Midnattsol (Midnight Sun In Norwegian) is a band that consists of the Germans Daniel Droste και Chris R. Hector (Ahab), and the Norwegian Carmen Elise Espanæs (sister of Liv Kristine Espanæs Krull). Having already a release in the back catalogue
\r\n(“Where Twilight Dwells” 2005) return with a new effort entitled “Nordlys”.
Germany’s Stormwarrior return with their third full length effort, entitled “Heading Northe” and is the continuing of “Northern Rage” (2004). From the foundation of the band, back in 1998 until today, Stormwarrior have many releases (in general: 4 E.P, 3 studio albums and 1 live album).
The Wide known AOR / hard rockers White Lion return with their first full-length release since 1991. (During these years, many collections have been released also). The band’s frontman, the Danish Mike Tramp, has been released many albums as “Mike Tramp” and “Freaks Of Nature”
\r\nThe style of Metalium, as it has been said over and over again in the past, can be defined as “Primal Fear meets Judas Priest”. For one more time, the band presents an album of the same style, which is pure Heavy/Power Metal, similar to their previous albums. “Raw”, with heavy riffs, solid rhythm section, and powerful, expressive vocals, from Henning Basse, superb, both range-wise and performance wise.
It took three years of waiting since the 2005 “Paper Blood” album until the accomplishment of the new album of Denmark’s Royal Hunt, entitled “Collision Course”. The Album is the continuing of the concept album “Paradox” which was the most succeed effort of Royal Hunt, back in 1997, thus the album will be entitled “Collision Course: Paradox II”
Just a couple of days ago, the new Saint Vitus dvd reached me. The Americans recorded their performance that took place in Chicago, on 1st of July 2003, during their reunion tour. It has been such a long time since Wino, Chalder, Adams and Acosta met on stage for the last time, for a full show performing some classic doom metal.
When checking out To-Mera, someone would assume that is dealing with another female fronted modern atmospheric metal band, so either he’s a fan of this genre, and sees them positively, or he’s not very keen, and rejects them. Correct?
The first time I dig this Americans was a couple of months ago, when I picked up their split 12 inch with the Swedish Witchcraft, and The sword really impressed me. Their sound was solid enough, with plenty of good riffage and some melodic licks also .
\r\nThe band Sinew was formed in 2004 and it comes from Germany. After some changes regarding the initial line-up, they release their first official album, titled "the beauty of contrast" via ALVERAN RECORDS. The music of this band is weird. While there‘s obviously a “dark" orientation in the songs, there are plenty of outbursts and then we return again to gloomy and melancholic melodies that again lead to "explosions” of aggressive sentiments and riffs.
\r\nThe new label Underground Activists is a branch of Season Of Mist, devoted to the underground. Hegemon is a French black metal band with a Norwegian sound strongly reminding of older Satyricon and Ulver (at their harder times) or even of the always blameworthy underestimated Obtained Enslavement.