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While Toronto’s Possessed Steel approached Epic Metal with a rough attitude on the EPs they released in 2014 and 2017, their first proper full-length is much classier in comparison. The style is as grandiose as ever, but a greater emphasis on intricate guitar harmonies and polished production gives Aedris (Temple Of Mystery Records) more in common with a band like Wytch Hazel than Atlantean Kodex. Further comparisons could also be made to The Lord Weird Slough Feg and Hammers Of Misfortune with the free-flowing structures and pastoral air throughout.
Hammers of Misfortune’s Dead Revolution (Metal Blade) marks the band’s sixth release after a lengthy hiatus. The name is a rather amusing one as the album as a whole fails to deliver any kind of revolution and is, in my opinion, dead. Well, maybe not quite. It is neither amazing nor terrible, it just…Exists in time and space as we know it.
I would like to tell you that I found one or two redeeming songs on the record but that was not the case here. Even with repeated listens, there wasn’t really anything that stood out to me as memorable. This applies to the title track, ‘Dead Revolution’, as well. It’s just your generic rock and roll anthem with a keyboard added to the mix.
They’re regarded as a progressive band but this record strikes me as little more than a nod to hard rock that takes itself to seriously. I have never listened to anything else in the band’s catalog so I can’t say where this stands when compared to their other work. However, it doesn’t really make me want to investigate their music any further either.
Although filled with aggressive riffs meant to get the listener’s heart pounding, this album fails to draw them in any particular direction, choosing to leave listeners bored and disinterested instead. If that’s your thing, then go for it. Me, I prefer a little more life and originality in a release.
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San Francisco has always been the home of free-spirired musicians. The Summer Of Love started here amd the city played a crucial role in the development of thrash metal. The local scene is still thriving there with bands like Neurosis, Giant Squid, Black Cobra and Deafheaven being the pulse of everything experimental and cutting edge. Another great outfit is Grayceon who just released a brand new EP, entitled Pearl And The End Of Days. Raymond Westland had a very friendly chat with vocalist/cellist Jackie Perez Gratz. She talked candidly about the new EP, how becoming a mother has changed her outlook on life, and her music career and many other things.Continue reading