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Τετάρτη, 18 Ιουλίου 2018

Vinum Sabbatum - Songs from the Convent 92010)



Finnish group playing original mixture of 70's style heavy rock, proto-doom and progressive rock with emphasis on distinctive sounds and song writing.


Tracklist

1. Angel of Mourning 
2. Demon Dance 
3. Sinister Sister 
4. Sunrise of Tomorrow 
5. Witch Woman 
6. Ramblin Dues 
7. Disillusioned Pilgrims
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Δευτέρα, 16 Ιουλίου 2018

Graveyard - Graveyard (2007)




Graveyard is a Swedish hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 2006.

Graveyard is the debut studio album by Swedish hard rock band Graveyard, released on September 10, 2007 by Swedish label Transubstans Records and February 19, 2008 on American label TeePee Records. The album received good reviews and critical acclaim.

Tracklist

01. Evil Ways
02. Thin Line
03. Lost In Confusion
04. Dont Take Us For Fools
05. Blue Soul
06. Submarine Blues
07. As The Years Pass By, The Hours Bend
08. Right Is Wrong
09. Satan's Finest


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Σάββατο, 14 Ιουλίου 2018

Karma to Burn - V (2011)





Karma to Burn,
sometimes known as K2B, is a desert rock/stoner rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia comprising guitarist William Mecum, bassist Eric Clutter, and drummer Evan Devine. The band are noted for their uncompromising, mostly instrumental sound.

Their name comes from a sleevenote on Bob Dylan's 1976 album Desire which reads "I have a brother or two and a whole lot of karma to burn..."

V is the fifth studio album released by the traditionally instrumental stoner rock band Karma to Burn. It is their second studio release since reforming from their 7-year hiatus in 2009. It was released on May 27, 2011, via Napalm Records.[2] Unlike their previous releases since Karma to Burn, this is not an instrumental album. Only five tracks are instrumental; the other three feature vocals from Year Long Disaster frontman Daniel Davies, who had joined the group but left prior to the album's release.

As with previous albums, instrumental tracks are named with numbers. Vocal tracks are named with words.
Tracklist
1."Forty-Seven"4:50
2."Fifty"4:49
3."Forty-Eight"5:46
4."The Cynics"4:29
5."Forty-Nine"4:54
6."Fifty-One"4:40
7."Jimmy D"4:25
8."Never Say Die" (Black Sabbath cover)3:54

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Τετάρτη, 11 Ιουλίου 2018

Chronomancy - Here And Now




Country of origin:Greece
Location:Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
Status:ActiveFormed in:2010
Genre:Power Metal
Lyrical themes:Epic tales
Current label:Unsigned/independentYears active:2010-present
Tracklist

01.The City Of Time
02.Shining Blood
03.Black War
04.Baptized In Fire
05.Visions
06.Reincarnation
07.A Bard's Dream
08.Bridge Of Faith
09.Divine Command
10.The Ides Of March

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Lyrics: My heart is on fire Soon 
I'll ride into the fray 
Hate will fly toward me 
But I will smile and sustain 
Father give me strength
 I am not yet dead 
I was born to make the change 
Glory in Τhy name Father give me strength Oh... 
Baptized in the Fire 
Burning hearts into the night 
Baptized in the Fire 
With the power to turn wrong to right 
Chaos is around us
 But there's order in our hearts 
The solar wind's blowing 
And begins the righteous march yeah... 
Father give me strength 
I am not yet dead I was born to make the change
 Glory in Τhy name Father give me strength 
Baptized in the Fire Burning hearts into the night Baptized in the Fire ...
With the power to save us Baptized in the Fire 
Burning hearts into the night Baptized in the Fire 
With the power to turn wrong to right

Δευτέρα, 9 Ιουλίου 2018

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath - Brown Sabbath Vol. II






''Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based Brownout, delving into the catalog of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal godfathers themselves Black Sabbath.'' Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath Austin, Texas

Tracklist

1.Supernaut 
2.Snowblind 
3.Brownout featuring Aaron Behrens - Symptom Of The Universe
4.Fairies Wear Boots
5.Children Of The Grave 
6.Electric Funeral 
7.Sweet Leaf
8.Brownout featuring Aaron Behrens - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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Κυριακή, 8 Ιουλίου 2018

Bloodbound - War of Dragons (2017)




Bloodbound is a Swedish power metal band formed in 2004. They released their first album, Nosferatu, in 2005 and their second, Book of the Dead, in May 2007. The brainchild of former Street Talk members Fredrik Bergh and Tomas Olsson, the band has also included Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart), Urban breed (Tad Morose) and Pelle Åkerlind (Morgana Lefay). Their debut album Nosferatu featured former Tad Morose singer Urban breed on vocals. Released on 16 December 2005 (in Japan; European release date 24 February 2006), Nosferatu features artwork by Mark Wilkinson (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Marillion) and received an early rave review from the Swedish rock magazine Power Play. Based solely on the strength of their debut album, the band opened for Evergrey and headlined day one of the Gothenburg Metal Festival.

