Author: Marcus Hanser

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man

It is exactly as boring as you would imagine from this description. Even the sound is boring. The snare drum is just dead, the guitar is totally without edge and all together it is just…nothing.

Green Day – Father Of All…

The hits are on parade here with “Oh yeah” and “Junkies on a High” as the icing of this very American cake. Most of the tracks seldom exceeds three minutes. No intros. No bullshit. Just the way it should be.

Korn – The Nothing

It is not what I would use as a fire starter on a Friday. “The Nothing” works better on Sunday afternoon. And you probably want to put it on repeat many times. On high level. Just let it burn you up inside – you will love it.

Develop or die

Sure thing, the music doesn’t sound like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Slayer anymore (besides the retro bands). The reunions are becoming a parody and you seem to need more oxygen masks than cops on Sweden Rock Festivals. But guess what, heavy metal is not a formula – it is a way of thinking and living. And it’s alive and kicking.

Between a rock and a hard place

At the upcoming Sabaton Open Air my band NERVED is supposed to be playing after doom legends Candlemass and just before Sweden’s currently biggest metal act Sabaton? How the F did we end up in that slot? Honestly, I don’t know.

The one cliché you should listen to.

It was a close call. It could have been a very sad ending to this story. But Petra, her beloved ones and we as a band got lucky this time. Life goes on – we are blessed. But also filled with inspiration for new songs. No ballads this time though.

Devin Townsend – Empath

Sure. Everything is amazing. His voice, the band, the orchestral and choir arrangements. The sound is impeccable. Maybe if I was 16 and asking myself “the big questions” in life I might find something interesting in this pretentious mess.

Soen – Lotus

So instead of becoming classic over-pretentious progressive metal, is turns out quite entertaining, with a couple of tracks that has that little extra. And one of them giving me the goose-bumps that comes more and more seldom – listen to “Martyrs” and wait for it. You know when you hear it.

Corroded – Bitter

I like Corroded and I want this to be good, but “Bitter” is unfortunately also a suitable title for the album.

P.O.D. - Circles

P.O.D. – Circles

3/10 “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.” This classic phrase on Per Gessle’s guitar picks should...

Aldo Nova – 2.0

1/10 In the early eighties Margaret Thatcher turned the U.K. upside down and got every Brittish rocker...

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