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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Volter hail from Hannover, Germany, are a trio and are dedicated to Rock’n’Roll. Volter’s roots go back to 2014. Drummer Anton and singer/bassist Gregor found a lot of common ground when it comes to their passion for raw hard rock music. What was missing at the time was a guitarist and the search was completed… Continue Reading →
It was the Scorpions who made Hannover famous, at least when it comes to music of a harder kind. However, other interesting metal bands of the late 80s and early 90s came from the capital of Lower Saxony. Victory was one of them and also Thunderhead came from Northern Germany. Thunderhead started in 1988 and… Continue Reading →
It was 40 years ago that a group of young metal heads from Stourbridge, England released a debut album that was recorded in seven days and came without frills and decoration. Without getting full support, the album didn’t get the attention music and songs deserved. ‘Lightning to the Nations’, so the title of Diamond Head’s… Continue Reading →
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.
‘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.
(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 →
(8/10) Hamburg – Rock City? This can be clearly answered with ‘Yes’. Not only that band like Helloween and Gamma Ray and many more have their homebase in the Hansestadt, also German metal veterans Paragon call Hamburg their home. The quintet never made it to the top, but the fact that they add with ‘Controlled… Continue Reading →
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 →