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SANDNESS • Hard Rock
ROXIN' PALACE • Sleaze Hard Rock
MYRKGRAV • Folk Metal
WOLVES DEN • Black Metal
HULDRE • Nordic Folk Metal
SNAKEWINE • Heavy Rock
SKULLWINX • Epic Speed Metal
ATRIUM NOCTIS • Symphonic Dark/Black Metal
MORTAL PERIL • Thrash Metal
BLOODRED • Blackened Death Metal
OVERTURES • Melodic Heavy Metal
SVOID • Black Metal
EISENHAUER • Heavy Metal


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Own identity absolutely preferred

NORTHERN LINES come together as a band at the end of 2012, starting their activity in 2013. The multiple outstanding Italian formation performs a special as interesting, refreshing and listenable kind of INSTRUMENTAL PROGRESSIVE FUSION ROCK.

The band consists of Cristiano Schirò on drums, Alberto Lo Bascio on guitar and Stefano Silvestri on Bass. The three sophisticated musicians decide to give life to the project because of their necessity to have a free musical space. Free from trending patterns, son of modern times but with roots solidly anchored in the 70s, real cultural heaven from which the three of them feel at home.

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, but also The Aristocrats and Rush, this is their field of study and listening. To this initial piece of the puzzle, they add a sense of humor and self-irony, playing around inside of their music, alternating revisited classic patterns (maybe in odd time signatures), with changes of tempo and style.

All of this is delivered through a sincere Hard Rock approach, without the need of too much sonic-artifacts. It's not the kind of Prog music to be connected with the concept of Suite, but rather that of synthesis.

Guitarist Alberto Lo Bascio and drummer Cristiano Schirò came to know each other, and shortly after started collaborating, in 2008, recording three singles together.

The musical collaboration between bassist Stefano Silvestri and drummer Cristiano begun in 2010, when they started playing together in a classic rock project, recording an EP.

In May/June of 2016, NORTHERN LINES begun recording their second studio album at Music-Up Recording Studio, in Rome. It's a different approach from their first work "Farts from SETI Code", rich of comical randomness and imbued with a "playfully" mood.

Their second longplay-release finds its identity in the form of a concept album. Death is the leading theme, a death seen through the eyes of fear, a paralyzing emotion, but of surprising effect nonetheless.

"The Fearmonger" (date of release: January 2017) sees the addition of piano, synth and hammond sections, which make up the pivotal points of the creative variation from NORTHERN LINES.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for NORTHERN LINES "The Fearmonger":

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Strong 80s roots keep also high material stable

SANDNESS is the striking result of a project which started out in 2008, when two teenage friends, Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a HARD ROCK band, in order to bring the ‘80s back to life with original tracks.

The band’s line-up went through some changes across the years, and the only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the founding members was Robby Luckets, who joined the band in 2009 and is now SANDNESS' lead and rhythmic guitar player.

During the last few years the band has achieved a good success both in Italy and abroad, and they had the chance to play as support band for renowned musicians such as Adam Bomb (2010), L.A. Guns (2011) and Tygers Of Pan Tang in 2015.

SANDNESS released their first demo "Return To Decadence" in 2010, but it’s with the second one, "Life Without Control" (2011), that they started their rise to success all over the world thanks to the digital media.

In 2011 SANDNESS went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 the rockin' boys played the renowned "Glam Fest" in Marseilles, France.

In the past few years they also went on several European tours (2013, 2014 and 2015) and gained fans from all over the Continent. Their first official album "Like An Addiction", was released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records, with which their record contract has been renewed in 2016.

SANDNESS' second album is entitled "Higher & Higher" (date of release: 16th December 2016).

The hopeful three-piece will promote its new tracks on new European dates which will be announced very soon.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SANDNESS "Higher & Higher":

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High time for a direct confrontation course with real life!

Born under the monicker Modern Middle Ages these casual bunch of SLEAZE HARD ROCK enthusiasts eventually became ROXIN' PALACE and was founded in 2011 by Crown, guitar player in the bands Revoltons and Hell, ex drummer of Elvenking.

For rhythm guitar duties Crown recruited his friend Slaver. Later they completed their blowing rhythm section with bass maniac Garret, who had many years of experience mainly in Hard Rock cover bands, and the young talented singer Axel, completing the line up in March 2012.

ROXIN' PALACE began recording the debut right away at the Artesonika Studios, putting together 10 tracks.

Later the group started its live activity sharing stages with acts such as Phantom X (USA), Salamandra (Czech Rep) and Jettblack (UK). The album was mixed by Swedish producer Staffan Karlsson, and has been released on June 7th, 2013 by the Germany company SAOL Music.

To promote the debut release, ROXIN' PALACE has been busy again, on an intense live activity, culminate with new shows in Czech Republic and the presence at prestigious festival Metal Days (Slovenia) together with acts such Obituary, Satyricon, Manilla Road.

During the fall of 2014, ROXIN' PALACE faced an important change replacing singer Axel, guitarist Slaver and bass player Garret with new members: Al (vocals) and Gian (bass).

The new line-up wrote songs for a second album and the new release "Freaks Of Society" has been released in October 2016 via established record company Sleaszy Rider Records.

"Freaks Of Society" is full of pure life and brings back easily lots of the great positive feeling out of the 80s, when popular acts like Mötley Crüe, Guns 'N Roses, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Bullet Boys, Roxx Gang, Ratt, Faster Pussycat, Vain, Bang Tango, Shotgun Messiah were a real big thing! Let’s get back to the thrilling rockin’ spirit of these colorful times with ROXIN' PALACE!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for ROXIN' PALACE "Freaks Of Society":

79 / 100
(Metalwave.it)

3 / 5
(Metalforce.it)

"Lovers of Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Extreme, Crazy Lixx, Nasty Nuns, Rebel Star and Wildheart will embrace also ROXIN' PALACE … the sleaze scene is richer of a top band."
(Rockportaal.nl)

"… just DYNAMITE! Thanks to influences that run the gamut from The Beatles to Megadeth(!), Italy's ROXIN' PALACE is able to offer a lot more bang for your hard earned buck … when you stack this up-and-coming quartet next to your average, everyday Sleaze Rock/Hair Metal/Glam Metal revival band you'll quickly notice just how much these other influences help out when it comes to an album's overall listening experience … sure enough, because of the way in which "Freaks Of Society" was written, performed, and produced it does have the same lively feel of vintage band's like Guns N' Roses, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys, Ratt, Kik Tracee, Faster Pussycat, and Shotgun Messiah … there's nothing wrong with that picture. Not at all … actually, that's a big part of why this album is as fun as it is! For those who loved the mid-eighties to early-nineties Hard Rock and/or Hair Metal/Glam Metal scene this disc should be a real hit!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

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Nordic Melancholy

The MYRKGRAV album "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" (translation: Thank you and farewell; times have changed) is difficult to give an unbiased description of. In essence, it is a follow-up to the 2006 debut album "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning", but needless to say a lot can happen in ten years.

Still, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" represents a natural progression from what the debut album showcased: proper FOLK METAL with roots in the blacker side of the extreme Metal genres. "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" has been launched on all streaming services October 26th.

Online FDR download with full resolution cover art from Bandcamp as well as physical format CD and limited edition CD in collaboration with Pest Productions and METALMESSAGE • Global PR is also scheduled, but release dates are TBA.

The goal of MYRKGRAV has always been to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal. Whilst perhaps being an overly ambitious goal, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" further strengthens the Folk music elements of MYRKGRAV, without negating its extreme Metal roots.

One of the most important elements towards achieving a proper Folk and Metal blend was to incorporate traditional instruments into the songwriting process and giving them key roles in the compositions – rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so-called Folk Metal bands unfortunately suffer from.

Professional Hardanger fiddle artist Olav Luksengård Mjelva was hired to not only record Hardanger fiddle parts for "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen", but also to aid in the production and arrangement stage of incorporating the instrument. The Hardanger fiddle is Norway’s national instrument, and adds another layer of the beautifully haunting Nordic Melancholy to MYRKGRAV's latest compositions.

As the title of the album reveals, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" is also MYRKGRAV's farewell record and disbanding statement all in one. Times change and the man changes with them. With a decade separating the first and second full-length with only crumbs having been shared in-between, naturally aspects have changed both for fans and band alike during the excruciatingly long radio silence. Because of this, the new album encompasses everything that MYRKGRAV's has ever had to offer – or at least an attempt has been made, if we are making bold statements. As such, it was a natural choice to include re-arranged and re-recorded versions of a couple of old classic songs from the "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning" album, as homage to what most would probably call OG MYRKGRAV.

Like always, Lars Jensen presents to the world with MYRKGRAV, through the voice of music, local history and Folklore from Ringerike, Krokskogen, Nordmarka, Lommedalen and the other nearby areas surrounding where he grew up.

Back in 2006 Lars was but a 19 year-old folklore enthusiast – but is now at 29 a student of folklore and ethnology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Having access to a wide array of Folklore and folkloristic learnings has also strengthened MYRKGRAV's core value of exploring a culture unknown to most.

