Author: Christian Graus

Opium Eater announce ‘Ennui’ (prog / post / sludge)

‘Babelsteps’, the first single from Opium Eater’s new album ‘Ennui’, is out now. In the words of Under The Radar, the track “passes through many sonic vistas, moving from serene atmospherics through to intense sludgeiness over its nine-minute course, making it a captivating listen.” Wellington’s Opium Eater play progressive music in the truest sense of the word. Across the 55 minutes of their new album ‘Ennui’, the four-piece draw listeners in with a unique and ever-shifting blend of prog, post-rock, doom, drone and psychedelia. At various points I am reminded of the raw intensity of early Mastodon, the progressive...

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Album review: Devil Electric – Devil Electric

Black Sabbath invented Heavy Metal. Everyone knows that. Of course, Metal immediately went off in all sorts of directions, and most Metal bands don’t sound like Black Sabbath. Those that do, are called Doom Metal. This genre is a minefield, with too many bands sounding like they threw their Black Sabbath tab sheets in the air and however it fell, that was the songs. Devil Electric are a female-fronted, 70s-influenced heavy rock band. Comparisons to Blues Pills are obvious, and in fact they are cited as an influence.  Where this is most true is in the deep quality of...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Dio

History: Born in 1942, Ronnie James Dio had a history of singing in bands that went back to 1957, but it was when Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple and hired his entire band, Elf, except the guitarist and called it Rainbow that he was catapulted to stardom. He recorded three albums (plus live recordings) with Rainbow before being fired as that band chased a more commercial sound. He moved on to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, recording two albums there (and again, a live album) before again being fired due to fighting over the mixing of that live...

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ALBUM REVIEW: MOTORHEAD – UNDER COVER

It’s nearly two years, but it feels like yesterday that we were reeling from the news of the passing of Lemmy. A live album quickly followed, and it was good, but it was easy to see that he was a man in decline. That he played to the end was a fitting tribute to his dedication to his band, his craft and his fans. So, now we have, for perhaps the last time, a new Motorhead album to buy. ‘Under Cover’ is a collection of cover versions, some taken from previous albums, and some taken from work done for...

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ALBUM REVIEW: PANZER – THE FATAL COMMAND

Panzer are a German metal ‘supergroup’, initially created with members of Accept and Destruction. Their first album, Panzer, came out in 2014. The Fatal Command is their third effort, after Send Them To Hell’ in 2015. For those who enjoyed the first album, this is more of the same. First song, “Satan’s Hollow”, comes out of the gate blasting.  From the start, this is a straight up heavy metal album. It’s surprising that Herman Frank has left Panzer, because track two, Fatal Command, starts off feeling exactly like a mid eighties Accept song. “We Can Not Be Silenced” is another...

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