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Sep 30, 2014
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Sacred Groove – “Needful Things” (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Sacred Groove is a melodic hard rock band from Germany. They were formed in 2006 and released their first demo in 2009. In 2011 the band released their debut album entitled, “Needful Things”. Sacred Groove offers up a debut of 10-songs and 52-minutes worth of guitar oriented hard rock with vocalist Isabel Willenberg out front with her angelic vocal delivery.

“Needful Things” gets off to a great start with the two best songs. “Angel in the Sky” and “Waking Dream” is both excellent. They are powered by some fantastic guitar work from Dennis Meivogel and he does an excellent job throughout the CD. “Unholy House” keeps things going in a positive direction. Songs like “Nature of the Beast”, “She Braves the Storm” and “Needful Things” are well written, produced and performed. Continue reading »

Jul 9, 2014
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Akribi – “Black Morning Sun” (2011)

Label: Jyden Music

Review by Tony Cannella

From Sweden, Akribi is a progressive metal band who fuses Dream Theater style song arrangements with heavy riffs and clean vocals courtesy of Jessica Åhman. The band was formed in 2003 and in 2011 released their debut album – this one here – “Black Morning Sun”.

“Black Morning Sun” is over an hour long and several of the songs fall in the very prog-ish 6-9 range. Akribi are not afraid to go off the beaten path either as the songs occasionally veer off into tangents, jams and signature time changes. It all manages to keep the listener on their toes and wonder what’s coming next. In addition to the longer songs, the band also gives us some shorter more immediate numbers. Continue reading »

Jun 5, 2014
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Teardown – “Drowned in Your Tears” DEMO (2004)/”Cold Rooms” EP (2006)/”Signs of (In)Humanity” SINGLE (2011)

Independent Release

Reviews by Tony Cannella

Released in 2004, “Drowned in Your Tears” is the first recorded output from the Finnish band Teardown. Even though this is their first attempt, their sound is rawer and the production is not as good as what came after. Still, for fans of the band it is an interesting look at how Teardown started and has progressed over the years.

“Stolen by Sorrow” opens things on an up-tempo, energetic pace. “Iced Heart” is a bit slower and has a heavy, doomy quality to it. “Dust” is next and opens up acoustically, like a lot of the bands material as the heavy guitars join in. Even though the final track, “Drowned in Your Tears” opens with a slower pace it quickly speeds up and shows what this excellent melodic metal band is capable of. Continue reading »

Apr 22, 2014
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Unleash the Archers – “Demons of the Astrowaste” (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Back in my formative metal years, I “discovered” many a great band because of their album cover art (that’s how I first got into Iron MaidenDerek Riggs ruled) which – back then – was the first impression you would get from a band. Of course cool album cover art means nothing if the music on the album isn’t very good (and I’ve had those experiences as well). This brings me to the Canadian band Unleash the Archers. Their cover artwork immediately piqued my interest; fortunately the music contained on the CD came through big time – and then some, actually they exceeded all of my expectations – this band is a whole lot more than just cool cover art (although their artwork is excellent). On their latest release “Demons of the Astrowaste”, Unleash the Archers deliver over an hour’s worth of melodic power heavy metal, combined with thrash metal riffs and some intense Mark Janssen from Epica type screams courtesy of Brayden Dyzckowski (he also plays guitar). Continue reading »

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 »

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