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Oct 26, 2014
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Forever Still – “Breaking Free” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Forever Still is a melodic hard rock band with a decidedly fierce metal edge. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark the band was formed in 2009 and in the time that they have been together, they have already been receiving positive press and recognition. After listening to their debut 4-song EP, it is easy to see why.

So we begin with “The Key”. It opens with a bit of electronic music before the heavy guitars come in. My first impression is the singer Maja. She’s got a truly captivating voice. Near the end of the song comes this hell-ish screaming vocal part from Maja, which is quite impressive. “The Last Day” is a solid mid-tempo number with another bit of screaming from Maja. It is really disarming because it seemingly comes out of nowhere. Continue reading »

Jun 7, 2014
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MØ – “No Mythologies to Follow” (2014)

Label: Chess Club Records/RCA Victor/Sony Music

Review by Luisa Mercier

is a Danish singer songwriter, the last of my many discoveries from the lands of snow in Northern Europe. Her true name is Karen Marie Ørsted, while just means “maiden” in her native language. I must say that her musical career in the beginning followed another path, since she started in rap five years ago and still some influences are to be found in her music. The album, “No Mythologies to Follow” has been produced by Ronni Vindhahl and it features several influences. As told above, rap is one of greatest love and this can be clearly heard in the production, while the music spans from synth pop like in “Slow Love” which has an 80′s vibe, to more atmospheric stuff like “Dust Is Gone” which I recognize could be a Lana Del Rey track, very smooth and emotional. Continue reading »

Dec 9, 2013

Illnath – “Third Act in the Theatre of Madness” (2011)

Label: Pitch Black Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Denmark, Illnath is a female fronted extreme metal outfit. They were formed in 2000 and in 2011 released their third album, “Third Act in the Theatre of Madness”.

In lead vocalist Mona, Illnath has a singer that is sure to give Angela Gossow a run for her money in the extreme metal field and musically the band provides enough technicality, melody and talent to make each song interesting. The bombastic opener “Third Act” sets the tempo and from there on songs like “Scarecrow” and “Lead the Way” Illnath provides plenty of heavy moments. There is no doubt about it, Illnath is certainly an aggressively relentless powerhouse force but on songs like “Tree of Life and Death” they also bring a melodic element to the table. Continue reading »

Apr 27, 2013

Akoma – “The Other Side” EP (2012)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From Denmark, the Symphonic/Gothic metal band Akoma formed in 2004. Since their inception, the band released an EP in 2006 (“Angels of Revenge”), followed that up with a demo in 2007 (“Lost Forest”) and then… there was silence, until now. In late 2012 Akoma released a new EP (finally), entitled “The Other Side”. The sweet symphony of the opening tune “Bittersweet Memories” gets things going and this is a beautiful piece of music which segues into a heavier metal riff and crashing drums. Before long the operatic vocal of Tanya Bell join in and helps to transcend this song into a great opener. “Your Sacrifice” is next and has more of a deliberate pacing than the previous song, but it is full of bombastic elements, heart, passion and melody. Next up we have “My Love”, which being a ballad is a change of pace. I really didn’t know if I was a fan of this song or not, but once the track got heavier it won me over. The final three songs “Without You”, “Guardian Angel” and “Immortal Love” brings things to its conclusion and should please fans of the band. “The Other Side” is not the full-length that we had been hoping for from Akoma, but for now, it’ll do just fine. Continue reading »

Mar 3, 2013

Amaranthe – “The Nexus” (2013)

Label : Spinefarm Records/Universal

Review by Tony Cannella

The Swedish melodic metal band Amaranthe released their impressive self-titled debut in 2011. The album created a huge buzz in the metal world. Since then vocalist Elize Ryd has gone on to touring with Kamelot on their last tour. Now she returns to her main gig for their 2nd album entitled “The Nexus”.

Amaranthe continues to utilize three distinctive vocals. In addition to Elize’s angelic vocals, Amaranthe also utilizes clean male vocals (Jake E Berg) and harsh male vocals provided by Andy Solveström.

The opening duo of “Afterlife” and “Invincible” are both excellent, but my favorite track is the energetic “The Nexus”. The three vocal styles are used quite masterfully here and this is just a great, melodic song. Continue reading »

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