While not exactly time travel, MYRKGRAV aims to function as a looking glass into times past, its cultural oddities, values and stories. And while we are talking about stories, every single lyric for every song on the album will be illustrated with hand drawn illustrations in the style of famous Norwegian author, illustrator, painter and comic creater Kjell Aukrust.

MYRKGRAV is all about the full package. Not only is new music used to tell stories of times past, but the stories also deserve to come to life through visual representation. Hopefully these forgotten tales will come to life in the minds of the many, from all around the world, and take their place in history once more.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for MYRKGRAV "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen":

9,5 / 10
"I’m sure there are tons more but if I had to put a list of bands that everyone should know about and probably don’t, Norway’s Myrkgrav would most likely be at the top of my list … I am crossing my fingers that 10 years from now maybe you will revisit some of these tracks? I will keep the torch lit in the meantime… great album."
(Folk-metal.nl)

90 / 100
"We are very happy with MYRKGRAV … the songs are very entertaining … a fusion of Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal … the lyrics of the Folk story out of the medieval period are very strong in all the songs …"
(Rhybuck Zine)

85 / 100
"The songs are strong and at times just incredibly beautiful."
(Ragherrie)

82 / 100
"… a meritorious blackened Folk Metal album with a charming authenticity … think toward Månegarm and Fejd."
(Lords Of Metal)

8 / 10
"Guests, which are a few on this release, did a great job and so the final 'product' is at the highest level."
(Headbang)

8 / 10
"… great sounding album from MYRKGRAV … if you are a fan of Black, Folk and Viking Metal, you should check out this recording."
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
"MYRKGRAV's success ten years ago, in addition to Jensen's excellent musical flair, was mainly due to the fresh and symbiotic mixture of Folk and Black Metal, which is often tried but rarely achieved in the way, manner and quality of MYRKGRAV … also the farewell of the band undoubtedly shows these characteristics and is in this respect a really good album …"
(Undergrounded.de)

70 / 100
"As for the technique, we are at a high level, there are no burrs and all instruments are mixed to perfection … thanks to adequate production and a perfect mix … the arrangements are very attractive, with well-studied scores and everything is where it should be … at times the involvement is total … and touching emotional peaks worthy of the most inspired Borknagar ("Om å Bekhette Danse" and "Sjuguttmyra" are a clear example) …"
(Insane Voices Labirynth)

"… old fashioned Norwegian fiddle music crossed with the finest in ogre-roar Metal, and it is glorious … I mean, I love fiddle music and I love ogre-roar, so long as the doom is properly leavened, and in this case the Folk elements shine like bright ribbons on a dark tapestry … it is sweeping, majestic, overwhelming and boneshaking, the way ogre-roar Metal is supposed to be, at its finest when its power feels inexorable, like pull of the tide going out … it is also chair-shimmy music."
(Now This Sound Is Brave)

"There are only a few Folk/Viking Metal bands that can truly combine extreme, fast-paced brutality with just enough folk influences and melody to set it apart from generic Black Metal … ”Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen” not only accomplishes this feat, but also has a great variety … not a detail has been overlooked, from the traditional percussion to the beautiful Nordic lyrics, and the amazingly authentic sounding folk elements … exceptional, moving fiddle playing, well varied and tactful drumming, and just magnificent riffs … the vocals are intense, or profound depending on the mood.The album has many sides. Somber, malicious, cheerful, or bittersweet … be it Black Metal tinged with gorgeous melodies, or 100 % authentic sounding Folk movements, it’s all powerful, gripping music … from the second the intro ends, into the pummeling first riff which you won’t be able to stop yourself from headbanging to, all the way to the melancholy, bittersweet closer Eld … this album is attention grabbing, and reeks heavily of everything Viking, Pagan and Folk … it reeks heavily of everything done right."
(Absit Omen)

"Pure class - from beginning to the bitter end!"
(Snooze Control)

"And Lars 'Leiðólfr' Jensen … is effective wonderfully successful testified this album … but his love for Black Metal coming here well covered … so there a huge variation occurs between the songs … all this is occasionally supported by choirs which some tracks give something epic … fans of both Black Metal and Folk Metal, and by extension Viking Metal, should definitely seek out this gem … and quite possibly a huge sale of this album can ensure that this is not the last we hear of MYRKGRAV … this is really top of its genre, so it is a mystery to me why this is not picked up by any major label!"
(Musika.be)

"MYRKGRAV doesn’t present only music … it presents emotions, tradition and culture … everything about this one-man Folk Metal is unique and in perfect musical balance … Music for the ears and soul."
(Demon Reports)

"The entire album is a spin more than worth … there is no time the listener will get bored in this swirling mix of Folk and Metal."
(Rockportaal)

"'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' promises a powerful listening experience … thanks to a tasteful blend of fragrant harmonies, the inclusion of the Hardanger fiddle and only the bitterest of Black Metal sounds … i can be cherished for delivering a few flashbacks, like "Finnkjerringa," "Sjuguttmyra," and 2014's "Vonde Auer"; yet, beautifully crafted newcomer "Skjøn Jomfru" is sure to impress."
(Metal Mellowdee)

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Never serve!

2013, the heavy BLACK METAL monument WOLVES DEN was lifted from the spiritual depths of the involved musicians and placed in ice-cold darkness. A musical specifically unholy and artistic enormously stable solid existence was the result.

As chief creative minds behind WOLVES DEN act singer and bassist Helge Stang and guitarist Mexx Steiner. Vocal cord torturer Helge with his insanely fascinating voice caused already enthusiastic reactions in Equilibrium for some years and on two albums, as well as in Arafel and some other bands.

With the wolfish wild, Bavarian Black Metallers, Helge reveals a powerful striking development. Over the years his highly charismatic skill has become very extensive and complex, as it's now urgently to hear.

The drums are excellent played by Manuel Di Camillo, also well known out of his days in Equilibrium. The fourth bloke in the horde is live-axeman Stefan Botz, mainly known of Lunar Aurora so far.

Their outstanding profound debut album "Deus Vult" ("God Wants It") has been recorded between March and April 2015 in Munich based Grotesque Studios, resulting in a very good sound experience.

"Deus Vult" contains eight mighty striking and highly intensive hammer songs. Everything devouring gloom, majestic, sublime epic and incredibly vicious aggression are thereby mixed to a dark-blooded and frosty cocktail that found its unflinching way already into many, thirsty throats of the scene.

Eight songs that strangle the mind. All of these compositions are fully thoughtful and consciously celebrated on a superior level in all bliss.

The subtle and sometimes wonderful sacral Synth underpaintings on "Deus Vult" were created by Dominik Morgenroth (Worship) and Equilibrium's René Berthiaume, which often brings on the captivating disc gigantic atmospheres to life.

Currently the roundabout highly promising WOLVES DEN creating songs for the upcoming album successor, truly stunning material is expected!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for WOLVES DEN "Deus Vult":

5 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

4,5 / 5
"… a massive and great album …"
(GetMetal)

4,5 / 5
(Metal Underground.at)

4,5 / 5 - epic
(DeepGround)

9 / 10
(Metaller.de)

9 / 10
"… the recording quality is of a high standard, it is not the typical tape recorder quality … vocals fit the album well, they are not the classical crispy vocals characteristic to Black Metal, but even then they are still Black Metal in nature … sheer quality …"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

13 / 15
(Legacy)

XL / XXL
(XXL Rock)

85 / 100
"… 'Deus Vult' is a 46-minute joyride of Melodic Blackened Metal that is very satisfying … groups like WOLVES DEN well be the reason why I have twelve years of this review unremunerated work at Lords Of Metal do! The underground scene keeps spitting out great bands and WOLVES DEN is one of them … if you love the first group of Swedish Melodic Death / Black Metal as Unanimated, Necrophobic , Sacramentum, Eucharist or Decameron, something is also included in this band to your liking … crazy."
(Lords Of Metal)

8,5 / 10
(Undergrounded.de)

8,5 / 10
(Metal1.info)

8,5 / 10
"… quite satisfactory Atmospheric / Symphonic Black Metal release."
(Headbang)

8 / 10
(Rotting Hill)

8 / 10
"WOLVES DEN is furious music, yet is close to the epic narrative quality of disgust on the verge of Pagan Black Metal … absolutely fabulous title track "Deus Vult" … has a chance to become the jewel of Black Metal."
(Hard Music Base)

8 / 10
"“Deus Vult” features some impressive Black Metal riffs and brutal vocals, which manages to catch the listener’s attention from the beginning … the record is brutal but also melodic and catchy; I am sure that the listeners will want to hear the record again and again to hear a certain guitar riff, brutal vocals or the blasting drums! A highlight in the record is the use of choruses/atmospheric elements in songs like “Deus Vult” and “Schwarzes Firmament”; this aspect made the record much more fascinating and even a bit diverse in my opinion … “Deus Vult” marks the great start for the band! If you have a chance to see them live, don’t miss it!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

