CHRONIQUES / REVIEWS

Aug 14, 2018

SKALD

skald

Hej Vikingar !

Au cœur d’une forêt sombre et froide comme on en trouve beaucoup dans les terres nordiques, se cache une large clairière circulaire, trou béant dans l’océan d’arbres géants. Au centre de cette belle clairière à l’herbe d’un vert profond, parsemée de pâquerettes telles les étoiles dans les cieux, ce trouve un if gigantesque, enfant d’Yggdrasil,

Oct 27, 2018

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN

Une parfaite union des contraires

Dans la pénombre, le visage concentré balayé par les vagues orange du reflet des flammes de l’âtre de la cheminée, je pars en tournée aux côtés de ce personnage incroyable. Dans mes oreilles raisonnent les riffs impertinents et la voix enivrante et brutale qui confectionnent l’album Ænima de Tool...

Apr 22, 2018

A PERFECT CIRCLE

EAT THE ELEPHANT

14 ans d’attente, ça fait long, évidemment, comme moi les fans de Maynard et de sa voix torturée sont certainement aux abois. Il faut dire que le monsieur sait entretenir la légende, entre « A perfect Circle » et « Tool », il a su nous rendre accro à sa vision apocalyptique du monde transportée par une musique à chaque fois étonnante.

Oct 18, 2017

NIGHT VIPER

Review by Myrt

Night Viper, un groupe Suédois formé courant 2014, qui va bientôt sortir un nouvel album (le 20 octobre prochain pour être précise chez Listenable Records )sobrement intitulé ‘Exterminator’, accompagné d’un très bel artwork représentant une femme et un serpent et faisant donc office de pochette. C’est leur deuxième album .

Sep 12, 2017

THE GREAT DISCORD

THE RABBIT HOLE REVIEW by Shelly

"The Rabbit Hole" by The Great Discord. Released September 8 on The Sign Records. Let's get to it. Shall we?

I've said before that there are two women in my goddess pantheon of female vocalists. They are Stevie Nix and Fia Kempe. Each of them in three aspects, artist, voice, woman, are the soundtrack to my very soul. A voice like Fia's could only have been born down to us from the clouds above Mt Olympus itself.

Am I gushing yet? Yeah, pretty much.....Moving on.

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Sep 24, 2017

SEEDS OF MARY

The Blackbird TRACK REVIEW BY MYRT

Les mois de Septembre et Octobre sont, comme on le sait, particulièrement chargés en terme de sorties musicales cette année. Parmi tout ce qui va arriver dans les prochaines semaines, on retrouve les bordelais de Seeds of Mary, qui viennent ‘teaser’ leur prochain album intitulé ‘The Blackbird and The Dying Sun’.

Sep 29, 2017

Apocalyptic States Of Art REVIEW BY MYRT

Aujourd’hui, on parle d’une sortie récente et d’un groupe français qui plus est. Arcãnum, c’est leur nom, nous livrent ici un EP intitulé Apocalyptic States Of Art. Originaires de Périgueux, c’est bien, je révise ma géographie française en rédigeant les articles, ils proposent ici leur première sortie officielle, (si on ne compte pas les démos), le tout disponible en écoute gratuite sur bandcamp et plus récemment sur youtube. 

Aug 02, 2017

ORDER

LEX AMENTIAE

Much change has been afoot in my wide world of weird. Ha! You just thought you were rid of me.....

Seriously, though, do you ever go through those times where no matter what you do, nothing new grabs you so you cling to the stuff you've been listening to for many months if not years?  That's been me the past few weeks.  Some upheaval on a personal level, changes in jobs, living spaces, hometown, you name it, it will wear you down rather quickly.

Then Chester died and that sort of pushed me over the edge.

Jul 10, 2017

Poisoned Blood review by Shelly

Somebody said OSDM and I pricked up my ears.

Yes. Old School Death Metal. My favorite kind....Though I do lean heavily toward the European idea of OSDM, I feel like this is a distinct nod in that old school direction and worthy of my attention despite my bias toward the bands from across the pond. It's brutal without being too chaotic, and technically solid without being too "math metal" (ish).

