CD review ACE MAFIA ‘Ace Mafia’

(8/10) Ace Mafia is a hard rock band, hailing from the UK. The band was founded by Geos Letona and it was now less the current Judas Priest axeman Richie Faulkner that played with Ace Mafia for several years. In March 2010 the band’s debut ‘Vicious Circle’ was released, supported by some live shows. Faulkner... Continue Reading →

CD review ANN WILSON ‘Immortal’

(8/10) I don’t think that I have to introduce Ann Wilson to readers of Markus Heavy Music Blog. The singer is very well known from Heart, the band she and her sister Nancy celebrate huge success with. Ann Wilson worked recently on a solo album that will be release mid-September. ‘Immortal’ is the title of... Continue Reading →

CD review IRON LAMB ‘Blue Haze’

(7/10) Swedish Iron Lamb will release their newest longplayer end of October. ‘Blue Haze’ is the crucial album number three in the bands history and follows ‘Fool’s Gold’, which saw the light of day in 2015. The new record isn’t an album that’s extremely overloaded with songs. Actually it’ a rather limited amount of music... Continue Reading →

CD review HELRUNAR ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’

(8/10) ‘Vanitas Vanitatvm’ is the title of Helrunar’s next studio album. The German masters of pagan metal created a 11 songs comprising album that has it’s inspiration from bands like the legendary Bathory. What’s fascinating with Herunar is the fact that the band doesn’t solely focus on simpleminded speed. Helrunar takes thing much further and... Continue Reading →

CD review MAXXWELL ‘Metalized’

(7/10) ‘Metalized’ is the title of Maxxwell’s newest strike and I must say that the name fits very well. Nearly four years after ‘Tabula Rasa’ has been released the band continues their journey towards harder sounds. Starting as a more hardrock-oriented band, the guys already made a first move towards metal with 'Tabula Rasa'. The... Continue Reading →

CD review THRICE ‘Palms’

(8/10) ‘Palms’ is Thrice’s second album in the new era of the band. After a start with hard and harsh sounds and a shift towards alternative rock, the band went on a hiatus in 2012. The return to the scene in 2015 led to a new longplayer, entitled ‘To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere’.... Continue Reading →

CD review SOEN ‘Lykaia Revisited’

(*/10) Swedish progressive metallers Soen released their third album, ‘Lykaia’ in the beginning of 2017 and it’s in late summer 2018 when the quintet will launch an extended version, entitled ‘Lykaia Revisited’. If this new edition of the album makes sense or nonsense is what each of you has to decide individually. What I can... Continue Reading →

KADAVAR tour dates for Europe

German rockers Kadavar will be on tour in Europe this fall together with Monlord. Here are the dates: 22.09. D Hamburg - Reeperbahn Festival* 25.10. D Dresden - Beatpol 26.10. D Magdeburg - Factory 27.10. D Berlin - Festsaal Kreuzberg 28.10. D Rostock - Peter-Weiss-Haus 30.10. DK Aarhus - Atlas 31.10. S Malmö - KB... Continue Reading →

CD review THE UNITY ‘Rise’

(8/10) It was a year ago when German-Italian metalers The Unity debuted with a self-titled album. The Unity is the brainchild of two Gamma Ray members, Henjo Richter and Michael Ehre. The debut received very good feedback, from media and fans, with some touring activities helping the band to establish themselves in the German metal... Continue Reading →

CD review KOMATSU ‘A New Horizon’

(8/10) Eindhoven Rockcity is more than just a name. It's the moniker of an initiative that combines Eindhoven's vital rock- and metal scene, with Komatsu being one representative of. The quartet, consisting of Martijn Mansvelders, Mathijs Bodt, Mo Truijens and Jos Roosen, started Komatsu in 2010 and debuted in 2013 with ‘Manu Armata’. Komatsu plays... Continue Reading →

CD review UNDERTOW ‘Reap the Storm’

(9/10) A lot of things happened since Undertow released their seventh album „In Deepest Silence“. A line-up change took place in 2017 when longtime member Thomas Jentsch left Undertow and a successor needed to be found rather quickly. At that time recording activities have been planned already and things shouldn‘t face major delays. Fortunately Andreas... Continue Reading →

CD review LIONCAGE ‘ Turn Back Time’

(7/10) Lioncage premiered in 2015 with ‘Done at Last’ before they went into studio again two years later to record ‘Second Strike’. Already one year later the third album is in the starting blocks, ready to spread a melodic rock vibe. The band from Elmshorn, Germany put together a 12 songs tracklist, including songs that... Continue Reading →

CD review SATAN ‘Cruel Magic’

(9/10) One of the bands that transferred the spirit of the NWOBHM best to the here and now is metal veterans Satan. The guys started back in 1979 in Newcastle, UK and released with ‚Court in the Act‘ and ‚Suspended Sentence‘ two exquisite longplayers, which made them to real underground heroes. Unfortunately things came to... Continue Reading →

CD review VOIVOD ‘The Wake’

(9/10) Canadian prog thrashers Voivod were never a band whose music was easy to follow. It always demanded time and some spins to explore and grasp the details of their songs. This goes for the raw and anarchic sound of the early days and it's like a common denominator, bridging to the here and now.... Continue Reading →

CD review MANIMAL ‘Purgatorio’

(8/10) Gothenburg is known for a vital metal scene. Death metal and especially the melodic version of this extreme metal genre has a solid homebase in Sweden’s’ second biggest city. But the epicenter of Swedish metal has more in the offer. Also more traditional based metal is hailing from Gothenburg and one ambassador in Manimal.... Continue Reading →

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN announces ‘Symphonized’

In May 2018, Anneke van Giersbergen performed two career-spanning concerts with orchestral arrangements together with Residentie Orkest The Hague. Now those special concerts will be available for all to hear when they are released as ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live album due out on the 16th November 2018. Taking in material from across her career, she... Continue Reading →

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