Album Reviews

Rage - Wings Of Rage

Seeing RAGE releasing two albums five years after “21”, meant one thing; the German power trio is officially back and has all the cylinders firing. Of course, it does not say much when a band is putting out albums, because the music has to be on par with the back-catalogue that in RAGE’s case is not only long, but is also a killer. I am still baffled why they have not broken the US market yet despite their history being almost four decades long (if you consider the AVENGER years too). Anyways, the meat of the matter is “Wings Of Rage” that seems to have taken more time on the making when compared to the previous two that seemed almost coming back-to-back. How did the refreshed trio do this time around?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 16 December 2019 16:25

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Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate - Sun Of The Sleepless / Cavernous Gate

Usually, I am a bit skeptical when I’m about to drop the needle on a split release, and the reason is because after the first listening sessions, I’m left kind of unsatisfied wanting to hear more from both bands / artists. In the case of SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS though, I felt I had to make an exception, simply because the name of Schwadorf (of the EMPYRIUM, THE VISION BLEAK and the NOEKK fame) lit all the bulbs on my emotional blackboard, as this fine gentleman possess a unique way to push my Folk / Doom / romantic Metal (yup, I just said that) buttons and therefore pique my interest. Add to this that this split release comes with 9 tracks, making the entire effort feel like a full length treat, and you’ve got yourself a deal.

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Monday, 16 December 2019 16:25

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Rob Halford - Celestial

No matter how “open-minded” metalheads like to call themselves, the truth is that the majority does not like to see lots of changes in their favorite music, or bands. With that in mind, you should be able to understand how heavy balls a Metal musician has to figuratively have, to go all in with a Xmas album. Well, I cannot think many of that kind, but Rob Halford definitely stands on top of such list. He is probably the boldest of them all and practically can get away with anything, and this is a hard-earned privilege. I mean, I cannot imagine how tough was it for him to announce his departure from PRIEST and release non-Metal music with TWO. With these in mind, I was excited to hear his second take on Xmas songs (after 2009’s “Winter Songs”) already aware that whatever has Rob’s voice in has the potential to be awesome.  So, is “Celestial” a good idea to have it wrapped under the Xmas tree?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Monday, 16 December 2019 16:25

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Running Wild - Crossing The Blades

It is beyond the shadow of a doubt that RUNNING WILD gave birth to Pirate Metal, setting sail with their massive third album “Under Jolly Roger”. Yes, Captain Rock N’ Rolf is (still) leading the armada of bands that decided to get onboard this Metal genre, however, it is impossible to avoid mentioning the name of RUNNING WILD, no matter how hard you try. Sure, the German band had its ups and downs reaching to the 2011’s breaking point with the heart-shuttering release “The Final Jolly Roger”. Fortunately, Rolf did not drop the anchor for good, because anno 2019 we are discussing about brand music from our favorite pirates being a follow-up to the refreshing “Rapid Foray” that saw fresh wind blowing into the sails of this battered but not broken galleon. Oh yeah, the powder is dry and cannons are loaded; are you ready for boarding?

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:07

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