Review: Guitar Fusion at Twents Gitaar Festival – Not Your Ordinary “Classical meets Metal” Project

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Guitar Fusion at Twents Gitaar Festival Location: Wilminktheater, Enschede – The Netherlands Date: May 26th 2017 Featuring: Izhar Elias, Adrian Elissen, Eva Stegeman, Fernando Cordas, and Maestro Florian “Morean” Maier Review by Thomas Niehof Photos by Lindy Balduk Thomas Niehof is a musician, composer, and producer from the Netherlands. He first started taking music lessons at age six and got …

Review: ICED EARTH – ‘Incorruptible’

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Century Media Records Release date: June 23rd by Thomas Niehof Thomas Niehof is a musician, composer, and producer from the Netherlands. He first started taking music lessons at age six and got into extreme metal in his early teen years. In early 2008 he started taking guitar lessons from German guitar virtuoso Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist, ex-Obscura, Alkaloid, Eternity’s End). His …

Review: SIXTY MILES AHEAD – Insanity

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  Released October 21, 2016 Jimbo Hellguera Relative newcomers Sixty Miles Ahead offer up their second full length Insanity, courtesy of Eclipse Records. Two things are immediately evident after a few measures of opener “Lost In My Mind:” The biggest, most evident musical influence here is post-grunge, late 90’s/early 2000’s Nu-Metal-influenced Hard Rock. Secondly, the producer and/or engineer do not grasp …

Review: STYXIAN INDUSTRIES – Zero Void Nullified (Of Apathy and Armageddon)

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  Satanath Records Jimbo Hellguera Styxian Industries are a fairly new band, their earliest demos/rehearsal recordings grinding forth in 2009. Zero Void Nullified (Of Apathy and Armageddon), is their second full length, and first release on Satanath Records. The trio offer up a near hour of Industrial Black Metal, and do so in a way that manages to sound very …

Review: DESTRANGE – A Means to No End

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  Metal Blade Records by Jimbo Hellguera Destrange present what might be considered a wild, unorthodox solution to a musical conundrum; Namely, how many genres of music must an artist combine in order to create a new genre? Five? Ten? Is it a manner of disguising genre influence? Or is it a case of welding influences seamlessly, continuously, and in such …

Review: NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years and a Night in Chicago

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  Released: December 2016 Frontiers Records Jimbo Hellguera Night Ranger present a proper live album of an American performance for the first time in what feels like forever. As with so many hard rock bands of the 1980’s, they receive a continual heroes’ welcome in Japan, which effectively means most of their albums were recorded there. Chicago is a rock town …

Review: PSYCROPTIC – ‘Psycroptic’

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  Prosthetic Records, 2015 by Jimbo Hellguera Australian technical death metal monsters, Psycroptic, have returned with their eponymously-titled sixth album, which also happens to be their first album for Prosthetic Records. What is, perhaps, clearer than ever is the fact Death Metal is too limiting of a term for the music Psycroptic creates, even if their roots are still firmly …

Review: NAILS – You’ll Never Be One Of Us

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June 28, 2016 Jimbo Hellguera Nearly every Metal/Hardcore fan has been asked the question, “Isn’t that kind of music nothing but angry screaming and loud banging on instruments?” It is a question posed by the outsider, based on uninformed assumptions about the music, the artists who create it, and the fans who live for it. Distortion, intensity, and abrasiveness do …