Apr 19

Albums of the Month – March 2015

March was a much quieter month than the first two months of 2015, though we did see a number of high profile releases including the new Enslaved (which completely kicked ass), Moonspell and Psycroptic. Anyway, here are our picks for albums of March 2015:

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (23/3/2015)

Nocturnalia - Above Below WithinPreviously known as NocturnalAbove Below Within is this Swedish outfit’s sophomore full length album, and the first one under their new moniker Nocturnalia. If you thought that their debut Nocturnal was good, Above Below Within sees this psychedelic/occult rock band take things up a notch. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple or even Pink Floyd, one instantly knows that he is in for one hell of a trip.

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Mar 14

Iron Lamb: “Smile now, cry later”

…words to live by.

Iron Lamb (1)

And here’s our band of the month for January 2015, the mighty Iron Lamb. First catching my ears with their 2011 Pulverised Records debut, The Original Sin, these Swedes are back stronger, groovier and catchier than before with their sophomore full length album, Fool’s Gold. Along with new vocalist Bragman, the band brings us back to the good early days of bands like Motörhead with punk and heavy metal influences. There’s a reason for Fool’s Gold being our pick of January, so let’s find out what goes on behind the scenes with guitarist Johan.

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Apr 18

Grumpynators – Wonderland

Grumpynators - Wonderland

Grumpynators [Denmark]
Wonderland
2015
Full Length
Target Records
Hard Rock/Groove Metal

I initially wasn’t really keen to check out Grumpynators and their new full length, Wonderland, not thinking much about the band since their moniker made them sound like some kind of joke band. But seeing how the band boasts double bass player Jakob – who has appeared on two of my favourite Volbeat songs – got me interested, and perhaps one shouldn’t judge the book by its cover, or rather a band by its honestly, pretty lame band name.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Apr 12

Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

Frosthelm - The Endless Winter

Frosthelm [USA]
The Endless Winter
2015
Full Length
Black Work
Black/Thrash Metal

Formed back in 2009, American black/thrash metal band Frosthelm this year finally releases their debut full length album, The Endless Winter. It’s been quite a long while since my last black/thrash metal madness, so with all the hype surrounding The Endless Winter, I have to say that I was pretty excited to hear what Frosthelm manages to come up with after a wait of almost 6 years.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Apr 11

The Black Monolith – The Black Monolith

The Black Monolith - The Black Monolith

The Black Monolith [Singapore]
The Black Monolith
2015
Full Length
Independent
Hard Rock

The Black Monolith started off as local death metal bands Truth Be Known and Bhelliom guitarist Damien’s solo project, but grew into a full-fledged band in 2014. With the materials being written as far back as 2011, the band’s self-titled debut is a nice display of the influences that have gone into the playing of Damien, though the band promises that The Black Monolith will excite fans of all styles of rock, from 70s hard rock to 90s grunge.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Mar 30

Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar

Der Weg Einer Freiheit [Germany]
Stellar
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

The Season of Mist roster is getting pretty interesting these days, with Code and Decline of the I being two of the bands that have put out some of the most unique releases early in the year. Der Weg Einer Freiheit joins in the fun with the release of Stellar, their third full length album and their debut on Season of Mist. Solely on the visual aesthetics of Stellar, one instinctively knows what style of black metal to expect from this German horde.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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