Album Reviews

Inheritance – Pentagrams

I am fine with bands changing up their style and approach, but in reality INHERTANCE name should have been laid to rest back in the day, as this music does nothing to honor the memory of the original band and all of its original members. It may have been different if this was a great album or something, but truth be told it’s just not…

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Madonagun – Resurrect On The Razor Edge E.P

I was definitely interested in hearing this E.P after I found out that one of the band members is none other than Julien DaMotte, a progressive metal guitarist who had sent in a copy of his own album earlier this year and was a great album in its own right. This music is quite for removed from what was on his solo album, but you can certainly feel his influence strewn through the tunes…

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Pestifer – Age Of Disgrace

I always have hesitations about comparing other bands to DEATH (the band, not the genre), because if other people don’t hear the comparison, they quite often want to shoot you down, but there is definitely an old-school vibe coming out of this disc, and occasionally the band do sound like DEATH and then at other times I hear some CYNIC and also the rare instances that almost border on grindcore, but only for a few seconds here and there…

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Solid Vision – Sacrifice

The only real difference I noticed from this and the days under the DOMINICI moniker, is that the new album SACRIFICE is a little less majestic and bombastic, but also a little heavier and more aggressive. Don’t worry though, the base sound is still very much in the vein of modern progressive metal, but the sound has been ever so slightly altered to ensure the band stands up on its own ground…

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Helloween – 7 Sinners

After hinting of a return to stellar form with a couple of quite good albums in a row, 7 SINNERS finally sees the band heading back to the top of the power metal mountain and is easily the best album in the genre for the year, and the most hungry and aggressive I’ve heard HELLOWEEN for a long, long time…

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Tommy James & The Shondells – Live And On Fire

In the sixties (Yes we’re going that far back) he had two number one chart hits with his cover of the up to then unknown song HANKY PANKY and CRIMSON AND CLOVER, both which have charted many times throughout the years while being covered by many different artists. If by some chance these songs aren’t ringing any bells, how about the fact that in 1968 he his the U.K charts with MONY MONY, a song most of the readers of this site will recognize thanks to the cover version made so popular by BILLY IDOL in the eighties…

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Nefertum – Revered Lames

ROTTING IDLE’S INQUISITION and SLAVES OF DARKNESS do show a band that have plenty to offer, but to find two really good songs amongst an album of otherwise mediocre songwriting isn’t quite enough for a pass mark this time around. I do think that NEFERTUM have shown some real potential on REVERED LAMES…

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Holiness – Beneath The Surface

Brazilian band HOLINESS could be described a few different ways. On one hand they are basically a female fronted gothic rock band in the vein of EVANESENCE and LOVECRAVE, but on the other hand, they do show some unique influences for the genre and have a thick layer of melodic goodness running throughout the entire album…

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Heaven If – Introspectral

The brand of progressive metal displayed on their debut full-length album INTROSPECTRAL is from the DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X school of music, and the fact that this band is not afraid to wear their influences in their sleeves actually works in their favor. There are two things though, that really hold this back from being something special…