CD review DC4 ‘Atomic Highway’

(8/10) In an almost clandestine way, DC4 released their fourth full-length album ‘Atomic Highway’. DC4, that's almost family business if you will. It’s the three Duncan brothers, Jeff, Matt and Shawn, together with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson. The successor of the 2011 album ‘Electric Ministry’ sneaked into the stores mid-September and is available in... Continue Reading →

CD review RIVERSIDE ‘Wasteland’

(9/10) Polish prog rockers Riverside is a well-known and well-respected prog metal outfit that launched six longplayers before a stroke of fate hit the band. It was in February 2016 when guitarist and founding member Piotr Grudziński died of a sudden cardiac arrest. From one moment to another things haven’t been anymore like they were... Continue Reading →

Classics: RUFFIANS ‘Ruffians’

With this classic, we go back in time even further than with the latest 'Classics' posts. The Delorean brings us back to 1985. In a phase when metal gained momentum and many bands pushed into the market, it was Ruffians from San Francisco that unveiled a brilliant six-track album. Simply entitled 'Ruffians' the debut EP of... Continue Reading →

METAL DAYZ 2019 – dates announced

On September 21st and 22nd, the cult venue in northern Germany, the Markthalle in Hamburg, was again the location for the 7th Hamburg Metal Dayz. Battle vests and band shirts, music experts, entertainment industry people, metal lovers and happy faces: Those were the impressions at the hardest event during this year’s Reeperbahn Festival. “We’re again... Continue Reading →

CD review TREAT ‘Tunguska’

(8/10) Swedish hardrocker Treat are a longtime player in the fields of melodic hardrock. The first and successful era ended with a split in 1993 before Treat reunited in 2006. The second era also included some good longplayer, starting with 'Coup de Grace'. I have to admit that the 1987 'Dreamhunter' album is still my... Continue Reading →

Classics: MORDRED ‘Fool’s Game’

Today I want to take you back into 1989, a time when San Francisco-based Mordred premiered with 'Fool's Game'. After having produced three demo tapes the guys could ink a contract with Noise International and released a debut that showed a well-executed fusion of thrash metal and funk. In the second half of the 80's thrash... Continue Reading →

SATAN enters German album charts

September 7th saw the long-anticipated release of the latest SATAN album 'Cruel Magic'! The NWOBHM legends can now announce they have reached a sensational position 28 on the official German album charts with this longplayer! Comments the band: "It's pretty insane. Once you realize it's not some practical joke you think well why not? We've... Continue Reading →

METAMORPHER releases ‘Becoming’

Fans of progressive metal music might be interested in an EP that unfolds its beauty today. German five piece band Metamorpher releases their first EP ‘Becoming’ on September 21st. The disc comprises of three tracks that sound great, but need some time to sink in. Metamorpher, that’s Dominik Kwasny, Michael Junker, Carlos Gottberath, Michael Schiefer... Continue Reading →

ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2019 – first bands announced

First bands are announced for the 2019 edition of Rock Hard festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Bands that are confirmed already are promising. Death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse are part of the festival, as well as  US metal legend Fifth Angel and prog metal heroes Heir Apparent. Furthermore it is German instrumental postrockers  Long Distance Calling, NWoBHM icon... Continue Reading →

CD review BETONTOD ‘Vamos!’

(7/10) One year after having released the very successful ‘Revolution’ album, German punk rocker Betontod launched their newest album ‘Vamos!’ a few weeks ago. The story of Betontod is a successful one. The band from Reinberg, Germany started in the early 90’s and after having published some demos it was the ‘Hier kommt Aerger’ album... Continue Reading →

CD review MAYAN ‘Dhyana”

(9/10) Dutch powerhouse MaYan is back with a new longplayer. It’s not that the band released many records over the last years, but it’s the quality of each of the albums that’s stunning. After having debuted in 2011 with ‘Quaterpast’ the band unveiled their next strike with ‘Antagonise’ in 2014. Both records were critically acclaimed... Continue Reading →

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 released 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 →

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