Album Reviews

Pounder - Faster Than Fire

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Here are some facts that enticed my appetite before even hitting the ‘play’ button; this will be released as a 7” (aside from the digital format), POUNDER list NWOBHM as one of their influences, the cover artwork has an old-school feel to it and last (but definitely not least) this little thing comes from Shadow Kingdom whose taste is so compatible with mine, so I have learned to trust them. So, checking them out was the next and only thing left to do.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:16

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Amorphis - Queen Of Time

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It is pretty impossible to find a weak album when looking at the AMORPHIS backcatalogue and I am saying this knowing that the argument that the Finnish band went soft once Tomi took the spot behind the mic is (strangely) still active. Yeah, AMORPHIS belong to the category of bands that some metalheads like to state that I like only their first albums. No matter what, one thing has become a undisputable fact; AMORPHIS is a consistent band and has an impressive winning streak with amazing albums released in an almost 2-3 year basis. However, just adding “Queen Of Time” to this streak would be unfair as this album is a ‘perfect 10’ and stands on step above the previous LP(s). Care to find why? Read on, then...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:09

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Professor Black - You Bastard!

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Professor Black seems to be in possession of a boatload of unreleased material and I am sure he keeps adding stuff. “You Bastard!” is him revisiting some SUPERCHRIST planned to be songs that, for reasons I am not aware of, never made it to the recording studio. So, instead of letting them fade away inside a dusty drawer (ok, nowadays it is just a folder on a desktop), our favorite Professor decided to cut vinyl and make them available to the public, and oh yeah, I am glad he did.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:57

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At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself

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“At War With Reality” marked the returned of AT THE GATES and this was great news from the get-go. And it is totally understandable that it was also an album that had to hit all the right spots as it had to re-introduce the band to a brand new audience. In hindsight, I think that album was made following a specific recipe and for this, had a squeaky-clean production, so after the initial enthusiasm of having the Swedes back, the LP faded away. Having this mind, one should understand how crucial “To Drink From The Night Itself” is; will AT THE GATES follow the classic recipe? Will this be another day at the office? Add to this, the departure of Anders Björler and you have a nice riddle to solve with the only thing left to do is drop the needle on the wax...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 18 May 2018 09:02

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