Jo Below have No Control!

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Spring’s coming (we hope) and I went searching for some California feel-good music. You know, that snazzy piece of rock that will make you pull down the soft-top, so that the hot sun can burn the skin off your ass. To cruise North along the bars of Malibu on your way to the beach, with surfboards, and what have you.

So, here Jo Below‘s No Control hit me with their carefree brand of rock ‘n’ roll that comes with the slightly smoky voice of Johanna Kari. Only, they’re not from Californian Pacific Coast, but from – Finland of … [...] Click to raid more!

Dance, by Cellar Darling. Wait, what?

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I’ll be damned.

It’s astonishing what havoc a simple departure from Eluveitie can wreak. Yep, this is about Anna Murphy and her merry men who defected from the aforementioned band to found Cellar Darling in 2016. But this particular outfit never quite made it onto our radar for some reason.

Yet now, the band’s latest clip Dance finally scored a hit, and big time. Their newest concoction is quite a piece of work. And – I daresay – with a style that is pretty far removed from the pagan lore they pushed before.

The description states that the band took … [...] Click to raid more!

Betonkrebs by Zeit, a furious lament!

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Zeit are very angry, furious actually. That’s why they decided to slam an EP onto the music market that is – for now – seriously hampered by the current pandemic. And indeed, they hail from Germany where the restrictions are especially harsh these days.

But – wait a minute – they don’t lament the current virus, other people are already doing this ad nauseam. Instead, they got us a dirge for the useless Year of the Dark Lord 2020. About all those many other dumb issues that happened then and kinda disappeared under the radar of things.

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The Conjurer, by Insomnium. Winter melancholy!

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Nothing and nobody has been able to really copy that typical Insomnium style. Nor should anybody, right? This muted cathedral sound, spiked with discreet symphonic elements. All of this usually delivers on smoothly flowing, soaring guitars – three of them actually – and Niilo Sevänen‘s stately growls. Plus a few cleans, just for spice.

We were already quite impressed with Heart Like a Grave back in 2019, a somewhat more assertive piece than the former ones. And the question is, what comes next?

Well, their new video The Conjurer does. If anything, the band didn’t jettison any of their … [...] Click to raid more!