Michael Schenker – “A Decade Of The Mad Axeman”

Michael Schenker – “A Decade Of The Mad Axeman” 2CD (INAKUSTIK) A veritable legend, the name of Michael Schenker is synonymous with the Scorpions and UFO as well as being a name in his own right! A virtuoso guitarist having started playing guitar at the age of 11, Schenker would record with the Scorpions on their debut “Lonesome Crow” when he was 17, and just a year later joining up with UFO. His name by now known internationally, Schenker went on to form his own namesake band which has existed in various incarnations for over 3 decades under the acronym MSG. … Continue reading

Lione-Conti – “Lione Conti”

Lione-Conti – “Lione Conti” (Frontiers Records) Oh wow, if you love Rhapsody, then you’re gonna love this as it features not just one of their vocalists, but two! Needing no introductions whatsoever, names like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody) and Alessandro Conti (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody) will no doubt be familiar to many, and the idea of these two dueting together is nothing short of genius. Add in the multiple talents of producer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist Simon Mularoni and you’ve got the star quality to make this self titled debut what its pedigree allows. While not being the first attempt at such a project for label … Continue reading

Arkona – “Khram”

Arkona – “Khram” (Napalm Records) Titled after the Russian word for temple, Arkona return after 4 long years with this 8th offering. If the blackish elements were evident on predecessor “Yav”, then “Khram” takes this on full force! Compared to the band that brought us the crowd rousing chants on “Goi, Rode, Goi!” today’s Arkona are a far more serious band, incorporating even death doom into their music, making for a far darker experience and pagan intensity comparable to Primordial or Moonsorrow. With most of the songs beginning at over 7 1/2 minutes (!), these Russians are also aiming at more … Continue reading

Untervoid – “Untervoid”

Untervoid – “Untervoid” EP (Osmose Productions) A grim duo if there ever was one, Untervoid is made up of A. (Armageddon, ex-Lost Soul, Azarath-live) on nuclear drums and Destroyer (Kriegsmaschine, ex-Hate) handling vocals, all strings and electronics. Taking stock from the plague of black / death sweeping their native Poland, Untervoid follow in similar style, while adding their own touch and sophistication to the 4 classy tracks making up this self titled debut EP. The musicianship here is truly impressive, with Destroyer’s own vocals being versatile and being able to skillfully shift from roars to animal shrieks to clean and … Continue reading

Communion – “The Communion”

Communion – “The Communion” (Hells Headbangers) Black / death mayhem from Chile! Staunchly DIY and rejecting even the most commonly respected beliefs in the extreme metal scene(s), Communion are one of the most underground bands in South America. Over the course of a decade, they have built up a myriad of true singles – each one unique – either self-released or released through vocalist/bassist Deathmessiah’s Proselytism label. Having already issued a definitive debut in “At The Announcement”, now comes the diabolical sophomore in this 9 track beast that takes right from the days of old school black / death – … Continue reading

KB36 – “Fake”

KB36 – “Fake” (Pure Steel Records) Well, KB36 may sound like the start of a zip code, but there’s nothing ‘fake’ about this awesome rock band whatsoever! Hailing from Moscow (which may explain the enigmatic name), KB36 have been described as a ‘classic’ rock band and while I don’t doubt the influences of some of rock’s greatest artists in the 11 tracks making up this impressive sophomore, I rather think this is very much modern rock that takes in the best of rock through the ages, including metallic influences. Main man composer / vocalist Tengiz looks like he’s seen it all through the years … Continue reading

MYLES KENNEDY – Haunted By Design

Following the recent release of the music video for the first single ‘Year Of The Tiger’, Myles Kennedy has released a lyric video for another song from the upcoming debut solo album. ‘Haunted By Design’ is the second track released from “Year Of The Tiger”, the upcoming album available worldwide on March 9th via Napalm Records. The video for the song can be seen HERE. Fans that pre-order (http://radi.al/YearOfTheTiger) the download of “Year Of The Tiger” through a digital retailer will receive an instant download of the song as well as the first single. The album is also currently available … Continue reading

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Resurrection Trailer #1

Recently, Nuclear Blast proudly announced the release of the upcoming first MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST studio album! The band completed the recording of Resurrection (out March 2nd) with producer Michael Voss-Schoen on board, alongside the voices of M.S.G. singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley. You can also hear Doogie White (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK) as well as musicians Steve Mann (guitars, keyboards), Ted McKenna (drums) and Chris Glen (bass). The album also features an array of impressive guest appearances including Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schoen. Today, Michael Schenker explains his idea behind the concept of the upcoming … Continue reading

KAMELOT – Under Grey Skies

The rumors are true:  KAMELOT are set to release a brand new masterpiece in 2018 and now the band has unveiled the album’s title: The Shadow Theory The new album features all the signature elements of KAMELOT and also sees the band step out to add new and industrial elements along while combining amazing emotions that harken to the band’s earlier days. KAMELOT’s  epic music is chock full of symbolism relating to how the band feels about the world and the current state of civilization.  More news and details regarding The Shadow Theory – including album artwork – will be made available soon! … Continue reading

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS – “It’s Cockney Rhyming Slang”

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have released the first track by track for the band’s upcoming debut album, ‘The Age Of Absurdity’ – out January 26th. The band recently announced an intimate release day performance at YouTube Space London which will be streamed live via the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel. Be sure to tune in from 7pm for this exclusive performance! http://www.youtube.com/NuclearBlastEurope The album is now available for pre-order in various formats here: nblast.de/PCATBSAgeOfAbsurdity The Age Of Absurdity was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered and mixed … Continue reading