Tracklist

1 A New Era Begins
2 Battle in the Sky
3 Tears of a Dragonheart
4 War of Dragons
5 Silver Wings
6 Stand and Fight
7 King of Swords
8 Fallen Heroes
9 Guardians at Heaven-s Gate
10 Symphony Satana
11 Starfall
12 Dragons Are Forever

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Πέμπτη, 5 Ιουλίου 2018

Ereb Altor - Fire Meets Ice-2013



Country of origin:Sweden
Location:GävleStatus:ActiveFormed in:2003
Genre:Epic Doom/Viking Metal (early), Viking/Black Metal (later)
Lyrical themes:Depression, Nature, Fantasy, Norse Mythology

Ereb Altor is a supplement to the Swedish fantasy role-playing game Drakar och Demoner.

Ereb Altor was founded in 2003 by Mats and Ragnar of the doom metal band Isole, as a continuation of Isole's predecessor Forlorn's style, mainly influenced by Bathory.
Tracklist

(01) [Ereb Altor] Fire Meets Ice
(02) [Ereb Altor] The Chosen Ones
(03) [Ereb Altor] Nifelheim
(04) [Ereb Altor] My Ravens
(05) [Ereb Altor] Sacrifice
(06) [Ereb Altor] Helheimsfard
(07) [Ereb Altor] The Deceiver Shall Repent
(08) [Ereb Altor] Post Ragnarok
(09) [Ereb Altor] Our Legacy

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Τρίτη, 26 Ιουνίου 2018

Asteroid - III (2016)




Considering that Örebro blues rockers Asteroid have been fairly inactive since 2012, you’d be forgive for thinking they had gone ahead and called it a day. Now, nearly four years after their last release, the band is back with their best work to date, the aptly titled third full length, III (Fuzzorama Records), an album that’s heavier, slightly more experimental and more focused than anything else the band has released.

III begins with "Pale Moon," a shuffling jam that spends the majority of its time as an instrumental, with swinging drums and slide guitar riffs. Eventually co-vocalists Robin Hirse and Johannes Nilsson come in together with one harmonizing verse:


It’s time to lay down your guns, there’s nowhere left to hide
And the horse you used to ride won’t carry you no more, my son
Because the pale moon hides behind the clouds.


From there, the album dives straight into the deep end of heavy blues, with riffs that alternately recall The Beatles at their heaviest, and Pink Floyd at their most experimental. Hirse, handles the majority of the vocals with his raw, expressive baritone, and Nilsson fills in with a high, clear tenor. The interplay of these two stellar vocalists is one of Asteroid’s most distinctive qualities, and truly sets them apart from the rest of the Scandinavian blues rock pack. There’s fuzz and harmony aplenty, and song structures that build and twist upon themselves in captivating ways.

III really should be listened to as a whole, since each song feels like a mini-chapter in an intense novel. However there are clear standouts. The first is the double whammy of “Wolf & Snake,” and the immediate follow up “Silver & Gold.” The first song with begins with a slower, groovy bass line, and gradually builds through layers of reverby guitars.


In the end we are the same said the wolf to the snake, you and me we’ve been asleep, when everybody else had to stay awake.
Had to stay awake,


sings Hirse. The song speeds up from there and culminates with a sludgy breakdown as Hirse’s guitar solo calls from out of the void, very low down in the mix. “Silver & Gold,” is a short, shimmering, almost exotic song, with a Pink Floyd like opening riff, and gorgeous harmonizing from Hirse and Nilsson.

The album ends with its best song, “Mr. Strange,” the bluesiest, most straightforward and and best song on III. There’s plenty of mid-tempo, bluesy riffing that builds dramatically to a psychedelic guitar freak out crescendo. It’s a perfect ending to an album that isn’t just a return but a renewal. Asteroid is ready to go from simply being respected to being a dominant, genre-defining force in the scene.

