Thanatos from Holland can be considered as one of the first wave of European Thrash bands as their history goes back as far as the mid eighties... GLOBAL PURIFICATION is the 6 th full length release since.
The 4th full length from these Swiss prog/power , for a band that’s been around for 15 years that’s not a lot and for me it’s the first introduction to the band. There was a time in the mid eighties and early nineties that this sort melodic prog/power metal was the playground of a limited number of bands from the USA . Indeed like FATES WARNING, LETHAL ,CRIMSON GLORY early DREAM THEATER have set a standard back then which in my opinion is still not matched by any of prog power metal albums released the last 10 years or so….
A SLUDGE/DOOM EP from BRAZIL is what I have on my platter, as SLUDGE it hard to chew and even harder to swallow… The 3 Tracks on ARCHAIC – good for about 23 minutes of heaviness are a fine introduction to the band especially CURRENTS OF IO the longest and last track got my attention with his spoken intro ( seems like an introduction to a documentary of our solar system) and continues monotone riffing which takes the listener on a 10 minute trip into deep space.
Uk groove rockers GRIFTER’s first album never reached this man’s ears thus “RETURN OF THE BEARDED BRETHREN” is for me the introduction to the band. Album opener “Black Gold” is a clear statement for things to come. Hard rocking southern grooving boogie rock from the school of the mighty CLUTCH or closer to home ORANGE GOBLIN all be it that singer / guitarist Ollie STYGAL’s voice bares more resemblance to – again CLUTCH ‘s Neil Fallon than to the infamous BEN WARD.
In spring 2015 we can expect a new full length from these southern / sleazy rockers, until than we will need stay happy with this 5 track EP… and boy happy we are! Electric Mary are yet again one of those bands who raise the flag for uncomplicated hard rockin’ mania, as also brought to us by the likes of BLACKSTONE CHERRY, BLACKBERRY SMOKE , SCORPION CHILD ….. From Opening track SWEET MARY to closer SO CRUEL, these guy’s are on fire, ALREADY GONE would be a DEEP PURPLE classic on any record they did since PERFECT STRANGERS.
The bandname, the artwork, the length of the 5 songs (shortest = + 8 minutes longest plus 12 minutes), it all breaths POSTROCK/DOOM and thus that’s what Mountains Among Us have on offer. “Commision The Twelve” can be described as the perfect – instrumental - soundtrack to the current weather, cloudy, melting snow, wind gushes and more grey then green. Mountains Among Us will prove to be hard to digest for the wider audience, but I am sure these guys earn their place in the ever growing postrock scene…
My first introduction to Brazilian thrashers Korzus was their 1986 album “ao vivo”, this was the result of extensive tape & vinyl trading. Back then Korzus where next to SEPULTURA the only Brazilian band I was really aware off. Now 2014, and !9!
Finally a power metal album which is worthy of the term Power metal, US power metal from Detroit that is. So that means high pitched yet powerful vocals, (no DRAGONFORCE / BLIND GUARDIAN/ HELLOWEEN crap) ferocious guitar riffs and leads assisted by a tight rhythm section.
German power metal… even after 35 year or so it stays a story of some hits but mainly loads of misses. So is FORENSICK a hit or a miss…? Well let’s call it a bit of both.. On a positive note the band is not overdoing it with choirs, happy singalong choruses and pompous sounding keyboards..
Already 4th album of the Norwegian rockers, for those who already know the band you know what to expect, for the rest of you….