Album Reviews

Injury – Injury E.P

Recently formed thrash metallers INJURY now fall into the latter category and have released an interesting debut E.P that is steeped in the old-school thrash metal traditions, but includes some modern vocals that remind me a bit of Phil Anselmo in parts, and a thrashier Chuck Billy in others…

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Mean Streak – Metal Slave

Think bands like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and ACCEPT, but not what they have done recently, but what they did in the eighties and beyond. Call it NWOBHM inspired, or call it traditional heavy metal, it doesn’t really matter because the simple fact is, if you are a fan of metal from before the millennium, there is no way you couldn’t like this album…

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Nothing Left For Tomorrow – Nightbreed

Canadian band NOTHING LEFT FOR TOMORROW may sound like your usual thrashy death metal band at first, but don’t be fooled too quickly. As it turns out, the band features a female vocalist up the front but sounds like you would expect. This ain’t your usual female fronted lite-metal a-la EVANESCENCE and NIGHTWISH, no NOTHING LEFT FOR TOMORROW are closer compared to somebody like ARCH ENEMY…

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Michael Bormann – Different

Bormann continues not only his gifted songwriting prowess, but on “Different” he really pushes the careful boundaries of commercialism, pop, straight up rock and radio friendly tunes to spark a balance potion of the best of all those worlds.

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Rhestus – Games Of Joy…Games Of War

RHESTUS came to fruition back in 1993 and since then have only managed to release one other full length album and a couple of demos and E.P’s. Does this mean the band is lazy or something? Not at all actually, what it means that everything they do is done with a lot of care and a conscious decision has been made to only release something when it is truly ready, a trait many modern bands could do well to learn about…

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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…