If you're only familiar with the Amorphis of recent years then you are in for quite a surprise with this release, less of the melodic and melancholic. More of the pure old school metal that had metal fans quaking in their boots when the band burst onto the scene in 1991. Less of the progressive more of the metal!
Stryper is recognized as the first openly Christian heavy metal band to gain recognition in the mainstream music world. Their message of salvation has also made them popular with some elements of the media during the 1980s. Reformed, and touring on the strength of their recent relase "Murder by Pride", Stryper performed to a packed house at Brisbane's HiFi Bar, supported by Sydney band Devine Electric.
Overall this is a disappointing album. It's definitely intricate and mature in its execution, and kudos to Maiden for making the album they wanted to make with no concession to what the fans may want or expect. But it also leaves you sometimes wondering exactly who Iron Maiden are these days.
Since their dawn in the early of 1980s Iron Maiden have been detached from their countrymen of NWOBHM by doing an epic, complex metal music. Their new album is a proof of this victorious legacy for the history of Heavy Metal.
Finally, the long awaited The Final Frontier is out.
Given that this is has been such a highly anticipated release, we decided to run multiple reviews, to give you multiple perspectives. And they don't all agree. In this first one, Scott asks: Do Bruce and co. boldly go where no man has gone before? Do they even boldly go where no Iron Maiden album has gone before? Of course not. But this ain't half bad, much to your reviewer's surprise...
Naming themselves after one of the best thrash albums ever, by one of the acknowledged muthafucking best of the genre’s bands, these young fuckers have either got balls the size of grapefruits - or a death wish.
Bonded By Blood's second album is by no means a classic thrash album but let me tell you, it ain’t half fucking bad either. With a theme revolving around the earth bein