CD review PARANORM ‘Empyrean’

Paranorm is based in Uppsala, Sweden and was formed in 2007. A first EP called ‘Pandemonium’s Rise’ has been released in 2011 and it was the ‘The Edge of Existence’ release that followed in 2014. What's missing until now is a full-length album, forged by the Swedish quartet. The band started this adventure a while... Continue Reading →

CD review SAXON ‘Inspirations’

That Saxon can not only write brilliant heavy metal anthems, but also do good cover versions is known since 1988. The 'Destiny' album opens with 'Ride Like the Wind', a Christopher Cross classic that Saxon sets perfectly into scene. Now, it seems like Biff Byford and bandmates have been going through their own record collections... Continue Reading →

CD review ORDEN OGAN ‘Final Days’

Metal storytellers Orden Ogan return with a new album and thus with a new story. Seeb Levermann and bandmates had already sung about 'Gunmen' and had also musically staged various other concepts. A white spot was Sci-Fi and this gap is closed with 'Final Days' on March 12th. Based on a dark Sci-fi concept, Orden... Continue Reading →

CD review LUNAR SHADOW ‘Wish to Leave’

Lunar Shadow from Siegen, Germany began in 2014 a journey through the sound worlds of heavy metal, which so far includes three episodes. It all started with 'Triumphator', a self-released EP that helped the guys seal a deal with Cruz Del Sur. Since then, the five guys from North Rhine-Westphalia have been releasing a new... Continue Reading →

CD review MORK ‘Katedralen’

Mork has its beginning in 2004 and is the brainchild of Thomas Eriksen. It started as a side-project which also explains the relatively belated debut album. 'Isebakken' saw the light of day in 2013 and was a kind of a kickstart for more. More albums followed, of which 'Det Svart Juv' in 2019 was the... Continue Reading →

CD review RONNIE ATKINS ‘One Shot’

Ronnie Atkins, that’s one of the most iconic frontmen in rock and metal. The Danish singer is renowned as a crucial part of Pretty Maids and also enriched the Nordic Union releases with his voice, not to forget his contribution to Avantasia’s great longplayers and live shows The shock came when it was announced that... Continue Reading →

CD review BAEST ‘Necro Sapiens’

Baest's new album 'Necro Sapiens' is the first small disappointment in 2021. Impressing with the debut 'Danse Macabre' and 'Venemum', the new album is in nuances a further evolution, but also lacks the last punch. Baest stands for death metal that can be placed somewhere between Entombed and Bolt Thrower. That they also go to... Continue Reading →

CD review WITHERFALL ‘Curse of Autumn’

Witherfall from Los Angeles, CA have been active for some time now. Everything started in 2013 in California and four years later, the band could present with 'Nocturnes and Requiems' a remarkable debut album. Inspired by the positive feedback, Witherfall continued in 2018 with their sophomore album 'A Prelude to Sorrow', which was released via... Continue Reading →

CD review ENFORCED ‘Kill Grid’

Just when you think that Iotunn have with 'Access All Worlds' delivered a strong candidate for the newcomer album of the year, the next candidate is already lurking around the corner - Enforced. The are guys from Richmond, Virginia and what they deliver with their first longplayer is a blast. The five musicians are not... Continue Reading →

CD review BONFIRE ‘Roots’

Bavaria's metal and rock veterans Bonfire have regained strength over the past few years. 'Temple of Lies' and 'Fistul of Fire' are evidence of a band that has picked up momentum. Singer Alexx Stahl certainly added his share to this positive development, as Bonfire mainman Hans Ziller has now again a good frontman next to... Continue Reading →

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