Ankit Sood

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”

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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 »

Final Surrender – “Nothing But Void” EP

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Jan 222017

Almost after a decade of existence, the progressive Christian Metalcore band, that has put India on the global map, “Final Surrender”, are out with their sophomore album, “Nothing But Void”. The band signed a deal with Indiana’s Rottweiler records in 2012 and since then have rose to much prominence, toured extensively, and gained much fan base across major cities. Jared Sandhy, associated with the American metal band “Day of Reckoning”, did the production for this album. The band hails from the Rock capital of India, Bangalore. What started off as a two-man project took shape and maturity with a complete line-up by the end of 2010.

The band lists August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Meshuggah, Texas In July, Textures, Soilwork, Inflames and I The Breather, as some of it influences, which is quite evident in the sound the band creates.The band highlights that its audience will be assaulted by incessant and pulverized shredding, dissonant brutality where a catchy melody meets clean chorus amongst the chaos. The band identifies its sound as, “unique and magnificent blend of hard hitting and abrasive Metalcore and progressive, dynamic native influences”. The young and talented five men militia have a long road ahead of themselves, and have much to conquer. Continue reading »

Symphonity – “King of Persia”

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Jan 092017

king_of_persiaAfter an eight-year hiatus, Symphonity (previously known as Nemesis) made their comeback in 2016 with their second studio album, “King of Persia” which was released in Europe on 30th September and in the United States on the 18th November under the record label Limb music. The Czech Republic Epic power metal band has an impressive line-up, comprising of musicians from Czech, Slovakian and German nationalities. Their debut album “Voice from the Silence” won much praise from the metal audience and landed them quite a few tours. Building up on their previous fame the band has emerged back from the ashes and with a promising start and introduce us to the album with the eponymous track “King of Persia”.

Having two male vocalists, Olaf Hayer and Herbie Langhans, both juggling and leading the sound for the album, have done a tremendous job, which isn’t a common trait that any power metal bands exhibits. The album relies little on symphonic melody and heavily on pelting guitar riffs, thanks to Libor Křivák the sound changes from a core melodic to more guitar oriented and power driven. The drums and bass go hand in hand forming a solid foundation for all the songs. I would be happy pointing out that at certain instances the guitar work and the vocals felt inspired by Iron maiden. Continue reading »

Dec 232016

UndertheCaptain’flagAs soon as I queued in this debut album, Under the Captain’s Flag, by Cat O’ Nine Tails, I embarked their ship and started my Journey with them to this new genre. There is so much to be told about the First Christian Pirate Metal band that anchors itself on the ports of Finland. The style is fresh, music is raw and energetic, vocals draw you in and they offer all the goodies that pirates do! Yarrr!!! The genre has shards of symphonic metal, nu metal riffs, death metal growls and a tinge of folk elements in its sound. The band doesn’t shy away from experimenting with their sound and plans to swim and conquer international waters.

Four pirates formed an alliance back in 2012 when the bassist Tuomas Kannisto (also known for the band HB) and guitarist Samuel Savander started to write music with a unique twist. “It started with a joke and then we saw the potential”, says Tuomas. The crew needed a captain and thus a versatile vocalist Janne Heiskanen joined the band. The rhythm section was flogged by Lauri Tuomenoksa who then abandoned the ship and was replaced by Eetu Pesu in 2016. The band started recording their debut album in the summer of 2013 at Kiipu Studios under Antti Niskala’s guidance. The album was produced with added layers and soundscapes in spring of 2015 and at the bands’ first ever live performance at the Immortal Metal fest, they decided to release their debut album. Gents who have witnessed them live are awestruck with their getup, for their showmanship brings in a unique blend of (Pirate) rum, ahem I mean fun to the gig. Continue reading »