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

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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 »

Sep 24, 2014
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Protokult – “No Beer in Heaven” (2014)

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Review by Tony Cannella

From Canada, Protokult is a folk/death/thrash/polka metal band. At least they sound something like a mix of those genres. With their debut album “No Beer in Heaven” the band looks to bring their eclectic brand of metal to the masses.

“Get Me a Beer!” is a hearty and raucous opener and one that will get heads bobbing (and banging) no doubt. The band gets more serious on the grinding “Heaven Cast Me Out”. This turned out to be one of the better songs and it has a pretty cool melody. From there we have the thumping “My Father’s Word”. Other highlights include: “Sol Intention”, “Edge of Time” and “Summer’s Ode”. Continue reading »

Sep 4, 2014
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HavenLost – “Haven, Lost” EP (2013)

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Review by Tony Cannella

Clocking in at 37-minutes, “Haven, Lost” the debut from Italy’s HavenLost lies somewhere between an EP and a full-length. Whatever the case, this symphonic metal band was formed in 2010 and this debut was released in 2013.

In addition to symphonic metal, the band throws in other influences such as Gothic metal and classic heavy metal. The three singing styles on display are a male gothic sounding clean voice (similar to Vintersorg), screaming male vocals and operatic female vocals. “Carillon” is a strong opener and focuses more on the clean male and female vocals. The main riff has a classic metal vibe to it and the violins give the song a mournful-ness to it. The piano intro to the next song “Haven, Lost” creates a melancholic vibe before the song picks up in tempo, before… coming to a halt with rain and thunder sound effects and the melancholy returns. Continue reading »

Sep 4, 2014
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Edenkaiser – “Doomsday Juggernaut” EP (2014)

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Review by Tony Cannella

Edenkaiser is a “Thrashened” Black Metal band from Spain. The band formed in 2009 and has just issued their debut EP “Doomsday Juggernaut”. After the opening intro “Obsidian”, “Enter Mephisto” kicks in and comes on fast, loud, heavy, blasting and just freakin’ insane. Lianne’s vocals are wickedly brutal and way over-the-top (and I mean that in a good way). Next is “Inner Kingdom” which continues the brutality of the previous track but also mixing in tempo changes and rain sound effects which succeeds in giving it an eerie feeling. Musically the band comes across like a juggernaut. “A Jewel in My Skull” is a pure intensity and heaviness. The final two songs “Kill For the Crown” and a cover of the Vomitory song “Inferno” brings things to a fittingly vicious conclusion. I loved the simplicity of the production. Continue reading »

Jul 9, 2014
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Selene – “Among the Frozen” EP (2013)

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Review by Tony Cannella

The symphonic metal band Selene hails from Northern Ireland and was formed in 2013. They have recently released their debut EP “Among the Frozen”. The band blends an atmospheric approach with crunchy riffs and operatic vocals to produce a 6-song and 24-minute slice of symphonic heaven.

“Peace of Mind” is a fast paced up-tempo of an opener with a bit of an old school Nightwish vibe. “Till the End” begins with a heavy riff and the song quickly develops into a melodic metal tune and one of the best on this EP. “End of it All” has a moody vibe going for it and it also features male vocals provided by guitarist/keyboardist John Connor. Continue reading »

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