Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day – 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 … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash – Goddess and The Withering!

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Sometimes things are simple. The tune needs to connect straight with yours truly once you start on a record. And – boom – it goes viral in your head. And this just happened with the band Goddess from Norway.

Their album The Withering will catch your attention like that. And it does that with a goofy style mix of ‘Stoner Rock dude meets Death Metal brute’.

The EP was first released in 2014 with a new version out in 2016.1) Now, the updated version released on guitarist/vocalist Alexander Mora‘s label Voidcaller Records with a full remix and remaster. As … [...] Click to raid more!

Wobbler – Dwellers of the Deep (2020) – Review

Last updated on 1 January 2021

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I just browsed these age-old progressive rock pieces. You know, all those bands from back in the ’70s that didn’t quite know what to do with their talent.

Because their fare refused to fit the woozy woo-woo of the day, nor would it mix with the disco nerds. And let’s just forget about the harsher realms of an emerging Hard Rock and early metal scene.

Now, I kinda nursed the idea to scrutinize the old prog rock masters some more and finally get some of ’em on the blog. But this project didn’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Caligula’s Horse – In Contact (2017) – Review

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The path to greatness (or the lack thereof) by any one band out there often1) feels like a journey. Sometimes it is a stairway to heaven, but – more often – a friggin’ rollercoaster to doom. The latter one is usually driven by often bizarre tenets that must be followed. Because the powers that be demand it, whoever that might be, by the way. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes.

Now, with this band, we don’t quite know where things are heading to. Caligula’s Horse released their fourth [...] Click to raid more!