I grew up with the Big Four. They were the one that opened up my ears to a whole underground of brilliant thrash metal bands like Holy Terror, Defiance, Testament, Forbidden and a handful or more of cool bands. To this day I still hold that time in my life in highest regards and I still return to the albums of that era with great joy. Continue reading

DARKTRIBE “Mysticeti Victoria”

“Mysticeti Victoria”
I have a very special relationship with French metal. Have had so ever since I heard my first French metal band back in the 80s. Darktribe could very well be another new French metal favourite. It started on a high note with a very symphonic beginning and it carried on that way. I couldn’t help thinking of Heavenly when I listened to this. Continue reading


I’m not gonna go on about how much I do not like digital downloads. Sarah Jezebel Deva’s name shouldn’t be unfamiliar to any with the slightest interest in metal. Having sung back ground vocals for Cradle Of Filth and been a member of Angtoria amongst other things Sarah have paid dividends to be considered a integral part of the British metal scene. Continue reading

DEVIL “Magister Mundi Xum The Noble Savage”

“Magister Mundi Xum The Noble Savage”
(Soul Seller)
With a name like Devil (no, not the Phantom’s dog) you kinda expect this to some sort of black metal, at least in the vein of Witchfynde or Witchfinder General and in a way it is too. This is retro hardrock that has a lot in common with the early NWOBHM bands like the aforementioned but also draws heavily from the whole 70s hardrock scene. Continue reading

I SPIT ASHES “Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light”

“Inhaling Blackness – Reflecting Light”
I Spit Ashes are another new German metal act making a name for themselves with their debut album. This is metal that makes me think of a less death metal Dark Tranquillity or a more controlled At The Gates. There is a strong Swedish air to this album. I like that it makes me think Swedish metal. This was a positive experience. Continue reading


Scornage as a name seems so very familiar yet I can’t remember if I’ve heard the music before I got sent this new album. Any which way this is thrash metal the hard way. Nothing fancy going on here, just plain in your face thrash. This is brutal the same way Legion Of The Damned are brutal. Continue reading

SYBREED “God Is An Automaton”

“God Is An Automaton”
Sybreed made me think Fear Factory when they burst onto the scene in the 90s. I really liked the sound Fear Factory presented. It felt fresh and new and got me to look deeper into the whole industrial scene. Sybreed will not have that effect on me simply because I do not need to dig anywhere to fully understand where they are coming from. Continue reading

UNHERZ “Die Wahrheit liegt dazwichen”

“Die Wahrheit liegt dazwischen”
That trends goes in cycles are nothing new. What once was regarded as over and done with comes back to haunt us again. I’m not saying that all hardrock of the 80s was bad. It was just some that were worse than other. Some were really good and has therefore stayed with me. Like this Belgian band Underdog that impressed me back in the 80s. Not that Unherz in any way sound like Underdog. Continue reading

VESEN “This Time It Is Personal”

“This Time It is Personal”
(Soul Seller)
I wonder how many Norwegian black metal band you can fit into one Volkswagen. They seem to be everywhere and there’s no escaping them either. Vesen made me think of Dödheimsgard just by looking at the cover. That was before I got to hear the music. That made me thing of Vondur. I honestly don’t know what to think of this. Continue reading