Album Reviews

Maiden United – Mind The Acoustic Pieces

We have a very special little release to share with you guys here today and before I get into the full review I will just say that I am surprised by how much I enjoyed it and even if you are unsure about it I implore you to at least check it out. Okay so that’s my ridiculous disclaimer out of the way, so what in the world am I talking about you ask?…

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Disintegrate – Parasites Of A Shifting Future

DISINTEGRATE play a very blackened version of thrash metal that combines speedy head-banging riffs with extreme vocals that blend between death metal like growls to black metal like screams. Yes the people that class this as a thrash metal album are pretty right on, but the closest thrash band I can compare them to intensity wise would be SLAYER…

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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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Left Hand Path – Time To Die!

This little self-produced three track E.P comes with a warning about the fact that it was made with a mega-tight budget and is meant to be old-school underground dirty death metal. Luckily for me I already knew all of this before I received the promotional material from my earlier discussions with the band. Had I not been aware of this I might have been shocked enough to not even bother reviewing it…

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Denied – Seven Stars

So here we are couple of years later and yet again the band has self-released a four track demo titled SEVEN STARS. As far as I know the band are still signed with their label, so I’m not really sure why they have bothered self-releasing another demo, but oh well here it is to let’s take a look…

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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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Mooncry – Rivers Of Heart

I’m glad to say that this time around everything has been significantly improved and now the band can begin their assault with a pretty darn good record behind them. There’s still not quite enough here for this to be a massive album for them, but if they can keep improving at such a fast pace maybe they do have an epic album coming in the future…

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Intervention – Growing Line Of Caskets

The three tracks available here are all excellent and show that the band are gearing up toward something pretty special in the future. Probably the main difference I noticed on this new demo was that the death metal elements that were hinted at on the previous demo are a bit more dominant here…

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Of Blackest Oceans – Vultures

OF BLACKEST OCEANS are a little different in this regard and their ability to write interesting tunes while still pleasing the moshcore crowd is something that deserves applause….