Label: Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red Records
Review by Tony Cannella
My introduction to the UK prog/folk rock outfit Panic Room came via the excellent, “Satellite” album which was released in 2010. I came away with a very positive impression of the band. Now with their 3rd album, “Skin”, Panic Room have upped the ante and released a solid follow-up to “Satellite”.
While they are primarily lumped into the Prog genre, Panic Room is so much more. In addition to their prog leanings, they also offer influences that range from folk to pop or just straight rock. “Skin” contains over an hour’s worth of lush, atmospheric compositions and Anne-Marie Helder’s classy vocals. Continue reading »
Label: No Comment Records
Review by Davide Torresan
I really don’t like this season. Well, I think I truly hate summer. This heat makes me insane and, to contribute to this coma there is also the 2nd studio album of Stolen Babies, “Naught”. I mean, I’m not saying that I didn’t like it. The sound of this American trio of musicians composed by Dominique, Rani and Gil is an avantgarde rock/metal with a lot of experimentations. There are so many influences that they stun the listener, leading him into a hypnotic vortex from which it is impossible to escape. For me it is even hard to decide if it is weirder the “Naught”‘s cover with its cartoon smiling houses, flowers, the sun and a strange pink sheep or its content. They call it madness, but the risk to do a hotchpotch with too many things was behind the corner. Stolen Babies solved it with some melodic refrains that will be stuck in your head for hours. Continue reading »
Label : Comet Music
Review by Matteo Bussotti
What can we say about Cardiff’s band, The Reasoning? How can we define their genre? We can say it’s “Dream-Metal”. In fact, listening to their EP will surely bring you in a lot of fantastic, dreamy places in your mind. Their style is soft, kind, but very powerful when it’s needed. This EP comes with a lot of expectations on its shoulders. In fact, it gives us a preview of what their upcoming sixth (including “Acoustically Speaking” and their live album) album.
Well, they’re clearly a prog-oriented band (among the members’ favorite bands there are Beatles, Genesis and Marillion for example), and they’re capable of creating an atmosphere in their songs you’ve probably never experienced before, but, right when you think you’re used to the rhythm…here it comes some powerful solo, guitar riff, or a crescendo, which completely blows your mind focusing again all your attention to the song! I find this EP to be really, really amazing. Continue reading »
Review by Tony Cannella
From Brazil, the band Eternyx formed in 2008 and has just issued their debut album “Unknown Way”. Throughout the 10-song 38-minute album, Eternyx offers various styles of metal, from death to doom to progressive to symphonic metal. Lead vocalist Aline Vandrack provides both clean and extreme vocals and the band is there every step of the way to compliment the duel vocal styles.
“Unknown Way” begins with the symphonic “Trust Me”. This is a huge sounding intro which segues nicely into the over-the-top bombast of “Lake of Tears”. The guitar riff is simply crushing on this one and the clean vocals soar right along with the music and the grunt vocals come into play as well on this one. Continue reading »
Review by Tony Cannella
“Ephemeral Way” is the title of the debut EP from Spanish Goth metallers Unseen Ether. 5-songs and 25-minutes worth of music makes up the debut.
“Ephemeral Way” gets started on a positive note with “Euphoria”. A strong guitar riff dominates this song and Alba’s clean vocals are sometimes reminiscent of Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia. In fact, if you would ask me to compare this band to anyone I would have to say that Lacuna Coil and early Anneke era The Gathering are the two bands that spring to mind. “A New Sun” is next and comes equipped with a memorable chorus.
Unseen Ether adds plenty of melody into the mix, which is never a bad thing, in my opinion. There is not much of a varied style on the songs. What you hear in the beginning is pretty much what makes up “Ephemeral Way”. The lone exception is “Throwing Stones” which goes from being a ballad to sludgy riffed mid-tempo number to a faster paced song. This is an excellent song that features some fantastic all around performances. Continue reading »
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