Bewitcher – Cursed Be Thy Kingdom – Review

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Oh boy. It looks like The Beast finally possessed a band and made them play some metal. In other words, Iron Maiden chanted it for a few decades and Bewitcher here got the bug. Big time. But we’ll never know, of course, if it is really The Daemon at work or only Eddie with a cosmic joke.

And already the band’s slogan that I found on one of their sites – “Heavy Metal at the speed of Satan” – got on my good side real fast. So, I admit, that play button got pushed somewhat gleefully. Because I didn’t … [...] Click to raid more!

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!

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

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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 RMR deck crew here does have … [...] Click to raid more!