Cain’s Offering – Stormcrow [3.5]

In Stormcrow, second album of Cain’s Offering, we meet strong names. Former Sonata Artica’s Jani Liimatainen (guitars), Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) from Stratovarius. So my expectations were pretty high on this one. Classic progressive power metal embraced with kind melodies and semi-aggressive riffs. The dynamics are all there. Skillful fast tracks like Constellation of […]

Hypothermia – Svartkonst [3.0]

Hypothermia has been active in the Scandinavian metal scene for over a decade, having assets of a rather rich discography, in which the latter Svartkonst is their fifth full-length album. The music of Hypothermia doesn’t give any feeling of warmth, walking the listener for almost forty minutes through an abstract dialog of metallic sounds, meditative rhythms and dark melodies. You can hear […]

Hardcore Superstar – HCSS [4.5]

With this tenth studio album HCSS, Hardcore Superstar takes you way back where all started. The sound and style are traditional nasty sleaze rock. It opens with a nice attitude embraced Dont Mean Shit maintaining the party mood but more laid back this time. Jocke Berg keeps up through the album with his thorny voice, […]

Apophys – Prime Incursion [2.5]

I don’t intend to write about the back story of this album. It’s for another time when I want to write about the band and what the idea was about their music. This is an album-listening. The impressions of it. Michiel van der Plicht‘s drum technique is the first thing that hits me. This guy […]

Morgoth – Ungod [3.0]

After 19 years of quite a silence, Morgoth is back with the album Ungod and with new singer Karsten Jäger. They jump deep into the classical death metal archive from the 90’s, but with a shot of contemporary music. Groove passages, and traditional riffs with a resemblance to Obituary. I had expected more hunger from Morgoth […]

Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers [4.5]

With their 3rd album Barren Earth is ready to follow the path mixing melodic death, progressive gothic metal with a twirl of doom. This album surprise us with variety of listening through the voluminous tracks which are very metallic and solid. This time more progressive than their previous “The Devil’s Resolve” with still a scent […]

MAЇAK – A Very Pleasant Way To Die [3.5]

If you are into experimental post-rock listening, this is the album for you. MAЇAK composes 5 wide, complex tracks which mix intense melodies, surrounded with raspy, rough tunes. It almost feels metallic to the ear. A bit monotonous with just a light loss of dynamics, the tracks brings you tranquility and are harmonious to hear even if there […]

Sorcerer – In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross [5.0]

It’s really a pleasure to listen to In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross. A mixture of traditional Doom metal and actually classic hard rock. Indeed the singer Anders Engberg has a great voice range, clear and confident with the typical heavy metal long tunes and short vibrato. Within the mysterious melodies through the tracks, […]

TOTO – XIV [3.5]

Nine years have passed since Toto‘s last studio album “Falling In Between”. The long wait made this come back quite a surprise for many out there. XIV has all the characteristics in being a West Coast album. The blending of pop, rock, prog, jazz is all there. The class and elegance continue to preserve an […]

Max Lilja – Morphosis [4.0]

Imagine yourself in a post-apocalyptic world, where almost the entire world has changed, after you have been under earth for many, many years. Finally you escape and you must survive and look forward even if the surroundings are more than dark. The entire album is like a narrative development likewise as for a music transformation. […]

Enforcer – From Beyond [4.5]

It is impossible not to feel nostalgic after listening to “From Beyond“. It takes you right into the 80:s with its noisy rattled speed.These Swedish guys do what they like, and they do it extremely well. With this spontaneity they are capable of hitting with all their songs, no matter who is listening. Because even […]

Pretty Maids – Motherland [4.0]

Denmarks Pretty Maids have been a constant force of heavy metal music all the way since 1981. To be still rocking, as founders Ken Hammer and Ronnie Atkins are, is a remarkable merit. Sure there are a lot of bands that are going on and on, releasing some albums and mostly touring. But Pretty Maids […]

Stryper – Second Coming [3.5]

What better way to celebrate a bands 30th anniversary than to release a record with 14 re-recorded hits from the career (plus two new ones)? For a band like Stryper who had their highest commercial point in the eighties, while still being heavy metal, this is something that is very appreciated. I do know that […]

Officium Triste – Mors Viri [5.0]

Melancholy and sad despair. After 20 years of music Officium Triste includes in their new album Mors Viri what a real doom metal genre should contain: Tragical melodies cross some sort of nostalgic-waiting and roaring grief lullabies. You can name those feelings as what first shows up in your mind. The music mirrows officially dark […]

De La Cruz – Street Level [3.0]

All the way from Australia comes the sleazy melodic rock outfit De La Cruz. In their world the eighties is still around, alive and kicking. With a crisp production of clean drums, harmonized choruses and rough guitars they deliver high octane party rock music without being ashamed of it. It’s not only in the music, […]