Label: Wohone Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Grace Solero is a talented singer and in 2010 has released her debut album, “New Moon”. Musically her style falls somewhere between classic hard rock and alternative. I was really surprised when I heard this since it is not at all what I am used to reviewing, but once the initial shock wore off I found myself head bobbing and thinking, “hey, this is pretty cool.”
“Apartheid” is the strong opener and is followed by “I Don’t”. Vocally, Grace’s style falls in the similar to Alanis Morissette category with a touch of Anouk thrown in there as well and musically the songs have that same kind of vibe. “Troops” is a laid back rocker with a trippy atmospheric style. The album veers off in different directions but still maintains a hard rocking base on songs such as, “Diary”, “Star” and “If U Feel”. Continue reading »
Review by Davide Torresan
It’s hard to do a little biography of this band. The main fault is their country of origin: Japan. You can understand it from the artwork of the album, “Hellmet”, which I’m going to review. It has some colored drawings since there are some funny skulls. Ｇ∀ＬＭＥＴ is a girl metal band, and I have to say that from the few pics and videos on internet they look like some characters of the anime “Nana”. Unfortunately I do not know Japanese, but I wish to describe to you the feelings that this debut album caused to me. From the members’ pretty faces I was expecting a sort of symphonic metal band, like there are so many in Japan (and that often try to imitate the European groups). Instead, once you have pressed the “play” button, after a short piano intro, the very first song makes its appearance: “Treason Sky”. It has a overwhelming start with guitars and drums in the perfect death metal style. Continue reading »
Review by Luisa Mercier
Greek combo Korrigan released in 2010 their first full-length, after a demo and a promo EP. The kind of music that they deliver us is a very melodic death metal with a lot of atmosphere. All of the nine songs are very well written, maybe there is not one that really stands out, but the quality is really high.
Main influences come from the past: their Greek companions Septic Flesh, but also Amorphis, Tiamat and gothic masters Tristania. Listen for example to “Suicidal Urges”, the heavy riffs are graced by keyboards and beautiful female vocals provided by Zoe. Another important element in Korrigan‘s music is the violin, which makes everything more elegant as you can see in “As Sanity Fades”, while in “Hopeless Times” there are some black-metal blast beats! “Endowed by the Ruins” is the longest track on the album and has a quite progressive feeling: from calm moments to faster and heavier ones. Continue reading »
Label: Mazzar Records
Review by Luisa Mercier
Voiceless Void come from Russia and “Song of Black Roses” is their fourth full-length. They offer to the audience a gothic-doom metal played in a rather classic way. Plenty of growling vocals, female vocals, guitars tuned down and lots of keyboards and synth. The opener “Be My Faith” is completely sung by male vocalist and I have to say that I don’t like them at all. Way too raw for my ears and they lack violence and despair. The title track follows and we get to hear Olga, the female vocalist. She’s got a pleasant dark half-operatic voice that is well suited to contrast Roman, the guitar player and growler. Something different is “Queen of The Lakes” which has an acoustic intro and some nice melodic parts mostly supported by synth and guitars. Listening through the album I have to make a great effort to find something really original, honestly the album is well produced, nicely played but something is missing. That idea that makes you say: “this is actually very good!”. It stays an average gothic metal album that lovers of this genre may enjoy but not the others. Continue reading »
Label: Black-Listed Productions
Review by Tony Cannella
“Astrolabe in Your Heart” was the debut full-length album from the Japanese Cinematic Symphonic Metal Band Ancient Myth. Prior to that the band released a number of singles, EPs and demos, but this would be the first full output from Ancient Myth.
“Astrolabe…” opens with the majestic intro “Culmination” and leads into the powerful “Astrolabe in Your Heart”. As with all of their material the vocalist Michal sings all of her parts in Japanese. The music maintains a high caliber of cinematic, neo classical metal. The third track (the title is written in Japanese) is a mid-paced orchestral number, which sees Michal bring her vocals down a notch to compliment the song. “Astrolabe in Your Heart” has no shortage of highlights like the fast paced gallop of “Mortal Heaven”, the brilliantly complex and diverse “Canis” and the straight-forward power metal euphoria of “Unlaced: Emergence”.
I hate to compare albums, but while “Astrolabe in Your Heart” is a solid debut their second album “Akashic” is perhaps a tad better, but that is debatable. In the end, there is not much to differentiate the two and fans who like “Akashic” should be pleased with this debut from Ancient Myth as well. Continue reading »
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