Monday, May 2, 2011

Sinstorm/Self Titled/2011 CD Review


Sinstorm are a band from California that has been intereviewed as well as had their previous e.p reviewed by this zine with a style that I would describe as melodic black/death with sme symphonid elements and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2011 album.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, and on some songs there are symphonic elements but not much in the way to over dominate the music with some dark keyboard effects.

Rhythm guitars range from low, midpaced to fast melodic black metal riffs that are also heavily influenced by death metal, while the lead guitars are very melodic and chaotic sounding black/death metal guitar solos that also utilize alot of skill, as fo the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they bring another dark dimension to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some deep death metal growls and on one song there is a spoken word ritualistic passage, while the lyrics cover Heathenism, Occultism, killing, hatred and death, as for the production it sounds very heavy and professional for a self released album.

In my opinion this is another great release from Sinstorm and if where a fan of their previous recordings, you will not be dissapointed.
RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "CelestialExtinction" "Transcending Dimension" "Storms Of The Heretic Millenium" and "Trooper" which is an Iron Maiden cover. RECOMMENDED BUY.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Suidakra/Book Of Dowth/AFM Records/2011 CD Review

Suidakra are a band rom Germany that mixes melodic black metal with folk music and this is a review of their 2011 album "Book Of Dowth" which was released by AFM Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast with a great amount of brutal blast beats, while the keyboards are very atmospheric and symphonic with some pagan sounding flutes being utilized at times, as for the bass playing it is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast melodic black/death metal riffs that are also influenced by traditional metal, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding heavy metal guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to bring a folk music feel to the music.

Vocals are mostly igh pitched black metal screams that are also influenced by melodic death metal in the growls with a good amount of clean singing male and female vocals being thrown in at times and the ocassional spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover Celtic Paganism and Fantasy, as for the production it has a very powerful and professional sound to it.

In my opinion Suidakra are a very good melodic folk/black/death metal band and if you are a fan of bands that mix these styles together, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Battle-Ciarns" "Mag Mell" "Balor" and "stone Of Seven suns". RECEMMONDED BUY.