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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 21, 2015
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Caelestia – “Beneath Abyss” (2015)

Label: Inverse Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Caelestia is a progressive melodic death metal band from Greece. The band formed in 2012 under the name Me and Myself before changing their name to their current moniker in 2013. That brings us to their debut full-length, “Beneath Abyss”. With this effort Caelestia brings together a solid mix of death metal, progressive metal, symphonic and cinematic influences are present as well, and healthy amounts of melody ties it all together to create a relentlessly, chaotic and beautiful piece of metal work.

“Beneath Abyss” begins dramatically with the intro of the opening track “Malleus Maleficarum – The Secret Cult” before the track reaches an explosive crescendo and this is a great introduction. The band uses extreme male vocals evenly with clean female vocals – a technique that they use quite well. Continue reading »

Mar 13, 2015
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Temperance – “Limitless” (2015)

Label: Scarlet Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Formed in 2013 in Italy, the melodic metal band Temperance released their debut self-titled full-length in 2014. They have now returned with their sophomore effort entitled “Limitless” and the results are exquisite.

Temperance utilizes three distinctive vocal styles. Chiara provides soaring female vocals and she is accompanied by more aggressive male vocals AND a pure metal male voice. I would compare them to a band like Amaranthe. Both musically and vocally they have similar styles and both are awesome. The album begins with a children’s choir which opens up “Oblivion”. The mid-tempo melodicism of the excellent track “Amber & Fire” is next. This song has a great groove and a killer guitar solo. “Save Me” has a strong keyboard presence but that doesn’t keep the song from being heavy. Continue reading »

Jan 26, 2015
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The Agonist – “Eyes of Providence” (2015)

Label: Century Media Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The Montreal based melodic death metal outfit The Agonist suffered a huge loss when front woman Alissa White-Gluz left to join Swedish thrashers Arch Enemy. Obviously it can be a bit tricky (and scrutinizing) to change singers but the band could not have found a better replacement (in my estimation) than Chicago’s own Vicky Psarakis. Now with their new singer in place, The Agonist have released one of the most anticipated albums in recent memory… and it is a good – no make that a great one! Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for “Eyes of Providence”.

Vicky’s style fits right in with the band. She can sing the extreme stuff, she can sing the clean stuff and the band doesn’t miss a beat. The 60-minute album is just ferocious and intense pretty much from start-to-finish. Continue reading »

Jan 19, 2015
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Karkaos – “Empire” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Karkaos is a melodic death metal band from Montreal, Canada. They formed in 2003 and released their debut EP “In Burning Skies” in 2011. Now the band returns with their debut full-length “Empire”. Since the release of “Empire”, Karkaos has parted ways with lead vocalist Veronica O. Rodriguez and replaced her with Viky Boyer. It remains to be seen how this will affect the band going forward but on “Empire”, Karkaos delivers a staggeringly hungry debut.

After the intro “Ode to La Resistance” the opening track “Leap of Faith” kicks in. To put it quite simply Veronica’s vocals are quite fierce and intense, that fact is driven home with a huge exclamation point on the song “Leap of Faith”. She shifts effortlessly from extreme metal vocals to a more of a power metal style. Continue reading »

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