Fozzy’s the previous effort, Sin and Bones, turned out to be a turning point for the heavy metal formation. The record was received positively by the press and they gained a lot of new fans. Now, the American rockers, led by former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, are back with the album’s successor: Do You Wanna Start A War. Can this sixth full length meet the expectations that were set with the release of Sin and Bones? Read all!
It is almost two years since the last Grave Digger album Clash Of The Gods came out. So that’s about time for the band to release another one. Return Of The Reaper is album number sixteen since the band was formed in 1980. Obviously a highly productive band throughout the years. And in all that time they never really let us down. Read about that here!
Switzerland! The land of quality chocolates, overpriced cheese, pretty ladies and more than a few extreme metal bands.
Abinchova is one of them, but they’re a tidy bit different. When I was told about a “Folk Death Metal” band from Switzerland, the first band that came to my mind was obviously Eluveitie, which bear similar characteristics (Swiss, Death/Folk, a-lot-of-band-members, etc’) but at the moment Wegweiser, the band’s new release, started to spin – every similarity went to the bin, which is quite good since I feared I might find a clone. Read all
Naturbål – which, incidentally, is the third part in their four-album series about the natural elements. Jordpuls was dedicated to the element of earth, while Orkan focused on air; Naturbål is all about fire. What’s tripping me up here is the fact that Naturbål is so similar to its predecessors, and yet, it’s different in a myriad of ways. Read all
The third effort of the Brooklyn-based, post metal band Tombs successfully taps into the primal vibe that is at the core of metal music. This record, Savage Gold, has been getting raving reviews and the album has already been mentioned as a candidate for year lists. So, what is all the fuzz about?.. Read all!
Turisas – Stand Up and Fight
Label: Century Media
With a big gap between albums come big expectations. The same goes for Turisas, The Varangian Way (TVW) was released in 2007 and now in 2011, ‘Stand Up and Fight’(SUAF) is about to be released! The new album sounds nothing like Battle Metal (BM) but continues in the lines of TVW but, in my opinion, better. Where The Varangian Way bores after a few plays, ‘Stand Up and Fight’ grew on me the more I listened to it. SUAF pickes up where TVW left off, in Constantinople. Though the album is not a sequel:
“In any In general, the songs are much more universal and deal with topics that can be placed just as tightly into the modern world as in the 11th century Byzantine Empire.” (from Blabbermouth)
Besides a new album, Turisas changed their logo and appearance a bit. They’ve shed their fur and look ready for a new era.
After hearing the album a few times, I felt dissapointed. I only liked a few songs: The March of the Varangian Guard (the melodies remind a bit of Holmgard and Beyond but this song is more bombastic) End of an Empire (a fast, dynamic and epic song with massive choirs) and The Bosphorus Freezes Over (Some parts are sung in Finnish and the song has a historical movie feeling to it.) These three songs are still my favorites but I’ve also learnt to appreciate the other songs. ‘Hunting Pirates’ brings us back to the really folky, hummpa-ish sound of Turisas. Together with Stand up and Fight, they’re the weakest songs of the album.
My conclusion to ‘Stand Up and Fight’: Turisas delivered us a good album, a bit in the style of The Varangian Way, but better. The album sounds less metal, and more symphonic but that hasn’t bothered me. However I could see how it could bother somebody else. ‘SUAF’ is more dynamic than its predecessor, it proved to be a strong release in the discography of Turisas.
01. The March Of The Varangian Guard
02. Take The Day!
03. Hunting Pirates
04. Venetoi – Prasinoi!
05. Stand Up And Fight
06. The Great Escape
07. Fear The Fear
08. End Of An Empire
09. The Bosphorus Freezes Over