Eye of Purgatory – The Lighthouse (2021) – Review

Last updated on 24 July 2021

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Death Metal and Rogga Johansson are one of a kind. If there’s anybody in the metal multiverse who qualifies as an ambassador for that specific genre, he definitely is da man.

This guy doesn’t just make his brand of favorite music, he actually lives it. The list of active band projects is so long, it gives you a headache just to browse through them. To name just one, Paganizer, with its rough Death Metal offering, is probably the best-known outfit he successfully haunts.

And – of course – Mr. Johansson here already crossed [...] Click to raid more!

Vokonis – Odyssey (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Okay, I confess. I am a sucker for great album covers. And Vokonis‘ new piece Odyssey just made me pick up that record by the sheer force of its art. A bird that is about to be swallowed by THE VORTEX1) with ethereal floating cities as companions? It’s as psychedelic as they come. And we loved every pixel of it.

Invitations to weirdo country with a soundscape on steroids full of spacey, psychedelic electronica. That’s what it suggests, right? Or is the vortex there to channel those annoying shouted vocals a … [...] Click to raid more!

Wormlight – Nightmother (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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Why is it that we always like to return to known values? Some of it is – I guess – the doubtful comfort of familiarity. Soundscapes that come with a set of rulez that were painted in hellish runes on blackened walls eons ago.

Visions of burning churches, sweaty halls filled with screaming fans that are egged on by hairy beasts with corpse paint on their faces. With rasped messages howled at them in often intelligible growls. All of that comes with that whiff of the unknown, hints of the underworld suddenly visible … [...] Click to raid more!

Bewitcher – Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (2021) – Review

Last updated on 23 June 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!