Falconer – Grime Vs. Grandeur

July 24, 2014 in Artist Rewind, Reviews by blackwindmetal

Falconer - Grime Vs. GrandeurFalconer - Grime Vs. Grandeur (2005)

Reviewed by Daniel Millard

Well here it is, the black sheep of Falconer’s discography, and the one Falconer album that didn’t meet with overwhelmingly positive reception. This is due to a number of factors that require explanation. First, the Johanssons, added as full-time members on bass and guitar for The Sceptre Of Deception, were rotated out in favor of bassist Magnus Linhardt and second guitarist Jimmy Hedlund, both of whom remain with the band to this day. This particular changing of the guard may not have had an impact, but member-swapping almost always has a certain impact on sound. Although it was clear that, at the time, Stefan Weinerhall was pleased with the musical direction of Grime Vs. Grandeur (having been somewhat disappointed with the realization of The Sceptre Of Deception for reasons that escape me), audiences around the world didn’t quite agree with the new approach.
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Nine Treasures – Nine Treasures

July 24, 2014 in Reviews by Sebastian Kluth

NineTreasures2013Nine Treasures - Nine Treasures (2013)

Reviewed by Sebastian Kluth

Chinese folk metal band Nine Treasures is back with its second full length effort: an eponymously titled work that was released physically at the end of the year 2013 and digitally half a year later. The six young men from Inner Mongolia continue their harmonious mixture of Mongolian folk music combined with energizing and gripping metal riffs. A few things have changed since the band’s first album Arvan Ald Guulin Hunshoor, as the band is now sounds more inspired by heavy metal riffs than by thrash or even punk. The songwriting has also evolved, as the new tracks all sound slightly different and not as exchangeable as the songs from the first output. While the band has kept its joyous and liberating atmosphere, the new songs also include more longing and melancholic passages, adding new dimension to the sound. Nine Treasures includes nine original songs and reaches a length slightly above thirty-five minutes (which, compared to the debut, is a step in the right direction). All in all, the band’s sophomore effort sounds like an improved and more dynamic version of its first strike. If you enjoyed Arvan Ald Guulin Honshoor, you will adore the new record.

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Flashback Of Anger – T.S.R.

July 23, 2014 in Reviews by blackwindmetal

Flashback Of Anger - T.S.R.Flashback Of Anger - T.S.R. (Terminate And Stay Resident) (2014)

Reviewed by Daniel Millard

Flashback Of Anger is an Italian band that I became familiar with in fairly recent memory, having picked up a copy of the band’s 2009 debut, Splinters Of Life, in an online clearance bin. As with most acquisitions I’ve made that way, it was hardly a “clearance bin” sort of album, and left me with substantial expectations for the band’s followup. With a guest spot from Fabio Lione (I can hear the groans already) on the album, as well as Vision Divine’s bassist Andrea Torricini joining Flashback Of Anger full time, I was hopeful that the group would garner a bit more exposure and respect.

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