Despite the title, The Uncreated Demo isn’t just a demonstrational effort by Hod. It’s a real teaser for the upcoming Book Of The Worm album, which will come out later this year (I hope I will have the opportunity to review the stuff, dear website’s Master Chief). I was, for your interest, pleased and surprised by Serpent, which came out at the very end of 2009 (see review posted on March 13th 2010).
The guys from German label Pure Steel Records turn out to be a real diverse lot, because not only have they in recent times been releasing a shitload of new albums and re-issued hidden treasures from the past, but now they're also promoting bands who have released their albums on their own. Not just bands from their own neighborhood either, because KB39 hail from Moscow, Russia!
A2aThoT are the solo project by a Portuguese guy with the very same (professional) moniker, and this mini-record (24:23 minutes for three titles) is the successor of the self-called 2012-full length. In the vein of that first album, Trust Your Ear stands for an eclectic and eccentric mixture of different musical genres. Basically, the project brings a mixture of Doom Metal and creepy Psychedelica of a highly experimental kind. The psychedelic experimentation, however, isn’t of the tech-progressive yet rather atmospheric and ambientally industrialised.
This Ukrainian musical project (a hybridisation of Neo-Classical with modern metal) was created by composer and Ph.D. philosopher Andrey Komisarenko, and guitarist Alexander Glavniy, with work started on January 18, 2010 at Autumnia Studio (Glavniy's own recording space).
Having tried to form a band in his Russian hometown Pskov (situated not even 40 km from the Estonian border in a bird's eye, but roads failing one needs to drive some 60 km to get to the border on the A212 in a WSW direction out of the town), multi-instrumentalist SL moved to the vicinity of Göteborg, Sweden (Helsjon, to be precise – which is a good 35 km outside of Göteborg center in an ESE direction) where in late 2011 (and then at the age of 21), he happenstanced upon young drummer Simon (only 18 at the time).
I ain't sure when exactly this band first set foot on a stage (because info about that is simply missing), but Kim and Scott Collins (the husband-wife couple at the core of it) have been married for 14 years (got engaged only 6 months after meeting each other the first time...when Scott came looking for a summer job at Nashville's 12th & Porter venue, where Kim happened to be the floor manager at the time), and both were already active in music at the time.
This San Francisco based band was formed in 2012 around singer-songwriters/ guitarists Christa DiBiase (a native of Portland, Maine, born and raised in a very musical and large Italian family; until junior high school, she played the flute, and switched to drums when a girlfriend asked her to join her band; since moving to San Francisco, she played with Girlband and the celebrated drum/guitar duo Sassy; picked up the guitar a couple of ears ago, and found herself amazed at the Country feel in the songs she composed) and Amanda Guilb
On the international Rock and Metal scene, Iceland may be but a small player which only very occasionally spews forth new bands, but as a rule they all make it onto the markets abroad (the local market being typified by an abundance of Folk bands), and fare pretty well in the process.
Forlorn Path are a young act from New Jersey, formed in 2008 by Yuriy Garnaev, Ray Dib, Alex Fiore and Dave Imbriaco in New Brunswick, NJ, US of A. In 2010, the quartet recorded a first EP, called Being Towards Death, followed in 2012 by a second EP, Intifada.
Hum...weird one, this! When you look up the Amazon page on the album, you'll find out it was originally released by Red General Catalog in Europe (in actuality, I am quite uncertain which distribution area the album had over here), and by Nightmare Records in the USA, but when you search the labels' website for more info, you will nót find the album. Fact is, it was released in November 2011...so why do we still get the download sent for review?