7,5 / 10
"'Deus Vult' is a surprising little gem that is just dripping with melodic and atmospheric Black Metal beauty through and through."
(Apochs)

5 / 7
(Earshot)

"Their superiority lies in unbelievable melodic guitars that create amazing harmonies, literally on entire album … they do not waste any moment to get me bored … Keyboards are much more monumental, medieval, used only when needed, not for sake of doing so … WOLVES DEN know how to make their modern sound be on favor of selectivity of the instruments and they made it work very well for them … I am really a sucker for brilliant chorus they have composed in S/T song for example … another fantastic, occult-like element in their music perfectly flashbacks some memories of Dark Ages and its cruelty and that`s all caused by convenience and simplicity of the music … and I start playing 'Deus Vult' over and over again to enjoy Black Metal as its best . I like that a lot."
(Monarch Magazine)

"'Deus Vult' is a balance of atmosphere, melody and extremity that again observes the essence and presence of 90s BM when bands had an unlimited canvas to paint at their own leisure … as with other albums that do the same, it’s akin to stumbling onto a rare, ancient treasure, a huge vault of wonders that hadn’t been unearthed for millennia … blast beats and vocals enter the picture with a storm of acerbity kindred to classic Mayhem and Marduk with underlying keyboards comparable to Emperor."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

"WOLVES DEN's debut „Deus Vult” is a Black Metal triumph … they have strong Black Metal basics, but also incorporate traditional Metal riffs into their compositions … there are even hints of Thrash Metal present in these multi-layered, rich tracks … also present is a somber, ethereal atmosphere accomplished by the excellent guitar work, and notably without the added flourishes of a small touch of synth … all of these qualities add to WOLVES DEN have unique approach to incorporate the sensibilities of 90’s Melodic Black Metal, but do so with their own individualized touch, which is dark and introspective and which is refreshing to my ears … there are many opportunities to head bang on this album, which I found especially exciting … the record has a majestic quality, so the headbanging must be done in a dignified manner! WOLVES DEN is a band that is very easy and natural to take seriously, as their compositions and approach to Metal is a mature and measured one … I highly recommend this band and their debut work „Deus Vult”."
(Absit Omen)

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Mysteriously charming

HULDRE's long awaited sophomore album – "Tusmørke" – is finally here!

HULDRE is an upcoming NORDIC FOLK METAL-name on the Folk Metal scene and they have, since 2010, excited people all over the world with their spectacular compositions inspired by Nordic Folk music, Metal and Rock.

Musically they offer catchy melodies of female vocals, violin, hurdy gurdy and flute on a heavy foundation of guitar, bass and drums.

HULDRE weaves a lyrical universe revolving around the forces of nature, and imagery of the folklore of years past.

The band is by now known for their unique and integrated liveshows, where the audience, in a forest of leaves, skull and bones, are blown back by the sheer joy of playing.

HULDRE's debut album from 2012 – "Intet Menneskebarn" – was very well received by reviewers throughout the world and the band has through the years played at such venues as Copenhell and Wacken, won a few musical awards and built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase.

"Tusmørke" was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Lasse Lammert in LSD Studios in cooperation with HULDRE and has been released on the 3rd of November. This was celebrated with a release party at Loppen in Copenhagen.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for HULDRE "Tusmørke":

4,5 / 5
"Separate mention for Nanna Barslev … the thing about this woman is incredible … she has a peculiar voice … that astonishes me … sings the songs so that the words seem to dance out of her mouth, and you are rocking at every moment with her voice… personality and talent at the top … If you like Folk Metal, maybe coming out a bit of the usual, then you cannot escape HULDRE and this disc."
(Diario De Un Metalhead)

9 / 10
"With tons of Folk Metal in my collection, HULDRE manages it every single week to be in my playlist with at least one song … nothing but good … the band has matured even more and this album is produced very nice … although it’s Metal, the sound of HULDRE is quite clear, fitting the enchanting voice of Nanna perfectly … closing your eyes, you can imagine this Viking woman protection her tribe with her witchcraft … these unique vocals build up the nicely woven spells with the violin, hurdy-gurdy and flutes … again HULDRE made an awesome album …"
(Folk Metal.nl)

9 / 10
"The proportions between the Folk and Metal here are very well chosen, and sound perfectly matched … although the pace of cuts is not murderously-mad, it is very well timed with the melody and mood of the album and kicks ass! "Tusmørke" means "Twilight." A meaning it can have much. Great stuff !!!"
(Pest Webzine)

9 / 10
"HULDRE can create an atmosphere in less than five seconds … an atmosphere of bonfires, a mood of medieval and a mood of horror … HULDRE is not a blank band: they won the Wacken Open Air Battle finals in 2014 and came in third place at Wacken … since then they have cemented themselves as a world class Folk Metal band …"
(Heavy Metal.dk)

4 / 5
"…  The songs are better, the production is better, and the entire album seems to be thoroughly worked out from start to finish … nothing is left to chance, neither musically nor visually in cover and images. If you are into Folk Metal there is no way around Huldre's 'Tusmørke' …"
(Devilution.dk)

8 / 10
"… Folk Metal that is very traditional and melodic … production sounds very professional …"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
"'Tusmørke' merges Folk with Metal at a proportion that is more uniquely styled and compelling than what most of the genre is currently offering … if you want your Metal folky, yet never turned into a goofy, gimmicky approach, it’s time to get acquainted with HULDRE."
(Dead Rhetoric)

7,5 / 10
"HULDRE confirm anew that they are an honest group … forty-five minutes of music of hidden forests between the mist, old bright spots and the hard life of the past … now exclusive to those who still want to flee … helped in this case by good melodies in 'Hindeham', 'Fæstemand' and 'Nattesorg' …"
(In Your Eyes)

"… listening to it feels like opening a treasure chest!"
(Snooze Control)

"This album is so well thought out and executed, it’s fun and enticing … rolling from entrancing vocals to amazing instrumental solos … this album has it all and is a delight! Barsley’s vocals are just exquisite, I can’t get enough of her singing! Her voice is showcased so well in this album."
(Metal Nexus)

"In this second album HULDRE didn’t innovate, didn’t change nor complicate, they simply continued the brilliant path set on the debut work … said this way it may not sound much - but sometimes in the simplicity of actions lies the geniality of the results; “Tusmørke” it’s proof of that."
(Metal Em Portugal)

"… in a very captivating way with enormous sense of authenticity that they use not only plenty of folk instruments but also sing in Danish, while processing a lot of texts from the traditional music culture there … a very handsome constructed album that takes you to the roots of Danish folk music which they themselves upgrading to a modern unit with a very powerful sound that sounds pretty catchy and clever."
(Musika.be)

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Well oiled rhythm in the blood

Formed in 2014, Thuringian leatherheads SNAKEWINE released its Rock’n’Roll infused debut album "Serpent Kings" in late 2015.

Lively Boogie strokes and touching bluesy facets in the middle of a stormy guitar work enrich the whole thing with an pretty original interpretation.

Cross-references to established Rock acts such as The Carburetors, Peter Pan Speedrock, Chrome Division and Danko Jones, fitted with a thick pinch of old Motörhead, let the massive kicking street-sound of the East German gang go as lubricated.

Their gasoline drenched mixture of booming heavy Rock, classic Hard Rock tunes and dirty Metal just breaks through with its overdose of honesty.

Muscle-packed action, liters of hot sweat, crispy cheerleader girls and wonderfully hard Rock sound - all this can be seen in the new music video "Mean Machine" by SNAKEWINE.

The impressing casual HEAVY ROCK bunch around shouter Ronny had just as much fun as all the others involved in working with the Saalfeld, Germany based American Football Club, ‚Titans‘.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SNAKEWINE "Serpent Kings":

5 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

9 / 10
"'Serpent Kings' is … amazing … I like it so much that I’m going to listen to it eating beer and ice cream … Raven and other influences make this THE thing to listen to when the relatives are over and you need to tune out … power chords and thunder-bass make this a must for any Power Metal collection … this has a flare of Southern Rock and overall power tone; it is simply put; great to listen to."
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

8,5 / 10
(Bloodchamber)

3,8 / 5
(Handwritten Mag)

8 / 10
"… this album has really impressed me a lot … this band , albeit echoing sounds already known to us, is able to make inroads into the hearts of listeners with the passion that burns within them, transmitting it to all of us … and that's good, very good indeed, because it is above all that music should be able to do … Good luck guys!"
(Antonio Moliterni)

8 / 10
"Motörhead, AC/DC, a hint of Street Metal, the impact of Danko Jones and the Snake wine has to come into your throats … you can not do without it … recommended without reservation."
(Iye Zine)

3,5 / 5 - recommendable
(DeepGround)

75 / 100
"An album that grows in intensity and culminates in the end, just like a wave that gradually rises and reaches its maximum height ... and then crashing on the listener with no possibility of return."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)

7 / 10
(Crossfire Metal)

7 / 10
"SNAKEWINE did a good Rock'n'Roll work … incorporated very tastefully a romance of southern mud … you will be surely entertained …"
(Hard Music Base)

"… features eight hard living cuts that would have made Lemmy proud! Speaking of which, Motörhead is at one end of the spectrum (as far as influences go!) with the likes of Guns N' Roses, Dangerous Toys, Skid Row, Danko Jones, and even Danzig sitting comfortably on the other end … sure, you could argue that there is a lot more to this bands sound, but either way it all adds up to one hell of a rock n' roll ride that probably slays the beast live … with summer fast approaching you couldn't ask for a better soundtrack to the good times than "Serpent Kings"."
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"Hellyeah Baby … this band got me hit … SNAKEWINE have that inviting music vitality that appeases anyone or anything to resist no more to the band`s offering … that`s crazy but I like put it this way … there also is some Motörhead, Volbeat, J.D Overdrive (PL), hairy Hard Rock going on relatively to European influences and I just end up thinking about this album like fucking amazing Rock`n`Roll with astonishing lyrics …"
(Monarch Magazine)

"… a solid start to SNAKEWINE’s recording career …"
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

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On antique mission

German EPIC SPEED METAL newcomers SKULLWINX hit hard with their second album "The Relic".

