Displaying items by tag: heavy metal
Monday, 07 October 2019 14:25

Sortilège - Sortilège

Sortilege is part of group of bands that started playing heavy metal in France in the early 80s. The band was founded at that time by the Dumont brothers (guitars and drums) under the name “Blood Wave” and when Christian “Zouille” Augustin joined them as a lead singer, they took the name Sortilege (which means spell). Around 1982 they had already made a name for themselves in Paris’s metal scene, by releasing their first demo tape which included 4 songs, two of which where early versions of “Sortilege” and “Metamorphose”, as well as an incredible version of “Delire D’Un Fou”, in which Augustin keeps climbing the notes without even catching his breath. The demo starts with the band’s same named song and shows it has a pure influence in it’s metal music by the Lords of the scene; such as Priest and Maiden and a definite characteristic the band has even for the years to come is Zouille’s unbelievable vocals.
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Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.
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Friday, 31 May 2019 10:30

Ostrogoth - Scream Out

Ostrogoth is a Belgian heavy metal band, formed in 1980 in Ghent. The group were influenced by the new wave of British heavy metal and other successful European metal bands such as Scorpions and Accept. After an EP and two albums, Full Moon's Eyes, Ecstasy and Danger and Too Hot, lack of a commercial success resulted in a major line-up change for 1987's Feelings of Fury, following which the band disbanded.
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Monday, 18 March 2019 14:30

Brocas Helm - Cry of The Banshee

Brocas Helm was founded in 1982 by Bobbie Wright, James Schumacher, Jack Hays and John Grey. In 1983, the band released their first demo. In 1984 they released their first album Into Battle on First Strike Records. Soon following the album was licensed to Steamhammer for distribution in Europe. After some disagreements (for example, the cover of "Into Battle" was determined without the consent of the band) Brocas Helm and First Strike Records agreed to end their relationship.
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Friday, 14 December 2018 10:49

Pagan Altar- Samhein

Pagan Altar was formed in 1978 by Terry and Alan Jones, who are father and son, respectively. Alongside Witchfinder General, they are one of the few NWOBHM bands to play doom metal. The band's concerts are characterised by moody, epic and heavy music, blended with stage effects which accentuate their interest in occult themes.
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Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:45

The Devils Blood - Voodoo Dust

The Devil's Blood was a Dutch occult rock band from Eindhoven, formed in 2006. Their style is rock-and-roll-flavoured hard rock in the vein of Black Widow, Coven, Black Sabbath, and a plethora of 1970s underground progressive rock. The group's name is taken from "Devil's Blood" by the Swedish black-metal band Watain.
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Monday, 12 November 2018 10:43

Cathedral - Templars Arise! (The Return)

After a few albums of 'more Sabbath-y than Sabbath' Stoner Doom in the mid-to-late nineties, 2001 saw Cathedral return to their down-tuned bowel rattling best, trudging out a darker, monolithic hour of soul searching Doom that most of their hardened fans had hoped for. Gone were the comedic cries of "Huggy Bear - Oh Yeah!", instead replaced here with screams of anguish and shadowy tales aplenty. Opener "Cathedral Flames" greets the listener with a slow pounding instrumental dirge, segueing nicely into the best track on the album "Melancholic Emperor", where Lee Dorrian's "Oooh!!" sees the main riff crash from your speakers with all the subtlety of a herd of rampaging Elephants. There is of course still huge amounts of Sabbath-influenced riffery, but painted with a much darker, almost monochromatic palette when compared to the likes of "Carnival Bizarre." The rest of the album follows suit in various different guises and tempos, with only "Astral Queen" slowing the pace completely with its "Planet Caravan"-like smoked out acoustic gentleness. Touches of a beefed up St. Vitus can be heard washing through the riffs of "Whores of Oblivion" which, although in my opinion it's one of the weakest tracks on the album, still sounds pretty decent nestled midway into the album. In my eyes at least, this was Cathedral's best album since 'The Ethereal Mirror'. Although the two albums that followed this one kept the darker slant in the music, they didn't quite manage to replicate the quality of the songs that make up this album. "Endtyme" is a largely unheralded gem in Cathedral's back catalogue, and it's certainly worth your time investigating.
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Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:21

Savatage - Metalhead

The Dungeons Are Calling is an EP by the American heavy metal band Savatage, released in 1984 on Combat Records. Though the EP was not released until 1984, most of the songs featured on it and the debut album, Sirens, had been in the band set list since 1979, and are part of the Live in Clearwater and City Beneath the Surface EPs. The Dungeons Are Calling is a loosely based concept album and the title track, contrary to popular belief, is not about Hell or torture, but about the horrors of drug use. The song used many metaphors, which have been sometimes misunderstood
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Malokarpatan refer to their own music as old school rural Slovak black metal, and merge their already rustic riffing with Slovakian folk elements; the album even opens with the sound of a Jew’s Harp being played alongside the happy noises of what’s presumably a Slovak cow, before a spoken word intro leads into the first (and absolutely ripping) complete song.
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Friday, 27 July 2018 10:05

Lucid Sins - The Witcher

Every now and then a band comes along and gives you something new. Rarely is that something melodic, as there are limited permutations in rock and at some point everything is derivative. LUCID SINS manage that three card trick with a blend of pastoral, psychedelic freshness. It’s a mix of Topanga Canyon legends, Crosby, Stills and Nash, occult rock, and antique doom not a million miles removed from the first Witchcraft record. This is a heady mix of melody and nuance that will appeal to any listener.
The danger of using melody in doom is that you risk alienating the metal listeners. The key to retaining your credibility is, of course, lyrical content. Ghost’s overt melodies where offset by their dedication to the dark side, which made them successful. Lucid Sins, likewise, make good on content. In short, they know their stuff.
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