SEVENTH CRYSTAL, the rock band from the fertile Swedish music scene that describes their music as hard rock with arena influences and great melodies, big choruses and a strong identity have released their latest EP that takes a slight twist from their first two albums but promises not to disappoint their strong fan base.
Ruling the Street Scene
When a band names themselves after an Alice Cooper song (Generation Landslide) and then writes a song in tribute to one of my all-time favorite musicians Phil Lynott (THIN LIZZY) I’m all in, so let’s see what these young upstarts bring to the table.
They are not without talent, and my advice would be to get rid of the harsh tones and overly sappy laments.
CATHUBODUA developed their own and unique Metal sound, based on a large variety of genres ranging from the classics to Folk and Death Metal
Conqueress – Forever Strong And Proud
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All Is Well
Obviously talented as a band, this was an intriguing album to listen to. I loved that they embraced the 80’s at times, while clearly forging their own unique path. Although I do wish some of the melodies could have been developed and made to linger a bit longer, there is plenty of room for the listeners to explore.
Men Guðs hond er sterk
I feel that the album is a marriage of music and meaning, with each track's themes aligning with the music itself. The album's lyrical content and musical arrangements work in tandem to convey a cohesive message or narrative. This thematic consistency adds depth and resonance to the music, and it's clear that every aspect of the album was carefully considered to ensure that the themes and music complement each other. I haven’t “felt” another album as deeply this year.
Before the Dawn
Sometimes as a reviewer, I can expect a certain sound from a veteran band and songwriter. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised. The album delivers a powerful punch with its beefy and bulky sound, showcasing the band's raw energy and intensity. However, the big surprise comes in the form of its melodies, which add a layer of depth and complexity to the music. Now, I am very much looking forward to another full-length from the band.
A blend of dreamy melodies and tender vocals creates a sonic landscape that is both soothing and enchanting. Each track is like a musical dream, with ethereal sounds that transport listeners to a world of tranquility and beauty. The tender vocals add a heartfelt quality to the music.
New Horizons Pt. 2
The bulky and cumbersome side of the album is as heavy as anything that I have heard this year. But the lighter, more ambient side has some very strong melodies. The way that the band connects them can be sharp and unorthodox, but that it what makes the album provocative.
Destruction Is All We Know
When the genres Thrash and Groove Metal pop up in your head, which bands immediately come to mind? SEPULTURA or PANTERA? EXHORDER? Or maybe even MACHINE HEAD? I have a lesser known but equally heavy band for you to try: ALMOST DEAD, a four-man group from the Bay Area of California.
The album was excellent. A combination of strong musicianship and varied songwriting was what they presented, all done with a dark and chilling touch, that leave the listener wallowing in their own suffering.
In the annals of Black Metal, which I have explored thoroughly, the album just doesn’t stand out for me. Although the first few songs were interesting, the remainder of them took on a similar sound. The production is also very raw and amateur sounding, which I am guessing was on purpose. It wasn’t horrible, but also wasn’t that good.
On the Advancement of Decay
A fine EP is what this North American Technical Death Metal act offers to you.
Black | Death | Doom
This fine mix between Blackened Death Metal and Doom Metal is really a good surprise heard on this EP.
A good Old School Death Metal release, but don't have great expectations.
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Switch To Reset
A very good Classic Thrash Metal release is offered by this Irish quartet. What are you waiting for?
Potraits Of Dismay
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God is Violence
Pay attention to the sermons of this Hardcore/Crossover/Thrash Metal act.
On the album, the melody creeps through the darkness, each note tinged with a sinister edge. The storm outside mirrored the turmoil within, as the keyboard danced under the musician's fingers. The music told a story of shadows and secrets, drawing the listener into its dark and stormy depths. If this is Satan coming back to move us forward, I say welcome him with a smile.
The album started off a bit slow, but it picked up with energy and intensity, as well as varied riffs as it moved along. I like that the band took some chances, and changed their sound a few times along the way. Although the vocals were raging and the singer has a strong harsh voice, a little variation on that front could have lifted the album up a bit more.
Open Wide O Hell
Fall of Serenity
Melodic Death Metal is one of those genres that has become overgrown with bands lately. As I see it, there are two ways to separate yourself from your peers…either go harder, or go more melodic. This bans leans towards the former of the two, because many of their melodies are subdued. The more “pedal to the floor” type of sound makes sense, when you consider their introduction, but I don’t hear a lot of surprises. It’s a good album, however, but could be better if the band did supply more surprises.
The Way of Ancients
The album is a testament to the band's ability to blend hardened metal elements with a touch of melody. Each track is a powerful display of raw energy and aggression, yet beneath the surface lies a subtle layer of melody that adds depth and complexity to the music. From blistering guitar riffs to soaring melodies, the album is an exploration of the intersection between metal and melody, leaving listeners immersed by its raw power and emotional depth.
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“Magnetic” is an excellent showing for DUNE PILOT’s first album on the Argonauta label. It manages to explore a lot of range while still forging straight forward.
I can’t say there is anything extraordinarily innovative about WITCHORIOUS, the band or the album, but there is something that is undeniably compelling about them both.
Opus Ferox II – Mark of the Beast
This album seamlessly blends three distinct elements into a cohesive and captivating whole. The musicianship displayed is nothing short of fantastic, with each musician showcasing their talent and skill with precision and flair. The progressive heaviness of the music adds a raw and intense energy. Yet, amidst the heaviness, there is a melodically blissful quality that provides a sense of balance and harmony. It's this balance between technicality, intensity, and beauty that elevates the album to greatness, creating a listening experience that is truly unforgettable.
BORKNAGAR's back, and with another masterpiece into Progressive/Avant-garde Black Metal/Folk/Viking! It's a matter of loving it or loving it!
Night Shall Drape Us
It’s safe to say that I am disappointed with the album. A band with this level of talent and signed to a major record label should be forging new paths in the genre, and believe me, there is plenty of room out there for that. Instead, they go with what is comfortable and perhaps what they believe their fans will want to hear.
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