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Mar 24, 2015
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Nocean – “Based on a Lie” EP (2015)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Sweden, Nocean is a melodic hard rock/metal band that plays, well… melodic hard rock and/or metal. Their debut EP is out now. “Based on a Lie” is the title and it is a fairly potent 16-minutes of straight-forward, in-your-face metal-ness.

The fist pumping opener “Promise” gets us off to a rocking start. “Counting the Hours” is slower in tempo but has a great riff running through it. “Causing Chaos” opens with a classic metal power riff before settling into a steady groove with a heavy-as-hell bass-line. “Based on a Lie” is completed by the commanding “Intervene”. Like the opener, this is a great way to close the record. Continue reading »

Mar 12, 2015
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Fate Prevailed – “Blue Skies Burn Red” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Fate Prevailed is a progressive metal band from Canada. The band has existed since 2010 and have recently released their debut EP, “Blue Skies Burn Red”. I say EP, but at 38-minutes it is almost a full-length.

At 38-minutes and 5-songs “Blue Skies Burn Red” has its share of longer progressive type numbers. The band definitely will pique the interest of progressive metal fans but people who also love purely heavy music might also be interested in Fate Prevailed. The songs have very intricate arrangements but also have moments that are crushingly heavy. The female vocalist Ariane Ganga’s vocals are joined by extreme vocals from time to time. The first two songs in their repertoire “The Hunt is On” and “Blue Skies Burn Red” are a solid pair to start the album. Continue reading »

Mar 2, 2015
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Evenmore – “The Beginning” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Evenmore is a melodic symphonic/power metal band from Switzerland. Their debut EP is appropriately titled “The Beginning”“The curse is coming… Run” is the opening line to the fantastic first track “Willow”. The song has a mid-paced vibe with lead vocalist Melissa Bonny’s voice soaring along with the music. “Winter is Over” is next and pretty much picks up where the previous song left off. The track has a similar feel to “Willow” and features a pretty cool riff along with a great solo from Landry Pernet. “The Black Knight” brings the heaviness up a few notches with a monster opening riff and some mail death metal grows courtesy of Jonathan Pellet. “Sailor” completes the 4-song 18-minute EP with some great, melodic and heavy riffing as the track brings “The Beginning” to a galloping conclusion.  Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2015
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The Nearly Deads – “Survival Guide” EP (2013)

Label: Standby Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Tampa, Florida, The Nearly Deads are a modern hard rock band with a definite amount of commercial viability. The band has since moved on to the country music capital of the world Nashville, Tennessee, but fear not, the music that can be heard on their new 6-song EP “Survival Guide” is the furthest thing from country music as you can imagine. Instead The Nearly Deads stay true to their modern hard rock roots.

“Survival Guide” is my first exposure to The Nearly Deads and I was kind of surprised. I guess I was expecting something a little more gothic, but what we get is hard rock that is more reminiscent of Paramore or Garbage, in fact I would describe them as a heavier Paramore and it all makes for a winning combination. Continue reading »

Feb 2, 2015
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Avatarium – “All I Want” EP (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

Avatarium is the new project of Leif Edling from Candlemass. In 2013 they released their self-titled debut which – as it turns out – garnered some critical acclaim. Leif Edling is a talented dude and Avatarium is not a clone of his previous bands the aforementioned Candlemass and KRUX. The addition of female singer Jennie-Ann Smith is enough to set them apart right there, but while Avatarium does maintain some aspects of his previous bands it does allow for some experimentation and taking the music down different paths which is just what the band does. What Jennie-Ann Smith brings to the vocals cannot be understated. She provides a passionate, raspy, classic rock feel to the songs which is impressive and compliments the music perfectly. Continue reading »

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