Monthly Archives: September 2011

GEHENNA – “WW”

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GEHENNA – “WW” PEACEVILLE (2011) If you are a devout supporter of all things Black Metal and, most importantly all this Norwegian in extreme music, then the name Gehenna ought to be quite familiar to you. Gehenna were first formed … Continue reading

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MY DYING BRIDE (Hamish Glencross) INTERVIEW

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MY DYING BRIDE (Hamish Glencross) INTERVIEW When you have been a fan of a band for mere twenty one years, you are excused in believing that you know exactly what the band in question is all about and also what … Continue reading

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PAIN OF SALVATION – “ROAD SALT TWO”

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PAIN OF SALVATION – “ROAD SALT TWO” INSIDE OUT (2011) Early October 2000. Spending a whole morning counting imported goods was part of my responsibility as a record shop salesman – a process that I thoroughly enjoyed as it meant … Continue reading

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10Q's with JOSEPH WILLIAMS and PETER FRIEDSTEDT

Jospeh Williams and Peter Friedstedt have just released a great AOR album on AOR Heaven. Here Peter gives us the lowdown on the album and future plans… What are you currently up to then Pete? “Hi Jason! We are just … Continue reading

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EDGUY – “AGE OF THE JOKER”

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EDGUY – “AGE OF THE JOKER” NUCLEAR BLAST (2011) Even the most optimistic person in the world cannot deny that we are currently living through difficult times! The aftershocks of the recession, which are manifested in everything from job losses … Continue reading

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EVILE (Ol Drake & Ben Carter) Interview

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EVILE (Ol Drake & Ben Carter) Interview When it comes to Metal music, I am quite supportive towards a variety of different genres, however, the one that will always be closest to my heart is Thrash. Naturally, as every old-school … Continue reading

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BRAINSTORM – “ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT”

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BRAINSTORM – “ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT” AFM RECORDS (2011) I quite recently had a conversation with a group of musically like-minded people, during which the topic of modern Power Metal was raised. One of the main conclusions of … Continue reading

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DEICIDE (Steve Asheim) INTERVIEW

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DEICIDE (Steve Asheim) INTERVIEW Eleven years ago the Florida-based Death Metal quartet Deicide released one of the most spell-bounding extreme Metal albums of all tmes – a record that provided many hour of pure enjoyment for my young self. In … Continue reading

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS – “IN TIMES OF SOLITUDE”

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS – “IN TIMES OF SOLITUDE” MASSACRE (2011) Twenty three years ago, following the demise of the Thrash Metal outfit Rotting Corpse, guitarist John Perez decided to invest all his love and passion for Candlemass influenced Doom Metal in … Continue reading

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HUNTED – “WELCOME THE END”

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HUNTED – “WELCOME THE END” MASSACRE (2011) Having been to more gigs that I can possibly remember or even be able to put down in paper these last few years on British soil, I thought that I was fairly up … Continue reading

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DC4 – “ELECTRIC MINISTRY”

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DC4 – “ELECTRIC MINISTRY” METAL BLADE (2011) DC4 is a name that I was not at all acquainted to prior to be granted access to their latest full length “Electric Ministry”, but reading through the bio provided by the band’s … Continue reading

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ARKONA – “SLOVO”

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ARKONA – “SLOVO” NAPALM RECORDS (2011) Russia is a country which has constantly flirted with art, ever since the time that the first Varangian merchants begun to take full advantage of the country’s interconnected waterways in their attempt to reach … Continue reading

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SALTATIO MORTIS – “STURM AUFS PARADIES”

SALTATIO MORTIS – “STURM AUFS PARADIES” NAPALM RECORDS (2011) Medieval culture has been going through a revival these last few years throughout Europe, but if you are to name the one place where this historical period is mostly celebrated then … Continue reading

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SINNER – “ONE BULLET LEFT”

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SINNER – “ONE BULLET LEFT” AFM RECORDS (2011) Mat Sinner is a very busy man! Not only does is he heavily involved in the music industry, holding an important position in a well known record company for a number of … Continue reading

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EVILE – “FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH”

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EVILE – “FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH” EARACHE RECORDS (2011) Five years ago, something totally unexpected happened! Thrash Metal, a genre whose popularity began deteriorating since the mid 90s and which, for a pretty long time, remained alive only in the memory … Continue reading

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ICED EARTH – “DYSTOPIA”

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ICED EARTH – “DYSTOPIA” CENTURY MEDIA (2011) Iced Earth is an outfit which, simply put, thrives when under pressure and which has truly proven its endurance and resilience throughout its twenty one year history. Having said that, though, any fan … Continue reading

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ARCH/MATHEOS (John Arch & Jim Matheos) Interview

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ARCH/MATHEOS (John Arch & Jim Matheos) Interview It was twenty five years ago that the Connecticut-based Progressive Metalers Fates Warning released their classic opus “Awaken The Guardian” – the last album featuring singer-extraordinaire John Arch. Subsequently, the band further expanded … Continue reading

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HELSTAR (James Rivera) Interview

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HELSTAR (James Rivera) Interview Back in October last year, and only a few weeks prior to the release of the latest Helstar album “Glory Of Chaos”, I got the opportunity of interviewing the band’s legendary frontman James Rivera. What I … Continue reading

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