Tracklist

01 - Pale Moon
02 - Last Days
03 - Til' Dawn
04 - Wolf & Snake
05 - Silver & Gold
06 - Them Calling
07 - Mr. Strange


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Σάββατο, 23 Ιουνίου 2018

Dark Side of the 80s (disc 2)




Dark Side of the 80s is a stunning double-disc set spanning the mingling sounds of goth rock, indie rock, and alternative rock. Standout cuts from Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Cure, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Cult round out some of the collection's more blackish desire while tunes from the Pixies, Talk Talk, and Killing Joke highlight the frigid shifts within new wave and college rock


Tracklist

2-1 –The Mission Tower Of Strength 4:36
2-2 –The Sisters Of Mercy Dominion/Mother Russia 6:57
2-3 –Iggy Pop Real Wild Child (Wild One) 3:32
2-4 –The Stranglers Peaches 4:05
2-5 –New Order True Faith 5:51
2-6 –Depeche Mode Personal Jesus 3:43
2-7 –Talking Heads Road To Nowhere 4:19
2-8 –The Teardrop Explodes Reward 2:41
2-9 –Talk Talk Today 3:15
2-10 –Bow Wow Wow Go Wild In The Country 5:20
2-11 –Black Sabbath Paranoid 2:47
2-12 –The Alarm 68 Guns 3:16
2-13 –Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction Prime Mover 3:41
2-14 –The Wonder Stuff A Wish Away 2:30
2-15 –Big Audio Dynamite E = MC² 4:22
2-16 –The House Of Love Shine On 4:02
2-17 –The La's There She Goes 2:42
2-18 –Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Perfect Skin 3:12
2-19 –Billy Bragg Sexuality 3:46
2-20 –Cocteau Twins Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops 4:09

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Τρίτη, 19 Ιουνίου 2018

Gatekeeper - East Of Sun (2018)





East of Sun is Gatekeeper's debut album, following a string of EPs and splits. The Vancouver band plays epic speed metal adding grit and velocity to the grandiosity of bands like Atlantean Kodex and Solstice. They enter a crowded field, with traditional and doom metal bands being a dime a dozen right now, but they manage to stand out.

Gatekeeper nail both "epic" and "speed" in their interpretation of metal, the epic side often slowing down into doom territory. The guitars nail double kick backed full tilt riffs and slower drawn out melodic doom with solos to match either style, be it aggressive fret-board pyrotechnics or mournful slow-burn lines. Vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud is equally well suited to either style balancing technique and feeling. He shows great melodic and emotional range matching the flow of epic metal, but possesses a grit and "close to the edge" quality that's perfect when they speed things up but also works for slower passages backed by harmonized "aahs".

The deft merging of styles is matched by songwriting chops. Gatekeeper doesn't really do anything new but they write such great songs, jammed with sing-along choruses and ripping solos that they don't need to. "Blade of Cimmeria" opens the album with a rousing speed metal scream, immediately gripping the listener, then running through some of the faster material on the album, "North Wolves", and "Warrior without Fear". By the time they slow things down and get really epic on "Ninefold Muse", you're hooked.

The vocals sound great and the guitars have just the right crunch, but the mix robs the band of some of their hard earned epicness. The drums are too far back in the mix, and the master is too compressed to allow cranking it to compensate. The band deserves a better mix to really showcase their excellent material.

Still, it's a great album. Edge of Sun positions Gatekeeper as a strong band and is a hugely impressive debut, not to be missed by any fans of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal.

Tracklist

01 Blade of Cimmeria
02 North Wolves (Revisited)
03 Warrior Without Fear
04 Ninefold Muse
05 Bell of Tarantia
06 East of Sun
07 Swan Road Saga
08 Oncoming Ice


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Παρασκευή, 15 Ιουνίου 2018

Agitation Free - 2nd (1973)




Agitation Free is a German experimental krautrock band, formed in 1967 by Michael "Fame" Günther (bass guitar), Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The band had to change the name because another band with the same name already existed. Agitation Free was chosen based on a poster for a free show played in the early 1970s saying "Agitation Free" (meaning "free concert").
History

After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 (Genrich having replaced Kramer the same year) and drummer Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg "Joshi" Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums) and Michael Hoenig(keyboards). They released their first album, Malesch, in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

A second album was released in 1973, and guitarist Schwenke was replaced first by Stefan Diez, then Gustl Lutjens. The band disbanded in 1974.

Agitation Free reunited in 1998, with the 1974 line-up, and released River of Return in 1999. The band again reformed in 2007 for a series of concerts in Tokyo. In 2008, remastered CDs of their back catalogue were officially released, and in 2011 they released Shibuya Nights, recorded at their 2007 Tokyo concerts. In 2012, the band toured again to promote this album.


