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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 14, 2015
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Unseelie – “Urban Fantasy” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

“Urban Fantasy” is the title of the debut full-length album from France’s Unseelie. The band plays symphonic gothic metal which is of a very high quality. The band is an excellent example of why the female fronted metal world is thriving. Drawing from influences such as Lacuna Coil, Tristania and The 3rd and the Mortal, Unseelie has managed to create an epic, multi-tiered debut.

“Urban Fantasy” is an ambitious album that is divided into three sections the first is Biocide which features the first three songs “Strangers”, “Quantify Your Soul” and “The City Feeds on You”. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is the title of the next section and begins with the excellently melodic and melancholic “Frontier” This song goes through tempo changes and there is a big bombastic feel to it which is really cool. Continue reading »

Mar 3, 2015
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ScareCrown – “No Time for Retreat” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Italy, the band ScareCrown was formed in 2003. In 2005 they released their first demo “’Till the Last Breath”. In 2008 they would issue their debut full-length entitled, “Letters From the Darkness”. Now, the band returns with their sophomore effort “No Time to Retreat”. This would actually be my musical introduction to these Italians, but no worries, their style is intense metal fused modern elements, and the vocals of Antonella are quite good.

“No Time to Retreat” clocks in at a brisk 37-minute over 11-songs. The tracks mostly are in the 3-4 minute range, with the exception of the two minute intro “Feel the Blackie”. The intro gives way to the crushingly heavy “Welcome the Dragon”. Continue reading »

Feb 13, 2015
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Equisa – “Strange Release” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The Dutch prog rock band Equisa was formed in 2011 and released their debut EP “Straight Lines” the following year. They have since followed that up with their debut full-length “Strange Release”, which actually came out in 2013. Even though a lot of time has elapsed since this album has been release, it only recently came to my attention and it is well worth the time to delve into.

After receiving the physical copy of the “Strange Release” CD in the mail (imagine that) I gave it a few spins and was very impressed by what I heard. I would describe Equisa as a cross between Autumn and “Mandylion” era The Gathering – two other great Dutch bands. The 11-song, 51-minute disc kicks-off with the bombastic rumbling of “Faces”. The band has a great feel for melody and the song features a killer memorable chorus. Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2015
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Illuminata – “Where Stories Unfold” (2015)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From Austria, the symphonic metal band Illuminata has existed since 2006. With their 3rd album ”Where Stories Unfold”, the band has released an epic record that should resonate with fans of Nightwish and Epica.

The 11-song, 63-minutes of pure symphonic metal begins with the movie score-like intro “A Story Unfolds”, which lead us into the bombastic “Eternity of Today”. Lead vocalist Katarzyna Nieniewska has an operatic voice and she is joined by male vocalist Mario Plank (ex-Visions of Atlantis) on three songs. “Violet’s Compass” is next and has a dramatic feel. “Arbitrary Asylum” is next and the first of the three to feature Mario Plank on male vocals. One of the central moments for me was the 10-minute epic “The Brass Ring”. Continue reading »

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