Metallica – Load (1996) – Review

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The 1996 album Load of Metallica really was the red-headed stepchild of my music collection for a long time. It got to be the sandwich in between the self-titled Black Album and Reload with The Unforgiven II. Only Load did not contain anything unforgiven or any excitement that we could write home about.

But is this really so? Did they really lose the rudder and compass at the same time, as some of my brethren suggested? Kinda adrift in strange oceans and lost on unknown lands.

Well, perhaps the fact that Thrash Metal firmly departed out the door played a [...] Click to raid more!

Gorilla Pulp – Peyote Queen (2016) – Review

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Ah, groovy! The first track Die of Thirst just started to blast out of my headphones, taking me on a journey. Where is my snazzy headband and embroidered, henna-colored sleeveless jacket before I continue? This harkens back, way back in time to the druggy, psychedelic times Hard Rock was born out of blues and stuff.

Gorilla Pulp really adopt this pre-metal style in Peyote Queen. A style in fashion back in the ’70’s up to the early ’80s and delivered with an enthusiasm that is frankly refreshing. I am constantly reminded of Black Sabbath and their very first contribution to [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015) – Review

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2015 is over and now I continue to unearth all these hidden gems that somehow went missing last year. And I am unhappy to say that I really missed that one.

Hand. Cannot. Erase. from Progressive Rock adept Steven Wilson is a very special piece of work. In fact, you will find a lot of early progressive hooks on this disk, sometimes with flavors of old prog masters mixed into all that. But I was not very confident that Steven Wilson could indeed release a new album that would blow the 2013 The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) pretty … [...] Click to raid more!

Tiamat – Wildhoney (1994) – Review

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Is it good or bad to be reminded right away of another band, when starting on a new review?

Wildhoney of the Swedish band Tiamat does exactly that to you. And the album resembles – in style – to what we get to hear from bands like modern-day Moonspell and Pink Floyd. Aye, I kid you not.

But even if this is so, it means that Tiamat display vision, creativity, and courage to go to places where no others were before. They just take inspiration from other work (in this case Pink Floyd) and then run with it. Because the … [...] Click to raid more!