Review IRON FATE ‘Crimson Messiah’

One year as Crypteria and since 2005 as Iron Fate, monikers that stand for remarkable power metal from Germany. Goslar in Lower Saxony is the home of a quintet that premiered in 2010 with an album called ‘Cast in Iron’.  If one expected the sophomore album rather quickly might have been disappointed since it took… Continue Reading →

SORCERER released ‘Reverence’

Stockholms metal institution Sorcerer used the time to record four cover songs which let off the leash one by one. It all started in September 2021 with the legendary ‘Gates of Babylon’, originally from Rainbow, followed by ‘When Death Calls’ (Black Sabbath) and Saxon’s ‘Crusader’. The final cover is ‘Waiting for Darkness’ from Ozzy Osbourne… Continue Reading →

Review HEAVY WATER ‘Red Brick City’

Like father like son. That could be the header for the debut album of Heavy Water. The band premiers on July 23rd with ‘Red Brick City and although the outfit is a rather new one, the names behind this moniker are well-known. Heavy Water is the lockdown project of Saxon’s legendary frontman Biff Byford und his… Continue Reading →

Review HERMAN FRANK ‘Two For a Lie’

Herman Frank is one of the veterans when it comes to heavy metal from Germany. It was in the early eighties when the guitarist from Hannover became the forerunner of a genre that just started to gain momentum. Enriching the sound of Accept and Victory with his guitar play made Herman to an important person… Continue Reading →

HEAVY WATER, a father and son project

If you wonder what Saxon’s Biff Byford and his son Seb did during the COVID-lockdown, they worked on songs for a project called Heavy Water. ‘Red Brick City’ is the title of their full-length album that will be in the record stores on July 23rd and comes via Silver Lining. Today, the title title track… Continue Reading →

CD review BUTTERFLY ‘Doorways of Time’

The sticker on the album promises “Traditional Heavy Metal displaying twin guitar and vocal harmonies, huge power chords and a pounding rhythm section!” and I can’t disagree. If you have a look at the artwork first, the sound of the band could go two directions. Either we are facing a band that appreciates epic metal… Continue Reading →

CD review BLACK HAWK ‘Destination Hell’

Hamburg’s Metal veterans Black Hawk deliver with ‘Destination Hell’ an album that isn’t polished neither it’s over-produced. It has a solid sound and a lot of edges. The ten songs might not bring that much new to the plate. Still they are authentic and real. No frills, some thrills and a lot of passion, that’s Black Hawk’s new album. If you like traditional Heavy Metal straight from the underground you should give the album a chance.

CD review BIFF BYFORD ‘School of Hard Knocks’

‘School of Hard Knocks’ is a authentic album without frills. It’s an album that carries street life vibes and is done with a down-to-earth mindset. In this way it reflects exactly what Biff Byford stands for, making ‘School of Hard Knocks’ to a real Byford solo album.

CD review PICTURE ‘Wings’

(8/10) Hollands Metal veterans Picture is a band many kids don’t know. The band premiered in 1980 and is for more than 40 years in business, but never had the big breakthrough. After some changes in the line-up over the last years it was three years ago when 4/5 of the original band joined forces… Continue Reading →

New DIAMOND HEAD album in May

NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head are thrilled to announce they have signed a worldwide record deal with international label: Silver Lining Music. “We’re delighted to be bringing the Diamond Head lightning to our new family at Silver Lining Music and honoured to be standing alongside a stable of established international talent, which includes such legends as Saxon, Europe… Continue Reading →

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