Beneath The Void – …Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion Album Cover Art

Beneath The Void – …Into Oblivion
Self-Released
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Running Time: 40:16
Reviewed By Mark Pritchard
10/10

Within the last 2-3 weeks, with the UK struggling to decide if it is going to be sunny or rainy (something that isn’t new for us here, but can be annoying lol), I have been listening to the new self-released album by Hungarian Technical Death Metal band Beneath The Void, called “…Into Oblivion”. As I write this review, the rock and metal world has been in mourning with the loss of three legends. But even at this sad time, listening to this album has brought comfort, no matter how the day is. Whether bad or good, “…Into Oblivion” has suited any day for me. If you would like to know more, please continue to read.

Beneath The Void were founded only a little earlier this year, after renaming from Kill With Hate, which was the active band name from 2007-2021. They hail from the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, and “…Into Oblivion” is the band’s debut album, with only 2 EP’s and a full-length album under the previous band name. “…Into Oblivion” gives the band a completely new beginning to start from, and with the quality of the technical death metal that they play, it shows you not the past, but the present and the future and I, for one, can’t wait to see how the future goes for Beneath The Void.

“…Into Oblivion” is an intense, in your face album, that has shown me the band put everything and more into the work they did to bring this album to fruition. In a way they remind me of another intense and in your face band, Dethklok. I mean this only as a compliment, as it can’t be easy to keep such a high intensity going for a whole album. Tracks 1 and 11, named “Elegy” and “Oblivion” respectively, begin with instrumentals that give off the feeling of a horror movie, similar to A Nightmare On Elm Street or Friday The 13th, which send chills down my spine each time I hear either song.

This album has so much to offer the listener that it actually makes it really difficult to choose a song that standouts more than the others! So, for this album, I don’t have a standout song! The album as a whole stands out, amongst many other bands I listen to, which is no minor feat, as they include Judas Priest, Megadeth, Dethklok and Slayer. Beneath The Void, with this amazing ‘fresh start’ album, can stand with the best of them.

‘By The Seventh’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Elegy
02. Rebellion
03. Refugee
04. Chant Of Superior Death
05. Terraform
06. Downwards
07. By The Seventh
08. The Question
09. Stargazer
10. Absolution
11. Oblivion

LINE-UP:
Krisztián Gyémánt – Vocals
Ákos Olt – Guitars
Tibor Szokán – Guitars
Patrik Pornói – Bass, Vocals
Bence Turcsák – Drums

LINKS:

Beneath The Void Promo Pic

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Alchemia – Inception

Inception Album Cover Art

Alchemia – Inception
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 30/04/2021
Running Time: 39:28
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

For the last 2-3 weeks, the UK has been having an unexpected heatwave, which has made focusing a problem! We weren’t built for heat here! But, while I’ve been trapped in the depths of sweating and moaning about the weather (as is the custom for us Brits, regardless of the weather) I’ve been listening to “Inception”, the newest album by Brazilian Horror Metal band Alchemia. And that has helped me to come back to normality a bit. Well as close to normality as I can get! However, as is the way with the British climate, I’m now sitting here writing this review on the first rainy day in around 3 weeks (bloody weather)! So, if you would, please allow me to take a little of your time to tell you about the band as well as their newest album.

Alchemia was founded back in 2018 in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. “Inception” is actually the band’s debut album, and even though they have essences of Heavy, Black and Death metal in their sound, they combine those elements into something different and unique. There are obvious influences from Heavy, Black and Death Metal, but running alongside are also influences from film scores and classical orchestration. The amount of work they have put in to make this debut become a reality is obvious, and I think the future looks bright for the band.

When your mental state is as changeable as the weather, it’s great to be able to be totally absorbed by music. “Inception” is definitely one of those albums that grabs hold of you and reels you in. Some might think that, with the genre influences mentioned, it might not be the best thing to listen to when you’re in a bad place. But, in fact, “Inception” gave me a sense of there being a light at the end of the tunnel to bring me out of my rut, and that is exactly what has happened. It has intensity which hits you like a freight train, amazing vocals and is great to bang your head to. If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know I like a good headbang! Recently I have had to use a hairband when headbanging, so my hair doesn’t poke my eyes. Luckily, I was prepared, with my hairband at the ready!

