Sep 11, 2014
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The Moon And The Nightspirit – “Holdrejtek” (2014)

Label: Auerbach Tonträger/Prophecy Productions

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

The Moon And The Nightspirit is a Hungarian duo that creates a blend of pagan folk and medieval music. The two musicians started the project in 2003 and “Holdrejtek” is their fifth album to date. There are two very peculiar elements to their production, constant throughout their career: they are both multi-instrumentalists and all the lyrics are in Hungarian. This, coupled with the use of traditional instruments such as the Mongolian morin khuur (a bowed string instrument) and a distinct vocal style, makes The Moon And The Nightspirit a beacon of quality in the folk scene.

“Holdrejtek” is an album that perfectly depicts the musical identity of the duo, following in its predecessors’ tracks. Continue reading »

Sep 10, 2014
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Ganglion – “Rising” (2013) [Type-A] MINI ALBUM

Label: Chiral Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Ganglion is an all female hard rock band from Japan. Their style is an eclectic mix of genres, but mostly focuses on hard rock and alternative which can be heard on the second mini album “Rising”.

The track “Rise” opens things and this is a pretty much straight-forward hard rock tune with a rumbling guitar riff. The next song is where the band delves into experimentation a bit. “Beyond the Screen” offers a bit of an electronic flavor at the beginning and has a funky bass line, but it also has its bombastic moments. The next track “Loser” has a punkish vibe to it and the following track “Wonderland” is a beautifully played instrumental with a techno/alternative sound. The EP is concluded with the hard rock and pop flavored “Tonight”. Continue reading »

Sep 10, 2014
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Dianne Van Giersbergen – Xandria

Interview by Tony Cannella

The German metal band Xandria are currently on tour in North America with Sonata Arctica and Delain. This is one of the better tours out there. On a sweltering late summer afternoon I was able to sit down to talk to new front lady Dianne van Giersbergen, about her first recording experience with Xandria, her inaugural U.S. tour and… pancakes. It was an enjoyable experience and this is what she had to say…
First off, please tell us a little about the new album “Sacrificium” and how would you describe it to anyone who may not have heard it?

It’s a symphonic metal album of course. It tells many tales, some of them are really about how to sacrifice yourself for a loved one, for a goal you believe in or for a better life. That when you die, the idea doesn’t die with you. That’s really the vision we had in mind. In the end, not all of the songs are about this. I must also say that when I joined Xandria all of the songs were already written, so the vision is way more with the guys. I share their view completely, but I don’t know exactly how everything originated. Continue reading »

Sep 9, 2014
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Adrenaline Rush – “Adrenaline Rush” (2014)

Label: Frontiers Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Sweden, Adrenaline Rush is a band with a sound that harkens back to the 80s. Not that it’s a bad thing, to the contrary it is always cool to hear a band that has an influence from the 80s, and as long as it’s done well – with power, conviction and integrity – than all the better. With their self-titled debut, Adrenaline Rush pretty much nails it.

Adrenaline Rush is an album that is sharply produced and comes fully loaded with a great sound and solid performances. Heavy guitar riffs abound, starting with the opening track “Black n’ Blue” and continuing on with the infectious video track “Change”. This one in particular is an instantly memorable song thanks to a catchy hook, a great guitar driven groove and an unforgettable chorus. Continue reading »

Sep 9, 2014
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XANDRIA @ Dames of Darkness, The Robin, Bilston, UK – 10/05/2014

Live review  by Abigail Henry

On the 10th May many fans, united by their love and support for German band Xandria, travelled to attend the annual Dames of Darkness Festival held at The Robin 2 in Bilston, England. Armed with a new album and a new singer, the audience eagerly anticipated Xandria’s return to the stage.

The atmosphere was fantastic. Beers were poured, food was served and everyone had gathered to the stage to watch great performers own their set and audience. When Jaded Star had finished their last song, in which I was still in awe at, mesmerized by Maxi Nil’s incredible talent and charisma, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement knowing Xandria were soon to begin. Having been very familiar with their previous work with Lisa Middlehauve and Manuela Kraller, I did not know what to expect from Ex-Libris singer Dianne Van Giersbergen.

The second the music began the audience in unison cheered and displayed their happiness at the sight of the Phillip, Marco, Steve and Gerit taking position, but there was still one person missing. Continue reading »

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