Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (1983) – Review

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Let’s face it. The ’80s were Iron Maiden‘s heyday. Alongside others, like the mighty Dio, this band truly wrote metal history. A decade that delighted us with records like The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, or again the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. All of them friggin’ heavy hitters in their own right. Talk about the creativity of a band totally unchained and in full creative vigor.

Fast forward to modern times, it is now some five years since The Book of Souls hit our turntables. And nobody knows yet … [...] Click to raid more!

Myrkur – Folkesange (2020) – Review

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Myrkur, the outfit that messed up the comfortable, tremolo-laden life of many a Black Metal addict over the last years. A band led by a female better known in the pop multiverse. And without any metallic credentials to her credit.

Amalie Bruun truly followed her very own instinct to the fiery metal pit. Her metal persona features a mix between ethereal folksy parts and disturbing metal screams on a bed of tremolo. Just go ahead and twirl M, you’ll understand what I mean. Then follow up with the somewhat unhinged Mareridt. A piece … [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – The Magician’s Birthday (1972) – Review

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Ah, it’s time for another one, ain’t it? A long time has passed since our last Heep review. And what better times than these difficult ones to write a new piece on one of the most underrated rock bands of all time.

And – of course – what immediately comes to mind is the year 1972. That is when the breakthrough record Demons and Wizards hit the shelves with a vengeance. And – more importantly – when Uriah Heep boasted one of their strongest lineups ever. David Byron, Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, and Gary Thain formed … [...] Click to raid more!

Tethra – Empire of the Void (2020) – Review

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Metal music is where many proponents dearly love a constant. Genres nicely stowed into neat little boxes and progressing along rulez that someone once decreed.

Someone.

Because we have no idea who that may have been. It’s a bit like the unwritten book of laws turned terrible grimoire. Because everyone can establish a style and then declare it the law of metal.

And some of those freewheelers paid a pretty hefty price. Like the astounding amounts of hate Myrkur had to endure. Because the band around Amalie Bruun dared to challenge the guardians of the genre’s … [...] Click to raid more!