\r\nThere hasn’t been a very long time since the singer and soul of The Gathering, Anneke Van Giersbergen decided to withdraw from the band. The disappointment was big but the sentiments were mixed since a few days after her retirement, everyone knew that she would continue to exist in the musical fields via her personal band by the name Agua De Annique.
\r\nLately we’ve come to see many appreciable releases from the melodic Death Metal genre. Personally the most recent I remember it was the new album of Fall Of Serenity and a few days after this, there is another band that reminds me quite enough of this particular group, yet with its own more personal character and accomplishes to gain a special place in our heart. \r\n
I first met the music of The Equinox Ov The Gods back in 1996 when they released their first CD/LP (Images Of The Forgotten Memories) through the Greek label, Unisound.
\r\nI have a very special\r\nrelationship with Denmark.\r\nI feel that whatever comes out of this country is at least worth while. Let me\r\nname a few bands… Illdisposed, Saturnus, Hatesphere, Mercenary, Raunchy,\r\nBlazing Eternity, Volbeat and the list goes on and on. Here comes a band out of\r\nthe blue called The Burning to shake us down with their performance. After a\r\nfew demos, which got great reviews from Scandinavian press, they release their\r\ndebut album called "Storm The Walls" which will shake the Thrash /\r\nDeath Metal scene.
\r\nAustralians Vanishing Point have been around since 1997 and have already released 4 albums including their latest “The Fourth Season”.
I have to admit that since I heard the first notes from this CD, it really took me by surprise. To be honest, I like it more that the previous stuff from this band. Shaman, who comes from Brazil, is back with Thiago Bianchi replacing Andre Matos on vocals, and he does it successfully. “Immortal” is a heavy album, with aggressive, hard riffs on guitars and very rough parts on drums and the rhythm section in general. Thiago is incredible, and there are some really intense moments in his performance.
\r\nImmaterial Creation come from Thessaloniki and were formed back in 2005. Up till now they\r\nhave released a Demo called The Threshold Of Abyss is their new work which is consisted out of 6\r\ntracks but is characterized as Demo since the whole result leads towards that assumption.
\r\nFuοriuso as you would easily guess from their name is an Italian band and this album consist their first official release. "Black Signs" was originally released in Italy in early 2007 and now it is time for its international release. Musically their sound is a mixture of sleazy/ glam and hard rock reminiscent of bands like Twisted Sister, Poison and Hanoi Rocks but with some indiscernible doses of Pistols/Ramones musical punk flavor.
Elnordia came from Russia, and they are about to make a very good impression in the European music scene from their first album “Insight”. “Insight” is a Mixture of Septic Flesh and Crematory with many influences from Theater Of Tragedy and Within Temptation. The album contains 9 tracks of music quality equal to Crematory, with brutal and in specific parts clean male vocals and many melodic guitar lines that can easily stick in your mind. The Female Vocals are in the vain of Sharon from Within Temptation.
\r\nDepressed\r\nMode is from Finland and play Funeral Doom as they state, something about I\r\ntotally disagree. I also disagree with the phenomenon of “labeling” the music, but once they labeled\r\ntheir own music, I have no choice but to disagree with their musical identity.\r\n