Album Reviews

Pagan’s Mind – Heavenly Ecstasy

It seems like a bulk of the new music here is more cerebral then on previous records, but they do it in a way without compromising their patented sound. A true return to form lobbying on the great traits that made the band break ground in the scene a few years ago.

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Blue Aside – The Orange Tree

THE ORANGE TREE is a five song E.P that is based in the sound of traditional doom metal, but also has a strong affliction to space rock and has a very stoner rock feel throughout. The five songs add up to a total of 35 minutes, which is good value for an E.P and had the band thrown another two tracks on here it could have easily been promoted as a full length release.

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Clock Paradox – The Five Precepts

CLOCK PARADOX take a bit of a progressive approach to the death metal formula and also add some stuff that would probably be better described as almost math metal or certainly tech death…

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Joop Wolters – False Poetry

JOOP WOLTERS’ blend of speedy shredding mixed with jazz fusion and sprinkled with a bit of classical inspired stuff is very easy on the ears and is a guitarist’s wet dream. Seriously, this is one of those albums that you listen to and then decide to hang your guitar up in shame as there is so much technicality here that it just shouldn’t be possible for one man to be so versatile…

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Ben Levin Group – Pulse Of A Nation

The latest oddity to come across my desk is a largely instrumental album from the BEN LEVIN GROUP, who were formed of all places at the Berkley School Of Music, which as a lot of you would know gave us the almighty Dream Theater. So as you can imagine, instrumentation is the main course here and I’ll tell you now that these guys are very highly skilled on a technical level…

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Vivid Circus – Promo

While the band call themselves a hard rock outfit, which to so extent I agree with, they also have a strong leaning toward Dream Theater style progressive metal and even a bit of a NWOBHM influence here and there. This makes for a very interesting concoction, and one that is quite hard to place into a genre…

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Protest The Hero – Scurrilous

The band have done away with a lot of the ‘core inspired elements that originally made up their sound and have replaced them with their own unique take on modern progressive alternative music that draws just as much influence from bands like SYTEM OF A DOWN and ALIEN ANT FARM as it does math metal and modern radio rock…

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Shadowblade – Frozen Serenity

Where the album succeeds is in its ability to constantly offer up some interesting changes that really keep the flow going without any stagnation whatsoever…

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Red Rose – Live The Life You’ve Imagined

The style that the band features is melodic metal in the European vein. The band itself is very new they started only last year and as we speak are currently looking for a big label deal. The group has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Ripper Owens and Sabaton as well.

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Heavenfall – 7 Sins

This often over-indulgence of keyboard does work well in places and really adds a cinematic and melodic wall of sound to songs that may otherwise just sound like standard power metal fare, but at times it can feel a little like overkill and makes the product as a whole seem a little too electronic to be a natural metal album…