentlemen. So, one decade since “Scars On Broadway”, Daron dropped another solid piece of strong music with stronger lyrics.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:54

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Meridian - Margin Of Error

There were a couple of things that stood out on my first encounter with the Danes of MERIDIAN. First and foremost it was that they managed to keep their Progressive Power Metal both heavy and catchy at the same time. Then, it was Lars Märker's voice; it's crisp and clear, quite boyish actually and create a great contrast towards to the heavy music. Still, it all fits really well together in its own unique way. This perhaps makes MERIDIAN sound less heavy than they are but the combination works.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:45

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The Three Tremors - The Three Tremors

It is a bit rare to find a metalhead who has never heard the band name THE THREE TREMORS despite the fact that this never became reality... until now. It is also rare to come across a metalhead who does not have a strong opinion on who deserves to be part of the three. On the other side of the spectrum, there are some of us who like to play this game of creating all-start lineups with the naïve intention to create a mix of styles from the bands those musician picks come from. In fact, back in the free-from-internet days, putting together such lineups was a fan pastime activity. With this in mind, I was super excited when I read the news that the project THE THREE TREMORS would happen after all these years of being almost an urban legend. Yes, three of the best screamers in Metal decided to join forces and make this happen by releasing a hearty 12-track LP, full of originals.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Sunday, 24 February 2019 16:09

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Doro - Forever Warriors, Forever United

Six years is too much time, especially for a super active band like DORO that is constantly touring on every continent. No matter what people think, Doro has been a stable force in Metal and one of the few musicians who put the fans first before anything else. I guess, it is the old-school spirit that is still shining through her never-aging voice and on-stage presence. Finally, Doro found the right amount of time from touring to put on record the material she had been gathering. The result is a double studio album packed with music and a heavy dedication on top of it. You see, “Forever Warriors, Forever United” contains a song dedicated to the one and only Lemmy, and it would be beyond being silly to believe that this was done as a marketing move... If you think so, then you should do some serious studying of Metal history and - trust me - your way of thinking will change.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Sunday, 24 February 2019 15:55

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