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Issue 32 - updated 10th October

·Release of the week

The Haunted

·Other albums this week

Anorexia Nervosa / Dragonland / Daysend / God Lives Underwater / Heartplay / Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble / Pig Destroyer / Riverside / Safe Heaven / Silver / Valerian

Singles/EP’s this week

K-Again / Peachcake / The Lord Henry


·         All releases are out now unless otherwise noted

·         All reviews written by Hans Jįkup Eišisgarš


Release of the week:


The Haunted; rEVOLVEr

Century Media

(Provided by Target Distribution)

I’ve praised at least two other death metal albums earlier this year as the best ones to have been released this year, but let’s just clear the table right away, shall we? Because Swedish super melo-death/thrash outfit is ready with their fourth full-length and it’s freakin’ brilliant. It’s the best that has been released thus far this year and quite expectably the best that will be released all year and beyond. These guys pull no punches, kicking off this album with an incredible energy and an unbelievable technical musical capacity, while maintaining that feeling throughout. You have to own this one. (JJJJJ-) Release date: 18th October 2004 


Other albums this week:


Anorexia Nervosa; Redemption Process

Listenable Records

(Provided by Target Distribution)

After their break with Osmose Productions last year, French symphonic black metallers Anorexia Nervosa are back with their first album in three years and fourth album all in all after having signed to Listenable Records earlier this year, making Listenable being the bands third label over the course of four albums. As far as symphonic black metal goes these French white-faced gentlemen are top-notch and should have most of their Norwegian contemporaries looking nervously over their shoulders. (JJJJ--) Release date: 12th October 2004


Daysend; Severance

Locomotive Music

(Provided by Target Distribution)

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Daysend is a melodic death metal band that began their career as recently as in 2002 (although having played in different bands before). Judging upon that, it’s actually quite impressive how well-playing and technical these guys really are, but perhaps it’s unfortunate for them that I just listened to the new The Haunted CD before I listened to this one, because judging on that it’s obvious that these guys still have some maturing to do. But this is definitely a good debut that finally sees a release in Europe, a year later than in the homeland. (JJJJ--)  Release date: 25th October 2004


Dragonland; Starfall

Century Media

(Provided by Target Distribution)

Century Media has been releasing a steady flow of great albums lately in practically every hard music genre imaginable and the release of Dragonland’s “Starfall” is no exception, although it would be understandable if you expected just another melodic metal album based on the lack of imagination when choosing a band-name. But, really, this Swedish six-piece is as good a melodic metal band as any these days with their well-put-together arrangements. I like the vocals. They’re of the typical melodic metal variety, but they’re not as pushed as so often within this genre. I also like the small portions of progressive metal that comes to the surface every now and then, adding sort of a Dream Theater-feel when needed. (JJJJ--) Release date: 25th October 2004


God Lives Underwater; Up Off The Floor

Locomotive Music

(Provided by Target Distribution)

God Lives Underwater is one of the many bands that Rick Rubin discovered in the 90’s after ending up with a demo of theirs in his hands. Later these guys also released their debut album on his label, American Records, before signing with major-label A&M Records and releasing yet another album in 1998. After having been with the majors, toured with the likes of pop-ska sensation No Doubt, ska-legends Sublime and over-the-top metal-band Deftones, these guys finally find themselves back on a small label, but that doesn’t stop them from writing good quality hook-laden and metallic rock music with pop-sensibilities. Definitely worth checking out. (JJJJ--) Release date: 25th October 2004


Heartplay; Where The Deadens Meet

MTM Music

(Provided by Target Distribution)

There are lots of these bands in Sweden it seems and MTM Music always seems to find them. Heartplay is yet another fairly well-playing and rather catchy melodic rock band that definitely will have fans of the genre smiling from ear to ear. Unlike a lot of the other bands of this kind that have been releasing stuff lately, these guys don’t have any star-players on their team, but it doesn’t seem to bother them much. They’re good. (JJJJ--) 11th October 2004


Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble; Oasis

Consolidated Artists Productions

(Provided by The Creative Service Company)

Here’s a 13-track and 75 minutes long big-band CD, which is the 18th album of pianist Mike Longo. It’s not swinging big-band jazz as you might expect, but instead be-bop and jazz. There’s a 13-peice horn section in this 17-piece big-band. It’s no doubt that this is the work of a man who knows what he’s doing. (JJJ---) 


Pig Destroyer; Terrifyer

Relapse Records

(Provided by Target Distribution)

