Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day – Review

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The album On This Perfect Day from Arjen Lucassen‘s Progressive Metal project Guilt Machine feels vaguely familiar. It constantly plays stuff we may have heard somewhere. Bits of sound that waft over here from the past, ideas that float by like long gone echoes of things that are not quite tangible. Yet, they never really manifest themselves and show their colors.

So, could it be that it is the concept and this retro coloring of technologies long out of fashion that gets us this impression?

Because this record is much more complex than just simple tunes strung together. In … [...] 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!

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel – Polaris – Review

Last updated on 8 May 2021

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We currently need (want) two things on this blog. First, our search sonar is on to bands that are nobody’s bitch. Away from those outfits that cling to the narrowest of styles, and then go ahead and defend it as if their life depended on it.

And then, we need more rock, believe it or not. Lately, the focus has been way too much on the brethren of the metallic underbelly of that mighty rocky beast.

And this means that bands with that kind of firepower are far and few between. But the … [...] Click to raid more!

Saille – V – Review

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Ah yes, they still exist. Bands that waste no time and just try to bludgeon you into submission with their mighty hammer of excellent blackened alloy. Blast beats that rumble comfortably across yer stomach, pitch-black tremolo fests, and rasps that scrape about yer earphones like so many pointed fingernails on a blackboard.

And I am not talking about these copycats that just go ahead, strum wildly on their downturned guitars, and try to hypnotize ye with needless drum work. The elaborate RMR selection process will only weed them out and show them the exit door out back. The one … [...] Click to raid more!