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Feb 22, 2014
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Mental Defect – “Longplayer” (2011)

Label: Equinoxe Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Some Old school Death Metal combined with Melodic more traditional metal is what you’ll get on “Longplayer”, the debut album from Germany’s Mental Defect.

Mental Defect includes the tried- and-true method of including duel male/female vocalists with vastly different styles. Clodi provides the clean female vocals, whilst Sanny contributes with some harsh sounding Death Metal vocals, which of course couldn’t be more different from each other. It is interesting how the music adapts and changes to whoever is singing, which is an appealing twist. When Clodi is singing the music is more melodic heavy metal and when Sanny takes over on the mic the music takes on a Death Metal technique. Continue reading »

Jan 16, 2014
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Janey Summer – “Time Wil Tell” SINGLE (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From the UK, Janey Summer released her debut “Along the Way” way back in 2008. She returns now with a phenomenal, fantastic and just flat out excellent 2-song single “Time Will Tell”.

Where her debut, caught me by surprise, I was more than prepared for this 2-songs and 8-minutes worth of music – or so I thought. Now, Janey Summer is not a typical “metal” artist, her music is probably more rock than metal, but she does incorporate some heavier moments into the songs. But the main attraction for me is that voice. Janey Summer has such an expressive and unique voice that really comes shining through on these two songs. I absolutely adored the opening track “Time Will Tell”. Continue reading »

Nov 10, 2013
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MaterDea – “Satyricon” (2011)

Label: Midsummer’s Eve

Review by Luisa Mercier

The Italian prog/pagan-folk metal band MaterDea has released their second full-length last year and it is inspired by Latin literature. “Satyricon” is a novel by Petronius, late Empire Age author, which we got incomplete. The title-track is the opener and it is a brilliant song: electronics mingles with hard rock and Simon‘s beautiful soft voice is mixed with female vocals. Not to mention the traditional instruments that cannot miss in a folk-tinged record. The following “Lady of Inverness” has a beautiful piano intro, but guitar riffs are present in a very good quantity. The strings, the percussion, the arrangement, everything is very well crafted. In “The Green Man” other special instruments appear such as pipes and help to see another aapect of Materdea musicality. I love the fact that they never lose their rock edge.  Continue reading »

Oct 31, 2013
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I Left the Planet – “I Left the Planet” EP (2011)

Label: Adversum

Review by Luisa Mercier

Alexander Nordgaren, already member of the Norwegian black-avant-garde metal band Fleurety, is the mind behind the project I Left the Planet. He has been joined by other Fleurety collaborator : Ayna Beate Johansen on vocals, Per Amund Solberg on bass and Mari Solberg on saxophone. The present release is a 3-track EP which might be compared to the main project Fleurety because the members are always the same, but has its own features of course. There are no black metal hints, nor the electronic which can be found in Fleurety. The avantgarde of I Left the Planet is more leaning on the jazzy/prog side. You can hear it starting from the opener “Diamond. Hazard”, a short track with chubby riffs and a long instrumental break enriched by the saxophone played by Mari. It is a nice mix of metal and jazz made even more effective by the weird, but versatile vocals of Ayna. Continue reading »

Oct 31, 2013
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Грай [Grai] – “О Земле Родной” ["O Zemly Rodnoj" - "About Native Land"] (2011)

Label: Sound Age Production

Review by Luisa Mercier

From Russia with love. Following their most famous country mates, Arkona, Grai play folk metal, maybe a bit more lively than the one proposed by the band fronted by Masha Scream. This is their second album and is opened by “The Song About Native Land”. Even though the titles are in English, the songs are sung in Russian and the effect is very nice. You can hear that there is more than one vocalist; the female vocals are actually delivered by three girls: Irina, Rimma and Alia. The last two are also in charge of keyboards and flute.

These instruments are very present throughout the album, which is more folk than metal, if I had to describe it I’d say that it is very melodic while Arkona is more death-metal oriented. Some growls appear in “Get Up from Your Knees”, but it is just a few seconds. Continue reading »

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