Σάββατο, 31 Μαρτίου 2018

STAIRS OF LIFE – The Man in a Glass Review



STAIRS OF LIFE – The Man in a Glass

Sliptrick Records


Well, STAIRS OF LIFE is not my cup of tea considering my music preferences and knowledge. I am more into the heavy metal and 70’s hard rock sound and my knowledge of rock and especially alternative rock is very limited and for this reason I ask for your understanding.

Τρίτη, 27 Μαρτίου 2018

HOPELEZZ signs with Massacre Records, reveals album title



Something loud is coming your way: The modern thrash metal outfit HOPELEZZ has signed with Massacre Records and plans to release its new album "Stories Of A War Long Forgotten" this summer!

HOPELEZZ surely aren't rookies anymore, they have already released two studio albums and played countless live gigs - with Lamb Of God, August Burns Red or Whitechapel, among others - both in clubs as well as at festivals.

The new album is the band's first ever concept album and showcases the band's abilities on an impressive new level!

HOPELEZZ are Adrian Vorgerd (Vocals, Guitars), Dennis Ehlen (Guitars), Marcel Krüger (Bass) and Nik Gaidel (Drums).

69 CHAMBERS announce new album



69 CHAMBERS from Switzerland are going to release their new album "Machine" on May 25, 2018 via Massacre Records!

It's the third studio album of the trio, consisting of Nina Vetterli-Treml (bass, vocals), Tommy Vetterli (guitar) and Diego Rapacchietti (drums).

Responsible for the cover artwork, available below, are Oliver Nanzig (photography) as well as Charles Blunier (graphics). 

"Machine" promises to be 69 CHAMBERS most personal album - without sounding soft. The vocals are still alternating between fragility and pure anger, the guitar riffs are as heavy and precise as they come and collide with the tight drums.

Δευτέρα, 26 Μαρτίου 2018

Crafting the Conspiracy released new single



American Melodic Deathcore band Crafting the Conspiracy released their new single "The Carrier", taken from their upcoming debut album «The Cosmic Key». The single was recorded in Big Spring, Texas at "Calico Recording Studios" By David Haro.

Crafting the Conspiracy was formed in 2014 Odessa, Texas, and in the past years played with bands like Thy Art is Murder, Soulfly, Within the Ruins and many more. In 2015 the band released their debut EP "Human Error", and now the band is ready to release their new album, that will be out this spring.

Κυριακή, 25 Μαρτίου 2018

MONUMENT – Hellhound Review



MONUMENT – Hellhound

Rock Of Angels Records


There are so many bands in our days that are influenced or even reproduce the sound of the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement, but only few come from the country where this sound was invented. However, quality does not hide in quantity, but vice versa and it seems that MONUMENT from London, England are very ambitious and interesting representatives of that sound.

Σάββατο, 17 Μαρτίου 2018

SNAKEYES – Metal Monster Review



SNAKEYES – Metal Monster

Independent


SNAKEYES are a Spanish band with a Romanian singer. I do like these collaborations because they prove that metal is above all colors and nationalities and most of all because such collaborations usually give us good albums to listen to. SNAKEYES have already impressed me with their 2015 debut album entitled “Ultimate Sin” and so when I saw that they had released their sophomore album entitled “Metal Monster” I was really intrigued to listen to their new work.

Πέμπτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2018

MILLENNIUM – Awakening Review



MILLENNIUM – Awakening

Independent


MILLENNIUM is a band formed in 1982 in Birmingham, United Kingdom and they were part of the N.W.O.B.H.M. metal movement that has affected so drastically our sound. As many bands of that era MILLENNIUM managed to release in 1983 their debut album under the same name; after that they released some demos and called it a day in the late 80’s. The band members, though, thought that they have more to give with this band and I think that the new interest that the new bands show in the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound motivated them to come back and in 2016 to release their sophomore album entitled “Caught in a Warzone”. “Awakening” is the successor of that release and let me tell you a few things about it.

Τρίτη, 13 Μαρτίου 2018

ROSS THE BOSS: The legend returns with new album „By Blood Sworn“!



