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.
'Danse de Noir' is the fourth release of German Metal outfit Lord Vigo, a ten songs featuring record that comes through High Roller Records. Knowing the portfolio of High Roller Records doesn't leave a doubt about this album being a next well-crafted Metal release, based on more traditional Heavy Metal. Lord Vigo, hailing from Landstuhl,... 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 →
On April 24th, Cirith Ungol will release their new album, Forever Black - their first collection of all-new material in 29 years! For a preview of Forever Black, a lyric video for the first single, "Legions Arise", can be viewed at HERE. Cirith Ungol was formed in Ventura, California in the early 1970s, first appearing... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Listening to Angel Witch is like inhaling a solid dose of NWoBHM spirit with every note played. The Heavy Metal pioneers from the UK belong to the icons in Heavy Metal. Although not having released a tremendous amount of longplayers the guys became legends with the name of Angel Witch being known by every... 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 →
(7/10) Five years after having premiered Finnish Doom Metal passionistas Serpent Warning return with a new longplayer. ‘Pagan Fire’ so the title of the latest proof of work, carries seven songs. Since the band had to face line-up changes in 2015/2016 work on the new album took a bit longer than expected. Finally the metal... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the home of a band that beings Epic Metal to surface. The band, consisting of bandleader Vidarr, Kicker and Evil St.Clair, releases with ‚The Wizard and Tower Keep‘ their third strike, a concept album based on a novel Vidarr wrote and published. The songs on the new longplayer were written in... Continue Reading →
(10/10) Cirith Ungol, that's real veterans when it comes to Epic Metal. The band was founded in 1972 and released in total four full-length records, all genre defining longplayers with 'Paradise Lost' being the latest one to date. Cirith Ungol was and is a band that never made it to the top although being legends... Continue Reading →