SuidAkrA – Cimbric Yarns

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SuidAkrA – Cimbric Yarns
AFM Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running Time: 39:00
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

After years of delving into the rock and metal music sphere, you think you have seen it all and nothing else could possibly surprise you. Wait until you hear SuidAkrA’s latest release and then tell us if things still seem predictable. “Cimbric Yarns” can mean two things dependent on the listener. For those who have been fans of the band for a long time, it’s a remarkable chance to see a more delicate and ambient side. For new listeners, it’s a great to get to know their sound before experiencing their heavier material.

“Cimbric Yarns” is the thirteenth studio album after twenty-four years of producing high quality bombastic tunes. It’s an acoustic masterpiece that takes the listener into a mystical land before time. It’s a continuation of the “Realms Of Odoric” saga and according to vocalist Arkadius Antonik, “Cimbric Yarns” takes the audience back to where it all began before “Realms Of Odoric”.

You feel the beautiful ambience only a few seconds in. The opening instrumental ‘Echtra’ ensures this with mystical guitar riffs and fantasy style melodies on the flute. This, along with the stunning ‘Serpentine Origins’ ensures you don’t want to leave this fantasy.

‘Serpentine Origins’ is the first full track of the album. It gives the listener a taste of the stunning authenticity of the band’s delicate side. The remarkable chorus will be swimming around the head for days after the first listen.

Throughout the album you are treated to portfolio of acoustic magic. Each track has its own story but it’s the beauty and passion that binds all the songs together well. The examples given are just a few of the spellbinding songs that we can experience on the album.

The acoustic guitar riffs at the beginning of ‘A Day And Forever’ entice the listener to find out more. What comes next are the beautiful vocals that provide the icing on the cake. The melody is a simple one yet provides an impact with the delicate yet powerful components. The chorus will be sung back to them from fans across venues and along to the record.

The single ‘Snakehenge’ is an atmospheric masterpiece that consists of brilliant vocal harmonies, excellent guitar work and fantastic orchestral elements. Judging from the lyric video for the song, it’s one that could easily cause headbanging at a live show, p particularly along to the folk sounding guitar riffs. As weird as that sounds, it could happen.

Judging from the intro of ‘Birth And Despair’, it’s more than safe to say that this is appropriately named. It provides a more sombre tone to the album yet keeps the impact that the rest of the songs contain. The vocal harmonies, beautiful guitar work and wonderful flute melody are highlights of the track.

It ends on a haunting note with the track ‘Caoine Cruác’. The best album endings confirm it’s the end of the record but you’re left wanting more at the same time. This closing track does that perfectly. It has a brilliant mix of pirate, western and folkness that mark the end of the record. The bouncy rhythm mid-way has you thinking of walking off into the sunset and the epic sounding fantasy melodies leave you wanting more!

‘Cimbric Yarns’ is an acoustic portfolio that has the mighty power to transport anyone away from reality. One of the best things about the record is that it will appeal to all music lovers alike, not just metal fans!

It’s not often you come across an album that you listen to and appreciate in every detail. “Cimbric Yarns” easily achieves this feat with its beautiful music.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Echtra
02 Serpentine Origins
03 Ode To Arma
04 A Day And Forever
05 Black Dawn
06 At Nine Light Night
07 Snakehenge
08 Birth And Despair
09 Assault On Urlár
10 Caoine Cruác

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Official.SuidAkrA/

https://www.instagram.com/suidakra_official/
https://www.youtube.com/user/SuidAkrAoffical

 

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Black Paisley – Perennials

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Black Paisley – Perennials
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/09/2018
Running Time: 51:12
Review By Chris Galea
8/10

Black Paisley are a Swedish band named after the Fender signature model guitar of Ritchie Sambora in Bon Jovi. And in fact you often hear connections with Bon Jovi throughout this album. Since I’m name-dropping…the lead vocals in “Perennials” sometimes reminded me of James Christian (House Of Lords) and comparisons with Thunder also seem inevitable.

But despite being very song-oriented and mainstream-friendly, “Perennials” is somewhat elusive when one comes to categorise its music and for me this is one of its main attractions. From catchy sing-along choruses to subtle but effective uses of keyboards and onto brilliant uses of choir vocals and Rock songs with punch…there’s more to this album than meets the eye. Then there are a couple of excellent piano-ballads, one of which is ‘Stronger’ – incidentally this is also the album’s strongest track (‘scuse my pun). Melancholy, vitality, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, AOR…there really is much to enjoy in this album.

