(8/10) To a certain extend German metallers Ketzer become more and more an unpredictable outfit in the fields of black metal. After having release two savage albums it was the third longplayer, ‘Starless’, that has been like a curveball. The guys from Cologne readjusted their sound rather dramatically by adding a lot of atmospheric elements... Continue Reading →
(7/10) What's much more reliable than German speed trains is German speed metal and Vulture is one outfit that represents German steel with speed. The guys recently inked a deal with Metal Blade and a first countable result of this collaboration is a 7" single entitled 'Beyond the Blade'. Vulture, that's oldschool speed metal and... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Since a few years German thrash veterans Exumer are back with excellent thrash metal. After returning in 2012 band released with ‘The Raging Tides’ an excellent album, followed by very energetic live shows. Three years later Mem von Stein and bandmates are back with a new offer. It’s entitled ‘Hostile Defiance’ and comes with... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Swedish death metal squad LIK have two two records registered in their track record up till now. The sophomore release 'Carnage' left the tomb in 2018 and was a successful strike with even entering the German charts. The album though that paved the way for LIK was the acclaimed debut 'Mass Funeral Evocation', which... Continue Reading →
In progressive metal circles, the names of guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist John Arch are spoken with due reverence. With the former having been a driving force in Fates Warning for thirty-five years, and the latter the original front-man of that band, they also have a single seminal work under the Arch / Matheos banner,... Continue Reading →
(9/10) US-based powerhouse Whitechapel premiered in 2007 with ‘The Somatic Defilement’. 12 years later the band is ready to release their newest album ‘The Valley’. As with the previous records also album number seven isn’t a happy one and doesn't include sing-a-long songs. It’s a dark and melancholic longplayer that contains a lyrical approach that’s... Continue Reading →
In addition to the recently announced shows in December this year thrash metal pioneers Sacred Reich also unveiled some summer dates.
(9/10) Introducing King Diamond feels like carrying sand to the beach. The frontman of legendary Mercyful Fate started a solo career in 1985 and premiered with ‘Fatal Portrait’ a year later. My entry point to the music of the ‘Danish King’ was in 1987 when he release with “Abigail’ a classic that is timeless. Songs... Continue Reading →