18 Jul 2014

Earth To Ashes - Cursed Invoked (2014)

Earth To Ashes - Cursed Invoked (2014)

Genre: Heavy Metal / Progressive
Country: USA (Portland, OR)
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 00:57:27

Tracklist:
01. Prologue 01:58
02. Blood And Water 06:16
03. Saint Longinus 05:09
04. Relic 08:47
05. Mournblade 05:56
06. I Hear Cryptic Voices 07:00
07. Basking In Bloodlight 06:34
08. The Window 02:57
09. She Sees Me 03:06
10. Chased By The Chair 03:55
11. Till Next Life 05:44

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Kylfingar - Halhatatlanok (2014)

Kylfingar - Halhatatlanok (2014)

Yes, the joys of unearthing hidden talent sometimes comes with the problem of hardly finding ANY information about the band at first. Enter the latest discovery: Kylfingar. With a name like that you would expect them to be Icelandic or Norwegian or something along these lines, but no, this quintet hails from the Jászság county in Hungary, east of the capital Budapest! When hearing their debut full-length Halhatatlanok (Hungarian for “immortals”) you would not place them there either, because their folk/viking metal sounds very Scandinavian, but once you hear the vocals, it becomes clear that this is no Nordic affair.

With bands such as Sear Bliss (at least until before their last album), Dalriada and Niburta already having left their distinct marks on the folk, viking and pagan metal inspired genres, Kylfingar are now on their way to add themselves to this illustrious group courtesy of Nail Records. The single ingredients do not look any different than with most of their colleagues, both gruff and clear vocals, flute and violin, sweeping melodies, good variation and dynamics, but it is all in how they put it all together that makes Halhatatlanok (you have to be immortal to type this all the time, lol) so special.

Admittedly, the keyboards do have their space in the Magyars’ sound, but they are woven in very well, adding to the rich and diverse tapestry of sound. Opener “Észak Népe” (“People of the North”) is surprisingly powerful, utilizing both double bass and blastbeats, with an epic atmosphere and great melodies, adding flute and violin only where they really enhance the song instead of a constant presence, resulting in a powerful, varied and dynamic first track that will inevitably draw you in! And Halhatatlanok is not short on outstanding tracks, “Helheim” is one of them, the maybe most epic track of the album, a light Amon Amarth touch in the guitars, but it is the epic atmosphere that leaves its mark on the track, together with the melody that threads through all the different passages.

Also following “Sörtánc” (“Beer-Dance”) stands out, bringing us the Hungarian equivalent to Humppa, with accordion and all, great energy after the darker “Helheim”. “Új Haza – Kölpény Vihar I.” (“New Home – Storm of Kylfings pt. 1”) combines almost all of the above, in a powerful and diverse romp through the Puszta, covering the whole spectrum between calm and reflective up to full double-bass driving the song forward.

Throughout the 49 minutes you never get the impression that this album was recorded in the band’s home studio, it has power, clarity and the right feel for the style. Kylfingar show tons of potential to make a name in the folk/viking metal world and Halhatatlanok displays power, versatility, dynamics and great melodies, combining them into a gripping and thoroughly entertaining album that will satisfy the cravings of any fan of the genre!

copas from http://www.metal-observer.com/3.o/review/kylfingar-halhatatlanok/

Genre: Folk / Viking Metal
Country: Hungary
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 00:48:59

Tracklist:
01. Széllel ...
02. Észak népe
03. Kilenc Valkűr
04. Helheim
05. Sörtánc
06. Út a Valhallába
07. Új haza - Kölpeny vihar I.
08. Halhatatlanok
09. Emlékek ...
10. Sörtánc (Akusztikus verzió)

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Equilibrium - Erdentempel (2 CD) 2014

Equilibrium - Erdentempel (2 CD) 2014

Genre: Epic Folk / Viking Metal
Country: Germany (Starnberg)
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 2:03:57