On the other hand, since “Perennials” is very traditional in nature, it’s unlikely to have you gawping in amazement. But then again you never know. Personally, after an overdose of Metal, it feels right to keep testosterone levels in check with something like this.

TRACKLISTING:
1. I Want Your Soul
2. Day By Day
3. Sometimes
4. Mother
5. Miss Me
6. Without You
7. Step Back
8. Trying
9. Out Of My Life
10. Alone
11. Think
12. Stronger

LINE-UP:
Stefan Blomqvist – lead vocal and guitar
Ulf Hedin – guitars
Jan Emanuelsson – bass
Robert Wirensjö – keyboards
Mikael Kerslow – drums and percussion

LINKS:
http://www.blackpaisley.se/
https://www.facebook.com/blackpaisleys/

https://www.instagram.com/blackpaisley_band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4p95d5wKIhEIdPT7acH5dA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CQaSeaKYTI (‘I Want Your Soul’ – Official Video)

 

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North of South – New Latitudes

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North Of South – New Latitudes
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running Time: 33:46
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

North Of South, from Spain, was founded by guitarist Chechu Gomez (aka Chechu Nos) and he brings so much to the table musically. This album “New Latitudes” isn’t just pure rock. It is the complete package of metal, with a hint of pop and a dash of Latin influence, all mixed together with great guitar riffs, insane drumming, and both English and Spanish lyrics and so makes for a very powerful album.

The nine tracks on “New Latitudes” cover more than one genre and the changes from one to the other are effortless. There is an almost flamenco hint on some of the tracks, and you really don’t know what’s coming next.

It is truly refreshing to have tracks such as ‘Time Will Tell’, proving Chechu Nos’ voice can range from deep, harsh and gravelly to crystal clear and the incredible drumming makes you wonder how fast the poor guy was actually playing (it sounded exhausting to me). With vocals switching between Spanish and English, you are given a whole new view on “New Latitudes”. It is strangely refreshing that this is not a run of the mill metal album as it just has so much to give. The album has depth yet isn’t overpowering, guitar solos which are just mad, flamenco overtones to the sound, and then changes back to metal all in the same song!! I think it’s safe to say this is truly a different kind of metal.

As a personal preference, I would have loved a few more tracks but we don’t always get what we want and let’s hope, with the intense tracks on this album, there will be plenty more releases in the pipeline. After listening to “New Latitudes” I’m not sure if I should be in a mosh pit or doing flamenco or even trying to create a mix of both! That would make for an interesting dance!

“New Latitudes” was recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s Studios (Marin Spain) which is familiar with the Spanish extreme metal scene, having been involved with bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature.

On the whole, “New Latitudes” is great, with so many different genres covered and yet such a great listen and it’s all wrapped up in one album.

TRACKLIST:
1-The Human Equation
2-Nobody Knows
3-Balance Paradox
4-Before We Die
5-Crystal Waters
6-There’s No Glamour In Death
7-Time Will Tell
8-Faith Is Not A Hope
9-Montreux

Links:
https://northofsouth.es/en/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthOfSouthOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/northofsouthofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQN43eyfE0YZrwM349JZCXw

 
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Airrace – Untold Stories

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Airrace – Untold Stories
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 10/08/2018
Running Time: 44:04
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Although over the years the band has been active intermittently, the roots of Airrace go back quite a while. The band was formed around 1982 by Laurie Mansworth, former guitarist of More (who incidentally are expected to release a comeback album this year). Airrace was also the first recording band of Jason Bonham, son of John…late Led Zeppelin drummer. Although Jason has long since left Airrace, some elements of Led Zeppelin’s music still find their way into this album. For example the riff from ‘Different But The Same’ is strongly reminiscent of Zep’s ‘Black Dog’.

Pop music, Rock and Blues all blend together with excellent results. ‘Summer Rain’ has some choir vocals that work particularly well with the song. ‘Innocent’ struck me as a song Mr Big might have recorded. ‘Here it Comes’ is an infectious mood-brightener. You get the idea. Sharp musicianship all around but all band members are serving the song…and playing those very songs with a vibrant passion.

