(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 →
If you're a regular reader of Markus' Heavy Music Blog you probably read sometimes about a band called Liege Lord being a reference when it comes to power metal. This quintet started in 1982 (as Deceiver) and belongs to the pioneers of US Metal. The powerhouse, hailing from Stamford, CT, premiered in 1985 with an... Continue Reading →
(9/10) The announcement of a next The Neal Morse Band album is always an exciting moment. The combination of musical savvy and a sense for great melodies led to great records in the past and the new longplayer ‘The Great Adventure’ doesn’t take a different route. The 22 songs comprising album is an exquisite release... Continue Reading →
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 →
(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 →
(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 →
On November 23rd Metal Blade Records will release two limited Picture Discs of recent Metal Blade classics! Cannibal Corpse' 'Red Before Black' and Visigoth's 'Conqueror's Oath' will come in this special format, being more than just a decoration for your record player.
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 →
Swedish Amon Amarth will release a documentary DVD / live album entitled 'The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm' on November 16th. Prior to the release date, the band announced two cinema premiers of the documentary. The band will be present, with a Q&A- and signing session included at the... Continue Reading →