The band is faster, stronger and more epic than ever before. The perfectionistic, diverse but still catchy songwriting, combined with the highclass production of the Grotesque Studios makes "The Relic" become one of the most anticipated albums of 2016.

This time SKULLWINX presents themselves more mature than on their 2014 debut full-length release "The Missions Of Heracles", they developed but still kept their unique sound.

"The Relic" is again a concept based album, this time about historic tales and legends from mid-Europe, plus the title-track which describes the name SKULLWINX. It is the "Sign Of Fallen Kings", the deadly prove of gods existence, a doomy view to theodicy - short "The Relic Of An Angel".

"The Relic" has been released on 24th of September via Metalizer Records.

The band is also very interested to play live on the globe as much as possible! Organizers & booking agents may get in touch:
booking@skullwinx.de

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SKULLWINX "The Relic":

10 / 10
"… awesome Speed and Power Metal …"
(Demon Reports)

9 / 10
(Powermetal.de)

8 / 10
"With their own Epic Speed Metal style, SKULLWINX have hit the nail on the head with their second album “The Relic” … the band delivers a faster and stronger punch … “The Relic” talks about the legends and historic tales surrounding central Europe, from the majestic feats of Attila the Hun to the mystical legend of Beowulf … this album is a perfect reminder of the classic Metal tunes we all grew up with … “The Relic” is definitely the start for SKULLWINX … the maturity and improvement observed between the “The Mission Of Heracles” and “The Relic” is only proof that SKULLWINX are on the path to greatness … I definitely recommend “The Relic” for all Heavy Metal lovers."
(Rejects)

8 / 10
"… specific and interesting … recommendation to listen to this new album of the fine Metalworkers from Germany."
(Headbang)

7,3 / 10
"With every passing minute the atmosphere becomes more epic … conclusive and monumental … between Warlord, Iron Maiden, Manilla Road and Blind Guardian … an ideal listening … for a hardened defender."
(In Your Eyes)

7 / 10
(Streetclip.tv)

7 / 10
(Reaper Zine)

"'The Relic' is primarily a record for fans of this genre, on an enormously high level."
(Snooze Control)

"… an authentic epic Metal album with the "heartbreaking" vocals … dares you to a continuous Headbanging!"
(R1 Radio)

"Easily enjoyable, this band knows how to capture the listener’s attention … vocals have an impressive range and all instrumentalists have ample opportunity to showcase their talent … what stands out with this band is all songs on this release appear to have catchy chorus lines without ripping off bands who have come before them."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

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Solid atmospheric Dark Arts


Cologne based Dark Metallers ATRIUM NOCTIS recently have completed the studio works for the album successor to the 2010 published "Home".

For the new album "Aeterni", the newly reorganized band around Hydra Gorgonia went on some new as well as enhanced artistic paths. Thus, the formation reminds often of Dimmu Borgir.

Inside the actual core still devoted to the symphonic BLACK METAL, were sometimes weaved also Pagan Metal elements. Especially influences from Classical Music give the new output also a pronounced autonomy. The new songs, with a thick weft of hardness, are characterized by massive dark atmosphere .

Even melancholic, in parts anthemic and emotional passages, are to hear. Epic and colorful nuances enrich the whole thing additionally.

ATRIUM NOCTIS love big sounds and have come loose largely from the genre-boundaries of Black Metal, to raise songs as "Datura Noir" and "Die Nacht des Falken". Several singers are involved, which is a guarantee of wide vocal variety, together with German lyrics. Full prescribed to melody, the collaboration of the band is based on two guitarists.

The band members have different musical backgrounds: included are people who have spent their lives played Metal, but have a lot of joy to other styles of music. Likewise, a deep-black soul from the Black Metal, a singer with a classical education and two studied musicians, who are open to everything. You can hear and feel: they have lost all their heart to the music of ATRIUM NOCTIS.

The new songs were mastered by well known Martin Buchwalter, who has produced such established bands as Accu§er, Destruction, Suidakra, Tankard, Architects Of Chaoz und Perzonal War.

Frontcover and CD booklet have been made by a painter regarding the exact requirements of the group.
With "Aeterni" the Cologne aspire successfully more for authenticity and to the roots of the formation.
Likewise, they have no zeal to copy any band. They also don't follow any trends.
They simply make their own and completely individual music. 


MEDIA FEEDBACK for ATRIUM NOCTIS "Aeterni":

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Melodic flaming Thrash inferno

In 2010 raised on the legs by drummer Jonas and bassist / singer Jan in gray Cologne Industrial dump Wesseling, MORTAL PERIL quickly found their own THRASH METAL style. Raw, edgy, dynamic, carefree, brave and full on the bell. And said features have not changed in the least.

Dirty garnished is the technically emphasized, multifaceted output until today with snotty Punk sprinklings. An energetically moving and martial mixture, which has it simply damn in itself. The line-up has been specifically reinforced in addition, first live gigs were played. There was no turning back. Forward but it was intended in large increments. 


Two years later MORTAL PERIL popped out their bone-breaking EP "Of Black Days And Cruel Alliances" in small numbers and with big enthusiasm.

And the proverbial round thing came really good. Positive reviews were earned not only from Germany but also in Italy, France and South America heads were shaken with joy to the dewy songs. The signs pointed to storm!

With a modified cast and accordingly well attuned was added the debut album "Walking On Hellish Trails" in self-financed manner to their own. Officially published was the substantial disk in cold February 2015, but it could warm up many Thrash hearts just fine.

And as the extremely ambitious line-up already showed on "Walking On Hellish Trails" a remarkably striking development, MORTAL PERIL accomplished for the new, second album "The Legacy Of War" again a fruitful conversion towards professionalism and sovereignty.

Rampant galloping and completely coming to the point tracks as the infectious rhythmic precision neckbreaker „Seed Of Hate“ illustrate the successful efforts of the parties to constant refinement and optimization of their music.

The classic NWOBHM melodies still ride stormy and frenetically through the tight lashing THRASH METAL sound of the roundabout genuine quartet, which makes the discovery of nine new hard numbers anew very exciting.

Official release date of the new cannonball "The Legacy Of War" was on May 21st, 2016. MORTAL PERIL will celebrate this Thrash relevant occasion with a hefty release show on the same day on the Bergisch Metal Festival accordingly duly loud, wild and crazy !

MEDIA FEEDBACK for MORTAL PERIL "The Legacy Of War":

666 / 5
Some tracks that stand out and tempt me to hit the replay button are “Creeping Apocalypse”, “Psychotic” and “Gladiator” as they contain very catchy and beautifully composed guitar melodies that really compliment the fast and precise drum work … a little fact about the drums and guitars that impressed me was that all drum work on this album was done in one take (not to be mistaken for first take) … the guitars I’m told were all done 3 to 4 takes, which makes a undeniable statement about their abilities as both individuals and as a group … for any Thrash fan I can guarantee you that by the time the this album is through, you’ll have a new favorite band."
(Damnation)

5 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

9 / 10
"We will not extend a long time on the subject: it's good from A to Z, guts and effective, both rhythmically and melodic, varied and not linear …"
(Soil Chronicles)

8 / 10
(Powermetal.de)

8 / 10
(Franconia Metallum)

7,5 / 10
"'The Legacy Of War' is a good job , definitely recommended to lovers of old school thrash … the sound is a good compromise between Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel and a Heavy Metal vein that emerges at the excellent solos that characterize it."
(In Your Eyes)

7,5 / 10
"“The Legacy of War” is definitely the record that a Thrash Metal fan would enjoy … it’s quite hard to be unique in the Trash Metal scene nowadays but Mortal Peril has what it takes …"
(Melody Of The Soul)

3 / 5
(Get Metal)

7 / 10
(Reaper Zine)

7 / 10
(Metal.de)

"With their second full-length album since first forming back in 2010 the four members of MORTAL PERIL push everything to the absolute limit … frankly-speaking this the kind of album that many bands dream about but are never able to achieve … I can't help but imagine a new generation of kids using this album as an outlet in much the same way that I used tapes by KREATOR, SODOM, and DESTRUCTION! Needless to say, "The Legacy Of War" is A+ release and it comes HIGHLY recommend!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"MORTAL PERIL … quickly hit our Thrash Metal heart from the early beginning to end …and bring a huge technical quality record … Thrash as Thrash should be! For lovers of the purest and bulking of technical ingenuity …"
(Snooze Control)

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Debut album casts long, dark shadows

BLOODRED have started the recording for the longed-for by many debut album in summer 2015. 