So don’t expect originality with “Untold Stories” but do expect finely crafted songs with a plentiful supply of hooks. I’m surprised it took me so long to notice this band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Running Out Of Time
2. Innocent
3. Eyes Like Ice
4. Different But The Same
5. New Skin
6. Lost
7. Love Is Love
8. Men From The Boys
9. Summer Rain
10. Come With Us
11. Here It Comes

LINE-UP:
Adam Payne – vocals
Laurie Mansworth – guitar
Rocky Newton – bass
Dhani Mansworth- drums
Linda Kelsey Foster- keys

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Airraceofficial/

https://www.frontiers.shop/search?sSearch=airrace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqKcEj9w7E (‘Eyes Like Ice’ – Official Lyric Video)

 

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Tank – Sturmpanzer

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Tank – Sturmpanzer
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 16/11/18
Running Time: 56.38
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
6/10

The long-awaited album “Sturmpanzer” by Tank has finally been released but has it been worth the wait?

Tank, who have been going for many years, were often compared to Motorhead as both bands are fronted by bass playing vocalists and play with hard core riffs and heavy vocals, typical of the 80’s metal scene but Tank have added a bit of a modern twist.

This album was announced way back in 2006 by founder member Algy Ward and, as the finishing touches were being added, Ward stated the album would be released in early 2016. This was then pushed back to the present day and, going back to my first question, was it worth the wait?

I definitely think it was for the established fan base they have but it might not appeal to everyone. Despite this, “Sturmpanzer” is a very strong album, it’s heavy and non-stop throughout, with a few colourful lyrics thrown in for good measure.

Formed in 1980, the band ploughed on through the years with line-up changes before being disbanded in 1989. Algy Ward resurrected it in 1997, playing tour dates around Europe and Japan for a few years.

In 2008 a new line up was once again announced, while in 2012 the band announced a Live DVD recording from their previous summer tour of Poland. The band also released details of the return of former drummer Steve Hopgood, along with information of a forthcoming album “War Nation”, released on 4th June on Metal Mind Productions.

I can see where the comparison to Motorhead lies, but during “Sturmpanzer” it’s just with the vocal style and that’s as far as it goes. There are times where you wonder exactly what you are listening too, as there is a rock, fast punk and aggressive style similar to a lot of bands of the 80’s.

‘Revenge Of The Filth Hounds’ is a confusing track as it sounds like it is on a loop and is a mishmash of different bits put together, with added excerpts from various television series sound tracks thrown in for good measure. The last track ‘Field Recording Of The Field’, which was mainly a telephone ringing, seemed pointless to me but may mean something to others who have been fans for many years.

Tracks
1-Two Thousand Miles
2-March
3-No More War
4-Liannes Crying
5-First They Killed The Father
6-Sturmpanzer Pt 1&2
7-Living In Fear of….
8-Which Part Of F.O. Don’t U Understand
9-The Last Soldier
10-Little Darling
11-Revenge Of The Filth Hounds Pt 1&2
12-Field Recording Of The Field

Links:
https://www.tankofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/556235897916772/

 

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The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors

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The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors
Steel Cartel
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 58:41
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

I don’t tend to hand out 10 out of 10’s when I am reviewing all that often and there have only been a handful since I first started. Many albums make it to 9 but, for me, an album must have just that little something extra to push it to a 10!

This album certainly has that!

The Three Tremors harnesses three of Earth’s mightiest and relentless voices in heavy metal together as one, producing “one of the all-time great power metal albums” as said by Knac.com

So, who are these three magnificent voices? Well, they are, none other, than Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio’s Disciples), Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner & Shermann, Death Dealer) and Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force) and already being massive fans of a lot of their previous bands, I knew I was going to enjoy this one.

The band also features a group of mighty metal veterans from San Diego, the talents of guitarist Dave “Conan” Garcia, with Casey “The Sentinel” Trask as second guitarist and bassist Alex Pickard and drummer Sean Elg completing the line-up.

Sean and Tim originally met in San Diego when Sean’s band Cage opened for Judas Priest on the Jugulator tour and when Sean wanted to resurrect a 2018 version of a vision he had from long ago, Tim agreed straight away, and Harry quickly joined next.

Says Sean: “it took a long time to put together, create the right songs, and get it properly arranged, but the results are beyond my wildest expectations. I think the fans are really going to freak out on what we have done with this record, and live it’s going to be almighty, I assure you!

So, what of the album? Well, according to the press notes it is “12 new tracks that depict monumental stories of time honoured heavy metal themes!” and the artwork has been designed by renowned artist Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Adrenaline Mob, Death Dealer, Cage) to “showcase an apocalyptic battle between demonic hyper-wolves and The Three Tremors, who marched into an underworld overshadowed by evil forces only armed with bullets powered by heavy metal sorcery to reclaim the dystopian lands.