Ross "The Boss" Friedman left a huge mark on the scene as co-founder and songwriter of Manowar in the 1980s. Between 1982 and 1988, the band released one classic album after another and became the epitome of epic  heavy metal. In 1989, Ross left the band and indulged in other projects, in 2008 the cult guitarist launched his solo band under the banner ROSS THE BOSS - again clearly geared towards traditional heavy metal. The debut "New Metal Leader" was succeeded two years later by "Hailstorm".

HYPERION – Dangerous Days Reviews



HYPERION – Dangerous Days

Independent


Well, this is not the first Italian band under the name HYPERION that I have the chance to listen to, but it is definitely better. Actually when I received the CD I thought that they were the reunion of the Italian power metal band HYPERION that in 1999 released their one and as it seems only album entitled “Where Stone Is Unscarred” through Massacre Records. The logo, though, and mainly the music made me realize that I had to do with a totally different band.

Δευτέρα, 12 Μαρτίου 2018

The Crucifier - Voices In My Head (Full Album, 2017)



The Crucifier was formed in February 1995 by Hilas ëThanatoidí Kyriazis (vocals) and bass guitarist Giorgos Kyriazis in Athens. With three demos: “Infernal Pain” (1995), “Totally Madness” (1996) and “Fear Is Your Mind” (1998), and two EPs “Innocent World” released in 2001 and “Escape or Die” from 2004 and after two full-lengths, the debut “Merciless Conviction” (2002) and the last acclaimed “Cursed Cross” (2006), the band is ready to hit the market again! After several line-up changes, the band is now renewed and from 2007 and 2010 released four split album as well including the presence into “Thrash Metal Blitzkrieg Vol. 3″ underground cult compilation. During its career The Crucifier played many gigs around their Country supporting important international metal acts.

THE CRUCIFIER – Line Up:
H.K THRASHER-THROAT
NIKOS-GUITAR
SPYROS-GUITAR
THEMIS (R A T)-BASS
DIMITRIS (IN CORE)-DRUMS

Κυριακή, 11 Μαρτίου 2018

CONCRETE SWINE – ZEPPELIN OVER CHERNOBYL STREAMING IN FULL



Finland's Concrete Swine are streaming their new EP Zeppelin over Chernobyl and it is available for streaming on Concrete Swine's Soundcloud page

Zeppelin over Chernobyl EP was recorded and mixed by Tero Kalliomäki at Killhill Studio,Riihimäki, Finland. Mastering was handled by Collin Jordan (Ministry, Voivod, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eyehategod) at the Boiler Room in Chicago.

Tracklist:
1. Black Swine
2. Feed That Fire(fire outside)
3. Binhead
4. Way High Tsar

Harvest Time released new album



Russian Symphonic Metal band Harvest Time (Russian - "Время Жатвы") released their new album «Чтобы взошло завтра солнце». The album was recorded/mixed and mastered in "REDHORSE STUDIO" by Valentin Suldin.

Harvest Time was formed in 2011 at Moscow by Nikolay Temnoyarov (Keyboards/Guitar), Maria Guseva (Vocals) and Vitaliy Belov (Lyrics). In 2012 the band released their first self-titled album, and the second album  «Час мародёра» was released in 2015.

BRAINSTORM to enter studio soon!



Good news from the BRAINSTORM camp: one of Germany's premiere metal bands will enter the Greenman Studios to record their upcoming new album with producer Sebastian Seeb Levermann (ORDEN OGAN, Rhapsody Of Fire). The album will be titled "Midnight Ghost", a release is scheduled for September and the tour will start in January 2019.

Vocalist Andy B. Franck comments:
"I think people will realize right away that we took enough of time to deliver a special album, our 12th overall by the way, this time. The songs sound very intense, fresh, heavy and aggressive - even after listening to the material for so long now. Our 12th album, so we will record 12 songs and then decide which of these finally end up on the album. We are happy that we were able to secure the services of Seeb, who was our #1 choice and will take us to the limit. We're so looking forward to working with him - also because we feel that "Midnight Ghost" will become a very special album. Stay tuned for updates, folks!"

