LES CHANTS DE NIHIL “Le Tyran Et L’Esthete”

LES CHANTS DE NIHIL “Le Tyran Et L’Esthete” (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions) French black metal has given me plenty of cool experiences. From the really off beat to the grandiose. And everything in between it seems. So it is with the greatest of excitement that I take on this one from LE CHANTS DE NIHIL. It can end any which way. There is something special to black metal sung in French. It feels even more desperate and end-of-the-world like. Musically this is high energy black metal. listening to this feels like a work out pass at the local gym.… Continue reading

BLACK SUN BROTHERHOOD “God And Beast” (Metal Blast Records) I have to admit that I had forgotten that there used to be a band called The Helheim Society and that I had a cd of theirs. But that was made abundant when I received this CD from BLACK SUN BROTHERHOOD. With a line-up full of Norwegian extreme metal names these are not your boy room kids playing extreme metal. I somehow expected this to be much more black than it is. Instead I get an album full of metal that is death in vibe. To me this sounds like a… Continue reading

SPEED STROKE “Scene Of The Crime”

SPEED STROKE “Scene Of The Crime” (Street Symphonies Records/Burning Minds Music Group) I am not ashamed to admit that I have a fondness for sleaze rock. As much as it can get too cheesy it can also be some of the greatest experience. As a child of the 80s and MTV it was hard to not catch a glimpse of the hair bands of that era. SPEED STROKE started in 2010 in Italy and has so far released two albums. This is their third one and I gotta say that this one is a really nice one. Not really following… Continue reading

INJECTOR “Haunt Of The Rawhead”

INJECTOR “Haunt Of The Rawhead” (Art Gates Records) With a name like INJECTOR I for one get vibes of old school thrash metal. The first thought I got made me think of bands like Whiplash or Wehrmacht. I am a huge fan of the first two Whiplash albums. They are killer thrashers. Then they tried something different and lost me. INJECTOR on the other hand will not lose me with this album. If you like your metal full of speed and with a dose melody and wants it hard this is the one to check out. To me this is… Continue reading

LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA “Britania”

LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA “Britania” (Art Gates Records) I have said it countless times before. If you dig deep enough you’ll find bands that few have heard of that deserves your attention. The Spanish scene is full of metal bands of all the sorts that doesn’t get the press they should get because they don’t really reach outside of the Spanish borders. LEGADO DE UNA TRAGEDIA is a band that I hadn’t heard of before this album dropped in on me. What I do hear is a very dramatic musical landscape. It feels like you are a part of a… Continue reading

THERAGON “Where The Stories Begin”

THERAGON “Where The Stories Begin” (Art Gates Records) I don’t know what it is about power metal that gets me going but I am a huge sucker for a really good power metal album. I don’t get to hear them too often sadly but once I do they are mostly of the highest quality. Spanish THERAGON are power metal. And they are quite good at it too. I sit here and try to figure out what school they mostly remind me of. I have to place them in the Italian school of more dramatic power metal. More so than the… Continue reading

OKRÜTNIK ”Legion Antychrysta”

OKRÜTNIK ”Legion Antychrysta” (Ossuary Records) This one has all the right vibes to be old school. If you like me, remember the 80s when Poland was under the control of communism you might also remember the feeling of hearing Polish metal for the first time. Acts like Turbo, Kat, Imperator and Vader all made an impression to certain degrees. Some are still with me today. Others have fallen. Hearing this album from OKRÜTNIK is almost like being taken back to the 80s. What I like is that there is a new generation that still hold the old flame alive. This… Continue reading

SHADOW WARROR “Cyberblade”

SHADOW WARROR “Cyberlblade” (Ossuary Records) I don’t know why I at first thought that this was a Japanese heavy metal band. I just got that feeling from them. But the fact is that this is a Polish classic heavy metal band. And I love classic heavy metal. It took me a while to get my head around the music of SHADOW WARRIOR but once I got accustomed to them not being Japanese I could start enjoying the music. If melody driven heavy metal is your thing and you like me is kinda trapped in the 80s still, this might appeal… Continue reading

IRON FLESH “Summoning The Putrid”

IRON FLESH “Summoning The Putrid” (Grand Dane Records) “Swedish old skull death metal from France”. Can it get any better? Not to my ears. Swedish old school death metal is great no matter where the band come from. IRON FLESH formed as a one-man band in 2017 but soon decided to start playing live. Listening to this is like hearing a mix of Entombed and Grave. That heavy, sluggish riffing that is so connected with these two bands. As cool as it is to hear old school Swedish death metal as hard is it to get it totally right. If… Continue reading