(*/10) The Wacken festival has a long tradition and it seem to become a tradition that a release with Wacken recordings creates some extra appetite right upfront the festival. This year it's 'Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder Than Hell' that looks back on the last years edition of the iconic Metal feast. Two... Continue Reading →
(9/10) It was in 2015 when Polish Batushka took a step out of the shadows and went straight into darkness. That's at least how you could describe the beginning of one of the most disruptive Metal bands these days. Batushka, that's art and art needs to challenge borders and limitation. The Polish powerhouse is doing... Continue Reading →
(8/10) If you think about Norwegian Black Metal the name of Abbath crosses your path for sure more than once. The break-through came in the ‘90s with Immortal and it’s genre defining album s such as ‘Sons of Northern Darkness’ that are timeless documents of the earlier days of Black Metal. In the meantime Abbath... Continue Reading →
Hells Headbangers will release a split 7" with two bands being the forerunners when it comes to Greek Black Metal. Rotting Christ and Varathron recorded one track each for this release, entitled 'Duality of the Unholy Existence'. Fans should certainly check out this special EP. Release date is June 28th, 2019.
Knoest is a trio hailing from Gelderland in The Netherlands. The trio released on June 14th their new album 'Dag', a record that features four songs reflecting one day. 'De Ochtend' (the morning), De Middag (noon), 'De Avond' (the evening) and 'De Nacht' (the night). As you can see with song titles, that album is... Continue Reading →
(8/10) 'The Witch's Grail' is already longplayer number four of North Carolina's All Hell and it's a good one. The trio started in 2013 and looks back on some productive years. The guys debuted in 2014 with 'The Devils' Work' nd since then released albums on a regular base. 'The Witch's Grail' is the newest... Continue Reading →
Whit weekend means Rock Hard Festival since 2004. The open air festival at Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen has kept its family spirit with many fans of Metal and Rock returning to Gelsenkirchen every year. Also Markus‘ Heavy Music Blog is present and here‘s the report of the great 2019 edition. It is with Vulture a local act... Continue Reading →
Metal icon Abbath posted with 'Outstrider' a new song, which is the title track of the upcoming album. Realese date is July 5th and the album comes via Season Of Mist https://youtu.be/lNa-aIMT8SQ
(9/10) Darkthrone, that's Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, both a well attuned duo in harsh Black Metal. Seventeen longplayer over the period o more than 30 years speak volumes and in contrary to the title of their newest release these guys are for sure no 'old stars'. As if there would be no tomorrow that duo... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Nobody expected this album to be an easy one and it's for sure a longplayer that's demands listener's attention. 'GastiR - Ghosts Invited' is the highly anticipated debut of Gaahls WYRD, fronted by one of the pioneers of Norwegian Black Metal. Gaahl started with his first band Trelldom many years ago and name recognition... Continue Reading →
A new festival will premier this autumn in Germany. Hall Of Flame festival will take place on October 5th at Markthalle in Hamburg and first bands have been announced. Headlined by Norwegian Kampfar the festival focusses on the dark side of Metal and fits perfectly into the dark season of autumn. Stay tuned for more.
(7/10) Martyrdöd's smashing seventh album is mainly built on two pillars. One of them are the hysteric sound vocals by Mikael Kjellman and the other one are the rather melodic guitar lines. Now, using the work 'melodic' might lead to a wrong impression since Martyrdöd has nothing to do with melodic metal or similar. The... Continue Reading →
(8/10) To a certain extend German metallers Ketzer become more and more an unpredictable outfit in the fields of black metal. After having release two savage albums it was the third longplayer, ‘Starless’, that has been like a curveball. The guys from Cologne readjusted their sound rather dramatically by adding a lot of atmospheric elements... Continue Reading →