Agitation Free's 2nd stands as one of Germany's finest instrumental rock albums of the 1970s and a classic for fans of progressive rock and Krautrock. Despite the fact that the group had problems keeping its cohesion at the time, these troubles never affect the music. 2nd presented a daring blend of Krautrock-type extended jams, laid-back attitude, and experimentation. The music remains very psychedelic in nature, more early Can than Faust. The presence of acoustic guitars and bouzouki emphasizes the easygoing nature of the music, along with Stefan Diez's elegant guitar soloing, while occasional free-form passages keep things on the edge. The opener, "First Communication," is pure Krautrock and the hardest-driving tune. It belongs on every anthology of German rock. Michael Hoenig's synthesizer experiment "Dialogue and Random" provides an interlude before the two-part "Laila" kicks in. The latter juxtaposes prog rock and fusion jazz sections with beautiful audacity. Side B of the original LP is a lot quieter. Birds chirp at the beginning of "In the Silence of the Morning Sunrise" and the pastoral mood carries over to the nine-minute "A Quiet Walk." "Haunted Island" ends with a midtempo rock number featuring a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Dreamland." Filled with Mellotron and guitar jamming, it has often been hailed as a highlight by prog rock fans who had a hard time digesting the less immediate material, but it's actually weaker than what came before it -- without lessening the appeal of this album.

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Τρίτη, 12 Ιουνίου 2018

Universal Hippies - Evolution of Karma (2018)





Influenced by classic rock,stoner rock and psychedelic rock,Universal Hippies started out as a jam band in 2016.
In their musical journey they combine musical elements from the East and the West,the South and the North.

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome, dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with world-class excellence. Picking up where the remarkable first disc left off, the
Universal Hippies have produced an amazing instrumental heavy guitar rock musical document of epic proportions with the "Evolution Of Karma" disc.
Stavros Papadopoulos is a true, legit Greek guitar rock god. A solid man of rock on a mission to Keep the Rock alive who has honed and crafted his finest musical effort to date on the Universal Hippies: "Evolution of Karma" disc. The man is an excellent, string bending, six string animal riff:master, a veritable musical forceof nature who shines like the sun on this amazing disc along with his other killer
bands including Super Vintage, Hard Driver & Freerock Saints. All worth checking out if you heavily dig serious, bad-ass, killer, blues-based heavy guitar rock music.
On "Evolution Of Karma", Stavros has spread his musical wings with a vast amount of depth and maturity. There is an ancient musical wisdom within every track. The listener will feel like they have travelled to Jupiter and the stars above and have flown over the ancient ruins of Greece and beyond after listening to this stellar,
cosmic, mind-altering, instrumental power trio musical experience.
Universal Hippies feature the excellent kick-ass musical skills of Chris Lagios on Drums & Jim Petridis on Bass, both outstanding players who lock in and nail down massive grooves that rock solid to the core and together with Stavros Papadopoulos have created an amazing original musical style and vibe that defines true
instrumental power trio excellence.
The Universal Hippies: "Evolution Of Karma" disc was recorded, mixed and mastered to sonic perfection at Freerock Studios, Stone Groove & Mojo:Tone Mastering in Kavala City, Greece.
Complete with an awesome beautifully artistic cover, layout & design by Nyxian:Drift. Grooveyard Records is proud to announce the
release of this outstanding Total Guitar Rock disc that is Highly recommended to fans of David Gilmour, Wishbone Ash, Plankton and all other excellent blues-based, retro heavy guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. Anyone who heavily digs and collects
serious guitar rock music needs to tune in and add this amazing disc to their music collection.
An incredible, timeless six string musical journey through space & time that defines brilliant original heavy guitar rock music artistry with endless scope, depth and vision.

Reach deep within and ask yourself what is the true meaning of our existence. Regardless of color or race, we are all human beings, evolving and moving forward. Travelling different paths through time and space, a profound progression of motion on a complex journey of life.
All organic & musical matter follows a course unique to itself. We are partly defined by this linear, plodding trajectory toward the unknown, toward what we imagine we do not possess.
But the unknown also lies within us and, in this way, perhaps we only arrive at a place which we did not know exists, unfolding outward forever. In Karma lies an invitation to Evolve.

Tracklist

1. Evolution
2. Wings of Pegasus  
3. Journey of the Impossible Hero
4. Ophelia's Dream 
5. Metamorphosis 
6. Road to Olympus 
7. Spiral Waves 
8. Harmonic Alchemy
9. Outskirts of Infinity
10. Karma