Reviews written by: Colin McNamara

Reviews

Devoggol - Shall We Go To The Disco

It isn't very often that you get a band that intentionally tries to be gritty and sounding like they were creating their music in a garage, but according to Italy's Devoggol, the band considers their music 'garage grime.' It is a unique step for a band because compared to most who, in today's music industry, strive for a cleaner, more appreciated s...

04/05/2010

Number H - Whisper In Your Ear

Number H are a rock band from Italy that have graced 2010 with their second album, <em>Whisper In Your Ear</em>. However, don't expect anything quiet from this album. Bringing back memories of the 90s hard rock and grunge rockers such as Alice and Chains, Creed, Soundgarden, Disturbed, and Incubus, there's more than enough catchy headbanging music...

04/05/2010

Silent Fall - Otherwise

Melodic and power metal never sounded sweeter with France's Silent Fall. Originally known as Winterland in 2007, the band changed their name in 2009 and within a brief year later, debuted with <em>Otherwise</em>. It is an exciting melodic metal album with lots of fun solos, keyboard passages, and soaring vocals that mix between singing and shouting...

04/05/2010

Voices From Beyond - The Gates Of Madness

Hailing from Italy, Voices From Beyond are an interesting breed of melodic metal. Taking melodic metal vocals and combining them with death and thrash metal riffs, along with dark themes such as HP Lovecraft that is similar to a sense that King Diamond did with his albums, Voices From Beyond have created their own brand of horror melodic metal. Son...

04/05/2010

Anoxia - Lapdance For The Devil

Anoxia, another one of Denmark's thrash metallers, have been taking their sweet time for the past seven years since their debut CD to create<em> Lapdance For The Devil</em>. It's interesting because at first listen, fans may wonder: What happened to the thrash in these guys? With melodic vocals and music with almost a pop edge to it, Anoxia seems t...

27/04/2010

Clonecircle - Behind The Wire

The first thing to notice about Clonecircle's latest piece of music,<em> Behind The Wire</em>, is the lush, gothic electronic elements that form the backbone of every song on this album. Not unlike other gothic/ electronic metal acts ranging from Deathstars to Rammstein, the music spanning throughout is melodic, strange, catchy, and of course, hard...

27/04/2010

Demonica - Demonstrous

For Denmark's Demonica, their debut album,<em> Demonstrous</em>, certainly demonstrates that this band knows how to thrash their way around the metal genre. Everything here is hard, fast, melodic, and will please any fan of thrash all the way from the 80s to the more recent years. Expect a lot of screaming in the vein of Exodus and Slayer, a lot of...

27/04/2010

Voices Of Destiny- From The Ashes

If anyone has an inkling for symphonic metal or melodic female fronted bands, then Voices of Destiny will definitely work for them. Hailing from Germany,<em> From The Ashes</em> is their debut full length and it has more than enough operatic vocals mixed with death growls, heavy riffs, and melodic solos to satsify both those on the heavy and soft s...

27/04/2010

Autumn Hour - Dethroned

Autumn Hour are a great progressive metal band that are more rock than metal in the way they play their instruments. There's a lot of slow, acoustic passages here among sung vocals and lots of energetic riffs, but not too many solos like a band such as Dream Theater would use. However, their style is a breath of fresh air and their music will appea...

24/04/2010

Ibridoma - Page 26

<em>Page 26</em> is a brief demo from Ibridoma before their full length self titled album. Many of the tracks here are on the self title and are just a little more raw on the demo with very little difference in song structure or style. That being said, for a demo, Ibridoma pull off an impressive performance. It's power metal yes; one can tell that...

24/04/2010

Ibridoma - Ibridoma

Hailing from Italy, Ibridoma release their vision of power metal on their self titled record for 2009. After their sneak-peek demo titled<em> Page 26</em>, it just took one year later to release this album, and what fans should expect is a cleaner produced version of the demo with a few repeated songs, plenty of new ones, and plenty of melodic fun....

24/04/2010

Living Corpse- Metaphysical Collapse

Living Corpse is a band from Itlay who perform extreme metalcore on their debut <em>Metaphysical Collapse</em>. While the album sounds complex and impressive from the titles of songs like "Zero Is the Zenith..." or "6th Race Of Aquarius...," it's all mostly frills with no real thrills. Much of the music here is raw screaming with everything being p...

24/04/2010