Excuse me all. I need to go and calm down. This hour has been such an adrenaline rush and it feels like I just witnessed the band on stage and not listening to a record.
It’s also one of those albums that grow pretty much each time you listen to it. Starting off with ”nah, this is really not my bag”, leading to ”hey, I can listen to this without getting an allergic rash”, and then ”well, I quite enjoy this” ending at ”I actually like this, it makes me smile, it’s filled of joy – and joy is so very much needed right now”.
“Orbitual Sunrise”, here´s the single they should have released, catchy and sing-along friendly without getting cheesy.
Well, if you like me where hoping for a progressive pomp rock return, you will be disappointed but if you like musicals, ballads, classic rock and Dennis voice you will probably love it.
I can promise that you´ve never heard AC/DC´s “Back in Black” played like this.
For me, Vader is very much like pizza. I’m rarely not in the mood for it, it’s always quite tasty and even when it’s a bad one, it’s still pretty good. However, it can rarely compete with a lobster or a steak.
Some say its his best work for ages. Who am I to judge? I haven´t really followed him so I can decide that. But when they focus on melody rather than playing quick as hell I enjoy it more.
The ending foursome of “Serenity”, “Ending Days”, “Hopes Die Young and “Ravenghast” goes more to a dreary, melancholic and gloomy side of Paradise Lost.
Gathering of Kings – Discovery9,5/10 Ok, so this time I´ll make it easy for you, dear reader....
A Havok album is now to thrash like a Bob Marley album is to reggae; it abides to the rules of the genre, because if it didn’t it wouldn’t be the genre anymore.
Hellbound are no beginners on the metal scene, having released a bunch of albums between them in various other constellations like “Moloken”, “Hate Ammo”, “Scumkill”, “Ghamorean” and “Live Elephant” to name a few.
It’s very clear that Kristoffer Olivius and his band of brothers know exactly what they’re doing. This really is how the pros do it.
I really like especially the first three Witchcraft records, so please consider “Black Metal” a one time failed experiment and go back to the old school doom rock instead. That’s what you do best.
His voice also sounds great, especially considering that he’s 64 years old and singing a collection of songs in which the majority was sung by Elvis in his early twenties.
The first cover is Nazareth’s “Please Don’t Judas Me” and it’s in my humble opinion an improvement of the original, and I say that being a big Nazareth fan.
The starting tracks after the little intro IX sets a good pace. “What the dead men say” and “Catastrophist” gives a flying start to the action. After that we go a bit up and down in tempo, but we don´t lose quality.