Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mordor - Evolucion?.... (2015)

Evolucion?...by Mordor (Spain) was released in 1997. Deep Sheep Productions Re -   issued this Cd on 2015. Not bad at all in the long run, a few adjustments here and there, but overall fairly acceptable thrash all over. With the scene surrendering completely to the new metal vogues very soon after 1997, there was no more room for a bunch of angry, wrathful retro metallers, and these guys came to the picture. Quite simply; "Evolucion?..."’ is a brilliant Thrash Metal album. Fans of the genre should own this album, if only because good Thrash Metal albums were a rarity back in the late 1990’s. This is a quality album that deserves to be heard by anyone who has a heart for this genre.
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Veonity - Gladiator's Tale (2015)

For anyone wishing that power metal albums would just get to the point, popping "Veonity" into your CD player is the way to go, seeing as it starts off with two of the most energetic and immediately satisfying songs from this album "Into Eternity" and "Phoenix Arise". I would say "Gladiator's Tale" is a necessary purchase for all fans of power metal, unless your idea of the genre extends to Sabaton and no further. This is classic power/speed metal like Helloween and Gamma Ray, also they load up their songs with bombast in a manner that would be familiar to early Rhapsody. Drums punching strongly though not overwhelming everything, the bass warm and audible, excellent vocals, guitar melodies are awesome on this one. A powerful release !
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Intent - Vox Populi (2018)

This album is very good and surely can compete with current big names in Thrash Metal.  Intent here are awesome because they achieve the goal of creating  well balanced songs. The galloping, total mosh tempo and riffs are perfectly mixed with a catchy and very good vocals. The drumming is a beast. Even during the verses, the tempo is intense and the riffs are always numerous and in fast succession. About production, everything is audible and powerful here without being too clear and modern. The guitars are the ones that acquired more power from the production. The bass is pounding and it comes out during the mid-paced riffs. I think that any thrash metal fan should at least listen to this album. Really, Intent here are  great and they can prove it if you give "Vox Populi" a try. It deserves it !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Friday, January 18, 2019

Denied - Freedom Of Speech (2018)

Johan's amazing vocal performance is an essential ingredient of “Freedom of Speech”, his screams and wails are really good, and that's saying something. So, there's lots of highlights here and, most of all, there's NO FILLERS, which is something remarkable.There is interesting double bass pedal work throughout, but the real talent is shown on these longer and middle length songs. Here, intricate rhythms seamlessly intertwine with the leading melodies in an accomplishment of songwriting. the vocals are astonishingly clear and the story is keeping you on the edge of your seat almost as much as the songs. I feel that this album is an instant classic, and shows us today what the standard is for Heavy Metal, and it is very high. The album on a whole is outstanding. It’s powerful. It takes a little time to get into, but once you do, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience !
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Black Rose - A Light In The Dark (2017)

Everything's straightforward in this album; the solos short and the structures, simple in their verse/chorus type, the riffs, catchy. Thomas Berg is in great form throughout, and I find the riffing in particular to be really first-class. "Carry On" is a good enough example of what's on offer- an intro riff that will stay in your head for years, short and catchy verse and chorus sections, and a bridge that dispenses with any progressive pretensions and keeps you interested until the chorus comes back in. The formula is repeated over and over again with amounts of success and it works. There's not really much else to say here. As far as I can tell, was to make a good and catchy Heavy Metal album and that was achieved. It's a cool record that will get you head banging and pretty much appeals to everyone. Do yourself a favor and get the album if you do not have it already, then again if you do not… what is wrong with you?
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Locust Point (2017)

This album is full of great metal. There are a couple of faster songs on here, such as one of my personal favorites "Cadaver Dog", "Napalm Sun" which appears to be war oriented, it's also very catchy and has some great melodies. Some of the songs are mid paced. Very 80's sounding. There is also my other personal favorite "Written in Rock", which for me is one of the albums highlight. I think that this is a great metal album worthy of any metal collection. I think it rules. Now all of you metalheads who love 80's metal should respect your metal and purchase this album. It's a frighteningly good album, from start to finish, as close to flawless as possible !
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Review by Paul Caravasi

Perpetual Warfare - Earthliens (2018)

"Earthliens"  is the latest album from the Colombian thrash metal band Perpetual Warfare. These guys have been around since 2006 and they are from Bogota, Colombia – the same place where many world-renowned Southamerican metal bands started out back in the ‘80s. It’s pretty clear that these guys like their classic thrash metal. The influences are hard to miss; with Exodus, Testament being the most prominent influence, combined with the speed and aggression of Slayer, Overkill and Kreator. Oh yes, speed and aggression rules the day here. Throw in some Testament-style guitar harmonies to the mix and you will have a fairly good idea of what these guys sounds like. Energy and aggression to get a mosh-pit going. On the other end of the spectrum you get the more technical tracks like "Alienacion", which starts fast before mellowing down towards a more melodic, yet still very guitar-centric part mid-way through the song. Reminded me of Kreator mostly due to the similarities in both the vocal style and the twin guitar harmonies. In summary, "Earthliens" is proof that old school thrash metal is having a revival. Had I not known that Perpetual Warfare have only been around since 2006 I would have assumed that they were from the ‘80s themselves. They are continuing the tradition introducing a new generation of metal fans worldwide !!
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Review by Paul Caravasi