CULT OF LUNA A Dawn to Fear

I have a confession to make, and it is maybe a bit blasphemic but here it is: for my money Swedish sextet Cult of Luna is the absolute pinnacle of post metal (or whatever you want to call it) scene. Neurosis are way past their prime, Isis are long gone but this band has stayed…

FREEDOM CALL M.E.T.A.L.

Twenty years have passed since happy metallers Freedom Call have stepped on then bludgeoning power metal scene with their classic debut album Stairway to Fairyland and many things have changed since then, but Chris Bay and his cohort haven’t moved one iota from their initial belief. This year marks the nice jubilee since that mentioned…

ENDSEEKER The Harvest

We all know the role of Sweden in metal world, of course. For this time we will concentrate on HM2 pedal driven sound of death metal and era when Sunlight studio was the law and bands such as early Entombed, Grave and Dismember dominated the worldwide death metal scene. Albums such as Left Hand Path,…

RAM The Throne Within

Swedish heavy metal overlords Ram show no signs of stopping their well-oiled killing machine (pun absolutely intended, as I will explain further): this year marks the 20th anniversary of the band, and there is no better way to celebrate it than to release the new album which shows that the band is in great shape.…

VULTURE Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves

Here we have the second full length of Deutsch speed metal lunatics Vulture entitled Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves, and I must say at the very beginning that I am happy to see this band on Metal Blade who picked up this hot name to give them recognition they rightfully deserve. Vulture is relatively new…

KULL Exile

If you ever wondered how the next studio album of mighty Bal-Sagoth could sound I guess that Kull is the answer. Well, the debut album from bothers Maudling (who stands actually behind the music of Bal-Sagoth) actually sounds like the second part of ”The Chthonic Chronicles”. Furthermore, some songs like ”A Summoning of War” really…

ARCH/MATHEOS Winter Ethereal

The last few years have been a really good time to be a Fates Warning fan. Not only the band itself is on the creative upswing, culminating with their best album in years entitled Theories of Flight, but they have also resurrected the legendary John Arch to celebrate live their immortal album Awaken the Guardian.…