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Zephyra - Kämpaglöd [EP] (2013) - Review

Band: Zephyra
Album title: Kämpaglöd
Release date: 6 February 2013
Label: Self/Released

01. Route 611
02. Forced Family
03. Pessimist
04. Release My Anger
05. Imprisoned Queen
06. Kämpaglöd (Instrumental)

Some of you might say that this doesn't belong on Terra Relicta, but we don't limit ourselves that strong on musical genres. Anyway, Zephyra is Swedish female fronted band which warned the metal scene about them with their first EP entitled First Blood, which was self-released in 2012. Now we have in front bands second studio effort, another EP with a title Kämpaglöd and containing six songs that in a way show a step forward from their first one, but I must admit that some things that I enjoyed on their First Blood EP are missing on this one. Of course the band shows with their mix of progressive, melodic, thrash and dark metal a lot of talent and they are able to be really agressive, but also emotional and somehow obscure.

First of all we must notice great guitar work by Tony, as it be with all great melodic lines as with leads and thrasy riffs. Åsa is a great singer, her vocal range can deal with harsh lines, sometimes similar to Angela Gossow from Arch Enemy, and clean lines, that reminded me in a way to Christina from Lacuna Coil. This combination makes the music interesting and gives it a nice drive, the only problem is when Tony tries to sing on some occasions and he ruins the feeling and I believe that the band should leave vocal duties just to Åsa. In an interesting way Zephyra inserts progressive elements and tiny, more atmospheric, dark parks, just like in the opener "Route 611", with a part that is almost kind of black metal-ish. Bass lines are not that evident, only on second track "Forced Family" we can hear that Tobias is amazing at what he does. Still the strong point remains the melody, catchy riffs and last two tracks "Imprisoned Queen" and "Kämpaglöd" are breathtaking. Especially the last one, EP titled instrumental with its emotional Metallica ("Orion" comes in mind) inspired riffs blew me away. I missed up here a song like it was on previous EP "Inside Revealed", where the band showed how beautiful and strong emotional ballads they can make. Still Kämpaglöd includes a lot of interesting parts that can push the band from underground into more visible and well deserved place in the metal scene.

Zephyra are another band that deserves your full atention if you are into melodic thrash metal, with lots of diversity and power. They should only work a bit more on production - it's somehow too dry, find a better drummer and like I said before, leave the vocal duties just to amazing Åsa. Fans of bands like Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Nevermore, Metallica, Lacuna Coil, Pantera shall not wait any longer and grab this piece of music. For now I will be curiously waiting in which direction the band will go on their awaited full lenght. (Check out song by song commentary by Åsa to get more insight HERE)

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: The Vision Bleak
Album title: The Unknown
Release date: 3 June 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

The Unknown is a very adventurous album, it's musically so very strong and boisterously creative as it can get, but it's still so very dark, maybe the gloomiest album they ever did. Not only from the musical side, also lyrical wise this album marks something new, there's no more talk about different horror classics and fictional legends, The Unknown is more metaphoric and speaks on a personal level while facing the personal demons and fears, it's much closer to musicians personal lives, and so everything reflects in music which became a bit more emotional and lively. The Unknown is a dark metal album that rejects any kind of direct labeling as it is so very diverse, versatile, uniting furious extreme elements on the very edge of death or even black metal with glorious elegance of gothic metal, but there are signs also of doom, medieval, neoclassical, theatrical and horror music. Everything is well packed into one compact dense mass of sound that hits the listener with powerful vibrations.

Read a full review HERE