For this the head of the band, Ron Merz, has teamed up with Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) in its Mastersound Studio in Germany mid of July.
For the two it was to continue the successful BLACKENED DEATH METAL cooperation from the year before last year.

Recording master Krull produced the whole and took over mixing and mastering. 
After the critically acclaimed EP "The Lost Ones", which was released in August 2014, the done co-operative represented the second collaboration of this proven team. 



[ Picture: Stefan Heilemann / Heilemania ]

In the technically well-equipped halls of the renowned Mastersound Studios releases of known acts like ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES, BELPHEGOR and OBSCURA have already been provided with a great sound. The guitars got recorded under the direction of Thorsten Bauer (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES). 


Once more with the mystical game in Swabian realms was also Joris Nijenhuis (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES), who played the drums just as it did at 2014 EP "The Lost Ones".

BLOODRED mastermind, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Merz comments:
"I was insanely blazed with great joy at the new recording sessions! In the Mastersound one can work as relaxed as fully focused. And Alex was always close with words and deeds." 


Equally important to the studious BLOODRED main actor is the competent and experienced Joris Nijenhuis who plays the drum parts for the upcoming longplay crusher:
"Joris is a world-class drummer, bringing in a whole new way ennobling, powerful dimension to my music with its style!".

Lyric Video for the new song "The Hail-Storm":

The official release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, entitled "Nemesis", was on April 8th, 2016.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for BLOODRED "Nemesis":

86 / 100
"BLOODRED breaks away from these stereotypes … the production is crystal clear and the songwriting is exciting … of course there’s blasting violence, but there’s also epic riffing and beautiful melodies on 'Nemesis' … and then there’s the drumming. Wow. Just like on the band’s debut EP drumming on Nemesis is Joris Nijenhuis. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe his other bands do, ATROCITY and LEAVES’ EYES? And that’s where it gets interesting … if I had to name a favorite song of the album, it would probably be 'Hail Storm' … it contains so much power, it’s epic, but most of all, it’s a headbang-inferno! If you listen to this song and manage to stay absolutely still, you’re no metal fan!"
(Inside The Coffin)

8 / 10
"… this is another great sounding recording from BLOODRED and if you are a fan of melodic, blackened Death Metal, you should check out this album."
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
(Hard Music Base)

8 / 10
(Time For Metal)

8 / 10
"A self-produced work from extreme nature, which comes out crystal clear and perfectly enjoyable in all its parts … 'Nemesis' is all this and more … it passes easily from violent bursts of Extreme Metal on the northern edge (the title track) to raging storms of notes that fishing from Extreme Metal more in line with European productions … the German school is well represented, both in the soul Thrash both the darkest of Death Metal … and the goodies are not lacking ('Tragedien The Svenskehuset' and 'The Lost Ones') … I just have to congratulate the German musician and force you to make this your most beautiful of Extreme Metal piece."
(In Your Eyes)

7.2 / 10
"Overall, speed, rapid changes and compositional serenity reigns each of his songs … the thing is so orderly and went really spoiled so that this all perfectly in the proper place … listening becomes enjoyable … the majority weight passes through the rhythmic layers and their constant allusions to the school of Stockholm and Gothenburg …"
(Friedhof)

7 / 10
"What caught my attention is also how Mr. Merz uses the riffs and the vocals … the riffs are mostly Black Metal whereas the vocals give the album that Death Metal feeling … soundwise, the record is quite technical so the fans of the technical side of the genre will enjoy this record more … the style even reminded me of a less melodic version of Tuomas Saukkonen’s WOLFHEART or even his previous projects."
(Melody Of The Soul)

3,5 / 5
"Once again, Atrocity/Leaves Eyes drummer Joris Nijenhuis supplies the battery here and frontman Alex Krull serves as producer – and both do suitably stellar work … and once again, Merz serves up some gritty Black/Death Metal … though with a few twists that make for a nicely varied and unpredictable end result … never indulgent, but always adventurous, Merz makes a real statement with BLOODRED's debut. It will be interesting to see where he takes things from here, and with whom."
(Metal Rules)

10 / 15
(Legacy)

"I really tried to find the disadvantages of this album but I struggled a lot … the vocals are almost perfect for the kind of serving … I loved the drums and was impressed by the maturity of Joris Nijenhuis’s technique, who seems to well hold the his instrument and gives a darker tone with his aggressive playing style … guitars are my favorite in the album … I know I’ll hear many nice things from BLOODRED because such a job (and I say it with both concepts) must have a continuity … "Nemesis" is essentially a Black Metal music release that will make many people to change their mind about the genre and to review whether Death Metal can hold as a sub in something else."
(R1 Radio)

"An excellent place to introduce yourself to this album would be via the single “The Hail-Storm” (for which a video complete with lyrics can be viewed just below) … this song is based on a poem of the same name that was adapted and translated by English author and linguist George Borrow, retelling a story that was originally part of the Jómsvíkinga saga. (For those especially interested in literary history, there is some further background about the efforts of Borrow and some of his contemporaries to translate a series of Kjæmpeviser (“Heroic Ballads”) from old Danish, in the introduction to this pamphlet that reprinted another of Borrow’s translated ballads …"
(Valley Of Steel)

"The songs combine all the strengths: High-speed meets haunting melodies and powerful riffs connect with atmospheric parts… while the songs are all cut from very similar cloth, it is fair to say that Ron Merz has written a collection with enough diversity to stop it all becoming one long roar  … for all the relentless intensity – it really barely lets up at all from start to finish – there is a good balance between Power Metal gallop and discordant blasting, with both interspersed by slowed down, highly melodic bridges where the old-timey melodies are really given opportunity to soar … the drumming is competent … overall, the production job on this album is done really well and would be fit a full-length easily thanks to the Mastersound Studio again and Alexander Krull from ATROCITY."
(Absit Omen)

"… described as having its heart set in the Death Metal and Black Metal realms, but 'Nemesis' sees BLOODRED expanding its focus a bit — into a more melodic mindset than what the project’s initial description would imply … mixed with some epic-sounding symphonic work and and a quick-moving tempo … filled with catchy melodies and a surprising amount of hefty-blast work on the drum front … for such an unassuming and out-of-nowhere appearance for this project, BLOODRED has proven to be a massive surprise — filled with galloping riffs and hefty melodic sections that could easily hold appeal for people who love groups like Amon Amarth."
(No Clean Singing)

"Are you Deathster oder Blackster, because it does not matter ... it may sound a bit old fashioned ... but the record is just great! That you have to have! Well done Ron ... very , very well done."
(Aristocrazia)

"As for similarities between bands, Immortal and Satyricon are two that spring to mind; on second thought you could add Borknagar to the list … we have the lead guitar harmonies in 'Collateral Murder', the Thrash undertones of 'The Lost Ones', the unstoppable blast of 'Spirits Of The Dead' and the shadowy, mournful guitars of 'Im kalten Licht der Ewigkeit' make for an album that exhibits the greatest sentiments of Extreme Metal as a whole … BLOODRED has been getting favorable press from zines around the world so check this release out."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

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Passionate aesthetics

Sophisticated Italian MELODIC HEAVY / POWER METAL-band OVERTURES just released through their web pages the official lyric video for ‘Unshared Worlds’, first song from their fourth album "Artifacts":

"Artifacts" will be published on May 27th by established Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records

The band around powerful singer Michele Guaitoli will announce all the details about the promo tour and an official videoclip, too. 


The album has been mastered once again at GateStudios Hamburg (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Rhapsody Of Fire) by Olaf Reitmeier in Wolfsburg, Germany. The artwork was made by the German artist Franziskus Pfleghart. 



