Ashbringer – Yügen – Review

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First, add a part of Wilderun. Then take a measure of Caladan Brood, mix in a trifle of Summoning. Next, forget about the drum machine of the latter two and replace their ever-present synthesizer with a real band.

Not that the sophomore album Yügen from Ashbringer is devoid of synthesized elements, far from it. But compared to the high-powered art of blackened electronica of some Black Metal acts, this is music made by real people – if you get my drift. The fact that the band members are mostly still in their late teens is just another … [...] Click to raid more!

Avaland – Theater of Sorcery – Review

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Hells bells. Avaland‘s cover art for their new album Theater of Sorcery almost got the better of me. Because right away, I could not help but be harassed by a psychedelic vision of Avantasia’s Ghostlights.1) And this came about, because – their art indeed resembles what Tobias Hammet’s outfit presented some time ago. In an ominous and geeky kind of way.

But actually, the cover perfectly fits in with the ubiquitous Power Metal theme. But – more importantly – it goes well with Avaland‘s calling that they claim to be metal operas.

A style direction … [...] Click to raid more!

Alkerdeel – Slonk (2021) – Review

Last updated on 7 April 2021

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I just finished writing a review that shall appear in the future. And I admit, it didn’t go well. Same as Alkerdeel‘s Slonk, this other record also advocates a mixture of sludge and doom, lost in ethereal wailings, muted riffs, and beastly drums. Only, it just doesn’t click, nor does it convey oomph or passion.

But Alkerdeel here truly deliver a ferocious brand of their very unique metal moonshine. And this on a bed of more or less authentic Black Metal vibes. A style that seems to fit the theme … [...] Click to raid more!