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Jul 9, 2014
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Akribi – “Black Morning Sun” (2011)

Label: Jyden Music

Review by Tony Cannella

From Sweden, Akribi is a progressive metal band who fuses Dream Theater style song arrangements with heavy riffs and clean vocals courtesy of Jessica Åhman. The band was formed in 2003 and in 2011 released their debut album – this one here – “Black Morning Sun”.

“Black Morning Sun” is over an hour long and several of the songs fall in the very prog-ish 6-9 range. Akribi are not afraid to go off the beaten path either as the songs occasionally veer off into tangents, jams and signature time changes. It all manages to keep the listener on their toes and wonder what’s coming next. In addition to the longer songs, the band also gives us some shorter more immediate numbers. Continue reading »

Jul 9, 2014
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Your Last Wish – “Desolation” (2012)

Label: Maple Metal Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Montreal, Quebec, Canada comes the melodic Death Metal band Your Last Wish. The band formed in 2003 and in ’07 released their self-titled debut. Now YLW returns with a ferocious new album, ”Desolation”.

The opening intro is just the calm before the storm as is this kicks of the 11-track, 43-minute CD. This leads us into ”Crisis to Creation”, which starts off rather tame with cool guitar harmonies alternating with heavy riffs before the chaos kicks in and bedlam ensues. I like the way Your Last Wish is mindful of making the music somewhat melodic whilst lead vocalist Roxana does her thing. Musically, the band is technically proficient and Roxana is one of the best female death metal singers I’ve heard in a long time. Continue reading »

Jul 9, 2014
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Selene – “Among the Frozen” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The symphonic metal band Selene hails from Northern Ireland and was formed in 2013. They have recently released their debut EP “Among the Frozen”. The band blends an atmospheric approach with crunchy riffs and operatic vocals to produce a 6-song and 24-minute slice of symphonic heaven.

“Peace of Mind” is a fast paced up-tempo of an opener with a bit of an old school Nightwish vibe. “Till the End” begins with a heavy riff and the song quickly develops into a melodic metal tune and one of the best on this EP. “End of it All” has a moody vibe going for it and it also features male vocals provided by guitarist/keyboardist John Connor. Continue reading »

Jul 6, 2014
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Cherry & the Vipers – “Cherry & and the Vipers” (2013)

Label: Epic/Sony Music Finland

Review by CriX

What happens if you put an actress, a cellist and 2 established musicians in the same band? An explosion of energy and pure rock music. Cherry & the Vipers is a Finnish rock band is formed by singer and actress Kirsi Ylijoki, the guitarist is Samuel Leminen, the bassist is Jarkko Strengell and finally we have Apocalyptica‘s  Eicca Toppinen playing the drums instead of his cello. Someone could think that’s something peculiar but you have to absolutly check out their debut album, it’s a good work, and if you like rock music, well, this is the band that you were looking for. “Rakkauden punk” introduces the album and it gives the right boost with Kirsi‘s scratchy vocals that give us an overall vision about their explosive music style. Continue reading »

Jul 2, 2014
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Training Icarus – “Stand Aside” (2014)

Label: Ravenheart Music

Review by Tony Cannella

Training Icarus is a melodic heavy metal band from London, England. The band is recently signed to the Ravenheart label (quite honestly one of the coolest of labels) and has issued their debut output, “Stand Aside”.

The energetic opener “Stand Aside” comes crashing through to start the album. This song is based around a swirling guitar riff and lead vocalist Leigh Turner’s expressive metal delivery. Throughout the 60-minutes worth of playing time, the band holds nothing back and delivers a truly metallic statement. The next Track “Nightmares” has a chugging riff and the song has an eerie, foreboding quality. The band certainly adds generous amounts of melody to their metal. Continue reading »

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