Ankit Sood

Kna’an – Orphaned Land & Amaseffer

 Posted by on April 9, 2017 at 21:05  No Responses »
Apr 092017
 

When the German theatre director, Walter Wayers, approached upon the subject of the biblical story of Abraham in the land of Kna’an, he started to play it out in his head a musical journey in collaboration with Middle eastern folk and metal bands, Orphaned Land and Amaseffer. This paved way for a collaborative effort between the two bands and resulted in an amalgamation of a folky classical sound that transcends many barriers and brings in life to the myth. The album was released on the 26th of August 2016 under the label of Century Media Records.

Orphaned Land is an Israeli Oriental metal pioneer, that have Arabic, Jewish and West Asian Influences, as they use Progressive, doom, death metal and Middle eastern folk music elements in their sound. After going through several line-up changes, the band currently comprises of two of its founding members Kobi Farhi on Vocals and Uri Zelcha on bass. Their music promotes peace and unity within the three main Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Each of their albums have some concept related to two extremes: a meeting of East and West, past and present, light and darkness, and God and Satan.

Amaseffer is an Israeli Progressive metal formed in the year 2004 by the drummer and percussionist Erez Yohanan, and guitarist Yuval Kramer. A year later, a second guitarist Hanan Avramovich joined and completed the line-up. This is also when the band got its name “Amaseffer” – from Hebrew “Am Ha’Sefer” – People of the (holy) book. Amaseffer was formed with the idea of a historical trilogy in mind – to tell the old testament’s story of the Exodus, from the Hebrew slavery period in ancient Egypt, through the years in the desert, and up to the entrance of the twelve tribes of Israel to the promised land of Canaan. Continue reading »

Apr 022017
 

After a decade of existence, The Right Wing Conspiracy independently released their 5th full length album “To Defy” on the 3rd of August 2016. This Christian Grindcore band from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA was formed in the year 2006, and lists Napalm Death, Nasum, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Brutal Truth and Godflesh as some of their influences. The band featured former members of Zadok and Clear Convictions. In the past, the band had shared the stage with Diecast, Grave Robber, Early Graves, The Secret, Death Before Dishonor, Finger Painted Death, At Half Mast, The Hundredth, Conception of Being, The Creepshow Mofo, SAVAS, and many others. Synonymous with the band’s name, their lyrics are outspoken, satirical and politically incorrect.

The album opens up with “To reap” which gives a good blasting on the drums and heavy guitar chugs but ends in no time moves on to the title track “To Defy” which again ends as soon as the listener gets the hold of what was shoved down one’s ears. This formulaic continues for the rest of the album, and song after song we get jolts of shock lasting for about a minute. The album finishes up in less than 15 minutes, considering it has 17 tracks listed, makes one believe that all tracks would be chosen in some order to deliver something extra-ordinary. But that’s not the case here, as the songs have abrupt openings and equally abrupt closing. Continue reading »

Megadeth – “Dystopia”

 Posted by on April 1, 2017 at 23:23  No Responses »
Apr 012017
 

There comes a time in reviewer’s life when he’s asked to review a band he’s been worshipping all his Heavy metal life, and that moment has come for me. I love and devour Megadeth, and who wouldn’t. There is no denying that Megadeth is an Epic Thrash metal band, be it for their ballistic delivery of rhythm or their wringing guitar solos. “Dystopia” marks the bands 15th thrash metal album which was released under Dave Mustaine’s Tradecraft label via Universal on the 22nd of January 2016. Yes, this review is coming in late but nonetheless is an important one for all of us here at the Metal resource, for it won the 59th Grammy Award for the Best Metal performance this year, in 2017.

Everything has been running late with this album. It was earlier scheduled to be released in early 2015, but the bandmembers faced troubled times and in November 2014, guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover decided to part ways with the band only to form in “Act of Defiance” later on. David Ellefson confirmed that the band was looking out for replacements, and later confirmed to have Chris Adler (of the Lamb of God fame) on drums and Kiko Loureiro (of the Angra fame) on guitars. “Dystopia” was produced by Frontman Dave Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw, and has guest appearance of country musician Steve Wariner to play the steel guitar parts of the album.

Dave Mustaine stated that the album’s sound would feature a different musical and stylistic approach and which may be influenced with his guest performance alongside the San Diego Symphony. The band has definitely gone more aggressive compared to its 2013 release Super Collider! Continue reading »

Mar 132017
 

For those who’ve not heard of French Deathcore outfit “Betraying the Martyrs”, “The Resilient” sets as a perfect album for their introduction. Although, this being the bands third album, which was released on 27th January 2017 under the record label of Sumerian Records, the band saw quite a few line-up changes with Eddie Czaicki (vocals), Antoine Salin (Drums) and Fabien Clévy (lead guitar) being replaced by Aaron Matts (lead vocals), Boris Le Gal (drums) and Lucas d’Angelo (lead guitar). For the sake of clarity Mark Mironov (Drums) worked on this album and said his goodbyes by the end of 2016. With the addition of newer folks, the sound generally takes a new direction, which it did with this album.

The Deathcore Genre needs no introduction and can easily pointed out for its odd time signatures, plenty of breakdowns, blast beats on the drums and the guttural growls. The band imbibes quite a few atmospheric elements and melodies in its song writing also giving a large chunk of vocal share to clean melodic vocals. Since its formation back in 2008, the band has released two full length albums “Breath in Life (2011)”, “Phantom (2014)” and a debut EP “The Hurt, The Divine, The Light”, a self-produced recording funded entirely by the band and mixed by Stephane Buriez. The band has toured extensively and played at the famous “Bonecrusher Tour”, “Sumerianos Tour” and “European Eclipse 2012” In 2012 and “Greenfield Festival”, “Ghosfest” and “Never Say Die!” in 2013. Continue reading »

Amy Lee – “Dream Too Much”

 Posted by on February 10, 2017 at 14:26  No Responses »
Feb 102017
 

Amy Lee, better known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescense, on September 30, 2016 released a family album “Dream too much”. It was exclusively available through Amazon Prime Music and features “original music for kids and families”. Amy is the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation Out of the Shadows. Having won many accolades in the past such as the, Best Vocalist at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards In 2012, Best Film Score for Indigo Grey: The Passage at the Moondance International Film Festival in 2015, she has been awarded as Rock Goddess of the Year plenty of times. She has contributed with artists such as Korn, Seether, and David Hodges in the past, and is known to have a recognisable fashion style, which is marked by her occasional use of Gothic make-up and taste for Victorian-styled clothing. Her duet with Jonathan Davis on the acoustic version on “Freak on a Leash” for MTV unplugged was received well among fans.

Before I start off with the review, I would want to mention that this isn’t a rock/metal album. So for all you metal heads out there, if you have been blessed with babies in your family, you must listen to it and share it with your little ones. With this album, Amy Lee has charted onto a different territory altogether and has crafted beautiful lullabies and rhymes which can be enjoyed by all ages. Continue reading »