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CRASHDIET – Scandinavian Hell Tour 2013

When Michael Sunden, the manager of Crashdiet, suddenly passed away after slipping and suffering from head injuries at a live gig, the Swedish act found themselves with a scheduled tour dates but with no money to support it. So in order to keep the tour alive, they started an Indie GoGo fund-raiser that turn out

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Stormwarrior – Thunder & Steele

Ok, this is it, this is the way European power/speed metal should be performed. Although, not much of a fan of the genre anymore, Stormwarrior’s 6th album, “Thunder & Steele” kept my interest until the end. Heavy influenced by the Helloween, “Walls of Jericho” era and ofcourse by Gamma Ray, “Heading for Tomorrow” and “Sigh

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Lake of Tears – By The Black Sea

We have expecting for this release for sometime now, a live album was all that was missing from the Sweds dark rock/metal pioneers Lake of Tears. Released on Jan 31st, “By The Black Sea” consists of 16 numbers, a full concert recorded in 2013 in Bucharest. The 16 tracks come from the bands back catalog

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Shear – Katharsis

Sunday is the official day we update the blog (whether we like it or not). Dozens of new promos to hear, most of them not particularly good – not because they suck but rather because they don’t feet with my taste. But, as a gentleman and a man who honors his obligations I have to

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Alcest – Shelter

Alcest is the synonym of evolution, no matter how they will end up sounding, they will always be the ones setting the standards. They started as a post black band and they transformed to a dream pop magnificent. Setting aside their metal influences and with the help of producer Birgir Jon (Sigur Ros) they drive

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Monkey 3 – The 5th Sun

Fourth album for the Swiss act Monkey 3 and things seems to work just fine in terms of inspiration for this guys. The seven sweeping compositions on “The 5th Sun” showcase references from prog., psychedelia and stoner rock. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Porcupine Tree are their main influences without ofcourse loosing their identity. The

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The Unguided – Fragile Immortality

Founded from the former and founding Sonic Syndicate, brothers Richard & Roger Sjunnesson,  The Unguided have just released (31/Jan) a highly dynamic and modern death metal album. “Fragile Immortality” features highly infectious melodies combined with metall heaviness. The vocal duo of Roland Johansson & Richard Sjunnesson, who also shared vocals in Sonic  Syndicate, does exceptional work on alternating

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Iskald – Nedom og Nord

Two years after their previous work “The Sun I Carried Alone”, Iskald return with an album that was in the making for all that long . “Nedom og Nord” contains six long-length numbers of fierce, intense and cold music grafted with massive guitars, aggressive bass lines, complex drumming, harsh vocals and exceptional melodies. Nedom og Nord”is

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