Category Archives: CD reviews

MOONSPELL’s “Hermitage”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. I’ve never been quite comfortable in calling MOONSPELL “gothic metal” as that’s too much of a specific term to grasp all aspects of their music; “dark metal”, covering a broader range of said aspects, sounds more fitting. … Continue reading

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Revisited: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD’s “New Empire, Vol. 2”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. “New Empire” is HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD’s gold coin – volume 1 showing their heaviest side, and now volume 2 showing the exact opposite. Which one is better? Well, that’s the same as asking if a burger is better … Continue reading

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Revisited: JESUS ON EXTASY’s “Beloved Enemy”

Original Portuguese version printed on Elegy Ibérica magazine. “Beloved Enemy” is the sophomore record of the digital dandies JESUS ON EXTASY. A more elaborate production – both in musical terms and image – this album turns into industrial goth the … Continue reading

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Revisited: I SPIT ASHES’ “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light”

Originally written for Destructive Music. In the end of 2011 Massacre Records closed a deal with a German modern metal band – or Metal 2.0, using their own words – and just like a baby, “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light” saw … Continue reading

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Revisited: TESTAMENT’s “Titans Of Creation”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. “Titans Of Creation” isn’t just a powerful title; it’s also the definition of its songwriters. Not that it took 13 albums to recognize their grandeur – in all honesty, none of TESTAMENT’s members has had … Continue reading

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Revisited: PARADISE LOST’s “Obsidian”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. I believe that in all 17 studio albums PARADISE LOST have released so far, this is the one with the most accurate title – its songs are deep dark and their refinement pretty clear-cut, just like an … Continue reading

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Revisited: EQUALEFT’s “We Defy”

Originally written for Valkyrian Music. EQUALEFT are labelled – even by themselves – as “groove metal”, but their sound has always been too exquisite to be defined by just two words; but since we had to go for something, given … Continue reading

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Revisited: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD’s “New Empire, Vol. 1”

Originally posted on Valkyrian Music. Whether one likes HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD or not, their ability to combine all kinds of musical traits can’t be ignored. So when many people said – Johnny 3 Tears himself included – that “New Empire, Vol. 1” would be heavier than ever, … Continue reading

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Revisited: SOILWORK’s “Verkligheten”

Originally posted on Valkyrian Music. When I reviewed “The Ride Majestic”, about three and a half years ago (damn, feels like yesterday!), I said something about being surprised with how SOILWORK could still impress me. Well this time they didn’t catch me off … Continue reading

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Revisited: AS SILENCE BREAKS’ “The Architecture Of Truth”

Originally written for Destructive Music. AS SILENCE BREAKS was a complete novelty for me, although they’ve been around for seven years and not exactly laying low. “The Architecture Of Truth” is already their second album and they’ve been touring with big … Continue reading

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