ALMANAC tour dates for 2019

ALMANAC recently completed their 2018 festival season and seemingly can't get enough of playing live to their fans. So today they’re pleased to announce a headline tour, that will start early in 2019. Victor comments: “ After our tour at the beginning of this year and the amazing summer festivals we played at, ‘Werner-Das Rennen’ for example,... Continue Reading →

VENOM announces new album

Black metal pioneers Venom announces a new album entitled 'Storm the Gates'. The release date for Venom's 15th longplayer is December 14th and the record comes via Spinefarm. Stay tuned for more.

CD review BURNING WITCHES ‘Hexenhammer’

(8/10) Swiss-based metal hopefuls Burning Witches debuted in May last year with a self-titled album. The release received great feedback from fans was critically acclaimed too.  With this positive response in mind, the five girls from Switzerland started to work on the sophomore release. 'Hexenhammer' is the name of this new metal strike, being Burning Witches'... Continue Reading →

Tom G. Warrior returns to ROADBURN to perform CELTIC FROST/TRIPTYKON Requiem in full

Triptykon will return to Roadburn Festival in 2019 to perform the complete Celtic Frost/ Triptykon three part Requiem, complete with orchestral accompaniment.  Having previously performed at the festival in 2010 and 2014 with Triptykon, and taken on curatorship duties for the former (selecting bands such as Sarke and Thorr's Hammer to perform); it's our pleasure to welcome... Continue Reading →

CD review NECRONOMICON ‘Unleashed Bastards’

(7/10) A few days ago German thrashers Necronomicon unveiled their newest album. 'Unleashed Bastards' is already album number nine in the band's discography. Things took its course in 1986 when the debut 'Necronomicon' has been released, followed by two additional records. Things slowed down in the 90's before Necronomicon gained speed again in the first decade of... Continue Reading →

CD review BONFIRE ‘Legends’

(*/10) German hardrocker Bonfire entered a rather successful new era a few years ago. The last three studio records showed a good development of a band that scored bigger achievements in the second half of the 80's when they toured with bands like Judas Priest. This time Bonfire unleashes a double CD with cover versions.... Continue Reading →

CD review OUTLAW ‘Marauders’

(7/10) The fact that Finland is the home base for many interesting metal bands is well known. One of these bands is Outlaw, hailing from a city with a rather difficult name: Lappeenranta. Singer Lee Anvel and bassist John Kaiser started the band which grew to a five-piece. Guitars are handled by Jimmy Slashburner and... Continue Reading →

CD review VULCAIN ‘Vinyle’

(7/10) It was in 1981 when the Puzio brothers founded a band they named Vulcain. Already one year later the band premiered with 'Rock'n'Roll Secours' and became one of the most constant outfits in French metal and hard rock. Also an eleven years time-out couldn't kill the rock'n'roll spirit. After a split-up in 1998 the... Continue Reading →

New METAL CHURCH album in December

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album ’Damned If You Do’ via Rat Pak Records on December 7, 2018 and will also be available in Europe via Nuclear Blast and Japan via KING Records. The latest release is the follow up to their highly successful 2016 album ‘XI’,... Continue Reading →

CD review DC4 ‘Atomic Highway’

(8/10) In an almost clandestine way, DC4 released their fourth full-length album ‘Atomic Highway’. DC4, that's almost family business if you will. It’s the three Duncan brothers, Jeff, Matt and Shawn, together with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson. The successor of the 2011 album ‘Electric Ministry’ sneaked into the stores mid-September and is available in... Continue Reading →

Classics: RUFFIANS ‘Ruffians’

With this classic, we go back in time even further than with the latest 'Classics' posts. The Delorean brings us back to 1985. In a phase when metal gained momentum and many bands pushed into the market, it was Ruffians from San Francisco that unveiled a brilliant six-track album. Simply entitled 'Ruffians' the debut EP of... Continue Reading →

CD review MAYAN ‘Dhyana”

(9/10) Dutch powerhouse MaYan is back with a new longplayer. It’s not that the band released many records over the last years, but it’s the quality of each of the albums that’s stunning. After having debuted in 2011 with ‘Quaterpast’ the band unveiled their next strike with ‘Antagonise’ in 2014. Both records were critically acclaimed... Continue Reading →

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 →

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