[ Cover art by Franziskus Pfleghart ]

Tracklist of "Artifacts":
01 Repentance
02 Artifacts
03 Gold
04 As Candles We Burn
05 Profiled
06 Unshared Worlds
07 My Refuge (feat. Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
08 New Dawn, New Dusk
09 Teardrop (feat. Marco Pastorino, Caterina Piccolo on vocals & Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
10 Angry Animals
11 Savior - Alternative version


Official Videoclip for the title song "Artifacts":

MEDIA FEEDBACK for OVERTURES "Artifacts":

10 / 10
"… the third album is the album of maturity … it's been that way for many, many bands and, apparently, OVERTURES can not escape this rule … crafting in this 2016 a disc, nothing short of perfect, a nice Power-Heavy product that will appeal not only to lovers of kind, but music lovers in general."
(Antonio Moliterni)

9,5 / 10
"To summarize the new OVERTURES album , 'Artifacts' for me this year is the most complex, best composed Power Metal album I've ever heard … it has it all, a love for bands like Stratovarius , Helloween or just Sonata Arctica … the album's greatest strength is that they do not want to copy anyone … a Power / Heavy Metal emerges that is unique, yet draws from others … good work and any number of tools in a separate masterpiece, which was beautifully shaped note for note by the Italian craftsmen."
(Felvideki Rock)

4,5 / 5
"OVERTURES have made the center once again … and I'm sure this "Artifacts" will remain among the best ever releases of 2016!"
(All Around Metal)

4,5 / 5
"The aforementioned varied vocals contributes a lot to boost the album: it ranges from slight guttural elements up to the typical Heavy Metal falsetto ("Angry animals"), always providing surprising effects that reflect the mix of styles given by Overtures … a great album that perfectly predicates the meaning of our rating 'Epic'"
(DeepGround)

9 / 10
"I’m smitten by this album. “Artifacts” should be Overtures’ stairway to stardom."
(Power Of Metal.dk)

9 / 10
"… Where Devin Townsend's genius meets Michael Romeo's technique and Tobias Sammet's fantasy ... with a sound mastering without leaks and an outstanding musical skill …"
(Metalpit.it)

9 / 10
"With 'Entering The Maze' OVERTURES set a very high level, and getting back to that level seemed impossible ... but with some improvements on the sound and style, 'Artifacts' got on an even higher level ... praiseworthy!"
(Metalforever.info)

9 / 10
"… no doubt that the band reached its peak with "Artifacts" … all that was sent and / or at least demonstrated on its predecessor here comes alive … the sound proposal shows balance, cohesion and much pomp! Okay produced and without exaggeration … singer Michele Guaitoli imposes its lines with a consistent and tasteful interpretation, which only makes the band earn points … just listen to tracks like 'Artifacts', 'Profiled', 'Unshared Worlds' , the epic 'Teardrop' and wild 'Angry Animals' to prove these elements … a tasteful disk that does not invent anything, but adds a lot."
(Arte Metal)

9 / 10
"… these Italian, although they assign to Melodic Metal, make more … not that the band press for originality, but it is much more than speed, melody, bass and vocals …"
(Portal Do Inferno)

4 / 5
"The combination of traditional / classic and modern they are doing incredibly well … then I just repeat my thoughts on the album cover!"
(Get Metal)

4 / 5
"… eleven songs, very colorful … the duration of the album is high because you exceed the fifty-seven minutes of music … you will find a lot of interesting things, both in terms of style that the emotions aroused level … the matrix, the framework is to power and of this kind we find in almost all the classic features that will repeat for the last time: double bass and vocals that travels over medium high register … missing keyboard / guitar duels and the donut would round with the hole, but no … no duels! And it is precisely the absence of key-guitar duels that differentiates and personalizes this band in the sea of ​​Power Metal … it is a "Repentance" demonstration where these elements are set well right from the start, in which Michele Guaitoli juggles well giving us the first really inspired interpretation … his singing style, very personal, strikes us immediately and you can bring to a Tobias Sammet, but with much greater say, combined with a vibrato that reminds us of Fabio Lione …"
(Rock Rebel)

4 / 5
"Michele Guaitoli is a great vocalist and reminds me of both Geoff Tate and Roy Khan and as for the rest of the band members themselves; not much can be said except for absolutely brilliant … the production and mixing really come across like a well finished product instead of being over polished and the flowing and transition between heavy riffs, leads, and melodic passages in the album is working perfect … the balance and the variation in all the songs makes that you most likely will listen to them many times … I don't really dislike anything about this album … these guys are now probably among my favourite Metal/Prog bands of today and absolutely worth checking out!"
(Melodic.net)

4 / 5
"For OVERTURES, 'Artifacts' is another fine album of creative and engaging Progressive Power Metal, displaying both their ever increasing musical talent and maturity … recommended."
(Dangerdog)

85 / 100
"More than suggested album, where you can find songs, songwriting, emotions and touching feelings with a strong acoustic and emotional impact. Another proof that when music is well done still exists, in Italy too, and that there is no constant need to look for it somewhere else, when we have that kind of bands close to our home. Absolutely recommended album, this 'Artifacts', and absolutely recommended band: OVERTURES."
(Underground Zine)

8,5 / 10
"The fact is that "Artifacts" is an extremely interesting album all the way … this record is so difficult to be categorized; it includes a classic Metal sound in it, strong progressive 'touches', big melodies, great guitar work and a 'modern' Metal approach that makes it a must have for each and every single fan of the Metal scene in general."
(Heavy Paradise)

8,5 / 10
(Headbangers Latinoamerica)

8,5 / 10
(Crossfire Metal)

84 / 100
"… the band is clearly a competent and professional act that manages to get quite a lot right here which is highly enjoyable … the riff-work, there’s plenty to like about the way this shifts so effortlessly from tight, deep chugging to galloping, mid-tempo rhythms that is wrapped up in gorgeous melodic rhythms that contain a glorious sheen over the music …"
(Don's Metal Reviews)

84 / 100
(Metal Archives)

80 / 100
"There are records that deserve to go directly to the listeners' ears without receiving reviews because they are "products of excellent quality." I do this premise to announce the new work OVERTURES, active band for more than ten years in the Italian Metal scene and beyond … as a whole, I think 'Artifacts' is a purchase recommended because it is taken care of in every way, from the beautiful cover, to production … hats off to a group that is committed and knows how to adapt to the times without forgetting its origins."
(Metalwave.it)

80 / 100
"OVERTURES confirmed a beautiful reality in the Italian Power Metal and even internationally … 'Artifacts' is … certainly among the best of 2016 …"
(Hardsounds.it)

80 / 100
"The sound of OVERTURES is always very modern, although there are references to the masters of classic Progressive Metal, Dream Theater in the first place … even 'My Refuge' insists on melodic passages, making it among the most songs you can store on the first listen, while a song like 'Angry Animals' recalls the Melodic Power Metal in most direct and immediate way, enriched by some the most sought after intermission … also noteworthy is the long 'Teardrop' with its orchestral passages, to emphasize the great variety of the band's sound, able to touch in ten minutes so many different registers, summarized the ideal of a very varied record, but always consistent … really really interesting … a big step forward …"
(Loud And Proud.it)

8 / 10
"The band blatantly mixes melodic Prog with Power Metal, injecting some Gothic Metal to boot … best described as something like Nightwish meeting Arrayan Path with a stout handful of Avantasia … should you buy the record? If you like a quirky Progressive Power Metal full of melodic hooks and turns, never leaving you bored at any moment, go for it … if you are not sure, give it a try anyway … they are good, you know … and we got ourselves a contender for the Top 10 list of 2016."
(Rock Music Raider)

8 / 10
"… we are faced not only with the Melodic Metal, but also with Progressive Metal , Power Metal and even Hardrock … in the choruses , always very melodic, shoots the voice of vocalist Michele Guaitoli for a resemblance to Bruce Dickinson, even if only for a few seconds … even the songwriting sometimes remembers on Iron Maiden and even Europe … but OVERTURES create a different symphonic environment and quality …"
(Ultraje)

8 / 10
(Zephyrs Odem)

8 / 10
"Hot Album! The entire album stays on very high levels, with a special mention to the over 10-minutes suite 'Teardrop'. A great album that defines OVERTURES as a very relevant band to be followed with interest!"
(MetalItalia)

8 / 10
"... the thrilling keyboard playing as well as the vocal melodies causing trance are part of the experience this album offers ... the die hard fans of the genre will surely enjoy this piece of Metal."
(Burning Sun)

8 / 10
"'Artifacts' flows smoothly along all of its 11 tracks … making it well balanced between pieces pulled over as "Profiled" or "New Dawn, New Dusk", more reasoned tracks by winning melodies as the beautiful title track or "My Refuge" and long suites as "Teardrop" … nothing was left to chance and the result is a fully enjoyable, hard in every respect … a work that confirms all the good sported by the band in the past and raises them to another level, that will certainly increase the plethora of OVERTURES admirers."
(Italia Di Metallo)

8 / 10
„OVERTURES forged a good Melodic Heavy Metal album, which has been progressively and bombastically recorded!"
(Rock Hard Germany)

79 / 100
"'Artifacts is a record that in many places has some good ideas and some really interesting textures, which often are able to overshadow the critical issues that, although not negligible, are not so heavy for this beautiful work … I regret, however, could not let such a work enters the 80+ Heavy Metal Heaven … all the songs are pearls and they are memorable from start to finish … there is potential in these four boys."
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)

