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Krisiun – Hammer of the Messiah

Fresh off a Latin American tour and gearing up for another video shoot, these are active times for Krisiun. Their latest album Mortem Solis keeps this extreme death metal act sharp and vital – you know Read more […]

Battlelore – Awaiting the Shadows

In industry terms, a decade-long break from the studio could seem like an eternity to followers of a band. Finnish epic symphonic metal act Battlelore have awoken once again from that deep slumber with Read more […]

Hatriot – Luminous Shadows Ahead

Comfortable now in their latest incarnation, Hatriot feels its time to add different nuances to their thrash base for their fourth album The Vale of Shadows. Listeners can expect a bit more diverse angst Read more […]

Cleanbreak – Hustling for Glory

After establishing himself in the theatrical/classic metal mold through last year’s Durbin debut record The Beast Awakens, James Durbin returns with a band-fronted outing chock full of familiar, established Read more […]

Witchery – Painting Strokes of Evil

Celebrating 25 years together as a band, Witchery continues to stride forward in their amalgamation of blackened thrash and speed metal with traditional, old-school aspects. Their latest album Nightside Read more […]

Helsott – Validation Through Vindication

People struggle to position bands in specific categories. Record labels often find it’s easier to promote the latest and greatest thrash, death, doom, power, progressive, black, or folk metal act outside Read more […]

Battering Ram – Old School in Our Hearts

Straight ahead hard rock and heavy metal never loses its charm when done as well as you’ll hear with this Swedish band Battering Ram. Driving power chords, bluesy and gritty vocals, plus a swinging rhythm Read more […]

June 2022 Rapid Fires

The thick of the summer (and its never-ending heat) has brought another round of Rapid Fires, our short review column. There’s plenty to chew on this month, including: Blitzkrieg, Chaos Magic, Ironhawk, Read more […]

Wind Rose – A Rising Army

Anthems of dwarven power/ folk metal might that transport the listener into fantasy realms with Tolkien and Warhammer themes – that’s the platform that Italian quintet Wind Rose travel down since their Read more […]

Deep Sun – Living in a Dreamland

Focusing on an album of dream stories that are literal as well as allegorical and symbolic in sensibility, Swiss act Deep Sun embrace a love of symphonic metal/rock for this third album Dreamland – Behind Read more […]

Elephants in Paradise – Beware of Black Widows

Probably one of the quirkiest monikers in the music field, Elephants in Paradise are an Austrian act who develop a mix of alternative and progressive hard rock/metal, with pop, melodic, and modern sensibilities. Read more […]

Devil’s Train – Rock and Roll Family

Returning after a seven-year break from the recording studio with their third album Ashes & Bones, Devil’s Train showcases metal musicians developing material in more of a classic hard rock, bluesy/southern Read more […]

Seven Kingdoms – Peak Perseverance

US power metal bands struggle often to attain the respect and popularity of their European counterparts. One act consistently making inroads to change that perception from Florida has been Seven Kingdoms. Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – Embracing Pirates

Austrian act Visions of Atlantis have come out of the pandemic resilient considering the tragic derailing of their 2020 North American tour opening for Dragonforce less than a week into March of that year. Read more […]

Sole Syndicate – Striding into the Flames

These days musicians can develop a melting pot of influences past and present, old school to modern, and shape things into a mold or niche that has a wide array of appeal. Swedish act Sole Syndicate are Read more […]

Temple of Void – Threshold of Excellence

Ardent metalheads love getting into a band early in the game, watching the growth as musicians gain seasoning, experience, and confidence in their craft. With Michigan’s Temple of Void, the group releases Read more […]

Fallen Sanctuary – Headed to the Top

It’s always exciting to hear premiere musicians’ express affinity for a specific style of music, get together, and end up releasing a new band and album that revives a movement that was delivering Read more […]

Civil War – Power Through History

Now four albums into their career, Civil War have been able to establish their own credibility beyond the ex-Sabaton membership. This is high quality power metal in the European mold – stirring melodies, Read more […]

Maniac Abductor – Throwing Down Damage

Always a staple of this scribe’s listening palate since the inception of the movement in the 1980’s, thrash metal has gone through its ups, downs, twists, turns, and transformations. Some musicians Read more […]

Seventh Wonder – An Emotional Gamut

Veterans of the progressive metal scene, Seventh Wonder continue to enrich the lives of their faithful followers through a discography that resonates for those who love the genre. Releasing their most Read more […]

Septicflesh – March to Primitive

Continually challenging themselves and their listeners in a cinematic approach to symphonic death metal, Septicflesh aligns with Nuclear Blast in a new record deal for their eleventh studio album Modern Read more […]

Sadistic Ritual – Prepare for a Boundless Enigma

Bringing thrash metal into a primal juggernaut of sound, featuring influences all across the board while adding some extreme and psychedelic elements into the experience, Sadistic Ritual hail from Atlanta, Read more […]

May 2022 Rapid Fires

The May 2022 edition of Rapid Fires, our short review column, features the usual array of up-and-comers and scene veterans from all walks of metal life. If anything, the column shows the unabated versatility Read more […]

Crematory – Welcome to the Darkness

Originators of a movement during the 1990’s in fusing gothic music with heavy metal, German act Crematory have been together now for over thirty years. Keeping three-fifths of the group together since Read more […]

Imminent Sonic Destruction – Watching the Sun Set

Rare is the day that a five-piece progressive metal lineup start together in 2007 and maintain that same membership fifteen years later – but that’s the case for Michigan progressive metal act Imminent Read more […]

Spheric Universe Experience – Return to Home

Hailing from France, Spheric Universe Experience are a progressive metal act that have been together since 2002 releasing material that fits a lot of what may be traditional relating to the expectations Read more […]

Anvil – Remaining True

When it comes to old school pure heavy metal and rock and roll, there’s no one quite like Anvil. Already infamous for spearheading a lot of the early thrash/speed metal movement for their first three Read more […]

Graham Bonnet Band – Mirror of Excellence

One of the most distinctive voices in heavy rock and metal, Graham Bonnet continues to amaze and astound fans through his powerful range that is as soulful as it is majestic. You only need to look through Read more […]

Motor Sister – Time to Get Off

Ardent heavy music followers are very familiar with the players involved in this act Motor Sister. Rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, bassist Joey Vera, and drummer John Tempesta carved out their niche in acts Read more […]

Morbid Cross – Possessed by Metal

Continuing to develop a brutal form of thrash that contains a veritable influence pool that draws from doom, hardcore, death, and non-metal aspects, New Jersey’s Morbid Cross prove that there’s plenty Read more […]