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Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

 

By: TJ Fowler

Available: September 2017

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/MausoleumGate/

http://cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com/album/mausoleum-gate

 

There is traditional heavy metal then there is REALLY TRADITIONAL heavy metal.  By this I mean bands that sprung up in the mid to late 70’s before NWOBHM hit the scene in the 80’s.  So basically you have a hybrid of sound that is a mixture of mysticism, folk, 70’s hard rock and proto-80’s metal.  If you still are wondering what kind of sound I am talking about think a bit of Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and a whole lot of Manilla Road.  If you know these bands then you will know what to expect from Finland’s Mausoleum Gate…just a little bit darker in tone. Continue reading Music Review: Mausoleum Gate Album: Into A Dark Divinity

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Music Review: Stereo Nasty Album: Twisting the Blade

 

BY:  TJ Fowler

The Irish, fist in the face, dirty metal rockers, Stereo Nasty are back with their new album, ‘Twisting the Blade’ and I have to say it has been too long…though honestly it really hasn’t been that long since their last album, the phenomenal ‘Nasty By Nature’.  I just really love this band and I am always eager to hear new material from them. Continue reading Music Review: Stereo Nasty Album: Twisting the Blade

Music Review: ACCEPT Album: The Rise of Chaos

AVAILABLE: August 4th, 2017

LABEL: Nuclear Blast

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/accepttheband/

 

ACCEPT just keeps that metal train rolling like a juggernaut that just can’t be stopped.  Since releasing ‘Blood of Nations’ back in 2010, ACCEPT have been the recipient of a revitalized career that most bands of their age could only dream of and all the younger bands would hope they could only have 1/10th of the success of.  Since their comeback album, ACCEPT has released hit album after hit album filled with classic metal riffs and great lyrical themes.  Continue reading Music Review: ACCEPT Album: The Rise of Chaos

Music Review: Seven Days Straight: CD: The Cold Pro

By: Scott Foster

Label: Currently Independent

Available: TBA

Official Websites

http:// http://www.reverbnation.com/sevendaysstraight
https:// http://www.facebook.com/sevendaysstraight

 

I’ve been out of the review game for a while, but when Josh “Crimson” Gibson, former frontman for Kill Ritual contacted me about a new album he’s working on I couldn’t pass it up. Gibson’s vocal contributions were pretty phenomenal and I was curious how things would hold up in a new band. In summary: did not disappoint. Though Gibson didn’t show off the vocal range he displayed on Eyes of Medusa it is obvious he has not lost his chops, delivering lyrics in a fashion worthy Rob Halford. I Know A Lie especially gives him room to show what he is capable of.

Musically, based on the four tracks I’ve heard, the album is solidly grounded in classic metal. As I was listening at one point a co-worker said, “Dude, that reminds me of early Judas Priest!” Gibson’s influences show through, and that is not a bad thing, as he has written great songs with his own spin on things. And yes, he wrote, composed, performed, produced and tracked everything. And it is tight.

So what is next for Josh and Seven Days Straight? While Akili performed the drum parts in the studio, a permanent drummer is being sought. Gibson has already found a bass player and second guitarist. Given his attention to detail, they’re going to be top notch. Now they need a label to release this album. Someone please make this happen, because something this good needs to be out there.

RATING:

5/5

LINE UP:

Josh Gibson – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths
Akili Peyton – Drums

Music Review: Zarthas Album: Reflections

 

I appreciate when bands try to write songs that are diverse and have a different sound.  I understand a lot of bands do not want to pigeon hole themselves into one certain sound or genre.  I appreciate that, I really do.  However, I also appreciate when those songs are catchy and normally when I hear a band that tries to write songs that stretch across a lot of different genres that is rarely the case.  With Zarthas, I feel that while they are talented musicianship wise they spread themselves a little thin trying to write so many songs that are so different from each other.

Reflections contain songs that range from hard rock, grunge, a little punk and one even reminded me a bit of some black metal vocally.  The result of this gumbo soup of music is, for me as a listener, I never could fully be engaged in the album.  I would hear one song that would sound ok, then the next song would change directions so much I would lose interest.  As a result Zarthas sounds like they are directionless and can’t decide what kind of music they are hoping to make.

There are some bright spots on the album however.  Namely the song ‘Riot Now’ which I feel is nice punk/hard rock song and captures what I feel is the band’s strongest skillset.  Which is making straight ahead hard rock songs.  While the album also contains the band’s weak points…which is making grunge type songs which are boring.

While Zarthas has talent, their talent seems to be strongest when they focus on hard rock and not grunge or extreme metal sounds.  As a result Reflections tries to lead the listener in too many directions which only results in the listener becoming lost and bored.

Available: Now

Label: Wormhole Death-Dreamcell 11

Official Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/Zarthas/

http://www.zarthas.com/