CD review ACE MAFIA ‘Ace Mafia’

(8/10) Ace Mafia is a hard rock band, hailing from the UK. The band was founded by Geos Letona and it was now less the current Judas Priest axeman Richie Faulkner that played with Ace Mafia for several years. In March 2010 the band’s debut ‘Vicious Circle’ was released, supported by some live shows. Faulkner... Continue Reading →

CD review IRON LAMB ‘Blue Haze’

(7/10) Swedish Iron Lamb will release their newest longplayer end of October. ‘Blue Haze’ is the crucial album number three in the bands history and follows ‘Fool’s Gold’, which saw the light of day in 2015. The new record isn’t an album that’s extremely overloaded with songs. Actually it’ a rather limited amount of music... Continue Reading →

CD review MAXXWELL ‘Metalized’

(7/10) ‘Metalized’ is the title of Maxxwell’s newest strike and I must say that the name fits very well. Nearly four years after ‘Tabula Rasa’ has been released the band continues their journey towards harder sounds. Starting as a more hardrock-oriented band, the guys already made a first move towards metal with 'Tabula Rasa'. The... Continue Reading →

CD review THE UNITY ‘Rise’

(8/10) It was a year ago when German-Italian metalers The Unity debuted with a self-titled album. The Unity is the brainchild of two Gamma Ray members, Henjo Richter and Michael Ehre. The debut received very good feedback, from media and fans, with some touring activities helping the band to establish themselves in the German metal... Continue Reading →

CD review UNDERTOW ‘Reap the Storm’

(9/10) A lot of things happened since Undertow released their seventh album „In Deepest Silence“. A line-up change took place in 2017 when longtime member Thomas Jentsch left Undertow and a successor needed to be found rather quickly. At that time recording activities have been planned already and things shouldn‘t face major delays. Fortunately Andreas... Continue Reading →

CD review MANIMAL ‘Purgatorio’

(8/10) Gothenburg is known for a vital metal scene. Death metal and especially the melodic version of this extreme metal genre has a solid homebase in Sweden’s’ second biggest city. But the epicenter of Swedish metal has more in the offer. Also more traditional based metal is hailing from Gothenburg and one ambassador in Manimal.... Continue Reading →

CD review OMNIUM GATHERUM ‘The Burning Cold’

(8/10) Finnish metallers Omnium Gatherum didn’t sit around doing nothing during the last years. After having released the well-acclaimed ‘Grey Heavens’ album in 2016, the sextet went on tour and afterwards back to the studio for recording their eight longplayer. ‘The Burning Cold’ will be unleashed late August this year and it might become the... Continue Reading →

Track-by-Track: UNDERTOW ‘Reap the Storm’

German metal veterans Undertow spend quite some time in the studio for recording their next power strike, entitled 'Reap the Storm'. The album will be released on September 21st, via El Puerto Records.  Markus 'Brandy' Brand and Joachim 'Joschi' Baschin spend some time with Markus Heavy Music Blog and did a track-by-track session, giving more... Continue Reading →

CD review CAULDRON ‘New Gods’

(8/10) Toronto, Ontario is the homebase of rock and metal outfit Cauldron, a band that is around since 2006. The guys are a regular guest on the release schedule overview with in total four albums that saw the light of day to date. After ‘In Ruin’ hit the shelves in 2016 it was time for... Continue Reading →

CD review ENTIERRO ‘Entierro’

(7/10) Entierro is an interesting band, hailing from Connecticut. The outfit, that originally started as Treebeard in 2010, is consisting of Christopher Taylor Beaudette (v/b), Christopher Begnal (g), Dave Parmelee (d) and Victor Arduini (g), the latter known from his time with metal pioneers Fates Warning. This quartet recorded an album that features eight songs,... Continue Reading →

CD review SOURCE ‘Source’ – re-issue

(9/10) Don’t get confused while thinking about Source from Sweden. There are two bands with this moniker, while this one here is the epic metal powerhouse. Source is the brainchild of former Portrait axeman Richard Lagergren. After having left Portrait in 2012 the guitarist immediately started to work on an own band – Source. To... Continue Reading →

ARCH/MATHEOS re-signs with Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has re-signed ARCH/MATHEOS for a worldwide deal! ARCH/MATHEOS began as a reunion between founding Fates Warning members John Arch (vocals) and Jim Matheos (guitar), who hadn't collaborated since John Arch's solo EP, 'A Twist Of Fate' (2003) - and hadn't fully collaborated for a whole album since Fates Warning's 'Awaken the Guardian'... Continue Reading →

Massive hardcore from THE GREAT LIE

The Great Lie is a hardcore band, hailing from Long Island, NY. The five-piece consists out of Gerry Giacalone, John LaFata, Scott Martin, Kerry Merkle and Mike Scarola. These five guys recorded and released a five track EP that was unveiled earlier this summer. 'All Roads Lead to Where You Stand' features five raging hardcore... Continue Reading →

CD review MOB RULES ‘Beast Reborn’

(8/10) Longtime German metal outfit Mob Rules finished work on their newest longplayer ‘Beast Reborn’ that will be available on August 24th this year. With the new album the band continues a journey that began in 1999 when the guys released the debut ‘Savage Land’, followed by seven more records. Mob Rules belongs to the... Continue Reading →

CD review BAEST ‚Danse Macabre‘

(8/10) Baest is Danish, the word and the band. ‘Baest’ means ‘beast or ‘brute’ in English and having chosen this moniker is a perfect match with the music this Danish quintet has in the offer. The five-piece band is hailing from Aahus and they are a rather new band. The starting point was in 205 when Baestwas formed and since... Continue Reading →

CD review U.D.O. ‘Steelfactory’

(8/10) Udo Dirkschneider is more than a well-known name when it comes to German metal. There are many singers in metal and there are many singers with a raspy voice, but there is one voice that can be immediately identified – the one of Udo Dirkschneider. It was him and his way of singing that... Continue Reading →

LP review PHARAO ‘After the Fire’

(8/10) ‘After the Fire’ is the album that started things for Cruz del Sur. Originally published in 2003 the album carries catalog number ‘Cruz01’ and is a starting point of one of the most important underground labels for traditional and epic metal. The label grew over time and is after 15 years a safe bet... Continue Reading →

WACKEN 2019 – first bands announced

The last riffs of the Wacken 2018 edition haven't even been played yet, while an outlook to 2019 kicks-off some extra excitement. First bands have been already announced and here are they are:   Sabaton Parkway Drive Demons & Wizards Powerwolf Airbourne Rose Tattoo Within Temptation Meshuggah Krokus Dark Funeral Avatar   The 'Wacken days'... Continue Reading →

CD review PRIMAL FEAR ‘Apocalypse’

(8/10) Mat Sinner is a restless mind. Things started many years ago in Stuttgart, Germany and it was Sinner, one of his main bands that kicked off a tremendous amount of releases, tours and projects. It’s almost impossible to count all the activities Mat Sinner was and is involved in. However, next to Sinner it... Continue Reading →

CD review ARTIZAN ‘Demon Rider’

(8/10) Jacksonville, Florida is the homebase of Artizan, a US metal powerhouse that has its fourth longplayer in the pipeline. 'Demon Rider' follows the 2015 release 'The Furthest Reaches' and features, in the standard version, 5 songs. A limited version includes, next to the 5 songs, the title track with no less than Jag Panzer's... Continue Reading →

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