Rock & Metal Reviews

6. Dec, 2018

Me Against The World is a new German metal band. First of all this is a very professional debut: the sound is top, good production, songs that appeal for attention and enough variation to keep the album interesting. The band claims influences from Metallica, Iron Maiden, System of A Down to Queen and the progressive side of The Beatles. Who can go wrong with that? Although the songs have progressive structures, they are still accessible and have a natural flow. The vocal timbre adds a dash of darkness to the sound and the instrumental arrangements are full of thrilling riffs and grooves. So this is an interesting debut of a band that must be able to move some souls and bodies in a live situation! (Geert Ryssen)

22. Nov, 2018

Steorrah is a German band from Westfalen. It's history is rooted in death/black metal band Catharsis but as Steorrah, 'The Alstadt Abyss' is already the third album. Steorrah broadens its musical spectrum by introducing elements of progressive rock, doom and even jazz. Most fans of progressive rock will turn away from the band because of the grunty death metal vocals, but by doing so they will miss a lot of musical pleasure. 'The Altstadt Abyss' is a very musical album with a lot of light and shade and one makes a musical journey along the seven pieces clocking in between three and eleven minutes. All kinds of colours and spheres are developped and there's even some very poetic piano and guitar. On the title track clean vocals are used which also brings some release from the dark and painful grunts. This band manages to find a perfect fusion of extreme metal and listenable and thrilling compositions. Top album in its genre! (Geert Ryssen)

19. Nov, 2018

If there's a genre called "nightmare metal", then British trio Under are real contenders. For those who know and like Belgian band Amenra, this will be an interesting discovery. Elements of doom, sludge, avantgarde and extreme metal are mixed in a blender with sharp knives. Their music is treatening and fascinating and not for sensitive souls. The harsh vocals sound like a horror movie, their heavy riffs drone through the room. This being said, there are also enough variation and inventive passages to keep the record interesting. There's even some vocal passages sung with a clean voice. The guitar intro of 'Big Joke' makes me think of the late Peter Banks who was a totally different matter. 'Stop Being Naive' is Under's second full cd and should give these guys the opportunity to break out of their Manchester home. References given by the band themselves: The Melvins, Swans, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle. Have a scary day & night! (Geert Ryssen)

12. Nov, 2018

'You've Got Some Nerve' is the fourth offering by Los Angeles band SNEW. They are a five piece with singer, two guitars, bass and drums. The music can be classified as classic hard rock with a dose of contemporary energy. So they the are melting the legacy of bands like AC/DC and Nazareth with the eigties/nineties raw but accessible L.A. rock of bands like Junkyard or Love/Hate. Snew has build a reputation of good sounding records and that counts for this one too. This is high octane rock that has an instant impact. It's classic no-nonsense hardrock without sounding dated or derivative. Singer and frontman Curtis Don Vito has a strong and rasping voice in the league of the Brian Johnsons and Dan McCaffertys of this world and that's quite a reference! This is a top hardrock album from a band that deserves to break throught the barriers of the music industry! (Geert Ryssen)