CD 1: 01:07:38
01. Ankunft (Instrumental) 00:51
02. Was Lange Wahrt 05:09
03. Waldschrein 05:20
04. Karawane 04:53
05. Uns'rer Floten Klang 04:21
06. Freiflug 04:59
07. Heavy Chill 06:06
08. Wirtshaus Gaudi 02:38
09. Stein Meiner Ahnen 05:43
10. Wellengang 05:09
11. Apokalypse 05:15
12. The Unknown Episode 05:49
13. Aufbruch (Instrumental) 11:20

CD 2: 00:56:18 (Instrumental)
01. Ankunft 00:51
02. Was Lange Wahrt 05:09
03. Waldschrein 05:20
04. Karawane 04:53
05. Uns'rer Floten Klang 04:21
06. Freiflug 04:59
07. Heavy Chill 06:06
08. Wirtshaus Gaudi 02:38
09. Stein Meiner Ahnen 05:43
10. Wellengang 05:09
11. Apokalypse 05:15
12. The Unknown Episode 05:49

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Astra - Broken Balance (2014)

Astra - Broken Balance (2014)

Italian band ASTRA is back with a vengeance with their 3rd CD, and this release should definitely spark some serious interest from fans of Progressive Metal served with some testosterone. I wasn’t familiar with the band until this release and it has helped to restore my faith in “old school” Progressive Metal – These days, other than SYMPHONY X and DGM (guitarist Emanuele Casali is also a member of these Italian Prog monsters), not much really grabs my attention these days. ASTRA definitely has a very similar style to the aforementioned bands, but also puts their own spin on things and come up with some serious hooks that have latched onto me and become my most played CD of the month!

From the opening track “Losing my Ego”, the listener is treated to hearing some seriously talented musicians create songs that at times have commercial appeal, but also rock with a heavy Progressive groove. Vocalist, Andrea Casali, (who apparently has taken over the reins from departed vocalist, Titta Tani), does a fantastic job here and brings to mind “The Diveine Wings Of Tragedy” era Russell Allen. The guitar solos, while technical, are not the type that can only be appreciated by musicians. I hear a lot of melody and emotion in Silvio D’onorio De Meo’s skilled playing! The solos are very well written, but the songs themselves just reached out of the speakers and grabbed my attention right from the first spin. “Risk And Dare” currently ranks as my favorite track, but to my ears, there is no filler to be found.

This disc really impressed me and I have to admit that I was skeptical going in as 2 of my current favorite bands are PROTEST THE HERO and INTERVALS - I am totally sold on this one. I could easily see this band playing ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA next year and being the band of the night. Here’s to hoping that promoter Glenn Harveston hears this band, as it would certainly encourage me to make the trip in 2015.

copas from http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/a_2/astra-broken-balance.htm

Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Italy
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 56:15

Tracklist:
01. Losing My Ego
02. Hole In The Silence
03. Sunrise To Sunset
04. Too Late
05. Broken Balance
06. Faithless
07. Mirror Of Your Soul
08. Risk And Dare
09. Break Me Down
10. Understand
11. Ending Season
12. You Make Me Better

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Total Death - Ciudad Matadero (2014)

Total Death - Ciudad Matadero (2014)

Genre: Thrash Metal
Country: Spain (Valencia)
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 00:38:49
Availability scans contents distribution: no

01. The Call 03:56
02. Come Back To Hell 03:58
03. Let Me Die 04:53
04. Asphyxia 03:12
05. Soul In Pain 04:56
06. My Resurrection 03:32
07. Take Much More 03:35
08. Lost In The Space And Time 03:16
09. Serial Killer 04:23
10. Requiem 03:04

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Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun (2014)

Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun (2014)

Genre: Progressive / Groove Metal
Country: USA (Atlanta, Georgia)
Year of Publication: 2014
Audio Codec: MP3
Format: tracks
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Duration: 54:15

Tracklist:
01. Tread Lightly (5:13)
02. The Motherload (4:59)
03. High Road (4:15)
04. Once More 'Round The Sun (2:59)
05. Chimes At Midnight (5:31)
06. Asleep In The Deep (6:14)
07. Feast Your Eyes (3:23)
08. Aunt Lisa (4:17)
09. Ember City (4:58)
10. Halloween (4:38)
11. Diamond In The Witch House (7:47)

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