Monster Magnet – A Better Dystopia

Legendary rockers Monster Magnet will surprise their loyal acolytes with an obscure selection of proto-metal and psych-rock covers on the new album aptly entitled “A Better Dystopia”.
Hawkwind’s “Born To Go” doesn’t waste any time and delivers mighty guitar driven grooves rightfully enriched by surreal psychedelic vibes and wild soloing that ultimately generate a trippy sonic experience.
“Solid Gold Hell” by The Scientists drags you through a hallucinogenic maze filled with fuzzy guitar tones and psych rock dynamics while Dave Wyndorf’s inimitable voice becomes your spiritual guide.
Pentagram’s “Be Forewarned” manifests a slower nostalgia infused approach and darker melodic nuances that highlight a glorious vocal performance by Wyndorf while guitars can still channel a powerful stoner rock energy.
Poobah’’s 1972 anthem “Mr. Destroyer” is destined to become a favorite due to the irresistible fuzzed-out heaviness of the guitar work, Wyndorf’s fiery vocals and the intense psychedelic breakdown that will inevitably induce a trancelike state.
Jerusalem’s “When The Wolf Sits” marks another memorable moment as the band successfully combines an overdose of magnetic guitar leads and strong riffage unfolding around Wyndorf’s true rocker style vocals.
The cover of “Death” by The Pretty Things follows a dramatically slower tempo and creates a bittersweet dreamy mood favoring moody vocals and hazy guitar melodies embellished by organ and sitar accents.
“Welcome To The Void” by Morgen stands out for the bewitching psychedelic atmosphere that definitely emphasizes the groovy rhythmic twists and the incendiary guitar work while Wyndorf delivers majestic & spacey vocals.
With a captivating psychedelic groovy mood “A Better Dystopia” is a simply addictive collection of timeless songs that makes you space out instantly and gives you the opportunity to take a wild trip inside the mind of Dave Wyndorf.

Scar Of The Sun – Inertia

Greek metallers Scar Of The Sun continue to develop a distinctive sonic vision blending poignant melodies and modern metal dynamics on the third full length “Inertia” conceptually revolving around themes of social injustice.
The title track definitely embodies a massive groovy momentum as the sharp guitar riffs and the powerful drum blasts showcase a heavy approach further amplified by the spiteful screams and embellished by a compelling melodic solo.
“I Am The Circle” can effortlessly deliver an overload of catchy rhythmic patterns fueled by the crispy guitar tonalities and the eloquent melodic leads reaching the acme with a memorable chorus.
A dreamy atmospheric ensemble on “Quantum Leap Zero I: Torque Control” favors the presence of sorrowful melodic phrases and passionate clean vocals while the impeccable rhythmic section showcases a subtle prog metal flair.
“The Fallible Experiment” offers a fair dosage of heavy rhythmic segments yet the melodic hooks are bound to steal the spotlight as guitars deliver delightful melancholic melodies emphasized by delicate atmospheric accents.
“Singularity Collapse” focuses on the expression of genuine emotions through the sophisticated melodic passages and the heartfelt vocal delivery surrounded by understated atmospheric arrangements.
On the final track “Anastasis” you can always perceive tumultuous feelings as the darkened refined atmosphere introduces a series of belligerent guitar driven grooves accompanied by fierce screams.
An interesting aspect of “Inertia” is that Scar Of The Sun choose scientific terminology to deliver messages of social awareness and such strong concept is certainly supported by the mix of emotive soundscapes and energetic grooves.

Cvlt Ov The Svn – We Are The Dragon

Finnish dark occult rockers Cvlt Ov The Svn aim to lure you to join their mystical cvlt with the addictive and mysterious soundscapes of the debut full length “We Are The Dragon”.
The title track immediately manifests a seductive goth essence as the darkened guitar tonalities generate smooth melodic phrases within a nocturnal atmospheric ensemble amplified by the theatrical vocal delivery.
“My Venom” picks up speed favoring the presence of crunchy guitar riffs and a danceable rhythmic rampage which ultimately leads to the irresistible chorus while the synths create a mystifying aura.
“Twilight” follows a similar formula with catchy rock moments fueled by the entertaining blend of straightforward rhythmic patterns and arcane atmospheric arrangements.
On “I’m Gonna Find Out” the combo of whispered raucous vocals and profoundly darkened guitar progressions create a quite creepy mood further emphasized by the dramatically slower tempo.
“Whore of Babylon” is another memorable goth-bopper relying on a groovy rhythm surrounded by a sinful atmosphere that makes you want to dance under the pale moonlight.
The nightmarish nuances of “The Pit” maintain a sultry gothic flair and naturally lead to sinister grooves built by the bold bass lines and the horror rock style of the guitar riffs.
“Another Infinity” showcases a nostalgic atmospheric approach through understated synth layers and moody guitar melodies accompanied by a softer vocal delivery that can evoke a gothic romanticism.
Filled with delicious goth nuances “We Are The Dragon” is destined to attract lovers of all things dark & spooky as Cvlt Ov The Svn successfully crafts a bewitching collection of songs with a catchy rock/pop flair.

