Monthly Archives March 2013

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013)

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Amaranthe was a big hit back in 2011 –not only in their own countries, but worldwide – with the self-titled first record and an exquisite combination of pop-ish vibes with electro swirls , guitar riffs and 3 pairs of vocal chords. A few days ago, new flesh was introduced in their discography with the record ‘ The Nexus’ and the previously released video wearing the same name.

The audience loved the first album for what it brought to the table and I was one of those persons. With ‘The Nexus’, however,  I am more  curious about what other ‘faces’ can Amaranthe reveal from their sound. How can they impress again? was one of my thoughts. Digging through the record, I realised that a few songs still bear the first album’s sound and that means a rather repetitive tone...

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Craig Mabbitt – An Open Mind With A Great Dream (part 1)

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On an almost sunny thursday afternoon, on the 21st of March, I sat down with Craig Mabbitt, the vocalist from Escape The Fate and he shared with me the concepts behind the two new singles ‘Ungrateful’ and ‘You’re Insane’, what his thoughts about the rock scene are, how the band handled tensions in the past, and much more! Curious? Then read further and don’t forget that Part 2 is here (click):

Alexandra: You guys have just released a new video for your single ‘Ungrateful’ promoting the fact that violence is a vicious circle that has taken many lives. Who came up with the idea for the concept, and was the last year’s case of Amanda Todd a trigger for it?

Craig: There wasn’t a certain kid that was a trigger for the video...

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Stahlmann – Adamant (2013)

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From the wave of NDH, alongside the well-known Rammstein,Oomph!, ASP and In Extremo comes Stahlmann (‘steel man’ ) with a neat, pure, german industrial sound. Known from their tracks ‘Teufel’, ‘Spring nicht’ and ‘Tanzmaschine’ , they return with renewed strength. The new album ‘Adamant’ is set for release mid-April and the single ‘Süchtig’ is already out containing the first two tracks of the record.

‘Adamant’ is a record that seems to encompass a variety of values promoted by Stahlmann. There can be found the more aggressive yet with an anthem tone, pedal-on-the-metal tracks like ‘Süchtig’ or ‘Die Welt Verbrennt’. There also are the more soft songs- one of which reminds me of Oomph! when it comes to Mart’s voice – called ‘Wenn Der Regen Kommt’ or ‘Le...

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Omnium Gatherum – Beyond (2013)

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To have a fair start: This is, for now, the most melodic album Omnium Gatherum ever made. Maybe, if you are a fan of the old times, like the EP ‘Steal this light’, you might dislike it a bit but, even if you are, I tell you, it’s worth a try.

Starting the review, the teaser tracks: ‘New Dynamic’ is a fast song, with really good riffs, a very good ambient (as usually) and, once again, great vocals. ‘The Unknowing’, which ended up being the track of the 1st video of this album, is a unique track. More like a heavy-ballad, this song is just different from all that OG made so far, still, it’s obvious to notice their own way of making Melodic Death printed all over this song...

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Lordi – To Beast Or Not To Beast (2013)

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I have to confess: I was never a big fan of Lordi. At first I got attracted by their very different approach and unique style (that was also noticed in the competition Eurovision and made the band win that one), but I never thought that their music has that much of an anti-ordinary stamp and in-your-face attributes like their costumes. All until this record..

‘To Beast Or Not To Beast’ (the title already being a nice pun) is the finns’ sixth studio album and I think it has some both very interesting and odd elements...

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Otep Shamaya – Hardcore promoter of Artcore

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I believe almost everyone who has been involved in the metal scene at least for a couple of years knows who Otep Shamaya and her band Otep is. The news and controversy sometimes spoke for themselves! But is she really what the press makes out of her? With the newest release ‘Hydra’, it was stated that this will be the last record the band will make. Needless to say, as curious as I am and because I did not want to miss the opportunity to know her better, here is an interview with the great artist and brain behind the band Otep:

Alexandra:
 Hi Otep, and thank you for accepting this interview request! ‘Hydra’ is your latest brainchild and what you mentioned to be your last album...
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