Hexenklad – Heathenheart (2021) – Review

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Archaeology says they were in Canada eons ago. We’re talking about the Norse explorers that (apparently) invaded modern-day Canada some 500 years before Columbus struck down South. Those are captivating stories about Vikings trying to settle what is today North America. Only to get in trouble with the Skraelings of a millennium ago and to finally abandon their quest.

This inspired several Canadian bands like SIG:AR:TYR to hop onto that very specific bandwagon (or Viking ship) and start riffing about it. And not only that. The mystical lands of the Canadian outback and its fascinating history motivated a small but … [...] Click to raid more!

Gojira – Fortitude (2021) – Review

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The Germans have Rammstein, North America sprouts flowers like Nickelback, and the French – well – they boast slightly greenish produce like Gojira. And yes, I mean French. Even if Joe Duplantier likes to reside in New York, many leagues away from his native soil.

In a way, it’s a bit like every nation or region gets the flavor it deserves. All of those bands are … interesting in a geeky kind of way. And they all share an uncanny and tremendous success with the masses.

But until now, those bands boast yet another common trait. And … [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become part … [...] Click to raid more!