That Saxon can not only write brilliant heavy metal anthems, but also do good cover versions is known since 1988. The 'Destiny' album opens with 'Ride Like the Wind', a Christopher Cross classic that Saxon sets perfectly into scene. Now, it seems like Biff Byford and bandmates have been going through their own record collections... Continue Reading →
The first two Iron Maiden albums belong undoubtedly to the milestones of heavy metal. However, my first Iron Maiden album was their third release 'The Number of the Beast' which had a fascination for me because of the sound, artwork and lyrics. AC/DC were cool, Kiss were special with their make-up, but Iron Maiden was... Continue Reading →
A glacier doesn’t form just like that. It takes a lot of time for a glacier to grow, becoming a mighty landscape in ice. Translated to heavy metal means having a look at Glacier, the heavy metal outfit that started in 1979 in Portland. As a glacier in its icy habitat also Glacier in metal... Continue Reading →
Founded in 2015 and having released a first demo in 2016, these are the primal steps of Finnish metal warriors Satan's Fall. The self-released EP 'Metal of Satan' was an important step for the quintet from Tampere since it acted as a springboard for inking a deal with High Roller Records. The label, known for... Continue Reading →
It was 40 years ago that a group of young metal heads from Stourbridge, England released a debut album that was recorded in seven days and came without frills and decoration. Without getting full support, the album didn’t get the attention music and songs deserved. ‘Lightning to the Nations’, so the title of Diamond Head’s... Continue Reading →
Haunt is one of the bands that quietly and steadily evolve from an insider tip to underground metal warriors. Haunt exist since three years and released their debut 'Burst Into Flames' in 2018. The quartet can certainly not be blamed for any compositional laziness. 'Flashback' is already the fourth album in two years, penned by... Continue Reading →
Iron Maiden announce a new live album. The band recorded three sold-out shows in Mexico City in September 2019, being the base for 'Nights Of The Dead – Legacy Of The Beast, Live in Mexico City'. 100 minutes of live music is what release will deliver in times when concerts are heavily missed. Release date... Continue Reading →
UK Metal veterans Satan recently announced a new release called 'Early Rituals'. Instead of publishing new songs the guys went back in time. At the beginning of their career the quintet, hailing from Newcastle, released three demo tapes. The first two led to the debut 'Court in the Act' while the 'Dirt Demo' followed in... Continue Reading →
The first time my attention was directed towards Anchillotti was when the band performed at the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival 2015 in The Netherlands. With their traditional heavy metal the four Italians knew how to impress the audience. At that time the guys had just released their debut 'The Chain Goes On' and everything still... Continue Reading →
OZ show with ''Forced Commandments'' that they aren't on the shelf yet and that Swedish steel doesn't rust that easily. The spirit of denim and leather, that what this album is about. Not more, but certainly also not less.
Three years after 'Who Mourns for the Morning Star?' it is 'Age of Steel' that provides again hard-hitting Heavy Metal, music with an oldschool spirit and a modern production. Two thumbs up.
Covid-19 and the taken measures have a big impact on everybody individually, but have also an impact on the music business. Enough of a reason to reach out to clubs, bands,… in the greater Hamburg area to see what the situation is and how everybody can stand together to go though this. Today we continue with... Continue Reading →
Already the bandname is unusal and also the sound of 'Bloodlines' isn't mainstream either. Dutch metallers The Spirit Cabinet combine traditional Heavy Metal with Doom Metal, not to forget an underlaying psychedelic vibe that resonates with each of the six songs on the new album 'Bloodlines'. Snake McRuffkin, Johnny Hällström, Erich Vilsmeier and Cromwell Fleedwood... Continue Reading →
Hamburg's Metal veterans Black Hawk deliver with 'Destination Hell' an album that isn't polished neither it's over-produced. It has a solid sound and a lot of edges. The ten songs might not bring that much new to the plate. Still they are authentic and real. No frills, some thrills and a lot of passion, that's Black Hawk's new album. If you like traditional Heavy Metal straight from the underground you should give the album a chance.
With 'Terminal Shock' Canadian metaller Traveler add a next album to their discography. The band, hailing from Calgary, premiered a year ago with 'Traveler' and it's the sophomore longplayer 'Termination Shock' unveiling again their passion for traditional Heavy Metal. Being enrooted in the spirit of the NWoHM, the sound of Traveler reflects pure Heavy Metal.... Continue Reading →