Maziac and those Permutations!

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Do you want to know what really got me to listen to Maziac‘s newest EP Permutations? It was these three weirdos sitting on the couch mumbling to the lyrics of a clip of that same name. And that almost knocked me off my comfy reviewer’s chair. Albeit that all of that unfair mirth stopped dead once the band really took off and showed some real grit and – indeed – astonishing acerbic power.

At first, the folks over at Maziac blast away like any classic or heavy rock band. But then, they quickly hit you with a mix … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Solar Gift Live, sent by Jupiter Hollow!

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I am fascinated by Jupiter Hollow‘s video clip called Solar Gift that somehow strayed off their 2020 record Bereavement and found its way onto our huge video screen. But we weren’t dazzled by outstanding cinematographic craftsmanship, far from it.

The video itself feels like one of those Covid live sessions, shot in a studio on a ubiquitous band action setting. So, nothing really to write home about from that angle. Not that those videos are bad, we enjoyed a few cool ones over the last year or so. And perhaps too many.

Yet here, Solar Gift comes in a … [...] Click to raid more!

Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day (2009) – 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 fact, … [...] Click to raid more!

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel – Polaris (2021) – 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 a … [...] Click to raid more!