Unleash the Archers – Abyss (2020) – Review

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Oops, it almost happened again. We just about overlooked Abyss, the latest album from Unleash the Archers. Already the pretty juicy Apex suffered some serious delay from the merciless hands of the RMR deck crew. Now this time we caught it, fortunately.

As you may know, we didn’t like it one iota once time stood still. Yet the aforementioned predecessor to this album gave us hope. The overblown theatrics and this multidimensional screaming ceased1), and in came some substance.

Of course, UtA is a Power Metal band and by this calling, they are prone … [...] Click to raid more!

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (2020) – Review

Last updated on 31 December 2020

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Black Anima (2019) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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Lacuna Coil like wordplays. Already their own band name is one, which translates to something like empty or blank coil. Now, their newest full-length album Black Anima (anima = soul in Italian) names stuff in the same vein. I kinda liked this idea already, together with this ominous album cover. All this goodness smacks of change. And change is what we need more of from this band.

Now, already their 2016 record Delirium seriously stole from our coveted stock of brownie points. This one had true promise, and was written … [...] Click to raid more!

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Martyr (2019) – Review

Last updated on 27 December 2020

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The success of a band defines itself by the fan engagement it gets, on live events and any support medium currently available. It basically represents the sum of the actions of all its member musicians – and their hopefully outstanding contributions.

And many times you will find band members in these bands that seem to shine. And kinda stand out from the others, in the bright light the band and its brand disperses overall.

Then – suddenly – the shining ones decide to leave and tempt to go their own … [...] Click to raid more!