Good news from the Cirith Ungol camp. The legendary epic metal powerhouse announce a new EP called 'Half Past Human'. Release date will be May 28th, 2021 and the release, that will come via Metal Blade, will feature four new tracks: Route 666Shelob's LairBrutish ManchildHalf Past Human What's new with the songs is the fact... Continue Reading →
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 →
Maybe some of you are already familiar with Iotunn, as it was in 2016 when the guys released their first EP 'The Wizard Falls'. The release was self-produced and it was a springboard for the band. Metal Blade Records took notice of the quintet from Denmark and after agreeing on a contract nothing stood in... Continue Reading →
No Remorse Records shows again their good sense for stellar heavy metal bands. Eternal Champion inked a deal with the label a few years ago, with a first split album, having been released in 2015. The debut ‘The Armor of Ire’ followed a year later and now the time is right for bringing some more... Continue Reading →
There aren't any live shows at the moment, but the amount of stellar album releases is sky high. Benediction returned with a sonic strike the other day, Mr Bungle unveiled a few days ago an album that is pure thrash metal and also Armored Saint unleashed an album that is a candidate for 'Album of... 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 →
Legendary metal veterans Fates Warning recently announced a new album called 'Long Day Good Night'. 'Now Comes the Rain' is the next sonic appetizer for an album that will belong to the highlights in 2020. Check out 'Now Comes the Rain': https://youtu.be/tUPJXrMV4W0 Release date of the album will be November 6th, and the longplayer comes... Continue Reading →
Legendary Fates Warning unveil the release date for their upcoming longplayer 'Long Day Good Night'. On November 6th the album will be available in the record stores in various formats. "The styles of music we've written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue," states vocalist Ray Alder. "There are some songs with electronics and some... 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.
Mike Lepond and his enthusiastic band mates show once again how well done and powerful heavy metal should sound. Without losing the basic structures, LePond gives this album so many twists and turns that you want to press the start button again.
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 →
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.
Covid-19 and the taken measures have a big impact on everybody individually, but have also an impact on the music business. Enough of a reason to reach out to club, bands,… in the greater Hamburg area to see what the situation is and how everybody can stand together to go though this. Today we continue with Plattenkiste and Christian Kind, describing the situation there.