It’ll come as no surprise to anyone who’s familiar with Swedish vocalist Lord Chritus’ former bands Terra Firma, Count Raven, Saint Vitus  and Lord Vicar that Goatess are a stoner/ doom metal band. Goatess takes you all over the place with deep cut grooves, power jams and a true electrifying feeling that you are riding right along with Findus’ bass laden, heavily distorted wall of soundmachine in the slow to mid-tempo range.

Jussi Lehtisalo

A jam-packed CD compiling 2010's Rotta and last year's Interludes For Prepared Beast albums, Jussi Lehtisalo's The Complete Solo Works takes a strong concrete constitution and a wide open mind in navigating the 80 minute sonicscape in which Circle/Pharaoh Overlord main member aka Ektro label man aka schizo Jussi Lehtisalo takes us.  Without a doubt, Jussi is one of the more baffling, exasperating and unusual artists to emerge from the universe.

Hey Kid

Hey Kid (what a stupid name) is a fairly good debut album where grunge-, classic-, alt-, punk- and stonerish rock passages flow into each other, effortlessly it seems. Of the more heavier tunes, “A wrapped solution” definitely sticks out, with some guitar solos and some harmonic drum tapping. The vocals could have been better, but they should not scare anyone away. The 9 rather short (2-5min) tracks stretch unimpressive musical ideas far too thin, and the instrumental sections never build into anything really exciting.


Even though Unkind without a doubt are crust metal, it is not a complete sound-inferno that awaits me here, but surprisingly differentiated stuff. Sure, at times they are crashing through the Finnish lake district with a vengeance, but they don't only destroy everything, but do real songs. What makes Unkind differ from the rest of the crust horde is the fact that they put more emphasis on variety, musically as vocally.

Lord Dying

Impressive sludge metal with a thrash-touch is offered to us by Lord Dying on their debut-album and will bring each fan of High On Fire, Mastodon, Black Tusk, Red Fang, Ancients or Lair of the Minotaur to tears of anger! Because this stuff is absolutely excellent.

Deep Purple

Truly one of hard rock great survivors UK’s Deep Purple return with their 19th album and Now What?! is already being heralded as one of the best records the group has released in not years, but decades.

Sound of Contact

This new young prog rock duo band has probably listened to Porcupine Tree, Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis a lot; the latter being a rather obvious influence as the drummer-singer of Sound of Contact is Simon Collins who is the son of Phil.

Ramming Speed

Doomed To Destroy Destined To Die is a pure old school metal album, but it is not only inspired by the thrash death scene (Testament, Kreator, Morbid Angel) from the Eighties. The album also has a strong Entombed touch and parallels to early Suicidal Tendencies and DRI are unavoidable. All the tracks are SS-20 pieces of thrash crossover metal/hardcore and shows how a thrash death core song has to be constructed.


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