‘Punching the Sky’ is done with a steelworker approach rather a Houdini show. There are no tricks or false bottom. Armored Saint and ‘Punching the Sky’ is real and authentic from start to finish. The band successfully lift the bar that was already on a very high level. ‘Punching the Sky’ is a clear candidate for becoming ‘Album of the Year’.
Legendary metal veterans Fates Warning recently announced a new album called 'Long Day Good Night'. 'Now Comes the Rain' is the next sonic appetizer for an album that will belong to the highlights in 2020. Check out 'Now Comes the Rain': https://youtu.be/tUPJXrMV4W0 Release date of the album will be November 6th, and the longplayer comes... Continue Reading →
Hexx's reference album is the 1986 release 'Under the Spell' and the new longplayer from the California-based powerhouse will not cause a change. 'Entangled in Sin', so the title of the record, is the new release forged by Hexx and although it can't reach the milestone it's still an excellent Metal record. Hexx disappeared from... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago Armored Saint announced a new album. 'Punching the Sky' is the title of their eighth longplayer, featuring eleven new songs. 1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants2. End of the Attention Span3. Bubble4. My Jurisdiction5. Do Wrong to None6. Lone Wolf7. Missile to Gun8. Fly in the Ointment9. Bark, No Bite10.... Continue Reading →
Legendary Fates Warning unveil the release date for their upcoming longplayer 'Long Day Good Night'. On November 6th the album will be available in the record stores in various formats. "The styles of music we've written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue," states vocalist Ray Alder. "There are some songs with electronics and some... Continue Reading →
After having played several festival shows over the last years and having with No Remorse Records a label that re-issued the Hittman debut album, a solid return of the US Metal veterans with a potential third album wasn't an unimaginable thing anymore (also read the interview from two years ago). Things got shape and form... Continue Reading →
On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, 'Punching The Sky', via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, 'End of the Attention Span' (directed by Robert Graves). Bassist Joey Vera comments: "We've teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single,... Continue Reading →
Vicious Rumors is known for a lot of things but certainly not for a consistent line-up. The number of musical contributors that supported Geoff Thorpe in achieving his musical vision of Metal is countless and also the new album features new members. This time it is lead vocalist Nick Courtney and guitarist Gunnar Dügrey who have... Continue Reading →
Dark Arena is a band that isn't on the radar of many metal fans which doesn't mean that the guys from Cleveland, Ohio play bad music. Not at all and the the contrary is reality. The band premiered in 2006 with an album called 'Alien Factor'. Pure Steel Records is now re-releasing the longplayer that... Continue Reading →
It has been announced for quite some time and now it is about to be reality, a new record of Shok Paris. The band from Cleveland, Ohio had produced a small US metal icon in the 80s with 'Steel and Starlight', but disbanded in 1989 after the release of 'Concrete Killers'. Over the past few... Continue Reading →
Blazon Rite is a new metal outfit, hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band, including Pierson Roe (b), Ryan Haley (d), James Kirn (g) and Johnny Halladay (v), released a few weeks ago their first EP, a four-track record with pure underground metal. The album starts slow and with a cinematic intro, being the starting point... Continue Reading →
The importance of live shows and festivals can't be emphasized enough. Not only that these are the moment that bring metal to life, they are also initiator and motivator for some veteran bands to return onstage and maybe more. Tyrant, hailing from Pasadena, California, is one of these bands that had some first heydays in... Continue Reading →
US metal band Shok Paris unveil a new lyric video. The song 'Hell Day' is taken from the upcoming album 'Full Metal Jacket', which will be released on May 29th through No Remorse Records.The song and the album is the return of a band that has with 'Steel and Starlight' a real classic being part... Continue Reading →
Cirith Ungol's return ends after glorious 40 minutes with the last tones of 'Forever Black', the title track. I was lucky that I could witness the Cirith Ungol's live show at Rock Hard festival in 2018 and at the time I couldn't imagine, holding a new record in hands. But sometimes dreams turn into reality. Fans of the band and Epic Metal in general will love this album and I can highly recommend it. The underground pioneers and inventors of Epic Metal are back, hopefully for many more years.
A couple of days ago Metal Church released with 'From the Vault' an interesting longplayer that features new songs as well as cover versions, live songs and other stuff from the archive. Metal Church main man Kurdt Vanderhoof made some time for Markus' Heavy Music Blog to give some insights into the background of the... Continue Reading →