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[ALBUM REVIEW] Tribulance – The Aftermath Of Lies

Band: Tribulance
Album: The Aftermath of Lies
Release Date: May 2017
Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Heavy metal

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Tribulance is an American heavy metal band. The band has ‘risen from the ashes’ in 2012 and opened for many bands such as King Diamond, Flotsam and Jetsam and Act of Defiance.

From the first spin, this band will definitely capture your interest. While spinning the record, I had the urge to see the band live as I think that they might be better live than on studio. The guitars deliver us a mixture of the classic 80s heavy metal sound mixed with the modern metal sound we know whereas vocals definitely sound trash-y to me. In this sense, the album has a nice integrity as it delivers a mixture of different genres. The elements in the album’s sound are also in harmony with each other, creating a nice and smooth atmosphere.

One point I would criticize would be the lack of originality. Surely, you can feel that these guys are giving their all but the being unique is an important aspect especially if we are talking about heavy metal. In my opinion, a band has to have their certain essence or sound in order to develop further and gain more fans and this lacked in Tribulance. So my advice would be to try to develop their own style. Secondly, although I found the vocals energetic, I sometimes felt that the vocalist had difficulties in the high-pitched or falsetto vocals.

If you are into the classic heavy/trash metal, this album might catch your attention. Give it a listen!

Line-up:

Michael Vidal – vocals
Sal Flores – guitar
Gino Silva- bass
Brandon Lee – drums

Tracklist:

01) Oblivious
02) Conflict
03) The Aftermath of Lies
04) Betray
05) Initiation
06) Deny the Pain
07) Cause and Effect
08) Enamored
09) Walk the Talk

More info:
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[EP Review] Heather Wasteland – Under The Red Wolfish Moon

Band: Heather Wasteland
EP: Under The Red Wolfish Moon
Release Date: 2016
Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Instrumental


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Heather Wasteland is a Crimean folk metal band. The band calls themselves as “Cimmerian folk metal” since their style can be described as a combination of neofolk and medieval elements…. or simply ‘heretical folk art’. They have been active since 2001 and their EP ‘Under The Red Wolfish Moon’ has been released last year. The track titles of the EP are related with the different periods of time and different places of Western Europe. In this aspect, although the EP is short, the feelings or the overall vibe it gives off is rich on a cultural level. Continue reading “[EP Review] Heather Wasteland – Under The Red Wolfish Moon”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Countess – Fires Of Destiny

Band: Countess
Album: Fires Of Destiny
Release Date: 30.06.2016
Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Black/Heavy Metal
Guest Reviewer: Phillipe Saidj

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Hailing from The Netherlands, Countess has been delivering us a fine mixture of black and heavy metal since 1992. They have released 15 full-length albums in their career and although there has been many changes in the band’s history, one thing is certain: their essence has remained the same. The band has returned to the stage in 2014 after a long absence and their latest record “Fires Of Destiny” has been released last year! Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Countess – Fires Of Destiny”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Eternal Delyria – Letting Go Of Humanity

Band: Eternal Delyria
Album: Letting Go Of Humanity
Release Date: 11.06.2016
Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Melodic death metal

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Eternal Delyria is a melodic death metal band from Switzerland. Founded in 2011, the band is relatively young. Their style can be described as melodic death metal. Their latest and first full-length album “Letting Go of Humanity” was released last year.
Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Eternal Delyria – Letting Go Of Humanity”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Huldre – Tusmørke

Band: Huldre
Album: Tusmørke
Release Date: 03.11.2016
Record Label: Gateway Music
Genre: Nordic/folk/pagan metal

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Huldre is a folk/pagan metal band from Denmark. Formed in 2010, their music can be described as the elegant fusion of Nordic folk music and metal. After having released their debut album “Intet Menneskebarn” in 2012, the band played in some venues and gained a dedicated fanbase.  They have recently released “Tusmørke”.  Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Huldre – Tusmørke”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Myrkgrav – Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen

Project: Myrkgrav
Album: Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen
Release Date: 26.10.2016 (Streaming)
Record Label: Pest Productions (Physical format to be released soon)
Genre: Folk metal

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Myrkgrav is a one-man folk metal project founded in 2003 by Lars Jensen in Norway. The aim of this project has been to blend the traditional side of Norwegian folk music (with the use of traditional instruments) and the extreme/harsher side of metal. The fans have been waiting for a debut album for a while; the recent release of this project has been “Vonde Auer” which has been released as a single on 2014… 2 years after this release, Myrkgrav is (kind-of) back with an interesting full-length record. At the same time, a chapter is closed in this project as this release can be considered as a farewell from Mr.Jensen. So here is “Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen”, which means “Thank you and farewell; times have changed”).  Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Myrkgrav – Takk og farvel; tida er blitt ei annen”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Mallevs Maleficarvm – Homo Homini Lupus

Band: Mallevs Malleficarvm
Album: Homo Homini Lupus
Release Date: 2016
Record Label: TBA
Genre: Melodic Black Metal

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Mallevs Maleficarvm is a melodic black metal band/project. Hailing from Germany, this project was formed by Marius Berendsen in 2012, who is also the drummer of the German black metal band, Thyrgrim. The project has recently released the debut album called “Homo Homini Lupus”. The record features guest musicians; some known names include Robse from Equilibrum (yes…the funny guy of the band!), the former Bethlehem vocalist Alexander Schmied and Vorna vocalist, Vesa Salovaara. Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Mallevs Maleficarvm – Homo Homini Lupus”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Svoid – Storming Voices of Inner Devotion

Band: Svoid
Album: Storming Voices of Inner Devotion
Release Date: April 2016
Record Label: Sun & Moon Records
Genre: Anti-Cosmic Metal

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Svoid is a Hungarian band. Formed in 2009, they were formed with the aim to define a link between All or Nothing, which represents the formless end. Hence, their genre can be generally described as anti-cosmic metal and features elements from different genres, but their style has been associated with black metal.  Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Svoid – Storming Voices of Inner Devotion”

[ALBUM REVIEW] Irij – Cultura Cura

Band: Irij
Album: Cultura Cura
Release Date: 15.08.2016
Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Electronic folk rock

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In the world of folk music, there are some interesting and unique projects which are always a delight to listen to! Irij has been one of those ; formed by Meri Tadic, who has gained ‘fame’ as the former fiddle player of Eluveitie, the one-woman project has been going strong ever since its birth. After having released the first debut album “Same Zgode…” in 2014, Irij has gained a loyal fanbase that has been growing slowly but steadily.

After 2 years of ‘silence’, Irij is back with a brand new debut album called “Cultura Cura”, which is out on August 15th! I was so excited when I heard the news and my expectations were high for sure!  Continue reading “[ALBUM REVIEW] Irij – Cultura Cura”

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