Live report ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2019 – Day 1

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 →

CD review DARKTHRONE ‘Old Star’

(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 →

HALL OF FLAME festival announced

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.

CD review MARTYRDÖD ‘Hexhammaren’

(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 →

CD review KETZER ‘Cloud Collider’

(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 →

CD review SLÆGT ‘Black Bombs’ – 7″

(8/10) 'Black Bombs' is an in between release from Danish metal outfit Slægt. After having released the critically acclaimed 'The Wheel' album it's this two-tracks single release that offers more songs taken from the recording session. The title track is a blackened metal anthem that sounds extremely well. Heavy rolling riffs, hoarse vocals and a... Continue Reading →

CD review MORK ‘Det Svarte Juv’

(9/10) It's not always the superlatives that make an album special and standing out from the masses. It's not always about complexity, speed and bombastic sounds. Music is a career of emotions and the new album from Mork delivers to the point. Mork, that's the brain child of Thomas Eriksen and 'Det Svarte Juv' is... Continue Reading →

DARKTHRONE’s new album is on the way

Three years after having released the sinister 'Artic Thunder' album Norwegian metal veterans Darkthrone announced a new longplayer. 'Old Star' will be released on May 31st through Peaceville and brings some darkness to the starting summer time. Fenriz states: "Old star – again we are here with THE RIFFS! A while after our previous ARCTIC... Continue Reading →

KAMPFAR’s ‘Ofidians Manifest’ on May 3rd

Norwegian metal veterans Kampfar will release the newest album ‘Ofidians Manifest’ on May 3rd, and the longplayer comes through Indie Recordings. This is the tracklist: | Syndefall|| Ophidian||| Dominans|||| Natt||||| Eremitt|||||| Skamløs!||||||| Det Sorte

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