What can I say about Harem Scarem that I haven’t said a million times already over the last 20 years of being a fan of theirs? Not much, but I’m going to have to find something to say as they have a new album out now. I could blabber on about how they’re one of the best, most consistent melodic rock bands of all-time. I could tell you that they’re one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. I could say that it is a shame they’re not a bigger name than they are. I could say all that (most of which I have said in prior reviews,) but chances are if you’re reading this you probably already know all of this. If you don’t, then get with the program dammit! 2017 saw the release of United, which in my estimation is their best work thus far, so they already had their work cut out for them with a new album.
Twenty years ago, a collaboration occurred that set the Metal world ablaze. More collaboration than supergroup, Demons & Wizards featured the vocals of Blind Guardian singer Hansi Kursh and the guitar of Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer.
H.e.a.t are back on track – even more than that. With this album, they have outdone themselves. It has great songwriting, a galore of catchy melodies, a kick-ass sound and most of all it is fun as hell to listen to this record. People who are into this kind of music – don’t look any further – H.e.a.t are the perfect choice for you. It is March and with “II” we have the first album of the year contender.
The four-piece makes their best effort to represent every era contained in their almost four-decade career. This live performance is structured like a theater event, including intervals between acts, which help the audience to recuperate and reflect upon what they have just experienced.
Although the self-titled album of Neaera shows that the quality of the compositions has not been altered through the years, it seems that the band keeps their standards since day one. Eleven new tracks maintain the classic melodic death outfit and the moments where the band is trying to escape from their boundaries are counted at the fingers of one hand. The songs are built on the same pattern, which makes it difficult for the listener to distinguish one song from another, making the record less interesting and memorable. In this era, where most musicians choose the path of innovation, the choice of using the old recipe could not be much appreciated. The fans of the earliest material of Neaera will surely enjoy this record. Maybe pushing the boundaries, experimenting on the sound could be a way of showing the real potential of the band and moving forward in the modern metal music scene.
The Harrowing of Hearts proves that the polish band has taken a new gothic rock approach without changing their nature.
“Rush Of Death” is the third album of Almanac, the project formed in 2015 by Victor Smolski after his departure from Rage, as a continuation of his work with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra. Smolski is known for being a wonderful guitarist, a multi-instrumentalist, a composer and a producer, but also a talented racing driver. The guitar wizard from Belarus is famous for his work on pairing heavy metal and classical music perfectly.
Time is flying if you have fun and it’s amazing that the new Gotthard record is already the thirteenth they add to their music delivery. Furthermore, the album contains 13 songs. So it’s a lot of stuff about the ‘scary’ number.
The track is dripping in it and if you want a comparative as to what you can expect when listening to it, imagine if Howlin’ Wolf and Lynyrd Skynrd has teamed up to release a bluesy rock and roll track that was wrapped up in the soul and groove that Stevie Wonder made his name with.