The title track of the album is my pick for the stand out song. It’s intriguing. It starts with the sounds of a music box having the key turned, and closes with the music box slowing down. In between this, we’re hit with intense instrumentals and strong lyrics.

This album is a great example of what can be done with some excellent musicianship, and a bit of vision. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend everybody check it out.

‘Grind’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Grind
02. Save Us
03. Inception
04. Haunting You
05. Ashes
06. If Nothing Is Sacred
07. Sacrifice
08. Mind Prison
09. Nightmares
10. Secret Call

LINE-UP:
Victor Hugo Piiroja – Vocals, Synths, Guitars
Rodrigo Maciel – Guitars
Felipe FIFAS – Bass
Wally D’Alessandro – Keyboard
Alex Cristopher – Drums

LINKS:

Alchemia Promo Pic

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Frozen Crown – Winterbane

Winterbane Album Cover Art

Frozen Crown – Winterbane
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 52:56
Review by Mark Pritchard
10/10

As I write this review, I am actually celebrating my 33rd birthday. I mean what more could I ask for? It’s a nice warm day with the sun out, and I’ve got my headphones on, blasting out “Winterbane”, the new album by Italian Power Metal band Frozen Crown. It’s been a tough old time recently for all of us, so having some new music to turn to on my birthday has given me a great way to try and shut out the bad stuff, and to even have a smile on my face. So, for an insight into my thoughts of this album, continue reading. But first, some history!

Frozen Crown are based in Milan, Italy, and were formed back in 2017. In the following couple of years, they released their first two albums “The Fallen King”, and “Crowned In Frost”. The band then toured alongside the amazing Dragonforce on a European tour in 2020 as special guest, as well as working on this third, and newest, studio album. Although the band’s journey has only been four years long so far, they have done quite a lot during this time. As well as the touring with Dragonforce, their videos on YouTube have garnered over 18 million views, and “Winterbane” has been endorsed by Dragonforce’s own Herman Li on his Twitch channel, not many bands can say the same thing! Long may the journey continue, I say! So, what does it sound like?

Well, it’s fair to say that I’ve listened to this album a good few times now! So much so, I think I’ve lost count. But I’m sitting here at my desk, cup of tea in hand, rocking in my chair with my eyes shut for the slower songs, and headbanging without caution to the rest, as “Winterbane” contains both ends of the spectrum when it comes to heavy metal intensity. There are songs that hit the heart, but then others that hit deeper, to the soul, with awesome instrumentals, and beautiful vocals. It makes for an album that I can listen to over and over again and it never gets tiring.

So, as I have listened to “Winterbane” so much, finding a song that stands above the rest has been a challenge, but I have found it…‘The Water Dancer’. The instrumentals are really soothing and play through the song like water in a stream which is calming and coupled with the lilting vocals make this such a relaxing song to listen to. This is a superb album and I have really enjoyed listening to it. If you enjoy Dragonforce and positive sounding, up-tempo Melodic Power Metal, played effortlessly, then I thoroughly recommend it.

‘Embrace The Night’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Embrace The Night
02. Towards The Sun
03. Far Beyond
04. The Lone Stranger
05. Crown Eternal
06. The Water Dancer
07. Angels In Disguise
08. Night Crawler
09. Tales Of The Forest
10. Blood On The Snow

LINE-UP:
Federico Mondelli – Keyboards, Guitars & Vocals.
Giada “Jade” Etro – Vocals.
Francesco Zof – Bass.
Niso Tomasini – Drums.
Fabiola “Sheena” Bellomo – Lead Guitar.

LINKS:

Frozen Crown Promo Pic

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Force of Mortality – New Dark World

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Force of Mortality – New Dark World
Self-Released
Release Date: 23/10/2020
Running Time: 56:09
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

Well folks, I’m now 5G ready! I had my 1st vaccine shot! So here I am, sitting back in my chair, with my headphones on, waiting to be contacted by Bill Gates and listening to one of the UK’s own Heavy Metal bands, in the shape of Force of Mortality, and their most recent album “New Dark World”. I’ll be honest, I can’t do much with the pain I have from the vaccine! But, this new album has been a pick me up, which I’ve definitely needed to ignore the pain in the arm. So, I would like to take a moment to share my thoughts about the album.

