\r\nSaga, a band that comes from Canada, is in the scene for almost three decades already. Their album releases and their live performances throughout the years have established their name in what we call as “progressive” rock. This album contains 9 tracks, mostly in a “pure” rock-like style, with the addition of a few progressive elements. Good compositions, though not much impressive. The rhythm section and the piano/synth parts are fine and so is the production, factors that result in a very good sound.
\r\nVlad in Tears consists of four members, comes from Italy and “Seed Of An Ancient Pain” is their first official album release. Their music style is dark gothic-like, something between H.I.M., Sisters of Mercy even Crematory, regarding the more “heavy” parts. The songs are melancholic, they have a dark a feeling, in general, though, I can’t t say I was impressed. Especially during some choruses, the songs seem to lose the whole feeling.
\r\n"Hidden in A Tomb" originally was a demo back in 2000 by the Italian one man project Vardan. In 2007 it is re-released by Folter Records while three more albums are yet to follow. Well, what we have here are 5 tracks of raw underground black metal that however sounds way too underground. But other than that there is nothing really interesting about this release to discharge any kind of mental or audible exhilaration not even at a low-level radiation for that matter.
\r\nCrest Of Darkness is a Norwegian extreme metal band, formed by the former Conception bassist Ingar Amlien. Their sound is a mix of blasting black metal, stomping percussive death metal and heavily constructed thrash metal along with some pure metal influences. The compositions are mostly up tempo under a rigid wall of guitars, fat double-bass drums and blast beats but there are also moments when the sound is pretty much a groovier pummeling frontage with the guitars having a nice razor sound or creating soundscapes full of heaviness.
\r\nDebut album from the Italians Tragodia and it’s a fact that their name is much reflective and absolutely expressive of the entire disk. Previously the band had released two Mini CDs that both went by unnoticeable, something that will also come to pass with this album. The band is given to Atmospheric/Gothic Metal but the problem is that not only they haven’t found their identity yet, but they are just a copy of others and a bad one. Everything on this disk is monotonous and foreseeable and already been heard countless times from other bands that did it in a much better way.
\r\nHellsaw is an Austrian black metal duo consisted by the founding members Aries – Vocals, Bass, Guitars and Svart – Drums. After two years from the predecessor "Spiritual Twilight", Hellsaw return with their third release "Phantasm" by Folter Records while the production was handled by Dark Fortress’ Victor Bullok.
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Rosa Antica born in Turin, Italy and this is their second effort, following the EP “Looking For Something Divine” (2006) The title of the Album is “Seven” and their music is described by them as “Alternative Death Core” (?). According to the promotional leaflet, this genre is a mix of “Death metal riffs, growling Vocals, Gothic Shades, Psychedelic Touches and reflexive, evocative lyrics”. Probably this is the first time for you that hear of this genre, for me is the first (and I hope the last)
\r\nSammath is a dutch band and this is their third release. Their music could be described as militant black metal and the lineup is consisted only by two people, J. Kruitwagen on guitars, vocals, bass and Koos Bos on drums. "Dodengang", as the cover with heads and tanks and the song titles let us assume, it’s about topics of war and death.
Probably I’m not the most suitable man to review the German’s Craving, due too my absence for the Black / Death metal scene for the last couple of years, but their sound sounds familiar to me.
\r\nThe “Demo 2006” is a mixture of Classic blast beat black metal, death metal and thrash metal (German scene). The think that really impressed me is that there are no keys in this CD, the keys that have transformed the glorious black metal scene to Goth / soundtrack metal crap. (Every one of us knows these bands)