Reviews

IMPERIUM - Dreamhunter

AOR Heaven/GerMusica 2016

"IMPERIUM goes back to Mika Brushane, drummer in STRIKE, who took care of everything except guitar and lead vocals. It's nothing but hard rock with a certain degree of melodic metal and even slices of AOR. Although the cover art suggests harder and darker sounds, the record is all about melody and comes a great amount of keyboards. Eighties hard rock apparently is the biggest influence here. The "80's Love Song" doesn't take itself seriously, but perfectly captures the particular sound from back in the days when there was a huge ballad on every great rock album. Songs like "Dreamhunter" or "Reach For The Stars" are reminiscent of Finland's finest: STRATOVARIUS. Alongside many comparatively unknown Finnish guitar players and singers, Pasi Rantanen of THUNDERSTONE and WARMEN fame fully delivers as vocalist on a handful of tracks.



MARTIN STARK


   

CONVULSE - CYCLE OF REVENGE

SVART RECORDS 2016

Release:  18-03-2016
Origin:      Finland
Length:    33:57


Convulse a well-known old school Swedish death metal band hailing from Finland and already around when Entombed and another handful of bands created this style of death metal. Now more than 25 years later old school Swedish death metal is re-found and recreated by a new wave of bands besides the forefathers.

Convulse was one of these pioneers and their debut “World Without God” belongs to the top 5 of albums that embarked the genre back then. Likewise many of the originators other influences and genre strange ideas were added to the old school death metal; leading to more rot and roll and less interesting musical side genres.

Convulse also transferred and changed over the years, but still the(ir) original trademarks are present(ed) and easily to be traced throughout their music. Mainly the vocals are still old school, which is a difference compared to the musical style and influences. Since I am not familiar with their return album of 2013 “Evil Prevails” it was more difficult and took me longer to get used to the genre-strange influences that changed their musical style in an interesting and challenging way.

To make it more clear guitar lines and structures are complex, weird and completely not simple death metal. This progressive and technical approach creates an interesting (death) metal style which is time consuming before completely understandable. To put it easily Convulse nowadays can be booked for both a Netherlands Death Fest as well as a festival like Roadburn. Death metal with a twisted and different style approach.

Give it some time to get convinced by Convulse, or else dwell within the old school Swedish classics.



BLOODCORPSE

https://www.facebook.com/Convulse



   

BLOODBOUND - One Night Of Blood

AFM Records 2016

Swedish power metal band puts out their first ever live document (CD+DVD) containing a great setlist. Recorded at the mighty Masters Of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic in 2015, the setting is perfect. Patrik Johansson is a highly talented singer who is able to even manage the highest notes. The sound, although very likely not a hundred percent authentic, is fine and pristine.

MARTIN STARK


   

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  • IMPERIUM - Dreamhunter AOR Heaven/GerMusica 2016 "IMPERIUM goes back to Mika Brushane, drummer in STRIKE, who took care of everything except guitar and lead vocals. It's...
  • CONVULSE - CYCLE OF REVENGE SVART RECORDS 2016 Release:  18-03-2016 Origin:      Finland Length:    33:57 Convulse a well-known old school Swedish death metal band hailing...
  • BLOODBOUND - One Night Of Blood AFM Records 2016 Swedish power metal band puts out their first ever live document (CD+DVD) containing a great setlist. Recorded at the mighty Masters...
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