Force of Mortality hail from the city of Oxford, in the UK, and formed back in 2016. They bring with them the Heavy Metal sounds of old. In 2017 they released their first EP “Reincarnate The Immortal”, then instantly started work on this album. With “New Dark World”, they roll back the years in terms of their sound, which has a similar sound to bands that I enjoyed listening to on the radio as a young lad, and still enjoy to this day.

As I listened to “New Dark World” I couldn’t help thinking that it has a similar sound to Metallica of old, and a bit of the Sex Pistols too. This is definitely not a shabby album. It brings intensity with guitar solos at the start of some songs, and then the instrumentals combine into controlled chaos with their sound. The vocals allow for the lyrics to be clear so, if listened to it enough, you could easily learn the words and try to sing along with the lead singer. And it almost goes without saying that air guitar is a must when listening to Force of Mortality. I’ll put money on the fact that you’ll start doing it without even realising.

“New Dark World” has been an absolute blast to listen to, with so many awesome songs on the album that have stood out to me in different ways, but the standout song for me is none other than opener, ‘The Fall’. This song is beyond awesome. The slow guitar solo at the start is really top notch, and isn’t just a great start to a song, but also the album as a whole. The instrumentals for the song are perfect, and the vocals are some of the best I have had the chance to hear. I thoroughly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates some good old Heavy Metal.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Fall
02. Divided Nation
03. Driver
04. Eponymous
05. Hades
06. King of Kings
07. My Serenity
08. Born To Fire
09. Even Badder

LINE-UP:
Andrew ‘Mazza’ Marriott – Vocals/Guitar
Colin ‘The Doctor’ Lewis – Bass/Rhythm Guitar
Danny ‘dB’ Bhatt – Drums

LINKS:

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Nightmare – Aeternam

Aeternam Cover Art

Nightmare – Aeternam
AFM Records
Release Date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 48:51
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

Recently, for at least the last 2 weeks, while the weather has been trying to decide whether it wants to rain or to snow (normal for the UK), and through some really tough days missing loved ones that are no longer with us, I’ve been taking the opportunity to listen to French Heavy/Power Metal band Nightmare, and their most recent album “Aeternam”! While outside the days may be gloomy, this has really made the sun shine for me. Let me take a moment of your time to tell you about them, and their brilliant new release.

Nightmare were originally founded all the way back in 1979, and have had an amazing journey so far, which has included being the opening band for Def Leppard back in 1993, playing a few of the biggest metal festivals such as Wacken and Hellfest, as well as supporting the likes of Sabaton, Saxon, Grave Digger, and Blind Guardian, which can definitely not be understated! Since being founded, Nightmare have released, no less than 10 studio albums, a live album, “Live Deliverance”, in 2000, and a compilation album in the shape of “Travel In The Spheres Of Time” in 2006. Now we arrive at their 11th studio album “Aeternam”!

From the very first listen, one thing that has struck me is the intensity of the album. Both the instrumentals, and the clear, but also intense vocals of new singer Marianne “Madie” Dien, make “Aeternam” an album that stands out from the crowd. To be able to keep adapting with the times and to still bring that same fierce, in your face music, with so many releases, really shows the band’s experience, and it hits the mark! At times, especially with some of the solos that appear on “Aeternam” I can’t help but join in on air guitar! Then there are times where I can sit back with my headphones on, just listening away, enjoying a nice cup of tea, just letting the music wash over me.

After listening to “Aeternam” as much as I have, picking one song that stands out more than the rest isn’t the easiest thing to do, as every track is brilliant for their own reasons. But if I had to pick it would be ‘Crystal Lake’. This amazing song, with its soothing/haunting instrumental with calm vocals to start, makes me take complete notice straight away. Then, as the track progresses it builds in intensity perfectly. It’s such a great track.

This album is definitely one that will feature on my playlist for some time to come, and I recommend everyone give it a listen, especially those of you that love proper Heavy/Power Metal. Nightmare really should be a lot bigger than they are!

