CD review MADHOUSE ‘Braindead’

Madhouse from Hamburg are a metal band which was already active in the late '80s. However, you can't find more than a few demos and local achievements in the metal archives with the year of 1991 being the definite end. It got quiet in madhouse. 23 years later the door to the madhouse was opened... Continue Reading →

CD review LOUISE LEMÓN ‘Devil’ – EP

Louise Lemón, the queen of death gospel, that's how the Swedish singer, who presents with 'Devil' a new EP these days, sees herself. 'Death' in this context has nothing to do though with death metal and isn't a weird crossover attempt either. The term 'death' in a context of wistfulness and melacholia matches the sound... Continue Reading →

CD review VAMPIRE ‘Rex’

If the third album is still the deciding factor for the future development of a band remains open, but the past shows that these albums are at least a kind of indicator. Gothenburg's Vampire are approaching this crossroads with 'Rex'. Founded in 2011 the band of Command, Hand Of Doom, Black String, Abysmal Condor and... Continue Reading →

CD review ANDY SUSEMIHL ‘Burning Man’

Andy Susemihl looks back on a long career in the rock business. Born in Ulm, Germany, the musician first appeared as a guitarist on Sinner's 'Dangerous Charm' album in 1987 and since then has been steadily built up his reputation through many musical projects and contributions. Susemihl's latest creation is called 'Burning Man', with 30... Continue Reading →

CD review -(16)- ‘Dream Squasher’

'Dream Squasher' is not for the faint-hearted. Extremely down-tuned guitars create a wall of riffs in grey and cold concrete. This album is a musical monolith that can't be discovered after listening to it. 'Dream Squasher' needs several rounds to unfold its intensity and musical creativity. And after that a little bit of sunlight is surely not bad either.

MORDRED and the new EP

Update 04.06.2020: The release date moved to June 19th, 2020 If there are crossover pioneers in metal it's Mordred from San Francisco, California. Belonging to the spearhead of bands that merged thrash metal with hiphop and funk, the guys released with 'Fools Game' an album that broke the chains of exciting genre limitation and opened... Continue Reading →

DOKKEN announce ‘The Lost Songs: 1978-1981’

It wasn’t always multi-platinum sales and stadium gigs for Dokken. There was a first-phase and there were early days, and it is those bold first steps to stardom which are celebrated comprehensively on Dokken’s The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 album, out on August 28th 2020 through Silver Lining Music.   Featuring spectacular sleeve art by renowned US artist Tokyo Hiro (Motörhead,... Continue Reading →

ROCK HARD FESTIVAL playlist on Spotify

Right now we actually should line-up at the entrance to Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen for kicking off this years edition of the Rock Hard festival. As we all know, this will not happen in 2020. To give a bit of a RHF feeling the Rock Hard team created a playlist on Spotify with bands that would have... Continue Reading →

CD review ANCILLOTTI ‘Hell on Earth’

The first time my attention was directed towards Anchillotti was when the band performed at the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival 2015 in The Netherlands. With their traditional heavy metal the four Italians knew how to impress the audience. At that time the guys had just released their debut 'The Chain Goes On' and everything still... Continue Reading →

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