I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:Skálmöld are a breath of fresh air in a sometimes-stale folk metal scene. If you’ve listened to the band, then you know what I’m talking about (and if you haven’t, go do it. Right now. I’ll wait). The sextet’s first two albums, Baldur and Börn Loka, debuted to rave reviews and spun epic yarns of Iceland’s pagan past in the band’s native language, set against a musical backdrop of innovative death metal peppered with classical, punk, and folk elements. For folk metal fans, can it get any better than that? Read all!
Nineteen years have passed since the pioneer of the Gothenburg (melodic) death metal sound, At The Gates, released its most influential record, Slaughter of the Soul. After the five-piece reunited in 2007, they had been reluctant of making promises about a new album. Yet, at the start of 2014, a first hint circulated in the form of a YouTube video. Months later, the anticipation can be laid to rest and metal fans can feast their ears upon At War With Reality.. Read all!
Einherjer’s comeback album Norrøn (2011) was received with mixed reviews. Now, the Norwegian warriors are back with Av Oss, For Oss. This sixth full-length marks the fusion of Einherjers past and the band’s forthcoming musical path.. Read all!
I love ancient Egyptian themes. I love it even more when combined with a nice dose of extreme metal, because there aren’t many of those out there. The case is pretty much this, with German death metallers Maat, who named their band after an ancient Egyptian goddess.. Read all!
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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