7,8 / 10
"The new work, mastered in the Gate Studios in Germany , between the walls of which has worked with people of the caliber of Avantasia, Edguy and Epica is a good example of various Prog Metal … very melodic, sometimes by dramatic look … OVERTURES use the weapon of melody and rhythmic Hard Rock very well, managing to make its personnel and extremely fascinating work."
(Iye Zine)

75 / 100
"An album capable of taking his deserved space in the modern Metal panorama, well done!!"
(TrueMetal.it)

7,5 / 10
'"… a versatile album and equipped with several facets, in which OVERTURES use all the arrows of their bow …"
(Metallus.it)

70 / 100
(Reckoning Hour)

70 / 100
(Metalzone.gr)

7 / 10
"Artifacts is a solid, Prog/Power effort from these Italians showing that Italy's Power Metal bands are equally as talented as ones from Germany or Sweden … if like your Power Metal progressive, with some dramatic touches then OVERTURES will be a band for you."
(Musipedia Of Metal)

7 / 10
(Raw And Wild)

7 / 10
(Heavy Worlds)

7 / 10
"The band sounds compact and precise … with a tough rhythm section but varied … of all the components stand out technically guitarist Mark Falanga and the singer Michele Guaitoli, whose respective performances, however, are actually cross and opera delight, as even executions are too adhering to a sort of imaginary list of features to have in a given musical movement."
(Spazio Rock)

7 / 10
"What is it with the Italians at the moment? Another month and another batch of quality Metal releases land on the doormat … if you ask the artist however, success in their home county is still lacking with the more traditional Italian sounds as well as Pop music still diving the saes numbers … everything about the band presents a solid, professional, classy image and their musicianship is second to none … they would be the perfect mid-afternoon band at festivals such as Masters Of Rock."
(Powerplay)

"The listening experience completed by choirs and string instruments will stay with you long after the album concludes, and will be more than enough to tide you over until the next album."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

"… 'Artifacts', and we repeat it again, is a class record of a top band that perfectly blended elements from several different Metal to Hard Rock styles … an intense, heartwarming and beautiful whole … without more so a must for fans of good old school Heavy to Power Metal, with a high sing-along and headbanging content … impressed!"
(Snooze Control)

"The songs are compositionally-sound, with some decent writing by a band who know their style and their audience inside out … these tracks are quite memorable and catchy in places, with stirring refrains and plenty of upbeat melodies to enjoy … I like a good Heavy Metal album, and with Artifacts Overtures have produced quite an enjoyable feast of sugary ear-candy."
(Wonderbox Metal)

"The songs are harmonious, rhythmic and have catchy qualities. Impelling, fast and melodic, just like I like it. The voice of Michele is gentle, flattering and yet clear and really reminds me of a mix of Michi Kiske and Andi Deris … the music is fast, hard and clear … exactly the right kind of sound you'd love to hear on a long highway…"
(Bad Black Unicorn)

"From the opening bars of ‘Repentance‘ the maturity of the band is obvious, both from the musicianship through to the production… title track ‘Artifacts‘ is enjoyable … together with the following track ‘Gold‘ it probably rates as one of my favourites on the album … pounding drums, wailing guitars and a bass line fit to wobble your drink off the table … it’s everything that Progressive Metal should be … to sum up, certainly an album worth checking out and I shall be checking out their previous two releases into the bargain!"
(Rockposer)

"Apart from any other remarkable facts, which undoubtedly directly earn interest is the moving theatrical interpretation of the frontman and the natural melodies of titles such as "Gold", "As Candles We Burn", "Teardrop" and "Savior"."
(Rockin' Athens)

"You could go on forever and really pick out every single song, because no vulnerability can be found … the songs are catchy, but due to the intelligent songwriting after x-times, listening to them is still interesting … coronation then comes with the over 10 minutes suite "Teardrop". Class! Power Metal fans, Prog Metallers, traditionalists can ... or better, should check it out. It is worth it!"
(Totentanz)

"This year's OVERTURES sound more meaningful and inspiring than ever … this is because their fourth release offers spectacle, vision and skill in composing something unusual and unique … just think that if you ask what does it "sounds like" the answer is: "nothing"."
(Rock 'n Roll Monuments)

"Italy's OVERTURES; a band infusing the Power Metal theatrics of Kamelot and the progressive intricacy of Dream Theater … the music has all the flair of power and the complexity of Prog, but there is an added heaviness to give the music that extra kick."
(Script The Darkness)

"… elegant and tasteful is what breathes every bit of this, the third album of OVERTURES … they are defined as Melodic Heavy Metal but add touches of Progressive Metal that at times reminiscent of 80s Queensryche with some Power Metal … moments of "My Refuge" make me think that vocalist Michele Guaitoli has watched Geoff Tate with interest, especially during the first 'Operation Mindcrime' … the most complex moment they bring with the 10 minutes of the epic composition "Teardrop" with orchestral elements and some cinematic touch … choral work is bold … awesome … magnificent disk … a group that knows how to mix influences and give a distinctive character to its music."
(Made In Metal)

"The progressive and epic dimension of their songs is exactly what comes out from the album of Italians and specifically the continuous variations of their sound, with such a way so that it does not tire you … their professionalism and experience appears in their entire work and I would suggest the fans of the genre to listen to them with great attention!"
(R1 Radio)

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"Oh, Nameless One! We may rise up from the ashes of Doom!"

‘The Chaotic Art’
SVOID was formed in December 2009 by ‘S’ with the intention to define a link between All and Nothing, which represents the formless End. The debut material, named ‘Ars Kha’ (means ‘Chaotic Art’), was developed in the Fall of 2010, consisting mostly Black Metal-influenced tunes. At this point of time Dániel joined on drums, and with this the first line-up was established. After the recordings, ‘Ars Kha’ was released in April of 2011.

To unleash SVOID as a live, ceremonial act, a live line-up had been also outlined, as György (guitars) and Péter (bass) joined to complete the devotion to emptiness. The first ceremony was performed by these four members on the magical night of Walpurgis in 2011.

‘To Never Return’
While ‘Ars Kha’ was on its way, fragments of the first full-length material were composed during that cursed year. Musically, the centre was shifted to the corners of Void, and unbound progression beaten its path through different genres and built up the core, the essence of SVOID.

At the end of 2011 Péter found new ways and Tamás joined the band on guitars. The first full-length, entitled ‘To Never Return’ was recorded in May of 2012 in Abnormal Studio. The album was self-released in February 2013 in a special digipak case, and was distributed by Sun & Moon Records, Ván Records and Sigillvm Tenebrae Records.

‘Hallowed Nights’
The ensemble performed several ceremonies around Hungary, supporting acts like Enslaved, Winterfylleth, Year Of The Goat and Denial Of God. In Summer 2013, to perform and celebrate the hungry End, the band established an extemporal line-up with guest musicians on wind instruments, blowing reflections of Death deliberately for that eve. Thereafter, SVOID had some personnel changes – Tamás left the group for his own reasons and Gergő joined soon. György left the band in 2014, so with his leaving, the reborn line-up introduced itself on new rituals as a trio – to come close beyond.

‘Devil’s Blood’
Due to the major changes in the line-up and mind SVOID decided to declare a new aeon by unfolding a new instrumentation. For this purpose a very special cover was put together and recorded in 2015 which contained the track ‘Devil’s Blood‘ from Watain. The aim with this cover was highlight the depths and lawlessness of the musical abyss of SVOID. The record was released in 111 copies.

During these times while the band was working on the new material, transylvanian Sun & Moon Records signed SVOID to re-release the debut album ‘To Never Return’, which was finally released worldwide with the sincere support of the label.

‘Storming Voices’
With the features of the new line-up the band entered the studio in 2015 to record the second full-length album titled "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion", which is out worldwide on 18th April, 2016 by Sun & Moon Records.

