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 →
A prequel, known from several movie series, is now also coming from a band that belonged to the main acts in melodic Metal in the '80s ... Dokken. 'Breaking the Chains' is the title of the fulminant debut album that paved the way for another three longplayers that had big impact on this genre. After... Continue Reading →
'Born Innocent' is the anticipated new Alcatrazz album. It features excellent music, written and recorded by passionate and experienced musicians that still follow their heart, which is driven by the beat of Rock'n'Roll.
It wasn’t always multi-platinum sales and stadium gigs for Dokken. There was a first-phase and there were early days, and it is those bold first steps to stardom which are celebrated comprehensively on Dokken’s The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 album, out on August 28th 2020 through Silver Lining Music. Featuring spectacular sleeve art by renowned US artist Tokyo Hiro (Motörhead,... Continue Reading →
Mike Lepond and his enthusiastic band mates show once again how well done and powerful heavy metal should sound. Without losing the basic structures, LePond gives this album so many twists and turns that you want to press the start button again.
Soundwise Buffalo Summer is rooted in Hard Rock of the '70s/'80s with bands Like Led Zeppelin, Free and Whitesnake being a strong source of inspiration. The quartet uses these influences and connect them with a modern sound, leading to grooving and dynamic songs like 'Hit the Ground Running' and 'Deep Water'.
'School of Hard Knocks' is a authentic album without frills. It's an album that carries street life vibes and is done with a down-to-earth mindset. In this way it reflects exactly what Biff Byford stands for, making 'School of Hard Knocks' to a real Byford solo album.
Canadian guitar wizard Jeff Waters started Annihilator more than 30 years ago. He and the band went through all the ups and downs in Metal, surviving even the challenging '90s and to me there are two main factors for this decades-bridging success. There is Waters' 100% dedication to Metal, an energy that he never lost... Continue Reading →
Cello-metallers Apocalyptica released 'Plays Metallica by Four Cellos' in 1996, a milestone moment that changed a lot for the three cello players. It was a starting point into a career with a constantly growing fanbase, large tours and festival appearances like at the legendary Wacken Open Air. Songs from eight longplayers have been the base... Continue Reading →
Canadian Metal pioneers Annihilator return with a new album in the beginning of 2020. 'Ballistic, Sadist' is the title of Annihilator's 17th longplayer from Jeff Waters and band with a release date on January 24th, 2020 via Silver Lining Music. And here is with 'Psycho Ward' a first song.
Good news from Biff Byford. Not only that health recovery is going well, it's also his first solo album that will ready to be shipped to the record store early 2020. 'School of Hard Knocks' is the title of Byford's first solo release. The longplayer will be available on February 21st, 2020 and comes via... Continue Reading →
(*/10) The Wacken festival has a long tradition and it seem to become a tradition that a release with Wacken recordings creates some extra appetite right upfront the festival. This year it's 'Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder Than Hell' that looks back on the last years edition of the iconic Metal feast. Two... Continue Reading →
(*/10) British Heavy Metal icons Saxon celebrate their 40th anniversary with a tour entitled ‚Castles & Eagles‘ plus the release of a live collection featuring four decades in Metal. ‚The Eagles Has Landed 40 (Live)‘ is a comprehensive album with 40 songs representing all eras of a Heavy Metal legend. From the debut to the... Continue Reading →
NWoBHM legends Saxon announced the release of 'The Eagle has Landed 40 (Live). The 3-CD package includes 40 songs, celebrating 40 years in Heavy Metal. The album contains live recordings from the last 12 years and covers songs like '20.000 ft', 'Machine Gun' and 'State of Grace'. It goes without saying that this release also... Continue Reading →