CD review IN FLAMES ‘I, the Mask’

(8/10) Sweden-based In Flames belong(ed) to the spearhead of Swedish West-coast death metal. They were initiators of a special sound which they step by step evolve, adjusted and/or changed. The newest longplayer 'I, the Mask' has basically not a lot to do with the merciless and brutal early releases. In Flames went through a kind... Continue Reading →

CD review QUEENSRYCHE ‘The Verdict’

(8/10) The announcement of a new Queensryche album leads to anticipation, esp. since the band step by step returns to being a powerful metal band that leaves all the legal fights behind. ‘Queensryche’ and ‘Condition Human’ where the first records with Todd La Torre. His voice added and still add so much to Queensryche’s sound... Continue Reading →

CD review SINMARA ‘Hvísl Stjarnanna’

(9/10) The fact that there‘s a lot of great music coming from Island isn‘t something new. Bands like Solstafir and others are ambassadors of Icelandic metal and here comes another one - Sinmara.  The quintet from the North worked on their sophomore album that‘s now in the starting blocks. ‚Hvísl Stjarnanna‘ offers six new songs,... Continue Reading →

CD review EARTH MESSIAH ‘Ouroboros’

(8/10) Nine songs and 35 minutes aren’t facts that announces an epically long album. However, sometimes a short story can be far more exciting than a long novel you never work yourself through.  Earth Messiah, hailing from Gothenburg, premiers with one of these ‘boiled down to the essence albums. ‘Ouroboros’ will see the record stores... Continue Reading →

CD review O.R.k. ‘Ramagehead’

(9/10) Releases through KSCOPE are mostly great, but also not light fare. The label has bands in their portfolio that all have creativity, complexity and great quality in common and O.R.k. fits perfectly into this mix. O.R.k. is a ‘super group’ if you will. I’m not a fan of such a description but in this... Continue Reading →

Listen to ‘Genesis’ from DEVIN TOWNSEND

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend recently announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘Empath’ for the 29th March 2019, and today sees the launch of the first single from the album. Watch the epic new video for ‘Genesis’ HERE: Devin comments: Hey all :)It’s with great pride (and a healthy dose of trepidation) that I can finally present to you... Continue Reading →

News from DANKO JONES

As they prepare to finish a three-week U.S. headline tour tonight in Seattle, the Canadian hard rock trio Danko Jones has unveiled the Amir Chamdin-directed music video for their latest single, 'Dance Dance Dance'. The clip can be seen at this location. Photo: Dustin Rabin

CD review OVERKILL ‘The Wings of War’

(8/10) Overkill belongs to the very steady factors in thrash metal. Numerous albums from the New Jersey based quintet belong to the timeless classics in metal. Longplayers such as ‘Feel the Fire’, ‘Horrorscope’ and the latest release, ‘The Grinding Wheel’, are carriers of excellent thrash metal. On February 22nd,  Overkill adds a new record to... Continue Reading →

TEN announces a box set

British hard rockers Ten have an outstanding history of releases in their storied and revered catalog. Starting out as a sort of solo project built around singer and songwriter Gary Hughes, Ten found their audience playing a hard rock sound influenced by such giants as UFO, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Giant, and Whitesnake in a time... Continue Reading →

CD review AENIMUS ‘Dreamcatcher’

(8/10) Friends of progressive death metal can welcome a new album, done by a band that has its foundation date in 2011. Aenimus, hailing from the Bay Area, debuted some years ago with ‘Transcend Reality’, an album that featured with All I Shall Perish frontman Eddie Hermida a prominent  guest.   Aenimus spent a lot of... Continue Reading →

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