Ankit Sood

Fleshkiller – “Awaken”

 Posted by on February 12, 2018 at 00:40  No Responses »
Feb 122018

For a lot many fans of Extol, Fleshkiller’s first album has served a long wait. These Norwegian djent tech death metal folks are out with their debut album “Awaken” which was released under the record banner of Facedown records (NA) / Indie Recording (Europe) on the 15th Of September 2017. What started as a side project by Ole Børud (of the progressive metal band Extol) and Peter Dalbakk (of the Vardøger fame) completed their line up when they pulled in Andreas Skorpe Sjøen (of the Umpfel fame) to fill in drums and Ole Vistnes (of the Shining,Tristania fame) to rumble in the bass. Peter Dalbakk eventually called it quits (for familial reasons) and the band saw Elisha Mullins filling in his shoes.

We’ve had a great deal of talented bands from the Scandinavian belt and one thing that’s omnipresent in all their music is strong melody, engaging riffs and catchy chorus, well Fleshkiller’s hasn’t fallen far from the tree and their lyrics suggest Christian preaching. I’ve given multiple listens to this album before writing my review, and that’s not because I was trying to figure out what I must speak of them but because I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of their music. Continue reading »

Alice Cooper – “Paranormal”

 Posted by on January 9, 2018 at 19:58  No Responses »
Jan 092018

Alice Cooper, the grand-daddy of Shock Rock is out with his 27th studio album “Paranormal”, released on July 28, 2017. Alice has been around for almost Five decades now and at 69, the man still has an enigmatic voice and pelting out rollicking numbers. This album sees a lot of featuring artists with the likes of ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members. The album has been produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (of Pink Floyd and Deep Purple fame).

The Album features two tracks performed by the original Alice Cooper band (Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce, sans Glen Buxton) and collaborations with the Swedish songwriter and session guitarist Tommy Denander, Tommy Henriksen, Steve Hunter and more. Cooper fondly remembers his Original band from High school “When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood”. “There were no lawsuits-we had just burned out the creative process. We had had recorded something like five Platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.” Continue reading »

Believer – “3 of 5”

 Posted by on January 7, 2018 at 19:48  No Responses »
Jan 072018

The third instalment titled 3 of 5 of Believers 5 piece long EP was out on 31st October 2017, released by Trauma Team production and mixed by Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios and mastered by Bill Wolf of Wolf Productions. They gained much worldwide recognition for their boundary-breaking, artistic form of progressive metal music. Their early albums had collaborations between metal and orchestral musicians which sealed the band’s legacy. Believer’s focus on creativity and innovation earned praise from fans and musicians worldwide.

Believer, which is an American technical thrash metal band from the late 1980s and early 1990s, is known for playing a hybrid of thrash and progressive metal, using innovative symphonic elements in thrash metal. Their lyrics deal with topics of philosophy, theology and social issues. The two primary members of the band are vocalist/guitarist Kurt Bachman and drummer Joey Daub, who were joined by several others after their 1989 debut album, Extraction from Mortality. Continue reading »

Eluveitie – “Evocation II: Pantheon”

 Posted by on December 6, 2017 at 02:18  No Responses »
Dec 062017

For those who are familiar with their name know what to expect from this review, for the others less fortunate let me take a moment to apprise you of the wonder that is Eluveitie. Founded by Chrigel Glanzmann back in 2002, this Swiss Folk metal band is known for incorporating traditional instruments such as the likes of Hurdy Gurdy,  flutes, violin, bagpipes, tin whistles to name a few.  Their sound has a blend of Celtic folk melodies with Gothenburg styled Melodic death metal and vocals often written in English and ancient extinct Gaulish.

Often referred to as the The New wave  folk metal, “Eluveitie” is interpreted in the Etruscan language as “The Swiss” and ever since its formation has known to have huge line-up (An average of 9 members). “Evocation” a project that was conceptualised in 2008, started off with its first part “Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion” which was released in April 2009. A second part of the Evocation project “Evocation II: Pantheon” was announced in September 2016 and was released in August 2017 under the record label Nuclear Blast.

This album is nothing like its predecessors, having a tremendous blend of Wind and string instruments to recreate the sound of earth. All of the 18 songs have been named after Celtic gods, sounds like a lot of research went into the making of this album. Continue reading »

Secret Rule – “The Key to the World”

 Posted by on November 12, 2017 at 23:09  No Responses »
Nov 122017

Formed in early 2014, hailing from Rome Italy, this melodic power metal band fore fronted by Angela Di Vincenzo (Kyla Moyl) took stance to create powerful rhythms with catchy melodies, and are out with their third studio album “The Key to the World” releasing on the 10th Of November under the record label Pride and Joy music.

The band is masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario (Martiria) who is known for collaborative work with Vinny Appice (of the Black Sabbath, Dio fame), Jeff Pilson (of the Dokken, Foreigner fame), and Carlos Cavazo (of Quiet Riot fame). Bassist Michele Raspanti (Graal) and drummer Nicola Corrente (Enemynside, Stick it out, Starkiller Sound) joined in to complete the bands line-up.

The bands first album Transposed Emotions, was a concept album revolving around our society’s blues in a post-apocalyptic era was released in 2015 under the banner of Rocksector records. While their second album Machination saw some line-up additions including Sander Zoer (ex Delain, Leah) on drums, Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards and other special guests such as Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) and Janneke De Rooy (Paper Doll Decay); and was released under the banner of Scarlet Records in 2016. Continue reading »