Σάββατο, 10 Μαρτίου 2018

STORMBURNER SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH PURE STEEL RECORDS



The Heavy Metal Band STORMBURNER from Stockholm (Sweden), has signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS.

STORMBURNER was founded in 2016 by Mike Stark and Tommi Korkeamäki. The band consist of ex-members from Steel Attack, Starblind, Blazing Guns, Skellington and Furiam. The Debutalbum will be released via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

EISREGEN announce new mini-album and release gig



The German extreme metallers EISREGEN are going to release a new mini-album this summer!

The new release is entitled "Satan Liebt Dich" (Satan loves you), will contain 7 new and previously unreleased songs and should shorten the waiting time until the band's 13th studio album will be released this fall.

Παρασκευή, 9 Μαρτίου 2018

AETERNITAS announce new album



The German symphonic metal outfit AETERNITAS is going to release a new album on June 29, 2018 via Massacre Records!

"Tales Of The Grotesque" marks the 5th studio album of the band, it was mixed by Alex Hunziger at SONOFACTUM and mastered by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam Mastering.

The cover artwork - available below - was once again created by Kurt Wörsdörfer (Headcrime Artwork).

The 12 songs on the upcoming album are all based in short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.



LORDI: New album in May!



LORDI will release their new album „Sexorcism“ on May 25th. Possibly their most controversial record to date, the 9th studio album „Sexorcism“ is a full on and uncensored shot of LORDI brand hard rock and roll.

Πέμπτη, 8 Μαρτίου 2018

GRAND HEAD - Melting the Fuse EP Review



GRAND HEAD - Melting the Fuse EP

Independent


GRAND HEAD is an amazing two piece mystic stoner/punk rock band from the USA, presenting a two song atmospheric, slow, philosophic mix of stoner music into a tight, wild and rebellious punk rock package.

Δευτέρα, 5 Μαρτίου 2018

KINGS WILL FALL – Thrash Force. One Review



KINGS WILL FALL – Thrash Force. One

Independent


Yes, we all know that Italy has a very interesting power metal scene and if you are not convinced, just check out the previous releases that I reviewed and I mean ALTAIR and KALEDON. With KINGS WILL FALL, though, we enter into more aggressive fields, although their name might make you think that we deal with an epic metal band. The title of their debut album can’t be more straight forward and into the point.

Σάββατο, 3 Μαρτίου 2018

WILD WITCH - The Offering Review



WILD WITCH - The Offering

Arthorium Records


WOW!!! Since the 90's when I started collecting stuff from Latin America, Brazilian heavy metal stuff, this country never ever let me down!!! WILD WITCH is a good example and so is for all traditional heavy metal and N.W.O.B.H.M fans!!

Πέμπτη, 1 Μαρτίου 2018

Michael Mackert release new album



American Heavy Metal musician Michael Mackert relea sed his new solo album «Finale». The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at "Seraphic Records" by Michael Mackert himself.

Michael Mackert is a Washington, D.C. based Heavy Metal/Hard Rock guitarist and composer. Beside his instrumental solo project, Michael also play guitars on American Heavy Metal band "Blood Corps".

THE DANGER – The Danger Review



THE DANGER – The Danger

Independent

It is true and I am amongst those whose first contact with the Italian metal scene was with bands like RHAPSODY and DOMINE which moved into more epic and symphonic metal paths. Actually many people believed that these are the only bands that Italy gives to the metal scene. However, for me and due to some friends these bands made me search deeper into the Italian metal scene and I was more than happy to discover that Italy had a good metal scene even from the 80’s and because of lack of promotion they never became so known like other metal scenes. One of these very good 80’s metal bands were VANEXA which I propose you should check out especially if you like the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound. Now, I imagine some eyebrows rising and think what all these have to do with this band? Well the answer is the legendary singer of VANEXA from the 80’s Mr. Marco Spinelli. So enough said about the past, let’s talk about the present and this release…