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Music Review: Sodom CD: Epitome of Torture

Music Review: Sodom

CD: Epitome of Torture

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

by: TJ Fowler


Release Date Europe:                  April 29th, 2013
Release Date: Germany:             April 26th, 2013

Release Date US/Canada:          May 07th, 2013

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Booking: Fleischfinger@aol.com

                Well, well, well.  What do we have here?  Well none other than the mighty Thrash Masters, Sodom rolling out their new release ‘Epitome of Torture’ to destroy the masses of unbelievers!  Sodom have been Thrash Veterans for a long time in the never ending Heavy Metal War and have garnered quite a following through the years.  I have to admit though I had never enlisted in Sodom’s shock trooper ranks before.  I always signed up for the Power Metal infantry.  So ‘Epitome of Torture’ is my first true listen to the band, even though I have known they have been out there in the trenches for years.  So how was did my first foray to the front lines of death and mayhem go with Sodom?  Well my friends prepare to launch the first wave assault on your eardrums and enemies for none will survive the attack! Continue reading Music Review: Sodom CD: Epitome of Torture

Music Review: Vallorch CD: Neverfade

Music Review: Vallorch

CD: Neverfade

Label: Moonlight Records

Available: Now

by: TJ Fowler




                YEA!!!  My first Folk Metal Review!  I have an appreciation for this genre even though I can’t say I would be called a disciple of it.  I have always thought the mixture of flutes, accordions and violins in metal music was a unique take on metal even though by all common thinking you would believe it would be totally absurd.  While some listeners I am sure think it is absurd I find the genre enjoyable for the most part as I like bands like Korpiklaani and BattleLore along with traditional folk bands.

So we come to Vallorch with their album ‘Neverfade’ blasting their way to me from Venezia, Italy.  Vallorch host all manner of folk instruments from bagpipes, violins, accordions and flutes along with three vocalists to offer a wide spectrum of emotions.  So right off the bat we have all the makings of what a Folk Metal Band should be…but do we have the songs?   Well my friends string up your mandolin and get ready to puff on your flute, if you don’t have a flute grab a friends flute and puff on his…oh wait…ANYWAY! Continue reading Music Review: Vallorch CD: Neverfade

Music Review: Stygian Ascent- Memories

by: Juuso Viljanen


Melodic death metal is a very large genre. It includes a huge variety of bands with all sorts of vocals and lyrics. If you want to have a simple and fast preview of the whole genre, you should listen to Swedish band Stygian Ascent and their debut album ‘Memories’. It combines the main elements of the genre and use it to create their own sound and way to write songs.


Although melodies make this kind of music sound beautiful and passionate, they don’t take away the aggressiveness and the heavy sound of metal. Sweden even has their own melodic death metal sound (at least here in Finland it’s known as Göteborg sound), but Stygian Ascent don’t sound like they should be categorized as typical Swedish death metal band.


Most famous names of Göteborg style of metal are propably In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity. In my head Stygian Ascent is much more closer to bands like Children Of Bodom and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. Their sound is a diverse mix of “the beauty and the beast”; melodies and hard sounding death metal.


Songs are results of careful composing and hard training. They make me bang my head in my living room, playing my air guitar and singing along, even though I can’t sing. ‘Memories’ contains 5 songs, all together making it to 30 minutes of pure and talented melodic death metal. This is exactly the main reason why I love Swedish music: they just know how to do it!


GRADE: 5/5

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