Powerwolf – “Best Of The Blessed”

Powerwolf – “Best Of The Blessed” CD/ Earbook/LP Boxset (Napalm Records) Well, Attila Dorn and Powerwolf certainly know how to celebrate 15 years of success in becoming Germany’s most successful modern heavy metal band in 2019! Here, on “Best Of The Blessed”, the band’s first greatest hits album, they give you plenty of reasons – be it 16 songs on the CD that include fresh re-recordings of classics like ‘We Drink Your Blood’, or in the case of the Earbook, a further 14 live tracks recorded during the Wolfsnächte 2018 tour, and finally, going for the throat in the LP… Continue reading

Ensiferum – “Thalassic”

Ensiferum – “Thalassic” (Metal Blade Records) The very first of Ensiferum’s albums to be based around a theme, this 8th release titled “Thalassic” translates from the ancient Greek ‘…of or relating to seas..’. Indeed, with song titles like ‘Andromeda’ inspired by Greek mythology, “Thalassic” sees Markus Toivonen & co try something a little different conceptually, if not musically where the 11 tracks (including 2 bonus numbers) continue to revel in the band’s winning formula of heroic tales told through deep and often fast folk pagan power metal. Although still featuring Mikko P. Mustonen’s dramatic orchestrations, the emphasis of the material… Continue reading

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Lions”

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Lions” (Frontiers Music) Well, it doesn’t come finer than this – take the talents of Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and combine it with those of guitarist/producer Steve Brown of Trixter – and the result is this kick ass debut that is sure to have any melodic rocker of the 80s rejoicing! The hugely catchy melodies are only one aspect of this amazing band, so if you also like big hooks and a ballsy rhythm, then that’s where Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner) make… Continue reading

Svärd – “The Rift”

Svärd – “The Rift” EP (Argonauta Records) Featuring Tim Nedergård (Guitars, Vocals), Björn Pettersson (Guitars, Vocals) and Pierre Stam (Bass, Vocals) of Swedish melodic death band In Mourning, together with Cornelius Althammer (Drums) of German funeral doomsters Ahab, Svärd is the band forged from a friendships of over 10 years, the result being this heavy as f–k five song EP with the promise of a full length album in the not too distant future! Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Sabaton, Hypocrisy, In Mourning, October Tide, Amorphis, etc), the supercharged sound on “The Rift” is befitting the powering metal laid out by this lock downed quartet, who,… Continue reading

BRUJERIA – COVID-666

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA are proud to release their new COVID-666 digital single via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration, the band offer fans the release of the quarantine themed music video for their title track ‘COVID-666’, which was directed by Juan Brujo, here. The band comments: “The Coronavirus is the Devil’s plague sent to purge humanity of all kinds! Leaving survivors to suffer with no jobs, no money and forces a social media lifestyle on the entire world! On the bright side of it all… now I can go out shopping without scaring everyone to death! Ja ja ja ja.” The… Continue reading

Stryper – “Blood From Above”

Once again proving their lasting durability, iconic rock band Stryper return with their 13th studio album, ‘Even the Devil Believes’, via Frontiers Music Srl. Filled with the band’s signature riffs, harmony-laden melodies and positive themes, the eleven song project is Stryper’s first studio album with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and backing vocals. “We’re incredibly happy to write a new chapter in the book of Stryper,” says vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet, who has served as the band’s primary songwriter since its inception in 1983. “This album was recorded during the pandemic, and I believe the message pertains to the times we are living in so perfectly. It’s a recording of hope and inspiration and… Continue reading

HEATHEN – The Blight

Bay Area thrash legends HEATHEN are back! Today, the band reveal the details of their fourth studio album entitled, Empire of the Blind, which will be released on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the lyric video for the first single, ‘The Blight’, here. HEATHEN comments: “We are very pleased to announce Empire of the Blind! It’s been another 10 years but we are finally back with a new HEATHEN album. Fine wine takes time! Everyone in the band worked their asses off on this record. Zeuss absolutely nailed it and more than realised our vision for the sound.… Continue reading

DEVILDRIVER – Iona

Top-charting dark groove metal originators DEVILDRIVER recently announced the highly-anticipated release of their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons. The first volume – entitled Dealing With Demons I – drops on October 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. Representing the onset of a final purging of the themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and DEVILDRIVER’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released. Today, the band is following up on the release of their burgeoning latest single “Keep Away From Me” and its thought-provoking video with yet another unforgettable anthem – the menacing, mosh-ready second single “Iona”. From the ominous siren… Continue reading

VARATHRON – Son Of The Moon

Hellenic black metallers VARATHRON reveal music video for the first single taken from their upcoming 30th anniversary live album, “Glorification Under The Latin Moon”. The album is set to be released on September 25th via Agonia Records. Watch a music video for “Son Of The Moon”. Recorded in its entirety on August 4th, 2019 in São Paulo (Brazil) during the final show of VARATHRON’s “30 Years Of Darkness Tour”, the historic setlist boasts some of the band’s finest compositions, from 1988 and beyond, most notably including the entirety of classic “His Majesty At The Swamp” from 1993, to most recent songs, taken from the acclaimed “Patriarchs… Continue reading

DRAGONY – signs to Napalm

Unstoppable Austrian symphonic power metal heroes DRAGONY have signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. Eight years have passed since they debuted with their first album Legends, and despite their humble beginnings back in 2007, the band is now a well-known representative of the genre. Owing to their outstanding live performance skills, DRAGONY quickly arose to share the stage with BLIND GUARDIAN, SONATA ARCTICA, POWERWOLF, VAN CANTO and many others. After their second release, Shadowplay, the band performed at major European festivals as well as headlining Vienna’s popular Donauinselfest in 2016. Since then, DRAGONY followed up with two strong releases and reinforced their stance even more. Referencing… Continue reading