It seems that in the last years metal bands from the African continent are steadily leaving their mark on the international metal scene. The Tunesian heavy metal formation Carthagods has existed for over seventeen years, but not until recently the band released their self titled debut record.. Read all!
When the Greek God of blast beats George Kollias (Nile) was asked by fans to record a solo album, he decided to give it a go. The result of this endeavour is Invictus, an album with eleven songs, written and performed by Mr. Kollias himself. So naturally, you can hear mind blowing drums on Invictus and they are without a doubt the most dominant and laudable aspect of this record, but what else?.. Read all!
Wiegedood is Dutch for sudden infant death syndrome. The prodigious first offspring of these Belgian black metallers is called De Doden Hebben Het Goed. Will this debut release survive it’s cradle or remain powerless against the omnipresent grim baby reaper?.. Read all!
Drudkh have always been an odd phenomenon in the extreme metal scene. The band, hailing from Ukraine, have always played a (very) well-executed blend of Black Metal with some of the best folk music moments in the genre. They never sought to be liked by the grand masses and so, kept their music true and genuine, with brilliant releases from early 2003 to this day. Each album has been special in another kind of way, and concentrated on another aspect of Drudkh’s music, whether it being the aggressive side or the more subtle, folkish side.. Read all!
Whoever said that metal is not innovative anymore, should listen to Tribulation’s third full-length effort The Children of the Night. Hailing from Sweden and being classified as (progressive) death metal (partially due to the way they started out and now somewhat unjust) the first thought that surfaced was that this might just be yet another band that would mimic the Gothenburg death metal style. But to be honest, this blend of music is one of the most refreshing that yours truly has heard in a while.. Read all!
Red Eyes – Obey The Beast
Label: None (self released)
Old school heavy metal might not be my favorite metal genre, but checking out Red Eyes’ debut album Obey The Beast was certainly worth the while. The five guys from Amsterdam play heavy metal with an unique sound. The band has been around since 2008 and just released this promising debut.
“Old school heavy metal with their own new age touch”. That is how Red Eyes describes their own music. It’s a description that actually does justice to the songs. Of course you can hear some typical heavy metal influences on this record. However, these guys aren’t afraid to experiment with guitar riffs, – melodies and drums. (For example: the instrumental piece of the song Obey The Beast or the song Worn Down) That is the main thing what makes this band stand out and interesting to listen to. The vocals of singer Lucas Pruim are also an asset. His voice sounds very raw, which gives the music even more power. On the song Crash, the first song the record, he shows us that his clean voice is just as strong.
Obey The Beast is a very strong debut album. The quality of the production is fine. The music is dynamic and powerful, you probably won’t get bored of the album soon. The rough vocals of Lucas Pruim fit perfectly in the music. I can recommend this album but don’t get scared off by the dull album cover: it is in no way a reflection of what you are about to hear.
2. Obey the Beast
4. Worn Down
5. Smoking Guns
6. My Frenzy
7. Wicked Devils
10. White Horizon
Red Eyes is:
Lucas Pruim – Vocals
Yordi López – Guitar
Damian López – Drums
Mathieu Martel – Guitar
Sebastián Villanueva – Bass