Covering such a milestone album always includes a higher risk risk of failure. If someone can make such an endeavor to a success it is Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo. Musical capabilities and savvy comes units with a passion for the sound of their idols, the earlier giving the trio the possibility to interpret the music in perfection, that latter allowing the guys to get the right vibe and spirit in place.
Sweden and Doom Metal, that's a combination that works very well, thinking of genre legends like Candlemass, Count Raven and others. Another Doom Metal powerhouse hailing from the North is Dun Ringill. Although the name refers to an Iron Age hill fort, the band has Swedish roots, with some of the musicians being also part... Continue Reading →
Early September will see Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age), release their spectacular tribute to the Birmingham four, a faithful yet supercharged rendition of BLACK SABBATH's first album. Vertigo Records issued the iconic debut album on... 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 →
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.
'Dream Squasher' is not for the faint-hearted. Extremely down-tuned guitars create a wall of riffs in grey and cold concrete. This album is a musical monolith that can't be discovered after listening to it. 'Dream Squasher' needs several rounds to unfold its intensity and musical creativity. And after that a little bit of sunlight is surely not bad either.
That Swedes can compose and play doom metal is nothing new. After all, it was Candlemass who released with 'Nightfall' a reference album which is still the benchmark for every doom metal band today. Piece by piece it is now their Swedish compatriots from Sorcerer who are getting closer to this milestone album. Sorcerer is... Continue Reading →
Forgotten Tomb hail from Italy and are the brainschild of bandleader Herr Morbid. What started as a one-man-project developed and grew in the meantime into a trio. In 2003 Algol and Asher joined Forgotten Tomb and in this line-up the Italians released numerous albums until today. Their latest work is called 'Nihilistic Estrangement' and includes... Continue Reading →
The importance of live shows and festivals can't be emphasized enough. Not only that these are the moment that bring metal to life, they are also initiator and motivator for some veteran bands to return onstage and maybe more. Tyrant, hailing from Pasadena, California, is one of these bands that had some first heydays in... Continue Reading →
'Sanctuary' is an album, which shines by its intensity. The four danes manage to create sound collages which are dark and melancholic. On the other hand, they also manage to give the whole sound expression a certain lightness every now and then, which makes this longplayer to an interesting journey through varied worlds of gloom. I was impressed by 'Sanctuary' and maybe even a little bit of Danish happiness was spilling over to me.
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 →
Cirith Ungol's return ends after glorious 40 minutes with the last tones of 'Forever Black', the title track. I was lucky that I could witness the Cirith Ungol's live show at Rock Hard festival in 2018 and at the time I couldn't imagine, holding a new record in hands. But sometimes dreams turn into reality. Fans of the band and Epic Metal in general will love this album and I can highly recommend it. The underground pioneers and inventors of Epic Metal are back, hopefully for many more years.
Dan, Zach, Ben and Phil, also known as Khemmis, added a new EP to their musical offer. Two years after the latest studio album 'Desolation' has been released the quartet bridges the wait for the next album with 'Doomed Heavy Metal'. The release features songs of which most has been revealed already earlier but there... Continue Reading →
The book has been closed but the story continues: Paradise Lost sharpen their pens and add another chapter to their dark, gloomy history of death, doom and gothic metal. In difficult times, the British legends from Halifax, Yorkshire are the drug that numbs the pain , the lover that takes away the sorrows, the story that... Continue Reading →