Van Halst – World of Make Believe (2016) – Review

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I can tell you what they are not. Van Halst are not some sort of an Evanescence clone, as was suggested by some.

Their debut World of Make Believe features some pretty strong similarities for sure. But they don’t imitate the typical sound of the latter, nor should they. If there has been a typical style left, that is, after the unhappy departure of the old band around Ben Moody.

Van Halst deploy a much fresher and – I daresay – a more thoughtful brand. Too tough and more varied than their alleged idols. And this is a good thing. … [...] Click to raid more!

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014) – Review

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You know what this makes me think of? Mainstream – rock-solid mainstream. 

This is what the 7th studio album Broken Crown Halo of Lacuna Coil screams at me. All this wrapped nicely in the typical Lacuna Coil ball gown – perhaps with more Pop Rock mixed into it this time.

Some softer tongues (not the evil ones, for once) in the reviewer community seem to tell me that all this is an attempt for Lacuna Coil to redeem themselves and to re-discover their old style. But gosh, if I would face the final exit of a long-time lead guitarist AND the drummer to boot, for [...] Click to raid more!

We are the Fallen – Tear The World Down (2010) – Review

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Don’t we like another Evanescence album, and then a good one to boot? Questions over questions once you start on that record.

It is indeed the old band, just without Amy Lee. And a lot of that stuff they produce really sounds like it. Just listen to Tear The World Down and you’ll understand. Interestingly, the frontwoman Carly Smithson at times really sounds like Lee, so evil tongues could say We are the Fallen have recreated their own band all over again.

But this would be way too simplistic and nothing is ever simple in life, right? Now, folks, [...] Click to raid more!