Author: Martin Nygren

Windom End – Perspective Views

There is not one single weak song on this album and it feels so extremely well constructed. It is as if the whole piece is a puzzlebox where every single part has its place without being forced to fit. It simply flows, if you follow my drift…

Enemy Within – Fallen

This is well written and arranged heavy metal featuring some wonderful multiharmony vocals accentuated by brutal death metal screams. This record is chock full of terrific choruses and hooks.

DeadRisen – Review and interview with Will Shaw

I´m an old fart so I was present during the first wave of Thrash Metal and basically worshipped at the altar of giants like Testament, Heathen, Flotsam and Jetsam, Death Angel and Metallica so when a ditty start with one of the coolest riffs Flotsam and Jetsam never wrote my inner teenager joins an imaginary moshpit and just lets it rip.

Forgotten Jewels – Zero Hour

This record is one of the reasons I wanted to start a column that puts a spotlight on albums and/or bands that did not get the attention and praise they deserved. “The Towers of Avarice” is nothing but a stone cold classic if you ask me.

Forgotten Jewels – Moahni Moahna

Amazing vocalist Martin Högström delivers the lyrics with a passion and power that is simply staggering. The main composers and guitarists, Henrik Flyman and Tommy Rehn are both supremely skilled players and offers a truckload of sweet harmonies and blistering leads while always keeping the songs themselves in focus.

Dynazty – The Dark Delight

Have Dynazty delivered the first bona fide, stone cold classic of the decade? Time will tell but as far as this geezer is concerned the answer is a a resolute: YES!

Khymera – Master Of Illusions

Dennis sings with the best of ém. He´s a bit of a mix between Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Marcie Free (Unruly Child, Signal) and second track, the sublime “The First Time” indeed sounds like the lovechild of Pretty Maids and Unruly Child.

In The Spotlight: Symphony of Tragedy

Tommy Johansson (Sabaton/ReinXeed/Majestica) is one of my favorite singers. I mean, this guy has a voice that is made to sing power metal hymns. We´re talking about a range that makes the iconic Michael Kiske seem like an extremely hung over Peter Steele (Type O Negative, RIP).

Seventh Dimension – A Change of Seasons

When Swedish Prog Metal-titans-to-be Seventh Dimension takes on my favorite song of all times by my favorite band they do it with a confidence and natural swagger that just oozes determination and spirit.

Moon Reverie – S/T

On tracks like “End of Times” progressive metal-influences can be heard which makes this proghead happier than a piglet in a bathtub filled with chocolate pudding.

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