Axel Rudi Pell – “The Ballads V”

Axel Rudi Pell – “The Ballads V” (Steamhammer / SPV) With 36 years under his belt, guitar wizard and melodic rock god Axel Rudi Pell takes his place in the annals of hard rock heavy metal history. Owing much of his early inspiration to Ritchie Blackmore, Pell’s monumental 25-year anniversary show in Balingen in July 2014 included Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, MSG) on vocals and erstwhile Rainbow keyboard legend Tony Carey, not to mention that his current drummer is none other than Bobby Rondinelli! That said, Pell’s own style of melodic hard rock metal is very much his own, although his … Continue reading

The Obsessed – “Sacred”

The Obsessed – “Sacred” (Relapse Records) Their first album in 20 years, The Obsessed remain one of the cult acts in the stoner / doom metal scene even to this day! Formed in 1976 by guitarist / vocalist Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich, himself a cult figure given the sheer number of bands he’s played in (including Saint Vitus, Mentors and Place of Skulls), The Obsessed ground to a halt despite releasing an acclaimed album in “The Church Within” back in 1994. Still, interest in the band has never faded and so the reunion shows have continued over the years, if anything to build … Continue reading

Wolfpakk – “Wolves Reign”

Wolfpakk – “Wolves Reign” (AFM Records) The brainchild of Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker), Wolfpakk is their melodic metal all star project – and ambitious it is to say the least – featuring no less than 26 all star guests! Quite how the 2 vocalists manage to pull this cast is beyond me, but on this 4th album there’s Biff Byford (Saxon), George Lynch (Dokken), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Ronny Atkins (Pretty Maids), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Tony Harnell (TNT), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia), Timo Somers (Delain), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Pasi … Continue reading

Cloven Hoof – “Who Mourns For The Morning Star”

Cloven Hoof – “Who Mourns For The Morning Star” (High Roller Records) Long gone may be the outlandish costumes, along with the tongue in cheek names of ‘Wind’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’ – but thanks to the spirit of Lee ‘Air’ Payne, NWOBHM legends Cloven Hoof are not just still going, but very much onto a 2nd lease of life! Bolstered by the growing ‘true’ metal movement along with a resurgence in NWOBHM, Cloven Hoof release this follow up to 2014’s “Resist Or Serve” album, and a mighty fine one it is too! Immediately noticeable is that it is not a … Continue reading

Night Demon – “Darkness Remains”

Night Demon – “Darkness Remains” (Steamhammer / SPV) If you yearn for the glory days of NWOBHM or are appreciative of today’s ‘true’ metal scene then California’s Night Demon will no doubt be a name familiar to you. A 3 piece fronted by bassist / vocalist Jarvis Leatherby, who’s the current bassist in Cirith Ungol and is the live vocalist for Jaguar, Night Demon rose to fame over the course of an EP and their noted 2015 debut “Curse Of The Damned” – not to mention numerous festival appearances around the globe! Taking their inspiration from the likes of Grim Reaper, … Continue reading

Jupiter Falls – “Faces In The Sand – Part One”

Jupiter Falls – “Faces In The Sand – Part One” (Broken Road Records) These guys have gotta be one of the hottest bands in the UK right now! Formed just 4 years ago, they have meteorically risen from having their debut produced by Roy Z to touring with Jake E Lee & Red Dragon Cartel before delivering a sophomore to worldwide critical acclaim, along with more dates in the UK as well as in France. Well on their way to stardom, now comes this 3rd album and it’s nothing short of a blinder! Besides their impressive song writing, it’s the awesome … Continue reading

DIMMU BORGIR – Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse

A week remains until Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, will unleash their highly-anticipated double-DVD/BluRay Forces Of The Northern Night. Today, the band have unveiled another live video of their monumental song ‘Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse’ from the live ritual in Oslo together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum Choir. See symphonic black metal reach an entirely new level with this clip

Chris Holmes’ MEAN MAN – Euro Tour !

The legendary ex-WASP guitarist Chris Holmes kicks off the “Be Somebody” European Tour with his band Chris Holmes’ MEAN MAN! For now the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, the UK, Norway, Sweden and France are on the calendar, but be sure that a lot more tour dates will be added in the upcoming period.

GHOST BATH – Seraphic

Today, the new album of atmospheric black metal act GHOST BATH, entitled Starmourner is released. The band have also unveiled the new video clip for the epic track ‘Seraphic’. Watch it here.

Terror – “Balance The Odds”

Southern California’s veteran hardcore slayers TERROR, are premiering today their new EP called “The Walls Will Fall”, a whole week in advance here. The EP officially comes out on April 28th, via Pure Noise Records. Pre-order available here.