Bodom After Midnight – Paint The Sky With Blood

Founded by legendary musician Alexi Laiho, Bodom After Midnight was supposed to be a new explosive sonic endeavor but sadly following his tragic death the release of the EP “Paint The Sky With Blood” marks a final salute.
The title track relies on a triumphant heavy assault constantly fueled by a savage & precise rhythmic section ensuring soaring dynamics surrounded by the symphonic accents of the opulent keyboards layers and certainly enriched by Alexi’s charismatic guitar leads and flamboyant shredding.
“Payback’s a Bitch” unleashes raw energy favoring speed and chunky riffage through unrestrained rhythmic patterns embellished by epic keyboards arrangements while the guitar work reaches the acme with the eclectic nature of the wild soloing.
The cover of Dissection’s “Where Dead Angels Lie” is a striking surprise showcasing a compelling darkened vision through the perfect combo of gloomy melodic phrases and blackened grooves.
The new project Bodom After Midnight unfortunately ended far too soon but with inflamed grooves and a strong creative force “Paint The Sky With Blood” successfully pays homage to Alexi’s legacy.

The Vintage Caravan – Monuments

Icelandic rockers The Vintage Caravan manifest a soulful psychedelic prog rock vision on the compelling fifth studio album “Monuments”.
“Whispers” immediately channels glorious ‘70s rock vibes through the massive groovy rhythmic dynamics clearly fueled by the robust riffage and the lingering psychedelic accents ultimately leading to a super catchy chorus emphasized by the passionate vocal delivery.
“Crystallized” often follows a slower tempo favoring the moody blues influenced melodic guitar phrases and the consequent nostalgic feelings yet the memorable rhythmic patterns showcase great diversity with an elaborate prog approach.
“Dark Times” begins with minimalist melancholic lines yet the super groovy momentum is bound to explode as the gritty guitar riffs skillfully build intense rhythmic segments that will eventually acquire trippy accents emphasized by the warm melodic soloing.
The magnetic guitar work thrives within the intriguing psychedelic tinged realm of “Forgotten” and reaches the acme with a charismatic extensive solo while the galloping drums can easily trigger entertaining grooves and the chorus maintains a catchy melodic essence.
“Torn In Two” often sounds like a spontaneous jam session and rightfully puts the spotlight on the stellar guitar progressions shifting from wild soloing to hazy melodic passages once again characterized by addictive vintage tonalities and charming bluesy rock elements.
“Clarity” embodies a nostalgia infused grand finale as the fragile arpeggios accompanied by emotional vocals express bittersweet feelings and create a dreamy atmosphere while the dazzling guitar solo will lead to a magical melodic crescendo.
Undoubtedly “Monuments” is another impressive addition to The Vintage Caravan’s successful discography as they confidently continue to develop an intriguing sonic identity blending captivating melodies and memorable retro rock grooves.

Greenleaf – Echoes From A Mass

Swedish stoner rockers Greenleaf return with a soulful blend of fuzzy grooves and hypnotic melodies on the new fiery offering “Echoes From A Mass”.
The wild ride begins with “Tides” manifesting a captivating vintage flair through the raw guitar sound delivering robust riffs and stellar leads that will ultimately lead to bewitching rhythmic crescendos within a surreal atmospheric realm.
The bluesy influences thrive throughout “Good God I Better Run Away” focusing on the slick guitar work which spontaneously builds memorable grooves enriched by the fuzzy soloing and the bittersweet vocal harmonies.
“Needle In My Eye” naturally conveys the hazy vibes of desert rock as the heavy combo of bass lines and guitar riffs consistently creates monumental rhythmic patterns reaching the acme with the addictive retro tones of the glorious solo.
Throughout “Bury Me My Son” the spacey atmospheric moments and the soulful vocal delivery fully express somber emotions which certainly enhance the warm bluesy rock spirit of the guitar riffs and the consequent vibrant rhythmic crescendos.
“On Wings Of Gold” takes you in the middle of the desert with an irresistible spacey jam highlighting the eloquent guitar phrases surrounded by an alluring atmospheric daze while the excellent rhythmic ensemble ensures plenty of solid grooves.
“What Have We Become” marks a poignant finale as the beautiful slower nostalgia infused guitar melodies accompanied by a truly passionate vocal performance emphasize the emotional themes flowing through a dreamy atmospheric realm.
Within the burgeoning stoner rock scene Greenleaf definitely deserve attention as the charismatic musicianship and the moody soundscapes of “Echoes From A Mass” are bound to make you space out instantly.

