CD review WARREL DANE ‘Shadow Work’

(9/10) One of the most talented singers in metal, Warrel Dane, passed away on December 13th, 2017. The news hit the metal community hard. Grief and sadness were recognized everywhere. With his rather unique voice, Dane enriched albums of bands like Sanctuary and Nevermore and all of a sudden this voice became silent. Therefore you... Continue Reading →

CD review BONFIRE ‘Legends’

(*/10) German hardrocker Bonfire entered a rather successful new era a few years ago. The last three studio records showed a good development of a band that scored bigger achievements in the second half of the 80's when they toured with bands like Judas Priest. This time Bonfire unleashes a double CD with cover versions.... Continue Reading →

CD review ROYAL TUSK ‘Tusk II’

(8/10) I guess it was and is the ice-hockey team, Edmonton Oilers that brought the Canadian city on the agenda of people outside Canada and outside North America. I’m not an ice-hockey fan but even I know the name of Wayne Gretzky and nowadays it’s two Germans being part of the roster. But your right,... Continue Reading →

CD review SOULFLY ‘Ritual’

(8/10) The announcement of a new Soulfly album led to some curiosity, although the level of excitement wasn’t that sky high. This is mainly due to the fact that the last Soulfly releases didn’t have the firepower of the earlier album, like ‘Dark Age’ and the mind-blowing ‘Prophecy’. ‘Archangel’ showed a slight adjustment of direction... Continue Reading →

CD review BEYOND CREATION ‘Algorythm’

(8/10) If you check Wikipedia for ‘algorithm’ you get the following answer: “In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm (/ˈælɡərɪðəm/ ) is an unambiguous specification of how to solve a class of problems.” Now, I’m not sure French-Canadian metalists Beyond Creation wants to solve a specific problem, but the new album definitely delivers to the... Continue Reading →

CD review DISTURBED ‘Evolution’

(8/10) Chicago-based rock powerhouse Disturbed released their latest album ‘Immortalized’ three years ago, which was the first album after a hiatus. The album was highly acclaimed by fans and media, which was a motivator enough for starting work on the seventh studio record. 2018 is the year when it happens - a new longplayer is... Continue Reading →

CD review OUTLAW ‘Marauders’

(7/10) The fact that Finland is the home base for many interesting metal bands is well known. One of these bands is Outlaw, hailing from a city with a rather difficult name: Lappeenranta. Singer Lee Anvel and bassist John Kaiser started the band which grew to a five-piece. Guitars are handled by Jimmy Slashburner and... Continue Reading →

CD review ATREYU ‘In Our Wake’

(8/10) Atreyu is a real 21st-century band. Although the quintet started in 1999 it's the years between 2002 and 2007 that marked a first successful era of this quintet from Southern California. After a hiatus, the band returned in 2014 and released with 'Long Live' an album that included the metalcore roots as well as... Continue Reading →

CD review ACE FREHLEY ‘Spaceman’

(8/10) What makes more sense than the real ‘Spaceman’ recording an album entitled ‘Spaceman’? Exactly, nothing makes more sense. Kiss founding member Ace Frehley is the first ‘Spaceman’ of Kiss and will ever be. Although Frehley isn’t part of the multi-selling hardrock outfit since 2002 he is still active as Ace Frehley with really good... Continue Reading →

CD review VULCAIN ‘Vinyle’

(7/10) It was in 1981 when the Puzio brothers founded a band they named Vulcain. Already one year later the band premiered with 'Rock'n'Roll Secours' and became one of the most constant outfits in French metal and hard rock. Also an eleven years time-out couldn't kill the rock'n'roll spirit. After a split-up in 1998 the... Continue Reading →

ASHES OF ARES announces a new album

Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales, both being Ashes Of Ares, announced a next album. 'Well of Souls' will be released on November 9th and comes via ROAR. Matt Barlow comments: "Freddie's music really inspired me to delve once again into one of my favorite realms of mythology. The lyrics came about as I was listening... Continue Reading →

New METAL CHURCH album in December

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album ’Damned If You Do’ via Rat Pak Records on December 7, 2018 and will also be available in Europe via Nuclear Blast and Japan via KING Records. The latest release is the follow up to their highly successful 2016 album ‘XI’,... Continue Reading →

CD review KADAVAR ‘Live in Copenhagen’

(8/10) Berlin-based Kadavar is a band that really gained momentum over the last years. Their latest studio album, Rough Times', belongs to the best records the classic rock genre recently added to the offer and after having done some excellent studio albums the band decided to go for a second live record. Kadavar, that's Christoph... Continue Reading →

CD review ANTI-FLAG ‘American Reckoning’

(*/10) Pittsburgh-based punk rockers of Anti-Flag took the American series of two albums and rearranged some of the songs for ‘American Reckoning’. The quartet took songs of the 2015 release ‘American Spring’ and the 2017 album ‘American Fall’, rearranged them as acoustic tunes and put them on this compilation. Although the songs are known from... Continue Reading →

CD review DYNAZTY ‘Firesign’

(8/10) Two years ago Swedish rockers Dynazty released their sixth album ‘Titanic Mass’, comprising of well-crafted melodic metal songs. Things sounded great, also due to Peter Taetgren being responsible for the production. This year Dynazty returns with their next longplayer entitled ‘Firesign’ and it’s an adjustment of their sound that comes with the album. The... Continue Reading →

CD review AXXIS ‘Monster Hero’

(8/10) Is there anybody out there that expects major adjustments to Axxis’ sound? Probably not. ‘Monster Hero’ is Axxis 15th studio album and bandleaders Bernhard Weiss and Harry Öllers continue with what the band is best in – catchy melodic rock songs that are built on Weiss unique vocals and Öllers’ catchy keyboard sound. ‘Monster... Continue Reading →

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