From the first track “The great leveller” you really know that you are listening to something special. New Keepers Of the Water Towers’ third album is a brilliant combination of math, psychedelic-, prog, doom and stoner rock.
While hardly the most original band in the world, they treat the listener with slow and mid tempo doom and epic metal. The riffing and vocal melodies show the unmistakable influence of Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass, Warning,…but the production could be punched up a little bit. The vocals fit the gloomy music very well, but next time he has to put more emotion and power into his singing lines. The band sounds tight and tends to work in the service of the songs rather than to showing off their technical chops.
Black Magic Six is a a dynamic duo from Hellsink, Finland and was founded in 2006. Someone said Black Magic Six sounds like a mixture of Howling Wolf and Venom, another claims that there´s some influences for The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Sweetheart or AC/DC.
Wolfen is yet another one of those heavy power teutonic metal bands that is neither great nor terrible.
Viter is a Ukrainian band witch made the decision to not follow the usual path of vast majority of the bands. They play a mixture of folk, rock and metal, and search for their own unique sounding and look instead. Of course folk bands already exist for years, but they also tried other stuff on this record to be different. Witch explains their name, Viter was chosen as the name of the band (‘viter’ stands for ‘wind’ in the Ukrainian language), a perfect symbol for breaking all the boundaries and limits.
The very young act Trails Of Sorrow hails from Italy and debuts with Languish In Oblivion through US-based label Domestic Genocide. The duo (vocalist / lyricist Dying Poet Of Funeral Litanies and instrumentalist / programmer / music writer Friedrich Restless Soul) brings a somewhat mystic mixture of both Ambient-Gothic-Doom and Funeral Doom-oriented Dark Metal, emotional, atmospheric and ominous.
Madrid (Spain), somewhere in 2010...Gabriella de Val (vocals), Alfonso Samos (guitar), and Davic Erick Criado (keyboards), whom had formerly been in a band together, meet again after a long time for a meal. Memories were rekindled, common grounds found again...and as a result the three of 'em decided to go on with the Melodic Rock project they had begun back in the days.
Assembled by members of Rose Room Swing, Wheel of Smoke, Knelpunt, the Belgian Rivercrest play a difficult to describe variety of music, from Can styled krautrock, to Sun Ra Arkestra and free jazz, and on to crashing space rock that recalls bands like Gong and early Hawkwind..
After his previous album, October 2010's Lighthouse (review by yours truly was posted somewhere...in January 2011), Gerald Krampl went on the lookout for a violinist to create the string sounds he used to bring to his music through the means of keyboards, as he was attempting to make his next album sound more like a Neo-Classical/ Ambient Chamber music experience.
I don't know what has happened to Gaskin.
An album like End of the World was a goodie, but all of the following albums had not been bad, but lacking power! At the roots, this is a classic NWOBHM-album, however, the heaviness has been downed a notch or two, and the vocals are in a clean, almost infantile Ozzy-ish vein. Depending on how you look at it, you could say it's AOR with a NWOBHM edge, or Heavy Metal with a scoop o' stinking cheese. The final outcome is a seemingly unfocused album that just doesn't gel.