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Music Review: Dead Soul Communion Album: MMXVII

 

Available: NOW

Label: Self Released/ Def2Music Records

Official Websites: 

https://www.facebook.com/thedeadsoulcommunion

 

Ok I am bit late with this one.  I apologize to Dead Soul Communion for this review taking as long as it had but…well….here is the review now!

It is a bit rare to hear a band that mixes doom elements, some modern, albeit minor elements of modern emo bands and also have a very nice clean production.  Rarer still is for such a mixture to all actually come together in a nice accessible package.  However after listening to Dead Soul Communion’s ‘MXVII’ the band really has put together a nice musical offering that should engage and purist metal head while also maybe bringing in a more ‘modern’ audience.  The best I can describe the band is that they have traditional doom elements, perhaps like my co=worker thought Paradise Lost and some goth sounds like The 69 Eyes.

The band hosts ex members from several other bands such as 13 Candles, Pain Control, Organ Grinder and several others. To be honest, I have no idea about those other bands or what they sound like.  But if those bands are similar to Dead Soul Communion they might be something worth checking out as I feel Dead Soul Communion really put out a really solid album that is real joy to listen to.

Another thing I have to really give credit to the band on is that for an independent band their production on this album is really something to be envied.  I have heard more professional acts have shittier sound.  So my hats off to the producer and band.

If you have a chance to listen to ‘MMXVII’ or check out Dead Soul Communion live I really think you need to jump on that boat and give these guys a chance.  Great stuff to be heard here.

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Music Review: Crazy Lixx Album: Ruff Justice

 

In today’s world there are so many ways of discovering new bands and metal without having to rely on the opinions of a major media outlet, i.e. MTV.  Now with everything so interconnected with the internet and technology a person can seek out, and in my case, get lucky and stumble upon cool bands by pure accident while enjoying a cool new video game.

The band I speak of is Crazy Lixx. A glam/hard rock outfit coming out of Sweden that if a person didn’t know better, would think they were a band that literally came out of the 80’s since they re-create that Sunset Strip glam rock sound so well.  The video game I speak of is the new Friday the 13th The Game which was recently released by Gun Media.  Both Crazy Lixx and Gun Media paired up to make some music to be included in the game that can be heard when camp counselors turn on radios to distract or trick Jason, before they get their head chopped off.  The main song the band contributed to the game is ‘XIII’ which is fantastic and really captures the feel for the game and the movies it was based on.  In fact if you have seen Friday the 13th: Jason Lives and heard Alice Cooper’s ‘He’s Back, the Man Behind the Mask’ Then you will know kind of what to expect from this song.  There are also two other songs included on Ruff Justice that are based around the F13 theme, these are ‘Killer’ and ‘Live Before I Die’.  Both of which are excellent songs.  ‘XIII’ and ‘Live Before I Die’ are more fast paced songs while ‘Killer’ is more slow tempo. Continue reading Music Review: Crazy Lixx Album: Ruff Justice

Music Review: Testament Album: Brotherhood of the Snake

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BY: TJ FOWLER

Available: October 28th, 2016

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/testamentlegions/

 

               Anyone who has been a metal fan for very long, know well the influence of Testament on the genesis of thrash metal coming out of San Francisco.  Through the years Testament have went through a few style changes such as in the 90’s when the band dabbled a bit in the death metal style vocals.  A few years ago the band released ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ this is when the band seemed to again transform itself again…into a true heavy metal juggernaut.  The band sounded fresh, heavy and relevant.  Continue reading Music Review: Testament Album: Brotherhood of the Snake

CONCERT REVIEW: Jalometalli 2016, Oulu, Finland (in Finnish)

 

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Teksti ja kuvat: Samuli Keskitalo

Oulun Jalometalli on monelle raskaan musiikin ystävälle Suomessa yksi kesän kohokohdista. Kaksipäiväinen festari on keskittynyt tarjoamaan metallimusiikkia laidasta laitaan, ja hyvin isona osana jokaista vuotta on ollut tuoda Suomeen täällä harvemmin vierailleita yhtyeitä. Tällä kertaa pääesiintyjät eivät olleet kuitenkaan syvimmistä syövereistä kaivetut: Suomessa useasti vieraillut ja maailmaa tasaisesti valloittava Sabaton tähditti ensimmäistä päivää, kun taas toisena päivänä yksi thrash metallin isoimmista nimistä, Anthrax. Muista ulkomaalaissävyistä vastasi muun muassa At The Gates ja Exumer, ja paikallista tarjontaa Oulun suunnalta yhtyeet kuten Kalmah sekä Temple Balls. Jalometalli teki vuosi sitten paluun juurilleen palaten takaisin Kuusisaareen, joka toimi näyttämönä tänäkin vuonna. Kaipuuhuutoja entisen Club Teatrian pihalle voi vieläkin kuulla, mutta mielestäni nykyinen pelipaikka hoitaa asiansa varsin hyvin.
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Music Review: GosT CD: Behemoth

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BY: TJ Fowler

Available: April 28th, 2015

Label: Blood Music

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/gost1980s?fref=ts

http://gost1980s.bandcamp.com/

 

            Running a heavy metal website I have to be selective in what music I review on the site as obviously I can’t start reviewing Katy Perry albums…or want to.  However on rare occasions I will make an exception if I think the music in some way can fit into a metal/horror them.  The previous such occasions has been the Slovenian Folk/Punk/Rock band Happy Ol’ McWeasel’s ‘No Offense’ and the Horror/Synth band Perterbator’s ‘Dangerous Days’.  On these rare occasions I have been extremely pleased with what those acts had to offer and this will be my third foray reviewing an artist that a metal website might normally avoid.  The artist is GosT with their debut album ‘Behemoth’. Continue reading Music Review: GosT CD: Behemoth