Lyric Video for the new song "Never To Redeem":

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SVOID "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion":

9,5 / 10
"It has been easily the best Hungarian album so far this year, regardless of styles or genres."
(Felvideki Rock Magazin)

92 / 100
"Overall, SVOID has managed to surprise us with how much they have evolved after their raw and more ‘straightforward’ debut “Never To Return” … in “Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion”, the band continues with their harsh Black Metal core but adds a plethora of new influences, managing to create a very unique and catchy brand of Black Metal … perfect for fans of bands like DHG, Arcturus and Avant-garde Black Metal outfits, this release has considerably high replay value as you will discover new things on each spin."
(Infernal Masquerade)

4 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

4 / 5
"… nice and dark … I love the eerie sounds … SVOID is like a younger, Metal version of new-age band The Cure … which is for me, a good sign!"
(Lyrical Spell)

8,2 / 10
"'Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion' is a beautiful fresco of extreme music … Black Metal is definitely an important part of the proposed sound … but the group goes further, trying (and succeed) to break a lot of barriers, not only between the extreme genres, channeling notes of other musical worlds into a single score."
(In Your Eyes) 8 / 10
"Ultimately, a full and varied album, where the goal is clear … but you are completely unaware of the road to reach it …"
(Metalhead.it)

8 / 10
"… a very great sounding anti cosmic, post Black Metal band … and if you are looking for something very original, you should check out this band."
(Occult Black Metal Zine)

8 / 10
"… an expressly lowering and dismal mooded album which includes a lot to be explored … ambitious work."
(Hammerworld.hu)

8 / 10
(Ultraje.pt)

8 / 10
"All-in-all, I’m mightily impressed by SVOID and ‘Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion’ … this is a very good, intelligently crafted album with plenty to sate many a Metal fan throughout … as such, it comes with a healthy recommendation from yours truly."
(Man Of Much Metal)

8 / 10
"… the more I listened to the songs and felt the darkness in the Black Metal vocals and riffs, the better I realized that SVOID indeed carries a message or some form of concept within the songs … in this sense, this is surely an interesting record; it will keep you curious song after song … you might find yourself drawn into the darkness … feels quite different when you listen to it from the beginning to the end … although the band’s style is mostly associated with Black Metal, I think that what they create is rather a mixture of Post Metal and Black Metal elements … the vocals reminded me of a mixture of Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection) and John Haughm (Agalloch), which I found really well done for a record like this … “Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion” is dark and dynamic … if you are particularly interested in the concepts of anti-cosmic Metal but also Post- and Black Metal, give this album a chance!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

3 / 5
(Get Metal)

"This is an album that is filled with beautifully written melodies which mix with a heavy atmosphere and vocals that create imagery in a beautiful poetic way … 'Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion' is an album that is filled with so much … the catchy music and its lyrical genius make this album one that is filled with an energy that has been put to its best use."
(Moshville)

"Black Metal acts often go to great lengths to standout from the pack and no one stands out better than Hungary's mysterious offering, SVOID."
(Metal At The Gates)

"SVOID's newest material is towering high above other inland bands, both in sound and in athosphere … as if we had to wander alone in grey emptiness aimlessly, it would be the background music."
(Langolo Gitarok)

"SVOID is on a very good way to make their name even more well-known and to create an individual sound by alloying particular elements of different genres … do not think of some mixed garbage, it's a precisely made product of exactly calculated ingredients … as the band have released Ars Kha (EP 2011) and To Never Return (debut album 2013) they left behind the "usual" Black Metal themes by degrees - and they also use new, more colorful and melodic lines instead."
(Rock Station)

"At all times I am kept entertained with a flurry of twisting riffs , takes so many turns in different directions it’s amazing how it manages to stay cohesive and well arranged … its great to hear the bass being put to work well in songs as too often it can become lost and almost non existent in a lot of Black Metal … a huge selling point of this album for me has to be the vocals which are fantastic they feature some haunting cleans to crazy vicious screaming … I think this is one of those rare albums that captures you out of the blue unawares … it gets you hooked and leaves you wanting more."
(Absit Omen)

"If you expect the "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion" be like all other Post Black Metal releases full of heavy-laden progressive cues then I’m sorry … SVOID are not for you … if you expect well-polished commercial productions without any imagination and musical training, then again I'm sorry … SVOID do not suit you … but if you're looking for something completely new and original with much experimentation and open horizons, seeking emotion in every note, if you want something that will take your mind and dive you in the darkest corners of your being, then SVOID is your people."
(R1 Radio)

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Teutonic powerhouse

The 2013 published debut album was entitled "Never Surrender", which is in the 2007 founded Quartet completely to understand as a motto.

Accordingly, the Bavarian Ironskulls returned decided with the crisp four-track EP "Horse Of Hell". Official release was on 14th of November 2015.

EISENHAUER pay homage to the classic HEAVY METAL with a strong Teutonic component, which is a guarantor for multiple uplifting moods.

Attractive earthy structures, invigorating powerful guitar work, commanding bass lines, powerfully drumming and a comprehensive impressive singer provide a variety of rocking high feelings.

Many of newer bands do not make it, but for EISENHAUER it seems an ease:
by effectively conclusive simplicity and exquisite originality these four enthusiastic disciples of steel cultivate an very own identity.

An exceptionally fine disc which should enable not only fans of GRAND MAGUS in rapture.
(Markus Eck)

MEDIA FEEDBACK for EISENHAUER "Horse Of Hell":

5 / 5
(Harte Musik)

4,5 / 5
"… in the end, everything feels like a mix between Swedish MUSTASCH and German RAMMSTEIN but still manages EISENHAUER to their advantage to have his own twist on it all…"
(Get Metal)

9 / 10
"EISENHAUER have superbly merged plenty of different styles, both influential to metal and staple ideas that formed from that very outcome, and it works out great to weave an engrossing, remarkably epic effort, making Horse of Hell one of the more vital releases to sneak through the underground for 2015."
(Apochs)

4 / 5 - great
(Deep Ground)

85 / 100
(X Reviews)

85 / 100
(Underground Zine)

8 / 10
"What makes this album stand out are the vocals, as they contain some of the most interesting vocal combinations I have heard lately … they range from simple melodic singing to some full scale Heavy Metal singing … the guitars are compressed and really good to hear in the choruses … contains four songs with about 25 minutes of material, but even with this maybe short length of the album, it does not lack in quality in both songwriting and mixing departments."
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

78 / 100
"EISENHAUER is an original band … I liked very much the blend of Heavy and Doom Metal they play … with influences from Southern, Speed and Thrash Metal … I also loved their calm atmospheres and their melodies … that's why I think "Sail My Soul" and "Horse of Hell" are two great songs … and also the other two are very good … "Horse Of Hell" is a very good EP … and I gave it 78, on a maximum of 80 for the album shorter than half an hour."
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)

7,5 / 10
(Metaltalks)

7,5 / 10
"'Horse Of Hell' is an above average job …"
(Arte Metal)

7,5 / 10
"Highlighting the work of guitars by Christian "Waxe " Wagner (also vocals) and Simon Bihlmayer that strive for simplicity with well-aimed riffs and well-selected sounds ."
(Portal Do Inferno)

7,5 / 10
(Metalhead)

7 / 10
(Reaper Zine)

7 / 10
(Streetclip.tv)

7 / 10
(Soil Chronicles)

7 / 10
(Metal Temple)

10 / 15
(My Revelations)

"The guitar work on "Horse Of Hell" is second to none and it gives this band's Heavy Metal/Thrash sound a sweet touch of Rock and Roll! With Christian "Waxe" Wagner's voice serving as the cherry on the top of this metallic treat, EISENHAUER whips out four tracks of instantly enjoyable Metal that is all at once classic and modern in it's approach … Had I actually managed to compile a "Best Of" list for 2015 this EP would have made the cut as it's the complete package: Top notch songwriting and performances that is balanced out by a stellar production!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"Very well its sounds a bit of old school style and also a lil bit blended by the catchy Rock n Roll and Thrashing melodies … nice guitar works especially the solo parts … Teutonic Thrash might be one of their influenced I guess."
(Sangwitok)

"EISENHAUER rides those songs in best tradition of Teutonic Metal along with NWOBHM which is quite significant to this record … I could put my opinion under heavy machine gun fire and defend it … believing this is really True Metal as sometimes people say about similar records … inheritance of German Metal is presented very strongly on the EP and such mix of influences slowly making a prince becomes a king."
(Monarch Magazine)

"I can't say enough how "Horse Of Hell" satisfies those who are into traditional Heavy Metal, angling towards a future for the band in creating a legendary stamp of its own."
(Vile Views)

"Manly, solid Heavy Metal, based on Grand Magus’ legacy … give ‘em a listen and you won’t miss."
(Metal Invader)

"Never underestimate simplicity … as UK bruisers Grifter so eloquently pointed out ‘the simplicity of the riff is key’ and this is a lesson that German metal band EISENHAUER have taken to heart … simplicity is nothing to be scared of and, when coupled with a powerful sense of identity and a genuine enthusiasm for the genre, as exemplified here it can be a most potent weapon indeed … ‘Horse Of Hell’ is a great EP with classically styled, Dio-aping artwork, hard hitting riffs, solid production and memorable riffs. This is definitely one for the denim ‘n’ leather brigade to savour and it certainly gave my neck a good workout!"
(Sonic Abuse)

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Musically Zeitgeist

In the 1930s it was stated, Blues would be the dangerous work of the Devil.
In the 1940s it was stated, Jazz & Swing were frightening excesses of the Devil.
In the 1950s it was stated, Rock'n'Roll would be the evil sound of the Devil.
In the 1960s it was stated, Beat would be the unpure music of the Devil.
In the 1970s it was stated, Rock music would be the corrupting sound of the Devil.
Well, and since the 1980s it was stated, Heavy Metal would be a diabolic spawn of the Devil.

What the much-reviled one heard in earlier centuries, is not officially known.
In any case, it seems clear that the ever pert bloke became really pretty musically, specifically over the last ten decades…
(Markus Eck)

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