Jul 02, 2017

You can always hook me with a good drum intro.  The key lies in whether you can keep me hooked.  I admit, the first time I found this band, I gave it a listen because I loved their name.  My reasons are completely shallow, I know, but you have to admit, Goatwhore rolls off the tongue rather nicely. 

I'm lying....no seriously.

Jun 15, 2017

The overview said, quote:

"A stunning piece of ritual sludge made by psychedelic riffs and ancient tribal chanting-based vocals. "

Oh....you said the magic word. Riffs. Alright. Down the hole I go. If I'm not back in two hours, somebody send in a guitarist to lead me out like the pied piper.

Jun 08, 2017

ROAST DOG

Random Rants Of Repressed Relevance

Witness how this one played out for me:

"hmmmm, not sure if I'll like the name you say...."

"8 bit metal?"

"....looks a bit like a comic book cover"

"Latvia, cool....I remember dancing with a Latvian dude at this international cultural festival thing I went to when I was 15....he was really nice"

"Wait. Roast Dog?"

"Oh alliteration!"

Jun 01, 2017

DREAM TRÖLL

The Knight of Rebellion  review by Shelly

I want to live in a castle with giant smiling skull faced towers. I would hire a few Viking-ish dudes clad in decidedly small pants, knee boots, an armored fist, and with epic blonde locks to be my guards. I would require a rad sound system for the interior as well. Wimpy speakers will simply be inadequate for the skull shaking anthems of a certain Leeds based metal band I found a while back. [READ MORE ]

May 24, 2017

THE ABSTRACT ESCAPE REVIEW BY SHELLY

Here's the crazy thing. The first play through of this album took me to this place that felt like a slow walk down the halls of an old abandoned insane asylum, peering into each room, seeing flashes of the unsettling things that happened there. I was awash in a bottomless dark grey throughout the album that was equal parts scary as hell and meditative. It was like those few darkest moments before dawn...[ READ MORE]

May 16, 2017

ROGGA JOHANSSON

I went on an expedition in search of more genre blending anomalies, took a right turn in Northern Europe and ended up back in Scandinavia in a death metal mood. I like to think of it as riff therapy. Want to guess which country? [READ MORE]

May 09, 2017

Pereplut is the Slavic goddess of drinking. That's only appropriate for me because this is exactly the type of music I'd be playing out in the middle of the forest with a bonfire, several friends and a shit ton of good vodka.

Random thought.....Parts of this album sound like a rad videogame soundtrack.  Developers....you listening?  You should be.[READ MORE]

May 01, 2017

ZEAL AND ARDOR

DEVIL IS FINE REVIEW BY SHELLY

I suspect my reaction was a lot like others.  What? Slave spirituals and black metal combined?  Wait, metal in general and soulful music? Aren't those like oil and water?  Can anyone really make that work?  The answer is yes. [READ MORE]

Apr 26, 2017

YEARS IN A DAY REVIEW by Shelly

I came to the realization recently that I'm one of those people that knows the music of Cult of Luna by melody and not necessarily by song title.  I'm okay with that, though.  I've covered the first two songs on the DVD, released April 21.  Let's pay a visit to the rest of the performance.  I'll include each track in the order listed per the DVD and Spotify, plus some random thoughts about each one.[READ MORE]

Apr 17, 2017

EXTINCTION REVIEW by Shelly

Help!!  I'm lost in thrash metal land and can't escape.   Actually, no don't.  I like it here.  This week, my BS radar is pinging off the charts.  It puts me in the mood for something angry that I can share with the neighbors.  It puts me in a place where I need to rage internally in order to feel better....or maybe eat ice cream to feel better...no....I'm lactose intolerant and raging is so much more fun...[READ MORE]

Apr 06, 2017

Life is one huge amalgamation of random moments seemingly unrelated but sewn together in somewhat coherent fashion. It's like the time I walked into my kitchen, asked someone what they were drinking, and got the answer "tears of my enemies" AND....I though to myself "oh yeah, I need to give that new Warbringer album a listen."  See? Random [READ MORE]

Mar 30, 2017

"Full of Terrors"

There it is.  That guitar distortion that starts up distant...threatening....you know the impact is coming....you just don't know when, so you brace yourself.  Then it hits you.....[READ MORE]