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Mar 24, 2014
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Revontulet – “Hear Me” (2014)

Label: Arcus Records

Review by Vard Aman

Revontulet are a band whose progress I have been following with great interest ever since I discovered them; and thanks to Alexandra‘s regular updates, following Revontulet‘s progress has not been too difficult. It also keeps the interest alive (which shows how important this is for bands), and Alexandra has been a genius when it comes to this: a single here; a cover version there; a little talk about and demonstration/snippet of one of Revontulet‘s songs once in a while always spaced just far enough apart to make sure that the interest never wanes. That, and the quality of what they were making, made Revontulet‘s debut album “Hear Me” one of the albums I was most looking forward to since the announcement was made that they were recording one. Continue reading »

Mar 23, 2014
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Louna – “Behind a Mask” (2013)

Label: Red Decade Records

Review by Vard Aman

Does Louna really need an introduction? OK, just to be on the safe side: In 2008, two members of Tracktor Bowling, Armenian born vocalist Lousine Gevorkian (or Gevorgyan if you want to transliterate it directly from Armenian) and bassist Vitaly Demidenko decided to form a second band in order to cater for different interests and different styles to Tracktor Bowling; and so Louna was formed, and have since become highly acclaimed. Louna should not be regarded as a side project to Tracktor Bowling, they are a completely separate entity. Tracktor Bowling are stylistically in the realm of Lyrical Alternative Metal, while Louna is heavy protest music with Punk, Post-punk, Metal and Rock influences. Continue reading »

Feb 9, 2014
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Anna Beliva – “Fire” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Vard Aman

Metalheads who only listen to Metal and refuse to even give anything else a chance need not bother reading beyond this full stop. < That one there if you’ve accidentally overshot it. For those whose tastes are more varied, or who wish to experiment a bit, or who just have an open mind when it comes to music and will listen to anything as long as it’s good, then this album is something you might seriously want to give a listen.

Anna Beliva (aka Anna Belaeva) is the former vocalist of a Russian Symphonic Metal band called Lanewin. (You can read a review of their last album here and an interview with Anna conducted when she was still in Lanewin here). Now Lanewin is no more and Anna is pursuing a solo career making a very different kind of music. Beliva is an obvious twist on her surname, combining her childhood nickname Iva to make it sound like “believer” (if I may paraphrase from Captain Obvious). This is apt because the one thing that has not changed from Lanewin is that her subject matter is largely about being positive and believing in oneself, but like it was with Lanewin, it’s more of an attitude that comes across rather than being the equivalent of a lyrical self help book put to music. Continue reading »

Dec 12, 2013
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Parallax – “Sputnik” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Vard Aman

Parallax are a recently formed (2011) band from Ukraine, playing what they describe as “Martian Progressive Oriental Metal”, or “Oriental Flavoured Prog Metal”, and “Sputnik” is their debut EP. Now, I’m struggling to find the “oriental” part of the equation in their sound, assuming that I’m understanding the meaning of the word “oriental” correctly. Or perhaps the four songs they selected for this EP don’t contain as much of their oriental flavour as some of the other songs they play might have. But nevermind: “Martian” and “Prog” there is certainly in abundance, and these are the things that make this band what they are, and stand out the way they do. All the songs cover space related themes, most prominently topics surrounding Mars (including the John Carter film and the “Pioneer One” series). Continue reading »

Oct 26, 2013
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Mirror Morionis – “Eternal Unforgiveness” (2013)

Label: Endless Winter

Review by Vard Aman

I have waxed lyrical before about well played Doom Metal, but as it’s been a while let me remind you. Doom Metal is one of the most extreme forms of music around; slow, powerful, stirring, epic and dark. Doom Metal is usually associated with scenarios of despair, sombreness, emptiness and grief; but when played well, it creates an uplifting release through these scenarios: a blissful oneness with the despair and the emptiness. It opens the darkness up so that you may own it and rule it: the powerful, yet haunting atmospheric and melodic sound of desolation consumes you, and as it does so it lifts you up above it as its master and holds you there for as long as you are willing to be ruler of the darkened depths, instead of a mere overlooked unit in the overcrowded shallows.

“Farewell, your life erases me. Forever fail. Forever die…” Continue reading »

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