Time is flying, a thought I had when receiving the new longplayer of Sevendust. It feels like yesterday when the band debuted with 'Sevendust' and in the meantime we are 21 years older and 12 records further down the road of modern metal. 'Blood & Stone', so the title of the newest Sevendust release, is... Continue Reading →
King Mothership is brainchild of Spencer Sotelo, known as frontman of the progressive powerhouse Periphery. The roots of 'The Ritual' go back far in time, days between the first and the second Periphery albums. It was in 2011, when Sotelo started to work on song that didn't really fit to what Periphery is into. This... Continue Reading →
10 Years is a band, I haven't had on my musical radar yet and I can't tell you why. The guys started twenty years ago and released eight albums to date. Getting out of the gates very quickly in the early days delivered some opportunities to tour with bigger acts like Korn and Deftones, a... Continue Reading →
In normal times, Long Distance Calling should put the last dots on the 'i', preparing for the 'Seats & Sounds' shows, but the pandemic sticked a needle in this endeavor. The tour is postponed to next year, but even COVID-19 can't stop the quartet from playing live. Not only the bands have to suffer these... Continue Reading →
You can't really say these days what was planned for a while and what was more of a spontaneous idea due to the current pandemic situation and all the downsides that comes with it. In the end it also doesn't really matter since fans and metalheads get some new stuff for the record players. It... Continue Reading →
The cinematic 'Wormhole' is the grande finale of an album that stands for a next step in the rise of Avatar. Heavy, modern, dynamic, innovative and with twists, that's Avatar's sound and the execute it in perfection on 'Hunter Gatherer'. Creativity seems to be a never-ending flow when it comes to the five guys from Sweden and bundling this flow in ten songs enforces the music even more. 'Hunter Gatherer', an album that entertains for a long time.
Protest The Hero's new offer is a complex album. Complexity in itself isn't something bad but the portion that's offered by the four Canadians demands an effort from the listener. 'Modern', 'Metal', 'Alternative' and 'Progressive' are the key terms that describe the album best. When I listened to the album the first time a got... Continue Reading →
Bay Area metal icons Machine Head have released ‘Civil Unrest’, a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, ‘Stop The Bleeding’ and B-side, ‘Bulletproof’, with the former featuring additional guest vocals from Killswitch Engage frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.... Continue Reading →
Minatox69 are celebrating their 10th birthday this year and it seems that the five guys are releasing a new album not only but also to celebrate this milestone. Minatox69 are dedicated to Thrash Metal. Although it's not as melodic as the label info sheet suggests, the band scores with a felicitous and powerful production. The... Continue Reading →
Avatar has shared their latest single ’God of Sick Dreams’ with an accompanying visualizer from their highly anticipated full-length, ’Hunter Gatherer’, due out August 7th, 2020 via Century Media Records. The track finds the band with no shortage of chugging riffs that revolve around some of the band’s catchiest choruses and heaviest moments to date.... Continue Reading →
Lamb Of God remain true to their basic musical concept. Only few other bands represent modern thrash metal as good as Lamb Of God. Their eighth album is characterized by power, energy and dynamic. 'Lamb of God' ends a five year wait with a big blast and those who haven't trained their neck muscles over the years will not be able to do without sore muscles. Brute songs and a brute album, both of which fit well into the current time.
Sweden’s influential and long revered heavy metal giants IN FLAMES are celebrating two major milestones in 2020 with their 30th anniversary as a band, and 20th anniversary of their seminal, critically acclaimed album, 'Clayman'. In honor of this monumental occasion, Nuclear Blast Records presents a special 20th Anniversary Edition of 'Clayman', to be released on... Continue Reading →
Now it's already four years ago that DevilDriver released a studio album called 'Trust No One'. In October this year the wait has come to an end because a new album is scheduled with 'Dealing With Demons I'. The tracklist looks like this: Keep Away From MeVengeance Is ClearNest Of VipersIonaWishingYou Give Me A Reason... Continue Reading →
While other bands and labels partly postpone their new releases, Trivium and Roadrunner Records take another road. Matt Heavy and band mates release their new album as planned. In times of cancelled concerts and festivals it is a well-done step to keep fans optimistic, at least with new music, because what would the world be... Continue Reading →