‘Divine Nemesis’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Temple Of Acheron
02. Divine Nemesis
03. The Passenger
04. Downfall Of A Tyrant
05. Crystal Lake
06. Lights On
07. Aeternam
08. Under The Ice
09. Black September
10. Anneliese

LINE-UP:
Madie – Vocals.
Yves Campion – Bass & Vocals.
Franck Milleliri – Guitar.
Matt Asselberghs – Guitar & Vocals.
Niels Quiais – Drums.

LINKS:

Nightmare Promo Pic

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP

Mother Of The Sun EP Cover

Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 21/8/2020
Running Time: 32:07
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On what is a freezing day in a fresh new year (it is the UK, so technically a normal day!), after what was a hell of a 2020, I find myself sitting at my desk while trying to stay warm (which isn’t really happening)! But, even though the outside of me is feeling the cold, the inside of my body’s warming up nicely, listening to “Mother Of The Sun”, the most recent EP by legendary Rock and Roll band “Jefferson Starship”. I actually received this EP a few months back, but with everything I had going on, as well as COVID-19, I have only recently been able to get my head straight enough to write again. And listening to “Mother Of The Sun” has actually been really helpful to listen to, as it has nice soothing/relaxing songs that have picked me up little by little.

Jefferson Starship are an American Rock band, that were initially formed in the 1960’s as ‘Jefferson Airplane’. Under this name, they produced hits including both ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love’. In the 1970’s they became ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released 11 studio albums. But then it was all change again, and when I first encountered them, they were under the name ‘Starship’. I was born in 1988, and as I grew up, I enjoyed listening to their songs ‘Sara’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’ (a personal favourite of mine). They stayed under this name until 1992, when they changed to ‘Starship feat. Mickey Thomas’. But now they’ve returned to ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released their first EP “Mother Of The Sun” 18 years after their last studio album was released.

I have been listening to this EP for a few months now as, during that time, life decided to kick my behind, and I’ve only recently been able to get my head down to review it. And, if there’s one thing I can say about “Mother Of The Sun”, it is that it gives off the feel of the band history, and with songs like ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘What Are We Waiting For’ it takes me back to being that little kid again, listening to their familiar sound on the radio! With the experience of David Freiberg who joined during the last year of ‘Jefferson Airplane’, Donny Baldwin who joined when the band was previously named ‘Jefferson Starship’, more recently Cathy Richardson, (who re-joined in 2016 after being with the band from 2008-2015), and Jude Gold in 2012, you have the best of the ‘old rock’, with beautiful instrumentals and guitar solos that remind me of yesteryear, blended with the new. This makes for a record that would fit right in with anyone’s playlist.

After listening to “Mother Of The Sun” as much as I have, I’ve concluded that my standout song from this amazing EP has to be, none other, than ‘What Are We Waiting For’. From the short guitar solo at the start, the really delicate, soft, vocals to the chorus of the song, it stands out so much, and is such a relaxing song to listen to. Whether it be at a time of happiness, or when feeling down, this song just hits the soul.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s About Time
02. What Are We Waiting For
03. Setting Sun
04. Runaway Again
05. Embryonic Journey
06. Don’t Be Sad Anymore
07. What Are We Waiting For (Extended)

LINE-UP:
David Freiberg – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Donny Baldwin – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Chris Smith – Keyboards & Bass Guitar
Cathy Richardson – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jude Gold – Lead Guitar

LINKS:

Jefferson Starship

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DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP

DevilsBridge – Endless Restless EP
Fastball Music
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Running Time: 26:55
Review By Mark Pritchard
8/10

On what was a really nice and sunny Sunday afternoon I found myself contemplating what to do to pass the time, and of course, avoid boredom! Should I play on consoles, watch a tv series or have a movie day? And then it hit me like a fly hitting my glasses (pesky things)! Listen to DevilsBridges’ newest EP, “Endless Restless”, and get on with reviewing it! Not a hard decision to make really! So, I positioned myself in my writing chair, the window open next to me offering a nice cold breeze.

DevilsBridge, a relatively young Heavy Metal band formed in 2012, are based in St. Gallen in Switzerland. However, they have only just started releasing material, with two singles and two official music videos on their YouTube channel released last year, and recently their first ever EP – “Endless Restless”.

I have been listening to the EP religiously each day in order to write this review, as it gives out a lot more than just the 6 songs on it would suggest! Heavy drums from JC Daisy, amazing fast paced guitars from both lead guitarist Tom White & Simon Black, as well as bass from Steve D.R.T, which helps keep the instrumentals altogether. Along with the pace of each song, and with a backline like that, are the vocals of Dani Nell of which, though intense, are quite clean as well. The combination of these delivers all the elements for one damn awesome band.

I have listened over and over to this EP, and come to realise that it doesn’t matter how many times I listen, I cannot pick a standout song! From start to finish, all 6 songs are really good in their own ways, which allow the EP, as a whole, to be a symphony of metal for the ears. It’s melodic enough to hear every part clearly, but heavy enough to get a real groove going, too!

If you want to listen to intense headbanging music, that has clean vocals which allow the listener to sing along, then DevilsBridge, and this EP, are for you! Even though I was full of cold, and not 100% well when this EP played, I moved my desk chair back and headbanged from start to finish! Although I am gutted that this EP only has 6 songs, I’m already looking forward with excitement to their next release, whether it be another EP, an album, or a music video.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Captain Devil
02. Centrifuge Of Life
03. Endless Restless Heart
04. Fire Free
05. 2Souls
06. 555

LINE-UP:
JC Daisy – Drums
Tom White – Lead Guitar
Simon Black – Guitar
Steve D.R.T – Bass Guitar
Dani Nell – Vocals

LINKS:

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Tokyo Blade – Dark Revolution

Tokyo Blade – Dark Revolution
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 15/5/2020
Running Time: 55:45
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently, while trying to help get a sofa into my grandma’s house, I suffered an unfortunate foot injury (it turns out feet don’t like getting wedged between a sofa and a gate! Who knew?!). It was pretty darn painful! the next day, as I rested my leg, I decided that it was the perfect chance to listen to one of the new albums I’d asked for to review from Ever Metal! My choice that day, and since, has been “Dark Revolution” by long standing British heavy metal band Tokyo Blade.

Tokyo Blade are based in Salisbury, Wiltshire in the UK and are a New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band. They’re old hats in the music business now, having been active since 1983, but are definitely still going strong! Since forming in the 80’s they have put in a lot of hard work, releasing 7 singles, 6 EPs and 9 full-length albums with “Dark Revolution” being their 10th!

Listening to this album, and looking at when they started, I can’t help but hear some comparisons with the likes of Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth, but at the same time, these guys have a sound completely their own. Steve Pierce’s drumming drives from fast to faster, and the guitar work by both Andy Boulton and John Wiggins is great. This wonderful guitar work is especially evident when they solo. It’s fast but then it hits the solos and really comes at you more. They blend all this with bass work by Andy Wrighton, which helps keep the main pace of songs going, and the very clean vocals of Alan Marsh, to create one hell of a band!

“Dark Revolution” is full of great songs, but I if I had to choose a standout it would be ‘Perfect Enemy’. From start to finish it keeps the same tempo, but near the start of the song it has a great solo which drew me in. As the song progresses, we’re treated to another beautiful solo. And as if that wasn’t enough, the vocals are amazing!

I have listened intently to this album and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I would easily recommend this album to all who are fans of the likes of Metallica, Maiden etc, and especially albums released in the 1980’s, as these guys are just as good as the aforementioned bands, well in my eyes anyway! I know that I will be looking at getting this album myself in CD form when I can.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Story Of A Nobody
02. Burning Rain
03. Dark Revolution
04. The Fastest Gun In Town
05. Truth Is A Hunter
06. Crack In The Glass
07. Perfect Enemy
08. See You Down In Hell
09. The Lights Of Soho
10. Not Lay Down And Die
11. Voices Of The Damned

LINE-UP:
Steve Pierce – Drums
Andy Boulton – Guitars
Alan Marsh – Vocals
John Wiggins – Guitars
Andy Wrighton – Bass

LINKS:
www.tokyoblade.com/
www.facebook.com/tokyobladeUK/
www.twitter.com/TokyoBladeUK
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6F9tjDKhGtXlm9M4s30KD5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRqQCo6nokjRQ8M_wYy7DA/videos

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Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP

Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 08:38
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

With the country amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and with the weather, lately, being bright and warm we had one day (like a needle in a haystack) which was very cold and gloomy where it was raining on and off (normal West Midlands weather) and I thought to myself ‘this is the perfect time to listen to Levania’s recent mini-EP “Episode 0”. So, I put the heating on, switched the bedroom light on because it was so dark and wrapped up warm with my quilt and headphones on. Listening to this EP on such a horrid, boring day was an absolute godsend, it allowed me to forget about the cold weather outside and helped me warm up much more quickly.

Levania are a Gothic Metalcore band, formed in Ferrara, Italy in 2009 and were founded by ‘Still’ (keyboard and vocals) and ‘Fade’ (bass). After a fairly active period of time, where they recorded two albums, EP and various singles they went on a short hiatus  and have now returned with this three track EP

When I listen to “Episode 0”, it instantly makes me want to headbang, in fact I nearly dropped my phone in the bath and also, when I needed to go the shops, almost made me fall over when listening to it, so I can definitely say that headbanging when walking to the shops is a very bad idea. However, the main thing this EP does is put a huge smile on my face and just makes me want to raise my fist to the sky like at the end of one of my favourite films “The Breakfast Club”! It combines Gothic Rock/Metal (great keyboards/samples and excellent choruses) with clean female & harsh male vocals and really could only have been made in Mainland Europe “Episode 0” is an absolutely fabulous EP, although a little short, and one that I will surely listen to over and over again.

I cannot wait until Levania release their next album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Abyss.
02. Reflections.
03. Reckoning.

LINE-UP:
Fade – Bass
Still –  Keyboards/Vocals
Ligeia – Lead Vocals
Richie – Guitars
Markus – Drums

LINKS:
www.levania.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/LevaniaOfficial/
www.levania.net
www.twitter.com/Levania_
www.spotify.com/artist/7InW8C2DP3Ey8T38Mp8HAw
www.youtube.com/user/Levaniaband

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Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary

Black Lilium – Dead Man’s Diary
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 47:49
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

After listening to the AWESOME album “Dead Man’s Diary” by German Melodic Progressive Metal band Black Lilium, a new band to my ears, I can easily say that it is a hell of a breath of fresh air. Heavy instrumentals with such calm, soft and relaxing vocals as well as having beautiful guitar solos it has taken my hearing by storm, especially during the tough situation that we are all going through at this moment in time. It is calming my worries and calming my soul.

Magnificent!

Biography

Black Lilium was founded in 2014, and the participants worked on the compositions, both diligently and with a focus on quality. They wanted it to be completely melodic and timelessly beautiful, with ear-friendly refrains and really grippy structures – together with a singer who was perfect for the exquisite PROGRESSIVE MELODIC METAL style of the formation.

With the signing of golden throated Felix, a direct hit was achieved. This top talent covers the entire emotional range of the songs with his changeable and harmonious voice. Broad and iridescent floating keyboard scores of captivating beauty round off what is on offer with brilliant guitar work. The high musicality is simply impressive.

Black Lilium present veritable catchy tunes with deeply inspired hymns such as the big hit ‘My Purpose’ or the equally empathetically accentuated power pack ‘Everything I Am’. It is a matter of enjoying excellent gems that you shouldn’t hear every day despite the continued flood of bands – as if Muse with Mando Diao had made an unwavering decision with all their talents and skills to win the all-melodic Metal mastery in the field of aesthetics!

If one does the effort and studies the realistic lyrics of the tracks line by line while listening, you can increase the goosebump factor even more.

Beast In The Backseat

TRACKLISTING:

01 Beast In The Backseat
02 Paragon Of Imperfection
03 Demon In Disguise
04 Start All Over
05 Never
06 Walls Around My Soul
07 Everything I Am
08 The Ones You Made Us
09 My Purpose
10 Dead Man’s Diary
11 Ghosts Without A Voice

LINE-UP:

Felix Hochkeppel – Vocals, Keys
Marcel Wroblewski – Guitar
Maurice Scholz – Guitar
Lasse Lammert – Bass
Jan Knoop – Drums

LINKS:

www.blacklilium.de
www.facebook.com/blackliliumband
www.instagram.com/blackliliumband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0bxrImrxU8B6KyihKhtZq2

Photo by Andy Gruenitz

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