Antioch, the name of many towns and cities all over the USA, and a couple of other, more ancient settlements in Asia. But most of all, the city of Antioch, in the southern part of Turkey, is seen as the “birthplace of Christianity”. The first crusade was set to Antioch and the Swedish band Throne Of Heresy is ready to go there again with their second full-length album called… ‘Antioch’.
Let me start by saying that I’m, normally, always open to every kind of rock and metal that there is to offer. It’s not like I ever expected to be reviewing a funeral doom record, but if the chance passes you by, why shouldn’t you? Accompanied by the German band AHAB I started to get used to the slow, heavy sound and the long grunting vocal screams. Obsessed by the ocean, AHAB release their fourth record ‘The Boats Of The Glen Carrig’, inspired by a horror novel.
Oh my, this is why I love progressive rock and metal so much. It’s the diversity and the huge productions that the best prog bands try to create. You will immediately recognize a band of this caliber whenever it crosses your path. This time the Italian band Kingcrow has gained this status with the release of their latest album ‘Eidos’.
No, I have not been to a far-away Russian province closer to China then to Poland. Also, no, I have not seen a fairly well rated drama movie about a family in the Argentina coup d’état. Neither of them has really gotten my attention as much as the heavy blues rock band Kamchatka! You could have known this, because this is a site about music and Kamchatka is about to release their sixth album ‘Long Road Made Of Gold’.
Last year the Belgian Thrash Metallers of Guilty As Charged released their debut album called ‘Leap Of Faith’. Doing everything themselves, without any help of a label at all. It’s a big step and also a great adventure for a young band like this. Hoping for a place in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam, bassist Hannes de Caluwé has found time to talk about everything that’s going on. “It all took a lot of time and it has absorbed quite a lot of money, too, but we’re very proud of what it has become!”
2015 saw us some very fine releases already. Among them was the new record ‘Extinct’ from the Gothic metal pioneers Moonspell. Frontman Fernando Ribeiro was kind enough to pick up the phone to tell me, and you all, something about this new record, the songs on it and that Moonspell will not be going extinct. At least not yet.