Wheel pt.2 - in a way. Important is not to mix up Wheel from Germany with the Finnish prog metal band, sharing the same moniker. In this review we are talking about the quartet, hailing from Dortmund, Germany and instead of progressive metal sounds it's more the slo-mo doom riffs that break ground on 'Preserved... Continue Reading →
Lunar Shadow from Siegen, Germany began in 2014 a journey through the sound worlds of heavy metal, which so far includes three episodes. It all started with 'Triumphator', a self-released EP that helped the guys seal a deal with Cruz Del Sur. Since then, the five guys from North Rhine-Westphalia have been releasing a new... Continue Reading →
Flea markets are generally not a bad thing, especially when they have a section for second hand viny. It was at such a flea market in Tampere, Finland where Aku Kytölä and Pate Vuorio met and realized that they had a very similar musical taste. Plans for their own band were quickly sparked and after... Continue Reading →
Cruz Del Sur has very good scouting skills when it's about discovering new bands with potential, not only but especially when it's about Doom- and Epic Metal. Old Mother Hell is such an oufit that recently signed with the label and the first album is in the starting blocks. Old Mother Hell was founded in... Continue Reading →
Even if we miss The Neptune Power Federation playing live on stage at the moment, this EP provides a little replacement. It at least helps to bridge the waiting time until we can witness again the highly energetic live peformance. Cool stuff from Down Under.
In a world without COVID-19, Australian power house The Neptune Power Federation would have been on tour earlier this year. Since the virus forced everybody to change plans, the tour is postponed, but there are also good news reaching us from Down Under. The Neptune Power Federation announced a four songs comprising EP. The guys... Continue Reading →
25 years in business, that says something about a band and their musical qualities. Pale Divine, hailing from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, is such a band. Founded in 1995 it took the guys six years to get the debut 'Thunder Perfect Mind' out into the record shops. Having managed the start, was like a springboard for... Continue Reading →
Instead of being on tour right now in Europe, Australian's powerhouse The Neptune Power Federation announce a new EP. 'Can You Dig - Europe 2020' is scheduled for a release on July 24th and comes through Cruz Del Sur. The EP will feature four songs, two Rainbow covers and two Queen covers, all interpreted in... Continue Reading →
Stygian Crown, hailing from Los Angeles, California, has their debut album in starting blocks with a release, scheduled for the end of the month. The first full-length record features eight songs, all excellent ones. The album showcases a band that's hungry and their Epic Doom Metal is just putting a spell on you. Reason enough... Continue Reading →
'Stygian Crown' is a strong debut album, a longplayer that is a statement. These guys came to stay. Modern epic doom metal has to sound exactly like the quintet celebrates it for almost an hour on this album. Very strong.
Cruz Del Sur usually has a good sense for well-crafted Epic Metal. The Wizar'd fits surely to the label portfolio but can't entirely live up to other bands the label signed. The Wizar'd hails from Australia and 'Subterranean Exile' is already their fourth album. It took seven long years to create the successor for 'Ancient... Continue Reading →
Canadian Epic Metal outfit Smoulder was supposed to perform at Up The Hammer 2020 festival in Athens, Greece last night. Unfortunately the Corona virus led to the unfortunate situation of the festival being cancelled. Besides the dramatic effects on organizers, fans and band, metallers at least can welcome Smoulder's newest release. 'Dream Quest Ends' is... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Terminus is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist David Gillespie. It’s mainly him, together his musical partner in crime, singer James Beattie who created the sophomore Terminus album. The longplayer named ‘A Single Point of Light’, featuring seven songs, all rooted in traditional Heavy Metal and Epic Metal. Four years after the debut has been revealed... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Two years after having uncovered the first full-length album ‘Far From Light’ it’s ‘The Smokeless Fires’ being the direction-giving second longplayer of the German quintet. The album is again done in cooperation with Cruz Del Sur and features seven new songs. The three years between the two records brought some roughness for Lunar Shadow.... Continue Reading →
(9/10) There are many reason why Toronto is a great city. There are very friendly and open-minded people, there’s a good vibe in the city, they have with the Toronto Blue Jays a cool, and hopefully soon also successful baseball team, and so on. Furthermore it’s the home base of metal bands like the legendary... Continue Reading →