How typically grindcore is it that Pig Destroyers new album, “Terrifyer”, features 21 tracks but only clocks in just about half an hour? But honestly, that’s one of the most positive things I can say about grindcore lately, because that way you don’t have to spend that much time on the CDs. Generally speaking, I mean. Most of you have probably noticed that I’ve picked on a lot of grindcore albums that have landed on my desk, but for some reason I kind of like Pig Destroyer. Perhaps it’s the fact that they actually try and mix other things into their fast and furious grind-songs, which gives them the slightly more interesting twist so many grindcore bands are desperately in need of these days. (JJJJ--) Release date: 25th October 2004


Riverside; Out of Myself

The Laser’s Edge

(Provided by Intromental Management)

Supposedly inspired by the likes of Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Opeth and Pink Floyd, these Polish newcomers surely don’t intend to shy away within the progrock scene. Personally I am hearing more Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd here than Anathema and Opeth, which is fine by me because this is quite an impressive debut just as it is. Definitely worthy of any serious psychedelic progrock fan’s attention. (JJJJ--)


Safe Heaven; Safe Heaven

MTM Music

(Provided by Target Distribution)

This not really my idea of Heaven, but it’s definitely what I’d call safe. Safe melodic hard rock featuring former Yngwie Malmsteen singer Michael Vescera and former Jeff Scott Soto bassist Chris McCarvil. This is pretty basic adult oriented rock featuring both hard rockers and lighter ballads, but judging from the thousands of CDs like this that are already out there, these guys find themselves somewhere in the middle. Average. (JJJ---) Release date: 18th October 2004


Silver; Addiction

MTM Music

(Provided by Target Distribution)

So I put this CD on, right – thinking it will be just another melodic rock album from MTM Music, because oftentimes they sound pretty alike. You know, like 40-year-old long-haired men that never got out of the 80’s? But damn it and spank me ‘til I scream I was wrong about this band. This is the best melodic AOR album I’ve heard all year – there’s no doubt that about it. The band is made up by members and ex-members of bands like Deep Purple, MSG, H-Blockx, Ozzy Osbourne, Poul Gilbert, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Gary Moore and more, which probably explains how it can be that these guys are so freakin’ good... And they don’t even sound that much like all the other AOR bands on MTM. These guys are head and shoulders over the rest. (JJJJJ-) Release date: 25th October 2004


Valerian; Intimations of Sorrow

City Canyons Records

It’s good to hear that Finland are about other things than all things metal. That’s not to say that newcomers Valerian aren’t wearing a few metal-influences on this, their debut-album out in November on City Canyons Records. No, actually they are, but this is far from a metal album. It’s more of a modern melodic indie and alt-rock album with crunchy guitar-riffs and souring solos. So there’s more modern rock in Finland than The Rasmus? Hmm.  I like it. (JJJJ--) Release date: 2nd November 2004


Singles/EP’s this week:


K-Again; Memories of an evolution


Hot on the heals of their “UltraVIOLENCE” release from last year one should think that these guys would have a much better product in their hands this time around, especially given the fact that ex-Soulfly/Machine Head member Logan Mader produces it this time around. I am not saying that it’s bad or anything, because it’s not... Far from it. it’s just that I don’t hear these Italians having matured over the past year. Or perhaps it’s just the fact that nu-metal is getting tiring? For fans of the more aggressive side of nu-metal. (JJJ---)


Peachcake; Chain Letter EP


First off, you gotta love a title-track like “I Fell In Love With You While Listening To My Favoirte Morrissey Album”, don’t you? Secondly, you have to take notice when a band that has already shared the stage with major bands such as Junior Senior and IMA Robot as well as other big names within rock. This is their first EP featuring four tracks primarily sounding like 80’s synth-pop but also mixing in a bit of indie-pop for good measure. Not quite frontpage material just yet, but they’re going there. (JJJ---)


The Lord Henry; Voila


These Americans really have a lot of things in common with The White Stripes. First of there’s that “The” in the name. Secondly they fit really nicely into that whole retro-rock garage-revival thing that was totally in for a few minutes back there somewhere. Should I go on? Okay, they’re a duo. One of them plays guitar and sings while the other one plays drums and sings. Lots of things, huh? Someone said that these guys were like The White Stripes meeting The Strokes except with better songs and I am willing to say that that’s not far of. But they don’t have quite the some hit-potential, though. (JJJJ--) 





Hans Jakup Eidisgard, PO BOX 38, FO-470 Eidi, Faroe Islands, Via Denmark