UFO – “The Salentino Cuts”

UFO – “The Salentino Cuts” (Cleopatra Records) Covers can be somewhat risque – do a good job and you may make more of a hit than the original but handle it badly and whoa, definitely one to lose sight of ha ha! While not being much of an issue as a single track, when a band chooses to record an entire album of them (in this case a 12 tracker) then they have to be pretty confident – or insane. UFO are legends and in their 38 year career have skirted it pretty close to the mark themselves especially in … Continue reading

Nocturnal Rites – “Phoenix”

Nocturnal Rites – “Phoenix” (AFM Records) After 10 years away, Nocturnal Rites are back! Seemingly inexplicable to the band themselves, after the release of their 8th album back in 2007, these Swedes fell off the radar for an unplanned hiatus and were sadly missed by many, myself included. Playing a rich blend of beautiful, flowing melodies backed by a heavy back end, Nocturnal Rites soon came to mind of many towards the end of the century and continuing into the millennium years through hit albums like “Shadowland”. Now comes “Phoenix” and I’m really pleased to say that all 11 tracks … Continue reading

Kadavar – “Rough Times”

Kadavar – “Rough Times” (Nuclear Blast) I’ve always wondered why this Berlin trio have monikers like ‘Lupus’, ‘Tiger’ and ‘Dragon’. Well, on this 4th release it all becomes clear right from the cover of a skull imposed on some sunshine girl’s face – not to mention the album title itself! If predecessor “Berlin” celebrated groovy happiness that you could funk out to, then “Rough Times” flips that right on its head to go much deeper into the darkness of the soul as well as adding more heaviness and indeed, some doom aspects into the 11 tracks here. The title track … Continue reading

Evil Invaders – “Feed Me Violence”

Evil Invaders – “Feed Me Violence” (Napalm Records) Exciter. Razor. Kreator. All have had their part to play in creating present day nutter crackers like Evil Invaders. Not to mention the fact that they’re from Belgium, a tiny country with an unfortunate history of hosting some of the worlds greatest battles i.e. Waterloo, Ardennes, Ypres and so forth….Often overlooked in favor of their paffy smoking Dutch neighbours, the Belgian banger is no less hardcore in his headbanging quest with homeboys Evil Invaders serving up the own speed metal offering on this follow up release (as if one album wasn’t enough ha … Continue reading

Cannibal Corpse – Code of the Slashers

CANNIBAL CORPSE will release their 14th full-length, ‘Red Before Black’, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of ‘Red Before Black’, the band has launched a video for the single, ‘Code of the Slashers’. Directed by Zev Deans (panoramaprogramming.com – who created videos for Behemoth’s “Messe Noire”, Ghost’s “Square Hammer”, Portal’s “Curtain”), ‘Code of the Slashers’ can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats: Continue reading

The Black Dahlia Murder – Matriarch

TBDM Matriarch Video Premiere 9/19/2017 4 PM EST The Black Dahlia Murder dropped their latest single, "Matriarch" which is absolutely killer! The new album, "Nightbringers" is out October 6th, and it can't come soon enough!! Posted by Alternative Press on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release their eighth full-length, ‘Nightbringers’, via Metal Blade Records – which has already become the best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in the label’s storied history! For a preview of ‘Nightbringers’, the new single, ‘Matriarch’, can be heard now HERE. To watch the video for the album’s title track, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm – where the album can … Continue reading

Artillery – When the Magic Is Gone

Danish Power Thrash Metallers ARTILLERY have just released a brand new video for the song ‘When The Magic Is Gone’. The song is taken off the bands latest album ‘Penalty By Perception’. Head over here to check out the video! Comments ARTILLERY: “Our new video ‘When the magic is gone’ is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The Video was recorded in Nørrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery.” This week Saturday ARTILLERY will start their co-headline tour with ONSLAUGHT. ARTILLERY will celebrate the 30th Anniversary … Continue reading

Ensiferum – the making of “Two Paths”

ENSIFERUM will release their seventh full-length, ‘Two Paths’, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. In anticipation of this release the band has now launched a “making of” documentary video for the album, which can be viewed HERE. For another preview of ‘Two Paths’, the previous singles (“King of Storms”, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, “Way of the Warrior”) can also be heard at metalblade.com/ensiferum, and the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats: Continue reading

RAM – “Gulag”

Swedish Heavy Metal spearhead RAM will release their striking new album ‘Rod’ November 3rd via Metal Blade Records! As of today you can watch the lyric video for the first single ‘Gulag’ at metalblade.com/ram. At the same location you can pre-order the album in the following formats: Continue reading

Blackfinger – Afternow

Featuring the instantly recognizable vocals of former Trouble (and current The Skull) front man Eric Wagner, the doom group BLACKFINGER – which also features guitarist Terry Weston (Dream Death, Penance) – has unveiled a music video for their song “Afternow.” Filmed in the band’s rehearsal room, with additional footage added and edited by Rafael Ortega (Helsott, Ayreon), the clip can be seen at this location. Says Wagner, “I think ‘Afternow’ is about wondering why things are the way they are when they don’t really need to be. Maybe if we could only catch a glimpse of where we came from, … Continue reading