Adrenaline Mob – ‘Coverta’ (Elm City)
Elm City Music
Genre: Traditional Metal
The supergroup Adrenaline Mob follow up last year’s Omerta full-length with Coverta, an EP of cover songs. There are eight songs, which is a good amount for an EP. The group tackles mostly artists you’d expect, with some songs more well-known than others.
Russell Allen (Symphony X) really channels Ronnie James Dio on the Dio song “Stand Up And Shout” and the Black Sabbath track “The Mob Rules.” The band puts their own heavy groove on the cover songs, while still remaining faithful to the originals. Their rendition of Heart’s “Barracuda” is excellent, as is their version of Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song.” It sounds like the band had a lot of run recording the cover songs, and it’s something to tide Adrenaline Mob fans over until their next full-length.
Damnation Plan – ‘The Wakening’ (Coroner)
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
With the release of their debut record The Wakening, Finland’sDamnation Plan have created the perfect hybrid of combining harsh and clean vocals. Staccato riffs blended with huge luscious vocal melodies are accomplished seamlessly on standout tracks “Edge of Machinery,” “The Unknown Presence” and “Grand World Anthem.”
Vocally is where Damnation Plan excel, utilizing two vocalists in the same style as Scar Symmetry. Tommy Tuovinen of MyGrain fame contributes harsh vocals and his interaction with clean vocalist Asim Searah is flawless. It would do the band justice if they were to add more instrumental breaks and guitar solos. The sound of the record is outstanding as it is mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano.
The Eye – ‘Supremacy’ (Debemur Morti)
Debemur Morti Productions
Genre: Black Metal
Prior to being in Blut Aus Nord, Vindsvall had a one-man project called The Eye. His lone album Supremacy was originally released back in 1997, and is now being reissued.
As you’d expect, the sound is similar to Blut Aus Nord. The music onSupremacy is very keyboard heavy, with several ambient instrumentals. Even the “regular” songs have those ambient elements along with harsh black metal guitars and screeching vocals. You’ll also hear singing on tracks such as “Land Of A Thousand Souls.” Fans of Blut Aus Nord will be especially interested in this album, but others interested in late ’90s black metal may want to investigate it as well.