In essence, this is a power metal album, with a huge chunk of traditional and heavy metal thrown in, and what an album!

Mixing together three of metal’s finest vocalists into one mighty sonic power might have seemed a bit of a risky move. How would they work together? Would one overpower the others? Would they all fight for supremacy?

The answer was a resounding success. All three singers feature on every track and they all work so well together. One minute you think you are listening to Judas Priest, the next Cage or Death Dealer. The multiple vocalists give the songs depth, almost bringing them to life. There are no egos with the singers either. Each one is a fantastic singer in his own right, the breadth of each of their history’s testament to that, but one voice is not trying to fight to be above the others and each singer is on par with the rest.

But a band wouldn’t be a band without the musicians. Based on the Cage line-up, these guys are immense. The two guitarists play well together, and with riffs and solos galore, they are easily the hidden gems of the band. The rhythm section of the bass and drums are tight, and they do their job to perfection, although the drumming is insane at times!!

For a group of musicians who have really only been together for such a short period of time, they shouldn’t be as good as they are!! Bands that have been together for longer do not sound as polished and finished as these guys do!

I said at the start of this review that to get a 10 from me a band needed that little bit extra, and I think what gives this album that oomph is the experience the band members have. But, please, do not take my word for it. Go and get yourself a copy of this awesome album and see for yourself. If you are not blown away by it, then I will eat my hat!

I can’t wait for these guys to tour and once they do, I hope they venture to this side of the Atlantic!

“Three times louder than a sonic boom, three fingers on the hand of doom.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. Invaders From The Sky
2. Bullets For The Damned
3. When The Last Scream Fades
4. Wrath Of Asgard
5. The Cause
6. King Of The Monsters
7. The Pit Shows No Mercy
8. Sonic Suicide
9. Fly Or Die
10. Lust Of The Blade
11. Speed To Burn
12. The Three Tremors (bonus track)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/thethreetremors/
http://thethreetremors.com/

https://instagram.com/thethreetremors
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Sadist – Spellbound

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Sadist – Spellbound
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Running Time 38:44
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Apart from “Tribe” (1995), which I have long considered to be the band’s magnum opus, the output from Sadist has been somewhat chequered. But the band truly has a unique sound – akin to other luminaries such as Atheist, Pestilence, Obscura and Nocturnus, Sadist forge a Death Metal that is highly refined on a technical level but use keyboards to accentuate the music’s heaviness and provide a spruce of atmosphere. Before spinning this disc, I feel a degree of optimism but would “Spellbound” provide a rant-free listening experience? I take a deep breath and dive in….

The first thing that needs mentioning is that each song in “Spellbound” is inspired by a different Alfred Hitchcock film thriller. Some are based on well-known films such as “Psycho” or “Rear Window”. Others are based on obscure films from the silent-movie era, such as “The Mountain Eagle” and “Downhill”. Incidentally “Mountain Eagle” is lost (the BFI is still searching for one copy of it) so I wonder on what material Sadist based their song of the same name.

All these Hitchcockian elements, which Sadist infuse into their songwriting, add a certain intrigue to the album’s music. This is particularly obvious in the opening track, ‘39 Steps’. The album has some virtuoso-quality bass lines, such as in the title-track, which is also an excellent song. “Spellbound” also boasts some top quality guitar shredding – in this context, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Rear Window’ spring to mind. ‘Notorius’ is an intriguing instrumental track that enriches the album’s dynamics.

The way many of the album’s songs end abruptly enforce the notion that “Spellbound” was meant to be one distinct entity rather than an album of several songs. The album itself is rather short but I suppose that that is preferable to having weak material mar the album. Ironically, “Spellbound” doesn’t have any track that really stands out from the rest.

So yes, despite some very minor things, “Spellbound” is a superb album and a refreshing take on the Death Metal genre.

TRACKLIST:
1. 39 Steps
2. The Birds
3. Spellbound
4. Rear Window
5. Bloody Bates
6. Notorius
7. Stage Fright
8. I’m the Man Who Knew Too Much
9. Frenzy
10. The Mountain Eagle
11. Downhill

Line-up:
Alessio Spallarossa – drums
Andy Marchini – bass, vocals
Tommy Talamanca – guitars, keyboards
Trevor Nadir – vocals

LINKS:
http://www.sadist.it/
https://www.facebook.com/Sadist-466835156803523/
https://vk.com/club690597
https://www.instagram.com/sadist_official/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sadistribe

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