German death metal veterans will release their new album, entitled 'Okkult II', on July 6th and Markus' Heavy Music Blog had the chance to get some first-hand insights, provided by Alex and Tosso of Atrocity. Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Hello Alex and Tosso, thanks for taking a bit of time for Markus‘ Heavy Music... Continue Reading →
HERE comes a first teaser for the upcoming Heir Apparent album 'View From Below', which will be released on October 15th via No Remorse Records. Stay tuned for more. Tracklist: 1. Man in the Sky 2. The Door 3. Here We Aren't 4. Synthetic Lies 5. Savior 6. Further and Farther 7. The Road to... Continue Reading →
Prior to his impressive career as being the frontman of legendary Deep Purple, Ian Gillan played in some smaller bands. One of those was called The Javelins. The singers states: "Who’d have thought it?! In the early 1960’s, you might have seen The Beatles doing Chubby Checker’s ‘Twist and Shout’ at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, or... Continue Reading →
Sinsaenum unveiled a second song from their next album. 'Repulsion For Humanity' will hit the shelves on August 10th and comes via earMUSIC. 'Sacred Martyr' also features Lauren Hart of Once Human and can be watched HERE.
Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo will launch his solo debut 'War of the Worlds / Pt. 1' on July 27th and 'Djinn' is one song, coming from the tracklist of this longplayer. The tune got a video that can be watched HERE.
Over the last few months some activity at the Hittman camp was noticeable. The band played an highly acclaimed show at the Keep It True Festival in Germany, new songs have been played there and the debut has been re-issued by No Remorse Records. Enough reasons to reach out to Jim Bacchi and Dirk Kennedy... Continue Reading →
(9/10) I think that one of the reasons why a Kissin‘ Dynamite album creates some excitement on my side is the fact that the guys partly remind me of my own youth. Grown up in Swabia and being thrilled by metal is what I get in my mind when listening to Kissin‘ Dynamite‘s music. It... Continue Reading →
(6/10) The label sheet that came with Halcyon Ways’s new album ‘Bloody but Unbowed’ mentions Megadeth, Dream Theater, Testament and Chimaira as a source of inspiration for the five guys from Atlanta, Georgia. After having listened to the album several times I think that the mentioned comparison nails it pretty much and what could be... Continue Reading →
(7/10) Bullet For My Valentine's roots go back to 1998 when the band started as Jeff Killed John. After some name-changes the guys transformed to Bullet For My Valentine and started an impressive career in metal. The band debut with ‘The Poison’ in 2005, becoming a rising star in modern metal. The first album could... Continue Reading →
German metal veteran Udo Dirkschneider is back with a new U.D.O. album, entitled 'Steelfactory'. Release date will be August 31st and will come via AFM Records.
German power metal pioneers Brainstorm launches their 12th longplayer, 'Midnight Ghost', on September 28th.
Alice In Chains announced there new album 'Rainier Fog' for August 24th and the quartet unveiled a new track entitled 'So Far Under', which can be enjoyed HERE. It's a dark and oldschool tune and is an excellent appetiser for more. 'Rainier Fog' is the first Alice In Chains studio album within five years and... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Atrocity belongs to the pioneers of German death metal. Formed in 1985 the band debut in 1989 with 'Blue Blood'. Since then various releases followed. The band became known by a wider audience in the late 90's when the 'Werk 80' album was revealed. The approach of taking 80's and 90's pop-/electro songs and turning... Continue Reading →
(7/10) Stormwitch is a band name most of you should be familiar with. The glorious early longplayers, such as 'Tales of Terror' and 'Walpurgis Night', were underground highlights in the mid 80's. These records made Stormwitch to 'the masters of black romantic' and it was this band that brought Gerstetten, their home-village, for the first... Continue Reading →
Noise masters Black Tusk will release their next studio album 'TCBT' on August 17 via Season Of Mist. 'Burn the Stars' is the second song they unveil and it can be watched HERE. The tracklist looks like this: 1. A Perfect View of Absolutely Nothing 2. Closed Eye 3. Agali 4. Lab Rat 5. Scalped ... Continue Reading →
NWoBHM veterans Satan will release a new studio album on September 7th. 'Cruel Magic' will come via Metal Blade Records and comprises of 10 songs: 01. Into The Mouth Of Eternity 02. Cruel Magic 03. The Doomsday Clock 04. Legions Hellbound 05. Ophidian 06. My Prophetic Soul 07. Death Knell For A King 08. Who... Continue Reading →
Clutch unveiled a second track of their upcoming album 'Book of Bad Decisions'. The song's title is 'How to Shake Hands' and will be also available as limited 7", which will also include 'Gimme the Keys'. Album release date is September 7th and the new video can be watched HERE...
