CD Reviews

Dustin Behm-The Beyond

  Dustin Behm has translated an unlimited amount of musical ideas through fingers to guitar with new release The Beyond. There’s no telling where his fretboard thoughts and fantasies will go, note to note, riff to riff, but he’s recorded 13 songs with insanely complex sound tapestries built to show what he’s capable of on the neck. With solos and note clusters that sound perfectly laser cut w...[Read More]

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead

Leaves‘ Eyes are the loud, proud, symphonic, growling scribes of Nordic history and the tellers of ancient sagas. Whether swinging swords on the shore, pillaging a village or playing in the forest they bring the middle ages to modern life, seamlessly intertwining music and narrative. They’ve sung about mermaids, the Vinland’s, strong and passionate women, and the first king of Norway as they’ve mo...[Read More]

Wait Hell In Pain – Wrong Desire

  Rome, Italy’s Wait Hell In Pain tackles the series issue of physical abuse against women on their debut Wrong Desire. The record’s fictional main character May endures physical and psychological abuse, eventually reaching her boiling point. Knowing the past can’t be changed and the ramifications of her emerging dark thought patterns, she contemplates escape by any means necessary. Turning h...[Read More]

SERENADE – ONIRICA

Formed in 2009 with debut record Wandering Through Sorrow under their belts, Italian symphonic new blood Serenade changed direction, sound and band members straying from an early gothic sound to a heavier, progressive thrash feel. Sophomore release Onirica has the hallmarks of the symphonic greats, bombastic sounds, grandiose guitars and the searing, stirring soprano delivery of vocalist Claudia L...[Read More]

Black Mare – Death Magick Mother

Imagine the scene in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy plays the record over the PA system as the ladies sing about something so beautiful it couldn’t be put in words. Sera Timms has put words to the music though it’s almost a distant background accompaniment. Like a distant alluring voice in the mist or a hypnotic, subliminal call in a dream. Black Mare is Los Angeles based Timms’ solo endeavor ...[Read More]

Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

High-spirited, high-flying female fronted symphonic metal from Tuscan by way of Montreal, QC comes from the four members of Insatia. Like the flowing astral angel in the cosmos on the cover, Zoë Federoff, ascends listeners up with heavenly operatic vocals, melding a sound intertwining Siobhán Fahey (Shakepeares Sister) and Anette Olzon (Nightwish).  The music plays with a ballerinas grace as her v...[Read More]

Kabbalah – Spectral Ascent

Kabbalah comes from Pamplona, Spain, comprised of drummer Carmen, bassist Marga formerly of local band Las Culebras and guitarist Alba. The curiosity of the esoteric mystery’s that loom in the darker realms of witchcraft and closed door arts intrigued the ladies to create new music in 2013. They began a unique, impressive cycle of music that’s progressed to this year’s Spectral Ascent. Primitive S...[Read More]

Nervecell – Past, Present …Torture

Nervecell answers the territorial question of what would happen if Dubai invaded ancient Egypt with musically-heavy atrocities. Breathing life and voice into their own god’s with thrashing loud, heavy, technical guitars, blistering drums and a voice from the abyss itself with bludgeoning death metal bowing to Nile, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Behemoth and Origin in the Middle East. Formed in 2000, thei...[Read More]

Death Koolaid bring more Poison on Vol. 2

The seven songs on the new release from Death Koolaid could be compared to the thought process of a straight jacketed inmate running into walls playing cranium bumper car. Death Koolaid’s music is loud, erratic, abrasive, screaming in your face with rude intent. Vol. 2 is a fast paced pit serenade to the speed of punk and the feminine screaming likes of Butcher Babies, along with Otep, Wendy O. Wi...[Read More]

Scarleth’s Silver Lining

Two records into their career, Kyiv, Ukraine’s, Scarleth have written, sculpted and recorded music that speaks beyond a band releasing their sophomore effort. Through numerous member changes they’ve crafted a sound blending Euro symphonic influence with thrash and modern melodious rock. Scarleth is Victor Morozov (guitar), Yana Kovalskaya (keyboards), new vocalist Ekaterina Kapshuk, Igor Chumak (b...[Read More]

Banned from Hell- Fall of Humanity

Banned From Hell  is an Italian metal band hailing from Florence. Their style is basked in the multi-instrument, genre exploring realms of experimentation, black metal, Nordic styles and what Shadows Fall, Amon Amarth and Lamb of God might sound like morphed in with keyboards and gothic/horror themes and vampiric imagery. In 2015 Fall of Humanity was recorded and made for the impressive ear that a...[Read More]

A Darker Color Bright

A one man band from the Midwest, shrouded in mystery, prompted not on name recognition or image but on the sounds and talent of his work and imagination. Sometimes the greatest complex depth and detail comes from simplicity. A Darker Color Bright, whoever it is, is 100% responsible for what you hear on the six-song EP Adcbep1, from writing to playing to production it all comes from his mind. In th...[Read More]

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