Slovenians from Brussels, Belgium are in no way strangers to the pages of this zine, because I reviewed their last release a while ago. Now, they have a new e.p. out and it contains four songs of unrelenting skate punk madness. Negative Influence is for me the best song on this e.p. being fast skate punk anthem with lots of energy, harsh yet melodic vocal lines and catchy main melody. Get A Job is more garage punk influenced mid tempo more rock vibe song and it sounds interesting. Mobilehome has bass intro followed with almost sludgy song start and dirty guitar riffs sending raw punk spirit across our sound speakers to our hearts and minds. Vocals are spoken and in French on this one, varying between singing, angry reciting and whispering. Newbee In Town is again faster more straightforward punk song and my other highlight of this record. Good one.
Giotopia is Belgian fantasy epic metal project and they are about to release their third full length opus. Originally being brainchild spawn of one Gio Smet, this entity accumulates many prominent musicians delivering their part in the concept saga story that is this album. The album contains 11 songs of conceptual saga of heroism, war of good against evil told through many characters and vocal lines, powerful and epic guitar riffs, epic melodies and heroic metal to make your old metal heart beating faster upon listening to these songs. Keyboard, piano and atmospheric parts are also prominent in some song structures emphasizing drama and characters of this instant classic tale. I recommend that you take time and listen to the album in its entirety because it is one story, one saga and only if you listen to the whole you will understand the grandeur and epic storytelling in this music metal tale. My personal favorites are Trinity Of Evil and Princess Of Ice, but as I said, you will be wise if you listen to the whole opus. Great one!
The good people at POGO Records never cease to amaze with great releases. This time, Frau Blücher and the drünken horses deliver goods with their new album. This punk band from Belgium has been in the scene since 2011 delivering their blistering raw and energetic punk to all hungry ears out there. This new record contains 13 songs and the music is fast and harsh punk with shouted and at the same time melodic great voice, courtesy of singer Veronica. Guitar, drums and songwriting belong more to hardcore punk than classic punk rock, but there are some noise, garage punk and Motorhead influences here and there in the song structures. Lyrics are great, personal but dealing with growing up, sexism, rape, fun and other themes. This record is really noisy, really loud and made for playing through your speakers at largest volume possible. I am always grateful for discovering great new bands that I haven´t listen before and I love this record. Go get it. You can download it on Bandcamp for free or donation, but be sure to write a word or two and support POGO Records and this band, I am sure they will appreciate it.