”Door 218”

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There are times when you shouldn’t think too much because then you’ll only hurt your head. This is one of these times when I don’t think too much about either the band’s name or the album title. I just accept it for being there. Listening to this I get Norwegian vibes from the 90s and bands like Mysticum and Fleurety, bands that took black metal so far off the beaten track that it was almost unrecognizable. Today we have Deathspell Omega for that. This is off beat black metal in an experimental manner. If you can take that stuff like John Zorn’s Naked City, TV series from the 80s and a whole host of other stuff pops up in your head while listening then do keep listening. Anders Ekdahl



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I never ever believe the hype but every once and again along comes a record that I really want to hear. It can be for whatever reasons. BARBARIAN SWORDS is a Spanish band that has drawn my attention to them for several reasons. You might have read the interview already. I have high hopes for this one based on the snippets that I have heard. This is the kind of attack black metal that I like the best, alongside atmospheric. BARBARIAN SWORDS have a dreamy element to their attack that kinda makes it feel like you are stranded on a smoky battle field with dead bodies lying all around you and horses and their riders swirling all around you. Amidst this chaos “Worms” is the soundtrack that blasts in your head. Anders Ekdahl

BRAINDAMAGED ”Nacion Infecta”

”Nacion Infecta”
(Symbol Of Domination)

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For some reasons I get good vibes from this one. It can be that I’ve heard their music already, the name is so familiar, or it might just be that it oozes of 80s feelings. Whatever the reasons might be I really hope that this is going to be a really cool run through a thrash back. Colombia is to me much more death and black than thrash. I don’t think I’ve heard that many Colombian thrash metal bands over the years. But this one thrashes like there is no tomorrow. Old school in sound this is the kind of thrash that came with the German attack of the 80s. Anders Ekdahl


(Symbol Of Domination)

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I really shouldn’t be amazed that there are so many bands in the world that I haven’t heard of but I am. Because it doesn’t seem to end. If I were to keep track of them all I’d go insane. It is an impossible job to keep track of every single band out there. I just scrape on the surface and even that tires me. This Estonian band mixes doom and gothic metal in such a manner that I am impressed. It maintains the heaviness of doom with the beauty of the gothic. I have a soft side for this kind of metal and can’t seem to get enough of it. I like how they mixes different sub-genres to make it their own. This is definitely the surprise of the week for me. Anders Ekdahl

CONCEIVED BY HATE “Death & Beyond”

“Death & Beyond”

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With a name like this you gotta be black metal. I can take it if it is really darkened death metal but any other metal is like a misrepresentation. For me there are certain band that I really root for even before I’ve heard a single note just based on name or/and art work. This is one of those. Form the first note I knew that this was going to be neither black metal nor blackened death metal but I couldn’t really care too much. This is much more Swedish death metal circa 1990. Entombed and Dismember. And since I totally love that era this is to me a really cool release. I don’t mind that it wasn’t any of the things I thought it’d be. Anders Ekdahl

CULTO NEGRO “Abismal Speed Metal”

“Abismal Speed Metal”
(Symbol Of Domination)

Battle Helm Rating

If the album title isn’t a declaration of intent then this is so off the wall that they should be ashamed and crawl down a hole and stay there. But everything about this release speaks old school. This could very well be “highlight of the week”. Not the highlight of the week this is still a cool slice of old school metal. I wish that the tempo had been insanely fast and that everything had been turned up to twelve. Still a solid piece of old school deathrash that can be spun both a second and third time or even a fifth or sixth one. Anders Ekdahl


February/March 2017 will see legendary New York thrashers ANTHRAX back on European soil for the band’s first full European headline tour in more than a decade. Dubbed the Among The Kings tour, dates will kick off on 9th February in Birmingham, UK and wrap on up in Paris, France on 16th March. On each of these dates to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, ANTHRAX will perform live, start-to-finish, their classic and Silver-certified 1987 album Among The Living alongside fan favourites from throughout the band’s rich 35-year career. ANTHRAX’s Among the Kings European dates are in support of the band’s critically-acclaimed album For All Kings (26 February 16 via Nuclear Blast). British metallers THE RAVEN AGE will support on all dates. Continue reading


Here comes the sensation for all HELLOWEEN fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a HELLOWEEN stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original line-up. Yes, it’s official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play HELLOWEEN classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that’s not all of it! Under the flag PUMPKINS UNITED all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Michi on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section. Continue reading

Nashville Pussy, Whores & Sodom – UK Tour

High octane dirty Southern US rock ’n’ rollers NASHVILLE PUSSY fly in to play two UK dates next week, in support of their highly acclaimed ‘Ten Years of Pussy’ double CD, containing the very best tracks from their three SPV releases – 2005’s ‘Get Some’, 2009’s ‘From Hell To Texas’ and 2014’s ‘Up The Dosage’. Dates are:- Continue reading