\r\nFinnish Withering had released the album "Gospel of Madness" in 2004 and even though with delay, we shall comment on this cd, because it is worthmentioned. Even if it was released in 2004, all the songs are in the style, which Finland has in 90s. The receipt is classic and successful. Heavy guitars in the background, simple melodic and inspiring leads and of course dark and melancholic brutal vocals, everything in mid-tempo rythms with a very good production. In other words, typical finnish melodic death metal.
\r\nFinnish Dark The Suns are trying to play a mix between Nightwish and Dark Tranquility (kind of). Heavy guitars, piano in a leading role, clean pseudo-gothic and brutal vocals compose the whole mood. The compositions are quite mediocre and reused although the melodies on which the tracks are based are good enough. What totally spoiled my feeling is the enormous lack of personality both in style and in compositions.
\r\nHere things are very simple. Finnish Pain Confessor will surely make you bang your head in a violent manner. Thrash/Death with a slender touch of melodies (imperceptible one). Something like Testament meets At The Gates meets Soilwork. Perfect production, hardening riffs, drums that carry you to extremes and even though there are quite breaks, the adrenaline still remains up in high levels through the entirety of the CD. Many words are unnecessary, all 10 tracks are wild smashers. So invest fearlessly. \r\n
\r\nTranslation:Vaso Prassa \r\n
\r\nI confess that I was really anxious for the\r\nrelease of the new album of Crematory, since every album that the German band\r\nreleases has many elements that I really like. It is true though, that none of\r\nthe bands albums has ever thrilled me in its entity, and that’s because at some\r\npoint the album seems to repeat itself. That’s all as far as it concerns me,\r\nfrom that point on anyone can draw his conclusions.
\r\nKinetic is a Greek extreme metal band that came to life when vocalist Savvas Betinis (previously known as the frontman of the now defunct Death/Thrash/Progressive Metal band Acid Death), Brainfade’s guitarists Manolis Mamas and Stavros Bonikos and Kostas Alexakis, drummer of the cult Heavy/Power Metal band Wisdom, decided to join forces in 2002 retaining their musical uneasiness through the death/thrash/progressive sound.
\r\nLillian Axe belongs to the so called “obscured” groups which have been really underestimated through out the years. Maybe the music category/”stamp” which would follow the band since the 80’s played a very important role, as categorizing a band’s music sometimes affects its carrier progress, plus, in some cases, it’s all relevant when it comes to this procedure. \r\n
\r\nThis is the fourth full length album of the band “Elvenking” and I think that it proves that they don’t rely on their past work, on the contrary, they keep on getting better all the time. For those who may not be aware of this group, their music is a mixture of Folk and Heavy/Power Metal, along with "unceasing" death-like passages. Their style reminds you of bands such as Blind Guardian, Skyclad even Iced Earth (in some vocal parts), while through very fast changes, the songs turn to In Flames and Children of Bodom-like stuff.
\r\n“No grass is greener than yours” is a cd-single with 3 tracks from the album “Maeder”. The Australia-based band is influenced by AC/DC so much, that one can easily recognize similar parts (I use this word in order to avoid saying “almost the same”), like for instance in the beginning of the song “Never Last”. Musically, they play Hard Rock, though, in a more glam/pop version, which I have to admit it’s not that impressive.
\r\nSometimes only one song is enough to bring images to your mind, images that come from another era, another culture, when “poser” was culminating and the whole glam rock style was a matter of many discussions as a big part of heavy metal fans would never accept that these bands belong to the metal scene at all. I think that such a generalization is a bit risky, as more or less, we all are emotionally attached to some songs of this genre, even if we didn’t like it as a whole. \r\n
\r\nThe album was released in 2006 but since we received it only recently, we make its presentation under this delay. Arcanar is a band from Russia and "Dusty Lord" is their debut album. The entire work is quite unusual from the view of many different angles. The most basic factor is that everything in this record is in the native language of the band and without a trace not so ever of English.