Spanish metal band Zarpa comes across with a definite verve and energy, but ultimately falls prey to such things as unoriginality and cliché.
There’s three dutchmen flying through my speakers as we speak and you best clear a path for Barry van Esbroek – drums, Willem Verbuyst – guitars and Jochem Jonkman - vocals, bass.
While hardly the most original band in the world, In Aevum Agere treats 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.
One of the true underground prog metal bands in Italy, Helreidh (one L) is resurfacing after an almost fourteen-year hiatus with the release of their new Fragmenta album.
Hellwell reminds me of the unique metal constitution Manilla Road, which is the other band that main leader Mark Shelton sings and plays guitar for.
Cosmic Travelers was a short-lived live project that resulted in a sole, self-titled album in 1972. With the record company Volcano closing soon after its release, the album was quickly deleted. The GearFab release of Live! At The Spring Crater Celebration-Diamond Head, Hawaii (full title) includes six tracks and runs the standard length of an LP of the era (about 40 minutes).
Aestrid is an indie rock band from Utrecht, The Netherlands. Formed in 2004, Aestrid started as Bo Menning's solo recording project. When Menning putted a band together and the self-released debut album The Echo Resistance got picked up with good reviews, combined with intense and haunting live shows, all the hard work seems to have the result he deserves.
Active for nearly 15 years, Riverboat Gamblers play on their sixth studio album once again a healthy mix of punk, grunge and rock’n’roll... A fair share of true rockers, like the exquisite “Comedians” and “Bite my tongue” make it next to impossible to sit still. But there is also a melancholy side to the band, as can be heard on “Gallows bird”.. Some tracks like “Heart conditions” and “Loser neck” are quite catchy and would be ideal to be released as singles.
With 14 official albums released since 2006 Oresund Space Collective need no introduction to space rock fans. If you’ve seen the Danish-Swedish co crimi Broen(The Bridge), then you know all about Oresund, if not, it’s yr loss cuz it’s one of the best crimes ever. It’s even better than Forbrydelsen (the Killing). But enough about the greatest Danish export since Carlsberg, Lego and Mercyful Fate. Oresund Space Collective is founded in 2004 by key wizard Scott Heller (aka Dr.
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.