Review ACT OF DENIAL ‚Negative‘

Usually the word ‚super group‘ is used in a quite inflationary way. The collaboration of a few musicians, known from another band, is not immediately a super group. Act Of Denial though comes closer to the meaning of the term. Act Of Denial is the brainchild of Voi Cox and Luger. The two six string... Continue Reading →

Review TRANCE ‚Metal Forces‘

Trance, founded in 1974, belongs to the pioneers when it comes to German hard rock and heavy metal. At the time, the guys have been busy as Tribut before changing the band name to Trance. The debut ‚Break Out‘ has been released in 1981 and the sophomore record ‚Power Infusion‘ followed a year later. Some... Continue Reading →

Review PRESTIGE ‘Reveal the Ravage’

Finland’s thrash metal powerhouse Prestige started in the late 80s, in 1987 to be precise. The band released three longplayers before they parted ways in 1992 after having released the ‘Parasites in Paradise’ album. In 2006 metal fans could sense some activities at the Prestige camp, at least a compilation was released that year. More... Continue Reading →

A-Z sign a deal with Metal Blade Records

A-Z (pronounced "A through Z") equals Ray Alder (Fates Warning; vocals) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord; drums), and also means "anything is possible" - and with this line-up of musicians, that is no exaggeration. This exciting new band reunites Alder with Zonder, and they're joined by Philip Bynoe (Warlord, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt) on... Continue Reading →

Review RIAN ‘Twenty-Three’

Melodic rock and Sweden is a recipe that more than once stood for professionally made rock music with an addictive factor embedded. Rian is a band that follows the tradition and releases with 'Twenty- Three' a new album, filled with eleven tracks that are supposed to continue an undertaking that started in 2017 with the... Continue Reading →

Review OPHIDIAN I ‘Desolte’

Iceland, a rather small country and a smaller island, but big when it comes to rock and metal. I guess that the amount of rock and metal bands in relation to the entire population is a rather high number. This time it is death metal outfit that share a new album with the world. Ophidian... Continue Reading →

Review BIG CITY ‘Testify X’

Big City is the brainchild of Daniel Olaisen. The guitarist and songwriter worked out many song ideas over time and had the plan to record these songs together with some partners in crime. He found with Frank Ørland, Frank Nordeng Røe, Jørgen Bergersen and Miguel Pereira the right contributors for this endeavor and things were... Continue Reading →

Review PARADISE LOST ‘At the Mill’

Lacking the possibility of live shows led to a lot of streaming events during the last months. Most of those have been done with the approach of transferring the live spirit into a virtual room while others preferred a bit of a different strategy - like Paradise Lost. The UK-based metal veterans decided to perform... Continue Reading →

Review TEMPLE OF DREAD ‘Hades Unleashed’

'Blood Carving Mantras' and World 'Sacrifice' have been the foundation-makers for 'Hades Unleashed', the new strike from Northern Germany.  It doesn't take Temple Of Dread long to go full speed on their third longplayer. With 'Aithon's Hunger', the trio starts things off without any intro or warm-up phase. It's more of a sonic punch into... Continue Reading →

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