CD review EXUMER ‘Hostile Defiance’

(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 →

Exciting new from ARCH/MATHEOS

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 →

CD review WHITECHAPEL ‘The Valley’

(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 →

WHITECHAPEL will release ‘The Valley’ in March

On March 29th, Whitechapel will release their 7th full-length, 'The Valley', via Metal Blade Records. Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), 'The Valley' is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up.... Continue Reading →

CD review ARTILLERY ‘The Face of Fear’

(8/10) Danish metal pioneers Artillery is a bit of an on-off-band. The guys started in the early 80's and release with 'By Inheritance' and 'Terror Squad' two records that were very well-received by metalheads. After a hiatus, the band returned in 1999 with 'B.A.C.K.', which was a short intermezzo leading to another split. After a... Continue Reading →

CD review SKULL PIT ‘Skull Pit’

(8/10) Skull Pit is a great example of what can be achieved with a global approach. In this specific case, it's a collaboration of two musicians that identified a common passion for bands like Motörhead. The two guys we're talking about is Mem V. Stein (Exumer) and Tatsu Mikami (Church Of Misery). The two guys... Continue Reading →

WHITECHAPEL reveals details for new album

On March 29th, WHITECHAPEL will release their 7th full-length, 'The Valley', via Metal Blade Records. Produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder) and featuring artwork by Branca Studio, 'The Valley' is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set... Continue Reading →

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