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Apr 22, 2014
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Unleash the Archers – “Demons of the Astrowaste” (2011)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Back in my formative metal years, I “discovered” many a great band because of their album cover art (that’s how I first got into Iron MaidenDerek Riggs ruled) which – back then – was the first impression you would get from a band. Of course cool album cover art means nothing if the music on the album isn’t very good (and I’ve had those experiences as well). This brings me to the Canadian band Unleash the Archers. Their cover artwork immediately piqued my interest; fortunately the music contained on the CD came through big time – and then some, actually they exceeded all of my expectations – this band is a whole lot more than just cool cover art (although their artwork is excellent). On their latest release “Demons of the Astrowaste”, Unleash the Archers deliver over an hour’s worth of melodic power heavy metal, combined with thrash metal riffs and some intense Mark Janssen from Epica type screams courtesy of Brayden Dyzckowski (he also plays guitar). Continue reading »

Apr 22, 2014
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Unleash the Archers – “Behold the Devastation” (2009)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Canada’s Unleash the Archers formed in 2007. In 2009 they released their debut album “Behold the Devastation”. “Behold the Devastation” contains 8-songs and almost 40-minutes worth of music, which while okay is nowhere near as good as the band’s latest album “Demons of the Astrowaste”.

“Behold the Devastation” is pretty devastating, to say the least. The songs are faster paced than on their latest “Demons of the Astrowaste”. The screaming male vocals are more prevalent on this album, than their latest and it lacks the variety that UTA have displayed on their latest album. From the very first song “Eat What You Kill”, the band displays more of an aggressive thrash/death metal vibe. Continue reading »

Apr 2, 2014
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Temperance – “Temperance” (2014)

Label: Scarlet Records

Review by Tony Cannella

At this point it is becoming redundant to say ‘here is another great band from Italy’. Aw, what the hell, here is another great band from Italy. They are called Temperance, they play melodic power metal with modern metal touches and have just released their self-titled debut via Scarlet Records. The band is fronted by Chiara Tricarico who has previously been with the band Lust For Oblivion – who were (is?) a killer band in their own right.

The opening track “Tell Me” comes racing out of the gate with its up-tempo melodic power metal gallop. In fact, the band maintains its up-beat pace all the way to the fifth song “Stronger” which starts off as a ballad before settling into a mid-tempo groove. Continue reading »

Mar 22, 2014
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Shear – “Katharsis” (2014)

Label: Lifeforce Records

Review by CriX

Shear is a metal band from Helsinki, after their EP “In Solitude” (2009) and the first full length “Breaking the Stillness” (2012), they are back with a new work called “Katharsis”. They define their music ‘multifaceted metal ‘ and with this album you will understand what they mean.

The magnificent intro “Katharsis” opens the door of this album, “Last Warning” is a speed track and everything works good, excellent is the guitar solo and the powerfull voice. “Home” is a power metal song like the catchy “Heaven Into Hell” that takes us really in a fire heaven, the rhythm of “Hollow, Black & Cold” and the final chorus and talk part at the end make it a unique track. Continue reading »

Mar 5, 2014
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Destrose – “Destrose” (2013)

Label: Flyingcat Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Wow! There is so much great metal coming from all parts of the world these days that it so hard stay on top of it sometimes. In particular, Japan has really picked it up as of late. One of the best bands I’ve heard from Japan in quite awhile is the all female band Destrose. The band formed in 2005 and have just released their mind-blowing, powerhouse, excellent (insert adjective here) self-titled debut.

The thing about Destrose that really caught me by surprise is how metal they are. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. The band is clearly influenced by Iron Maiden, Helloween and other power metal bands. The songs are soaring with some great solos, guitar harmonies and the band never comes up for air. It is just a full-on melodic metal assault with not a ballad in sight. Continue reading »

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