RockStrata – Notun Shader Khoje

April 15, 2014 in Reviews by Sebastian Kluth

RockStrata2RockStrata - Notun Shader Khoje (2014)

Reviewed by Sebastian Kluth

RockStrata is one of Bangladesh’s first and most important metal bands, founded back in 1985. The heavy metal pioneers of their country released a legendary self-titled full length release back in 1990, featuring eleven songs inspired by melodic mid-tempo heavy metal with a well-struck balance in the form of smooth ballads on one side, and thrash- and speed-metal driven neck breakers on the other. The band more or less split up around 1992, and over the years three band members immigrated to the United States of America while the other two remained in Bangladesh. The band reunited in 2012 to play a few gigs, but thought that it didn’t have enough material to play appropriate full length shows. With the help of social media and modern technology, the band was able to write and record eleven new tracks. Guitars and drums were recorded in Minnesota, while the bass guitar and the vocals were recorded in Dhaka. The album itself was launched in Dhaka where the band members from abroad joined the event via webcam. Now, the Bangladeshi legends are back with eleven new tracks and almost an hour of music under the name of Notun Shader Kohje, which means something like “Finding New Flavors”.

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by Kylie

Mekong Delta – In A Mirror Darkly

April 14, 2014 in Reviews by Kylie

Mekong Delta In a mirror darklyMekong DeltaIn A Mirror Darkly (2014)

Reviewed by Kylie McInnes

On this week’s episode of “Will It Blend?”, we’re going to take Rush’s seminal 1978 progressive rock classic, Hemispheres, and Coroner’s 1989 tech-thrash masterpiece, No More Color. Ok, stand back, here we go! [Loud crashing noises, lightning crashes from the heavens, maniacal laughter ensues, wicked explosion, Kylie disappears in a cloud of smoke and flames, and later awakes in a daze amidst a pile of smoldering rubble]
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Evenoire – Herons

April 14, 2014 in Reviews by Allyson Kenning

herons-evenoireEvenoire - Herons (2014)

Reviewed by Allyson Kenning

Italy’s Evenoire is on the verge of unleashing its second full-length album upon the world, a record entitled Herons, and the follow-up to 2012′s Vitriol. I reviewed Vitriol for Black Wind back upon its release date, and was very impressed by it. I had high hopes for this sophomore release, and I can tell you that not only was I very impressed by it, I nearly had my socks knocked off by it. Read the rest of this entry →

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