Hex A.D. – Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden (2020) – Review

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For many moons, the drums were beating about this new piece Hex A.D. were about to release. It will be good, they said. It’s from Norway, they said. And for once not of the blackest of black kind. Nor really metallic, neither.

In truth, the band’s file kinda disappeared into the murky depths of the review pipe. It’s sometimes a bit like one of those monstrous libraries. The filing system sucks, and your research always seems to turn up something else. But here I stumbled across a few pretty favorable opinions that gave me pause.

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Sylosis – Live Review – Islington Assembly Hall 2020

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Discovering new music that deeply connects with you becomes rarer as you get older. At least for me.

When I was a teenager, discovering my love for rock/metal was effectively the first steps in becoming the person I am. That’s what being a teenager is about. Discovery.

So it sort of makes sense when you hit your late 20’s that you don’t fall in love with bands as hard as you used to, as your sense of self is far more developed. In theory. But I’m no psychology expert. I’ve just learnt … [...] Click to raid more!

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (2020) – Review

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Over their decade in existence, Diabulus in Musica carved out a pretty lofty place for themselves with the top players of the Symphonic Metal universe. Albeit always with a slightly overdone classical component. A fact that we bemoaned already in our reviews of The Wanderer and Argia.

But still, Zuberoa Aznarez‘ siren’s song and her impressive classically trained vocal powers really hooked us petty much every time. Her contribution, together with Gorka Elso‘s growls, really made for the perfect team.

For quite a while the duo created an almost flawless Beauty and the … [...] Click to raid more!

Kudelski’s Nagra sues Tanagra in a trademark dispute!

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Here’s an interesting one. A tale of David meeting Goliath, played in real-time, today.

In one corner you have the respected audio hardware maker Nagra, owned by the Kudelski Group in Switzerland. Opposite sits a little known Power Metal band called Tanagra from Portland, Oregon in the United States.

So, one well-financed big guy with loads of legal firepower and the puny one with literally none of that facing off at each other. And, in trademark-related cases, this usually does not bode too well for the one with less muscle.

The case!

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