Album Reviews

Hatriot - From Days Unto Darkness

Hatriot - From Days Unto Darkness

It is true that I was not expecting to see HATRIOT keeping the lights on, after Zetro had announced that he would leave the band. Of course, Steve Souza did the logical move since EXODUS is a full-time job and, I am sure, he did not want to hold back HATRIOT. After all, the Souza name remained in the band, with Cody and Nick doing the honors. The question, of course, is how would this lineup would do in the studio and what changes one should be expecting in the third full length record. In a baker’s dozen days, everyone will be able to get a definitive answer as “From Days Unto Darkness” will be released to the public. In the meantime, you can check what I think and prime your opinion accordingly...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 13 July 2019 13:18

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Striker - Play To Win

Striker - Play To Win

STRIKER have become a consistent band releasing albums in a yearly basis, but this has not affected the quality, because sometimes quantity does not see eye to eye with quality. “Play To Win” is the band’s sixth studio album and if you spend a couple of minutes observing the cover artwork and notice its color palette, you should be able to understand that there is boatload of '80s nostalgia infused in the ten tracks. No, I am not saying that STRIKER have gone on the reviving-old-stuff wagon, because to me, it seems these Canadians are just playing by their influences.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 13 July 2019 10:25

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Ross The Boss - By Blood Sworn

Ross The Boss - By Blood SwornSince the gorgeous tour edition of “By Blood Sworn” was recently added in my vinyl collection, I decided to do what I should have done a year ago. I hate to admit that I missed my chance to review the album once it got out, but the gods of Metal offered me a way to redeem myself with this edition. After the rather useless background story, it is about time to see what ROSS THE BOSS came up with, eight years after “Hailstorm”.

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Saturday, 13 July 2019 09:08

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Rotting Christ, Varathron - Duality Of The Unholy Existence

There is no better format to release some old-school Metal than on a 7” inch split. Sure, the days when the 7” were the hard-to-find gems among the deepest Black Metal underground corners are long gone, but that does not mean we cannot or shouldn’t indulge ourself whenever a chance arises. The “Duality Of The Unholy Existence” serves exactly this role and comes to spoil us with two most important names and ambassadors of the Greek Black Metal scene, that I believe is a category on its own. You see, bands like ROTTING CHRIST and VARATHRON have a created a unique sound spawning a new sub-genre in the Scandinavian Black Metal that shocked the scene back in the '90s. However, this is kind of ancient history and the purpose of these lines is to talk about this monolith of a split so, allow me to do the honors...

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Friday, 28 June 2019 22:27

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