Hard rock band Kingdom Come was formed in 1987 and was quickly signed to Polydor Records. They released their first single "Get It On" which had a stranglehold on AOR radio in early 1988, prompting their self-titled debut album to ship gold. The quintet, comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B.... Continue Reading →
(8/10) ‘Home on the Range’ is an album that might not fit entirely into the context of this blog, but as you know from some of the earlier reviews, I sometimes care less about the fact if an album fits into the genre of metal. Continental’s new album is such a release that has nothing... Continue Reading →
Not only due to the ‚Noise lebt!‘ campaign, but supported by it, Swiss thrash icons Coroner gain momentum again these days. I could witness the trio at this years Rock Hard Festival when the band performed an exquisite gig. Coroner began in 1984 and debut in 1987 with ‚R.I.P‘. What made the band to something... Continue Reading →
In late 2017, Dream Theater signed with Sony Music’s progressive imprint InsideOutMusic. Now, in preparation for the band’s fourteenth studio album and their first album ever produced in collaboration with this leading worldwide label, they are pleased to announce that they have entered the studio to begin the writing process. James comments: “We’ve been here... Continue Reading →
There are many DVD’s and Blu-Rays, capturing fantastic shows and concerts of rock and metal bands; moments that were great and a true highlight for fans. DVD’s and Blu-Rays are a great tool to let even more fans participate in these concerts that solely the ones that were lucky enough to get a ticket. Today... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Four years have gone by since Greece epic metal powerhouse Battleroar unveiled their latest longplayer. ‘Blood of Legends’ has been released in 2014 and it’s ‘Codex Epicus’ that marks the return of the band, hailing from Athens. As with the earlier records also the newest one comprises of epic power metal that finds its... Continue Reading →
(7/10) Switzerland is known for some good rock and hard rock bands as well as their striking extreme metal scene with bands like Celtic Frost, Messiah and Triptycon in forefront. It’s not that many thrash metal bands that could gain a widened popularity beyond Swiss borders. The legendary prog thrashers Drifter have been one of... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Denver, Colorado – based metallists Khemmis belong to the rising stars over the last years. The quartet debut in 2015 with ‘Absolution’, followed by the sophomore album, entitled ‘Hunted’. Both records were critically acclaimed and acted as a springboard for inking a deal with no less than Nuclear Blast Records. The decisive third album... Continue Reading →
Pearls unveils a light swinging alternative rocker 'The Salvation and the Power'. The self-titled album of this Münster-based band is already launched and you might want to check out the new video. Photo: Netinfect (Promotion)
All-female band Thunderpussy, hailing from Seattle, began in 2013 and the selftitled longplayer 'Thunderpussy' that will hit the shelves on August 10th. Thunderpussy plays exciting heavy indie rock and you can check it out HERE.
Tarja presents a next song, taken from the upcoming live album 'Act II'. 'Undertaker' was recorded in Milan and HERE is the clip.
Hardrock powerhouse The Dead Daisies releases a new single, accompanied by a new video clip. The song is entitled 'Dead and Gone' and you can watch the video HERE. Furthermore the new single is also the starting point for the new 'Daisyland'-platform, which will give all rock fans a place to hang out and have... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Some of you might have heard of Lady Catman already but I assume that the most of you aren’t familiar with the name/band/project. Lady Catman is a project of guitarist, producer and songwriter Cathleen , known from her contribution to some Die Apokalyptischen Reiter records. This time Lady Catman worked on a solo album,... Continue Reading →
(*/10) Jean Beauvoir is a colorful character in rock. The multi-instrumentalist started his career after having moved to NYC. He joined The Plasmatics as a bassplayer and released three records with them. This period has been a springboard for Beauvoir, who later one had several releases with Crown Of Thorns and also quite some solo... Continue Reading →
Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has released another new music video today, this time for the single 'Trampled Down Below'. The video was directed by Dan Sturgess and filmed at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London during the band's tour there earlier this year. Photo: Justin Reich
Sons Of Apollo unveiled a new video, this time for 'Signs of the Time'. The band furthermore announced summer live dates plus some more shows in autumn. 22nd June – Hellfest, Clisson, France 23rd June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium 24th June – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy 26th June – Futurism Music Bar,... Continue Reading →
(8/10) ‘Guardian Demons’ is King Heavy’s next studio album, following the 2015 debut ‘King Heavy’. The sophomore record comprises of six songs with roots in traditional doom metal. King Heavy was founded back in 2009 by former Procession founder Daniel Perez Saa and Luce Vee. The quartet is not looking for the quick outs. These... Continue Reading →