Quick Jabs for June 2021

Spread the metal:

This is a new monthly section where we will post an assortment of shorter reviews for albums that we have checked out or may have missed out on previously.  The reviews are short and to the point, thus the tile “Quick Jabs”.


Sleepless – Blood Libel

March 12th, 2021 – Necromantic Press Records

Rating – 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

BLOOD LIBEL, the new EP by Sleepless is heavy metal inspired by an internal need to slam accepted dogma and to shed light on a dark past that is largely forgotten, Blood Libel is the genuine article! Metal, thrash, melody, and at times, depressive introspection, add up to a memorable gut-punch of an EP.’  Made up with the original members of 80’s death metal pioneers Dead Conspiracy, the sound of Sleepless treks far from an 80’s death metal sound. A true traditional to thrash metal style is what is going on here with plenty of melody to tie it all together. This is one of those bands that should please all fans of metal and if this EP is an inkling of what is to come, watch out! Very well done!


Psychosane – Laws of Aggression

September 30th, 2019 – Self-Release

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Psychosane originally came about as a cover band doing Adrenaline Mob music in Brazil. From what I can gather, it did not take long for the members to realize there was something more they wanted to give. The result was to do their own music. Which from where I am sitting, was a great idea. This EP consists of 6 tracks of unbridled South American heavy metal with thrash elements in the genetic make up. Right out of the gate the tempo is on the faster side of life. From there, things due tend to ease up a notch to being more of a melodic or power-ballad type of thrash. For what Psychsane has done here, I’d say this is one to check out. It has been a great listen for me and it will for you as well. Good shit!


3 Dreams Never Dreamt – Another Vivid Detail

February 5th, 2021 – My Kingdom Music

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

A bit on the more melodic side of metal, 3 Dreams Never Dreamt is a metal band based in Milan. ‘The original musical touch, the amazing variety and depth of their sound, the bright references to Progressive music and Gothic Metal are the trademark that the band shows through very eclectic melodies and complex musical structures.’ ANOTHER VIVID DETAIL is the second offering by this talented outfit. You can really take the best of any darkened doom and progressive metal band to date and know that 3 Dreams Never Dreamt has melded these influences into a spectacular brand of music to appeal to the masses. The nuances are there from the many great who have come before. Now is the time for this amazing album to shine. This is a journey into a circus of emotions you do not want to miss!


Skyhammer – The Skyhammer

February 12th, 2021 – Self-Release

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Australia’s Skyhammer has just released their latest EP, THE SKYHAMMER. This is a 6-track EP that charges it’s way out of the speakers with a vengeance. Skyhammer play a style of traditional to classic heavy metal with such elements rooted much in the vein of 80’s metal bands. One could say their progressive / power metal style reminiscences to Iron Maiden, Edguy, and Devin Townsend. Not that fans of this style really need another band harkening back to the past, but when it turns out this good, damnit if you now have another band always in your playlist. It has happened here to me. A powerful offering here with catchy hooks and melodies and very memorable sing along moments as well. They do add in a cover of the Kenny Loggins hit, ‘Danger Zone.’ This is not the first time I have heard a metal band cover this song, but I must say, it is probably one of the best versions.


Katana Cartel – The Sacred Oath

February 26th, 2021 – Self-Release

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

This ones to us from Melbourne, Australia. With the first spin, this one was very impressive to the ears. It still is! Katana Cartel have been around for several years belting out a style that is heavily based in classic and power metal with the sensibility of thrash in the fold. The tracks all contain strong hooks and powerful riffs which are accompanied by a clean and at times, an almost melodic vocal delivery. This is one of those metal album that gets you moving. If anyone reading this enjoys the sounds of the NWOBHM movement to the likes of Pantera, early-Fight, to early-Metallica, Katana Cartel could quite possibly be your new favorite band. Hey KC, keep up the great work!


Empire De Mu – Spiritual Demise

February 2nd, 2020 – Self-Release

Rating: 3.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, we have here the debut album by Empire De Mu. This was a trying listen for me. Musically, this band is very good at delivering a heavy blackened, yet melodic death metal sound. It is the vocals where I get lost. While good most of the time depending on where they are placed within a track, it is the operatic passages that really do not fit. Arianne Fleury belts out superb operatic vocals, they just do not work here. Maybe it is me, but it does nothing for me. Now, when she does sing more in the vein of the music and not in opera style, it definitely comes out much better. A good album though with plenty of ripping tunes.


Moyra – The Eyes Of Rats (Single)

November 30th, 2020 – Self-Release

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Here we have a female-fronted melodic death metal band from Poland. Does any of that matter? Not really. What does matter is that this single is insanely good. If you can see past the originality factor, THE EYES OF RATS is a brutal track. It rolls along much in the same vein of Arch Enemy or Holy Moses as the vocals of Margo Moyra are very similar. Musically, I’d say pretty close as well. Only Moyra do have their own sound to them to set them apart from the rest. This is a very good and technically proficient melodic death metal song. This single closely follows a couple of EP’s released 2018 and 2020. Now this is where I add the comment, “I can’t wait to hear the full-length.”


SickWalt – Shove n’ Love

February 12th, 2021 – Golden Robot Records

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

I have been rocking thru this one for a bit now. While what SickWalt does is not to be labeled heavy metal, there is that fine-line of distinction. Heavy rock-n-roll it is. But if we are to go by what one says over another, well, who am I. This album is however a kick-ass hard rocking opus much in the style of many greats including but not limited to the likes of AC/DC, MC5, or The Stooges only with an update and more current sound. This is quite the debut. One that should in all essence should launch these guys to the next level. Thank you for sending this one over. It is a really cool album. ‘SickWalt is an unapologetic, positive, high-energy, in your face, rock ‘n’ roll band from Astoria, Queens, NY.’

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