• Malevolent Creation [USA] / Domination Inc. [GR] / Sphinx [UK] review

    When we talk about “potential” in the music we review, it usually translates mainly into one of two categories: “loud” and “feeling.” Metal music strives to be powerful and there’s something fascinating about death metal. While its origins are soaked with violence and its imagery is so definitely anti-society,...
  • Obscura – Live in Bucharest- gig review

    As part of the “DILUVIUM WORLD TOUR”, OBSCURA played in Bucharest supporting the new album. The tour took place within 23 cities in mainly Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. With Dutch melodic death metal pioneers GOD DETHRONED, German black death metal band THULCANDRA and French progressive death metal...
  • Leprous / Pitfalls Tour at Quantic review

    Twenty years ago, a little-known Norwegian band released their debut album to an unsuspecting metal underground.  The days of Leprous being known as Ihsahn’s band are long behind them. Now, this Norwegian band proves that every new release is better than the last one. This is definitely not the...
  • Sear Bliss // Downfall // Kroppen show review

    So, what happens when you combine 25 years of thrill, Sear Bliss most ambitious releases, and a Romanian metal show? A welcome time warp of avant-garde sounds, nostalgic people, and over two hours of metal transcendence, of course. Sear Bliss put their own blackened spin on their well-worn genre of...
  • About Wolves In The Throne Room show in Athens

    What is black metal if not a giant, malevolent statement about freedom, a manifest against social norms and the mundane? While it may often seem like a simple musical genre, the spirit of black metal has long evoked the ferocity of an austere existence, deprived of superficiality and locked...
  • Midnight “Rebirth by Blasphemy” review

    So, I sit there, listening to this outstanding record and amaze myself about how little music I manage to listen and how many great releases pass by unnoticed.  Formed by Athenar as a solo side-project, initially for a short period of time (he only planned to release EPs and...
  • Crimson Moon “Mors Vincit Omnia”

    I made a promise to myself that I will write a review about this record, although is not new material anymore. I did this because this record finds its place in my top ten releases for 2019. Too much music is released and there is not enough time or space...
  • Bölzer “Lese Majesty”

      – 2019 was a good year for metal it seems. As well as a strong set of releases from some well-known acts, we assisted to some great live shows, and many other bands were ready to take music seriously. “Lese Majesty” was one such ambitious work, and serves...
  • Astral Night in Quantic Club

    Last Friday, on December 20, I answered Frig’s invite to join them (and their guests, Irfan and Mindcage Escape) to their gig in Quantic Club, where they presented their latest EP genOm, a preview to their upcoming full-length release. My only concerned was about the line-up being too eclectic...