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| ||Helstar Vampiro|
Ever since Helstar were reactivated, there was a discrete pressure for a return to the stylistic realm of Nosferatu, a criminally misplaced album at release time. Like every band which respects its craft, however, Helstar did not indulge their fan base, at least not until this year and the release of their 9th album. Vampiro (caught the innuendo already?), is nothing short of a triumph in classical-tinged tech power/progressive/thrash metal, coated with a sound that Nosferatu should have in the first place. With the possible exception of "To Their Deathbeds They Fell", the remainder of the album is not particularly
| ||Opeth Sorceress|
With Sorceress, Opeth are currently, three albums in their so-called "prog rock" period, but I still fail to understand why they are dubbed as such. Lest we forget, Opeth played their best prog rock in the '90s(!!!), with their '00s releases carrying the momentum of that decade, but for some time now, the Swedes have sadly demoted themselves to the "casual listen" category...
| ||Evergrey The Storm Within|
Evergrey's music simply cannot fall below certain, fairly high quality standards, and The Storm Within is no exception. While all Evergrey albums are emotional in design, it's safe to say that new album goes red in the said respect. What's more, with the arrangements not being as tight as in previous albums, The Storm Within works as a whole, as there's not a single track, that's infinitely more catchy that the rest (the way "Frozen" was in Glorious Collision). (is the album) A small step backwards before a future, bold step forwards? Only time will tell.
| ||Medicine Boy Kinda Like Electricity|
Medicine Boy have delivered a masterclass of atmospheric minimalism. Folk, new wave/post punk, country and pure rock n' roll have been called to flesh a custom torso, in which the sounds of silence and self-reflection, are homogeneously welded with pockets of genuine tension. Perfectly aligned, the duo's soothing vocal work breaths life to some of the most abstractly thoughtful lyrics about the human psyche. Stream: http://medicineboy.bandcamp.com/album/kinda-like-electricity
| ||My Regime Dogmas|
Completely derivative to the point where it sounds like a forgotten Slayer bootleg, Dogmas would make more sense, had yours truly not been aware of Spice's criminally underrated works and days with Kayser, namely the first two albums of heavy rock based, thrash metal. Come on Spice, you can do way better than that!
| ||Thenighttimeproject Thenighttimeproject|
For all those who think that Night Is the New Day is the last, truly magnificent Katatonia album, Thenighttimeproject is an adequate companion, and one that pales in comparison. The atmospheres in Thenighttimeproject's debut are fairly captivating, the vocals are a treat, but more often than not, the arrangements could use a bit more meat; in addition, they feel familiar to the previously mentioned Katatonia album, which is both a good and a... not so good thing.
| ||Helion Prime Helion Prime|
Overall, Helion Prime give out some solid and well produced, modern heavy/power metal. The arrangements are fairly cohesive but little is done for them to become really interesting, whereas the female vocal lines, while having a good pitch, they follow closely the route set by the songs. With more elaborate vocals (up the alley of, say, Diana Serra from Aghora), album would score more points.
|Willie Right. That post says don't request promos that you're not going to review, but once the promo has been requested and a link posted, then it's okay because it is getting a review.|
|Willie So, basically, if there's a link in the review request area, that means someone is reviewing it so you can check it out, too.|
|Willie We can't just get promos from the labels if we don't plan on reviewing the albums. As you might imagine, they don't like to be used like some illegal blogspot. If we do download the album because someone is going to review it, then other people can check it out too, if they want. It's actually good because then there can be more conversation on a review until the general population gets around to hearing whatever the album is.|
|Willie You do know that the promos for Neurosis and Watchtower are in the review request area; right?|
|CaliggyJack I will continue to harass you until you release a Target Earth review.DO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET|