Lands of Past – Neverending Story (2012)

Lands Of Past is chemistry like love. Or magnetism. Dark vibes, gloomy depths and sensitive, smooth, whisper-like melodies and intense guitar riffs are merged together to guide us through Heaven and Hell, a journey of lights and shadows, hopes and fears, love and desperation, hate and forgiveness. This is our endless journey and our neverending story. This is our life, and this is love. Sadness and struggle.
After the self produced demo entitled “Call” released in 2005 and the debut album released through Thundering Records in 2008, “Call Of The Depths”, Lands Of Past are back with 10 brand new, dark, melancholic and disturbing tracks on their second full-lenght “Neverending Story”. Read more Lands of Past – Neverending Story (2012)

Neurotech – Decipher Vol. 1 (2012)

While their previous album, “Antagonist” is still available as free download, Neurotech moved forward, their new album will be release as a series of EPs and the first (Vol.1) was released as a free download, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 – can get it from HERE (name your price).
Neurotech was formed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, back in 2007 by Wulf and they delivering a pounding mixture of Metal, Gothic and Industrial elements. Vicious riffing and complex electronic layers are merged into one, the powerful Metal is melted into the spacy, cinematic trance/ambiental electro music and spiced with Gothic romanticism. It’s an electrifying experiment, harmonies, strong choruses and deep textures, grinding guitars are make perfect match here. Read more Neurotech – Decipher Vol. 1 (2012)

Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (1993)

Third in line, but actually the truly second album by Brooklyn’s finest Dark/Gothic Metalers, released 18 years ago, on 17th August 1993. I love this one. From the gloomy grooves of the mysterious “Christian Woman” to the magic vibe of the Seals and Crofts cover “Summer Breeze” through the organ-driven “Set Me On Fire” with its vintage charm to the shifts of tone and moods in “Too Late: Frozen”, Peter Steele, Josh Silver, Kenny Hickey and Sal Abruscato delivered a masterpiece.
“Bloody Kisses” was the first record for Roadrunner to reach certified Gold and later Platinum status in the US and the unexpected success of Type O Negative only raised the pressure from the record label on the band to deliver more radio-friendly materials further. Former member and drummer Sal Abruscato left the band and joined Life Of Agony and later was replaced by the band’s drum technician, Johnny Kelly.
And well, after “Bloody Kisses”, Peter quit his day job at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation… Read more Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (1993)

My Dying Bride – Evinta (2011)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of My Dying Bride’s existence, “the band embarked upon a special project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from their extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, incorporating new vocals and passages from Aaron Stainthorpe. Sharing vocals is professional opera singer Lucie Roche, a talented soprano from France. These arrangements have been brought to life in co-operation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of Bal Sagoth fame) as well as a clutch of talented classical musicians and will be released on May 30th as ‘Evinta’, as a 2 disc set & also a deluxe 3-disc edition with 64 page book, inspired by My Dying Bride’s illustrious recordings of the past two decades.” Read more My Dying Bride – Evinta (2011)

Septicflesh – The Great Mass (2011)

In very few words, “The Great Mass” is the intercourse of the fallen angel’s deadly howls with the angel’s enlighted chants, it’s another (master) piece in the creative development of this interesting band from Greece, their eighth studio album it’s a bridge between their early works and simultaneously a step into their future. Septicflesh fans knows for sure what I’m talking about and they won’t be disappointed. But I think those who are not actually familiar with the universe of Septicflesh can discover an intense and colorful world through this brand new release. Spiros “Seth” Antoniou and his band mates merged intense black/death metal massacres and melodious heavy constructions with sophisticated symphonic elements, Peter Togtgren proof once again his abilities in metal productions and Christos Antoniou write some inspired orchestration performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Read more Septicflesh – The Great Mass (2011)

Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones (2010)

La auzul numelui Triptykon nu ştiu câte beculeţe ipotetice se aprind, probabil altfel stau lucrurile dacă spun Thomas Gabriel Fischer aka Tom Gabriel Warrior sau Celtic Frost, deşii inventivul elveţian parcă nu s-a bucurat niciodată din plin de recunoaşterea pe care o merita.
Dacă are vre-un sens, vre-o noimă termenul de Avantgard Metal se datorează unor tipi ca Tom Fischer, mereu cu un (doi, trei 😀 ) pas înaintea timpului, mereu dornic să experimenteze, să creeze, să se exprime într-un mod unic.
Acum doi-trei ani am re-ascultat clasicul Venom „At War with Satan” (1983) şi sincer nu m-a impresionat la fel ca-n anii ’80 – fapt ce nu le ştirbeşte cu nimic nici valoarea nici aportul incontestabil la evoluţia scenei Metal – , însă piese ca „Into the Crypts of Rays”, „Procreation (Of the Wicked)” sau „Circle of the Tyrants” şi acum sună proaspăt şi incisiv, moştenirea lăsată-n urmă de Celtic Frost este vie.
Thomas Fischer împreună cu Bruce Day şi Steve Warrior au pus bazele formaţiei Hellhammer în 1982 influenţaţi de nume ca Black Sabbath, Venom, Raven şi Motörhead. Celor trei li s-a alăturat un an mai târziu şi Martin Eric Ain şi în această formulă a fost imprimat EP-ul cultic „Apocalyptic Raids”. În 1984 trupa se desfiinţează şi Thomas cu Martin pun bazele unui nou grup: Celtic Frost.

După două EP-uri absolut geniale – „Morbid Tales” (1984) şi „Emperor’s Return” (1985) -, în 1985 este lansat Read more Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones (2010)

Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (2010)

Cradle of Filth sunt cel mai de succes produs britanic pe segmentul Heavy de la Iron Maiden încoace. Mulţi îi consideră trădători, acuză faptul că s-au „vândut” şi s-au strecurat în mainstream, însă albumul lor de debut „The Principle of Evil Made Flesh” din 1994 a fost cotat în 2006 de revista Metal Hammer ca unul din cele mai bune 10 albume Black Metal al ultimelor două decenii, au fost răsfăţaţi de Kerrang! Şi MTV, au cântat ca atracţie principală la mai toate festivalurile importante (mainstream) de la Ozzfest la Download şi Sziget.
Poate că muzica găştii lui Dani Filth (Daniel Lloyd Davey) nu mai are sonorităţile Black Metal-ului, infuziile Heavy Metal şi Gothic, respectiv Dark au şlefuit sunetul şi i-au făcut mai acceptabili unui public mai larg, însă Cradle of Filth au un şarm anume, au reuşit să-şi construiască o imagine şi un stil care-i deosebeşte de restul formaţiilor şi asta, până la urmă este o calitate pe care majoritatea formaţiilor din ultimele decenii încep să nu o mai aibă.
„Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa” este un nou material concept aşa cum Dani ne-a obişnuit de la succesul major al albumului „Dusk… and Her Embrace” din 1996 încoace.
Povestea de data aceasta este una originală, personajul central fiind prima soţie al lui Adam, Lilith şi povestea se derulează până în zilele noastre. Muzical Cradle of Filth n-au schimbat reţeta de succes, au rămas ritmurile infernale, riff-urile zgomotoase şi coloraturile ample de clape, Dani hârâie şi ţipă, universul conceput de această dată aminteşte cel mai mult de danezii Mercyful Fate, respectiv de King Diamond.

Nu sunt un fan înfocat Cradle of Filth, dar Read more Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa (2010)