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Mar 2, 2015
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Death Penalty – “Death Penalty” (2014)

Label: Rise Above Records

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

Death Penalty was founded in late 2013 by Gaz Jennings, after the split of Cathedral. Death Penalty released an EP, “Sign of Times” in 2014 and a self- titled album later that year. “Death Penalty” is a mix of doom and heavy metal, of Gaz Jenning’s riffs and Michelle Nocon’s sharp, energetic voice, offering a fresh take on both genres.

There is good balance in the album, but Death Penalty also knows how to showcase a guitar solo or a particularly daring vocal line with well-timed transitions. There is great coordination among the instruments, for example in “Eyes of the Heretic”, to achieve a classic sound that could have otherwise easily felt empty. While the album kicks off in medias res, it also takes time to focus on groovier, darker tunes, such as in “Golden Tides”, one of Michelle’s best performances. Continue reading »

Feb 2, 2015
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Devilment – “The Great and Secret Show” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

Devilment was originally formed by guitarist Daniel Finch in 2011. Unable to find a suitable vocalist Daniel turned to longtime friend and Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth and soon the band had its lead singer. Devilment has just released their eagerly anticipated debut album “The Great and Secret Show” and the results are quite superb. Throughout 50 plus minutes Devilment takes the listener down a deep dark musical path with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

“The Great and Secret Show” begins with my two favorite songs. The opening duo of “Summer Arteries” and “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me” are positively lethal. “Girl From Mystery Island” is an excellent track that features Dani screaming over a wall of guitar riffs. “The Stake in My Heart” definitely raises the stakes with a thrash/speed metal vibe. Continue reading »

Jan 13, 2015
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Celestial Wish – “Our Creation” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Celestial Wish is a symphonic/gothic metal duo (later in 2014 drummer Micheal Brush was added to the line up)  from Birmingham, UK. Their debut EP “Our Creation” was released several months ago and throughout the 6-songs available here the band show a great affinity for writing melodic songs, with plenty of atmosphere.

The 28-minute EP starts off strongly with “Our Creation”. They follow that with the excellent “His Kingdom Come”. “Your Song” is a Within Temptation-ish piano driven ballad. Lead vocalist and lyricist Saneeta has got a pretty cool operatic voice but doesn’t over-do it, she knows when to rein it in and is much more concerned with making it fit into the song rather than doing vocal gymnastics. Continue reading »

Dec 15, 2014
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Charlotte Wessels – Delain

Interview by Abigail Henry

Dec 2, 2014
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Alunah – Awakening the Forest (2014)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

Fall seems to be a good season for doom metal, as UK’s Alunah have released their newest effort, “Awakening the Forest”, at the beginning of October. The band follows the direction set with “White Hoarhound”, greatly polishing their path in the process. Alunah managed to reach a good balance between defining their own style and keeping close to the roots of traditional stoner doom at the same time.

They are able to create a heavy atmosphere even with simple means, as the bass-lead crescendo from the opener “Bricket Wood Coven” shows. Soph Day’s vocals go hand in hand with the instruments, never taking over. Her voice is steady and elusive at once, delivering the lyrics with ease. The lyrical themes are obscure and intriguing, taking inspiration from ancient English traditions, legends and celebrations from the Middle Ages. Continue reading »

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