Marianas Rest – Fata Morgana

Finnish melodic death metal band Marianas Rest is ready to spread immense melancholia with the release of the third studio album “Fata Morgana” channeling a renowned Nordic gelid music style.
On “Sacrificial” the cold understated atmospheric intro leads to a dismal world where the gorgeous melodic guitar progressions convey overwhelming grave emotions that will inevitably move the listeners while the death metal inspiration triggers a heavier combo of galloping riffage and enraged growls.
The gloomy atmosphere of “Glow From The Edge” surrounds the elegant guitar melodies which rightfully become the main focus effortlessly evoking wistful feelings and wintry tonalities further enhanced by the theatrical narratives.
“Pointless Tale” stays true to the Finnish melodic death metal legacy as the charming darkness expressed by the excellent guitar work and the mournful rhythmic crescendos revolve around an irresistible mix of harsh riffs and hypnotizing melodic phrases.
The title track begins with monolithic rhythmic patterns channeling an obscure doom essence amplified by the desperate growls yet the fragile beauty of the refined atmospheric arrangements entwined with dreamy guitar harmonies can convey a cathartic feel.
A perennial melancholia continues to prevail throughout “South Of Vostok” as the mesmerizing atmospheric splendor enriches the tormented & heavy rhythmic segments while once again guitars hold a fundamental role crafting enticing and absolutely heart wrenching melodic passages.
Darkness and poignant emotions are destined to thrive within the sombre sonic realm of “Fata Morgana” as Marianas Rest carefully blend monumental doom/death metal elements and alluring melodic tapestries.

Wolfheart – Skull Soldiers

After the successful release of the full-length “Wolves Of Karelia” last year, Finnish death metal band Wolfheart continues to show an unstoppable creative force with the EP “Skull Soldiers” which includes two new tracks and two special rarities.
The title track takes you straight to a bloody battlefield as the unrestrained riffage and the hostile drum blasts generate a harsh rhythmic ensemble enriched by the charismatic licks of the guitar solos while the atmospheric arrangements aptly add solemn vibes.
Listening to “Hereditary” you can instantly perceive an intense rage as the faster aggressive rhythmic patterns amplified by the insanely vicious growls become the main focus marching through the somber nuances of the gelid atmospheric layers while the melodic guitar solo leads to a contemplative acoustic momentum.
The acoustic version of “Aeon of Cold”, released on the album “Shadow World” back in 2015, revolves around minimalist arpeggios and sorrowful vocals evoking a captivating melancholia.
The last track is a live version of “Reaper”, released on “Wolves Of Karelia”, which fully embodies the blend of wintry soundscapes and fierce rhythmic dynamics.
Once again pack leader Tuomas Saukkonen proves to be a prolific composer as “Skull Soldiers”, inspired by heroic battles, channels the monumental energy that characterizes the winter metal style of Wolfheart’s recent offerings.

Moonspell – Hermitage

As dark metal titans Moonspell approach their 30th anniversary the brand new opus “Hermitage” symbolizes a crucial moment in time and a cathartic voyage created with rare emotions and of course impeccable musicianship. 

The detailed atmospheric tapestries of “The Greater Good” certainly belong to a gloomy world where Fernando Ribeiro’s poetic clean delivery emphasizes the sombre beauty of the melodic guitar work while the rhythmic section will eventually embrace a significantly heavier momentum. 

You can immediately perceive the darkened grandeur of the title track as the solemn vocal performance and the sharp riffage highlight the soaring rhythmic patterns surrounded by alluring atmospheric arrangements and enriched by the dazzling melodic nature of the guitar solo. 

On “Entitlement” the rhythm often slows down to focus on the cinematic approach and the experimental twists of the intricate keyboards while guitars can acquire dreamy tonalities to create spellbinding melodies.  

“The Hermit Saints” feels like an epic journey fueled by Ferrnando’s theatrical vocals and the band’s darkest roots that inevitably lead to inflamed guitar progressions and fierce rhythmic blasts marching through the opulent atmospheric waves. 

“Apophthegmata” can sound quite soothing due to the delicate keyboards and the mellow vocals but the inner darkness is bound to emerge through the gothic flair of the refined atmospheric textures and the harsh guitar riffs. 

The dystopian poetry feels strong throughout “Without Rule” which perfectly blends the vibrant atmospheric layers, the futuristic electronic accents and the deeply darkened guitar tonalities that will ultimately generate brooding crescendos but also monumental  guitar driven grooves. 

It becomes evident that the intricate composition behind “Hermitage” is the product of an intense sonic evolution that defies standard categorization and rightfully aims to reach the soul of the listeners as Moonspell genuinely share their feelings through words and music.

God Is An Astronaut – Ghost Tapes #10

Irish experimental instrumental quartet God Is An Astronaut reach a crucial milestone with the release of the 10th album “Ghost Tapes #10” showcasing an opulent multifaceted composition. 

“Adrift” is a fascinating album opener where the whole instrumentation gradually builds a powerful momentum blending hazy harmonies and harsh rhythmic patterns that highlight the expression of contrasting emotions. 

“Burial” begins with shimmering piano melodies entwined with soulful guitar phrases channeling a dreamy post rock essence while the impeccable rhythmic section will acquire a cosmic energy to create memorable grooves. 

The ethereal atmosphere of “In Flux” evokes a surreal distant world favoring a moody melodic ensemble yet the rhythmic segments gradually acquire heavier murky tonalities following a syncopated rhythm. 

Listening to “Barren Trees” you can easily space out as the cinematic motifs take the center stage while the mesmerizing multilayered synths and the melancholic melodies constantly evoke an emotional whirlwind. 

“Ghost Tapes #10” definitely marks an intense sonic experience as God Is An Astronaut skillfully create intricate soundscapes that range from energetic dynamics to contemplative post rock nuances.