Andy Winter – ‘Incomprehensible’ (The End)
The End Records
Andy Winter is the keyboardist for several groups including Winds and Sculptured. On Incomprehensible he has put together an all-star lineup of vocalists including John Haugm (Agalloch), Lars Nedland (Borknagar), Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom), Heidi S. Tveitan (Star Of Ash) and many others.
Even with all the different vocalists, the songs on Incompehensible flow together well. They have some metal elements, but are more in the rock/prog/post-metal ballpark, although many other genres are mixed in as well. It’s sometimes experimental, other times traditional, but always compelling and interesting.
Boarders – ‘R-Existence’ (Roxx)
Genre: Thrash Metal
In addition to releasing their own music, the Italian band Boarders are also a Megadeth tribute band. And although R-Existence is thrash, don’t expect a Megadeth clone. While vocalist Egidio Casati can sound like Mustaine at times, he has a wide vocal range and busts out some Halford-like falsetto from time to time.
While thrash is the dominant genre, R-Existence also has progressive influences along with plenty of melody and groove. Originally self-released last year, the Roxx Records edition has several bonus tracks. Fans of everyone from Megadeth to Voivod to Dream Theater will find common ground on this album.
Chariots Of The Gods – ‘Tides Of War’
Genre: Melodic Death/Thrash Metal
Chariots Of The Gods have been around for a few years, and the Canadians are now releasing their full-length debut. Tides Of Warcombines thrash riffs with melodic death metal. Their music is very melodic, but the harsh vocals add edge and aggression.
The musicianship is first-rate, with a dual-guitar attack that is extensively showcased with plenty of solos. The production from Glen Robinson (Queensryche, Annihilator) is also excellent. Chariots Of The Gods are a band with a lot of promise, and their debut will certainly appeal to thrash and melodic death metal fans.