Local Review: Monkey Rum – Banished from the Garden

Local Review: Monkey Rum – Banished from the Garden
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Banished from the Garden moves through so many genres and styles that it gets hard to pin these guys down as one genre or another. In that way, you could almost call this album a dad-rock melange, where distinctions between styles get lost in the blend of hair metal, glam rock and grunge. … read more

Review: Witch Cross – Axe to Grind

Review: Witch Cross – Axe to Grind
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There’s always something refreshing about a legitimate ’80s metal band getting back together, but it’s rare to see such an enormous gap between their releases. … read more

Local Review: The Rose Phantom – Sketches: Live at Storm Mountain
Review: Gris – À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…

Review: Gris – À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…
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Depressive suicidal black metal is hardly a genre one would associate with innovation and variety, yet Gris continue to defy expectations on À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée… … read more

Review: Moonsorrow – Jumalten aika
Reviews: Judicator – Sleepy Plessow

Reviews: Judicator – Sleepy Plessow
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Everything on this album seems to be just a step away from something really special. In a sense, it seems like it was only partially finished, hampered by flat production and a rote, repetitive take on typical power metal riffs. … read more

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Reviews: Speedtrap – Powerdose

Reviews: Speedtrap – Powerdose
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Prepare yourself, because Powerdose takes off fast. Ville Valavuo’s guitar snarls out with a heavy metal vengeance while Miika Keränen sets the breakneck pace with swift fills and a relentless beat.  … read more