Beltfed Weapon – P.O.W. Fundraiser

When vocalist Ronny Munroe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Munroe’s Thunder) teamed up with Frank Hetzel’s Seattle-based Beltfed Weapon, it was simply to make music. But the artistic alliance soon became more personal, after Munroe’s wife/manager J. Von Hughes received a Stage 3 Mullerian Ovarian Cancer diagnosis. With the couple’s bank account drained and insurance refusing to pay for treatment at an out-of-network facility, the couple is faced with a dire need to raise funds for Hughes’ treatment. Hetzel and Munroe turned to what they do best – music – to help with this life-threatening situation, releasing the Beltfed Weapon single … Continue reading

Monster Magnet – “Mindfucker”

Monster Magnet – “Mindfucker” (Napalm Records)  Mindfucker?…Mindfucker! Now that’s a name you’re gonna remember although it seems fitting coming New Jersey stoner gods Monster Magnet. Still, listening to the 10 magic tracks here, there’s certainly the familiar stoner psych style, but this time round, it looks like Dave Wyndorf has taken a few anarchic leaves from the Detroit rock of the MC5 and the Stooges, perhaps unsurprisingly given the current political climate and its resulting social unrest, but equally, his dismay at his nation’s addiction to the media. As such, the material on “Mindfucker”, while retaining stoner tinges, is a helluva lot more feisty, even angry and … Continue reading

The Crown – “Cobra Speed Venom”

The Crown – “Cobra Speed Venom” (Metal Blade Records)  Oh wow, just check out the speed on this album! For those of you that don’t know, The Crown are one of the cult Swedish bands of the mid 90s, mixing (at times melodic) death metal with thrash a la Sepultura or Slayer and even punk along the lines of Anti Cimex – quite a combination! Still with founding members Marko Tervonen (rhythm guitarist), bassist Magnus Olsfelt and continuing his vocal run Johan Lindstrand, “Cobra Speed Venom” is the band’s 10th release and is one of the most fearsome releases I’ve heard in many a month, proving that … Continue reading

Memoriam – “The Silent Vigil”

Memoriam – “The Silent Vigil” (Nuclear Blast)  Oh what, another Memoriam album?! Just last year we were graced by the power of “For The Fallen” and now in comes another 9 new tracks that makes me wonder if the band originally had composing fever – or Christmas has just come after the last one ha ha! Formed by Bolt Thrower vocalist Karl Willets when that band went on hiatus following the tragic passing of drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns, Memoriam’s rapid success is owed to reigniting that old school British death metal sound as well as featuring a super group line up … Continue reading

Johansson & Speckmann – “From The Mouth Of Madness”

Johansson & Speckmann – “From The Mouth Of Madness” (Soulseller Records)  Awesome – a death metal masterpiece from not just one legend, but two!!!! Long regarded as a death metal icon, Paul Speckmann (Deathstrike, Abomination, Master etc) has already collaborated with underground name Rogga Johansson (Megascavenger, Paganizer, Ribspreader etc) on no less than 4 prior releases, so it comes as little wonder than this release is premium death metal at a very elite level indeed. Joining the gruesome duo are fellow Megascavenger drummer Brynjar Helgetun, who also took care of the mix and mastering and Paganizer lead guitarist Kjetil Lynghaug. And together they make one … Continue reading

Mournful Congregation – “The Incubus of Karma”

Mournful Congregation – “The Incubus of Karma” 2CD (Osmose Productions)  Formed in 1993, this Aussie band have risen in their 25 year career to become a recognised name in the funeral doom genre. Receiving wide spread critical acclaim for their 2011 release ‘The Book Of Kings’, Mournful Congregation have taken 7 long years to release this album but hey, it’s a double release so I guess they’ve made up for it! Rooted in heavy doom played at plod pace, the dual guitars of founder vocalist Damon Good and Justin Hartwig are at the centre of the maelstrom, unhurriedly unleashing reverb drenched darkness along … Continue reading

Hawaii – “Loud, Wild and Heavy”

Hawaii – “Loud, Wild and Heavy” deluxe reissue (No Remorse Records)  Oh wow, if you’re a fan of Marty Friedman’s guitar work, then you gonna love these series of deluxe reissues from the man’s early career! While being famed for being in Megadeth, Friedman’s career actually began a lot earlier, going right back to the late 70s when as a teen he formed Deuce when he lived in Washington state. A high energy band whose rehearsals soon became impromptu concerts (!), Deuce played a mixture of hard rock, rock n roll and even elements of punk and pop although the intense … Continue reading

Glenn Hughes – Deep Purple ‘Live’ in Ireland

Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” for the first time ever in Ireland in September 2018 ahead of his nationwide UK tour in October 2018. The two date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK … Continue reading


2018 marks the incredible 30 year anniversary for DANZIG. To commemorate the occasion, DANZIG will be performing a limited number of special shows in Europe in August 2018. The run begins August 2nd at Wacken Open Air where DANZIG will headline one of the main stages, and includes stops in the UK, Germany, Luxembourg and Czech Republic. DANZIG will complete their touring run with a headline performace at Brutal Assault Festival on August, 11th in Jaromer, Czech Republic. DANZIG’s latest studio album “Black Laden Crown” was released in May 2017. TOURDATES: Aug, 2nd 2018 GER – Wacken, Wacken Open Air Aug, … Continue reading


After the long anticipated release of their latest studio album No Cross No Crown, and an extensive North American run supporting BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are set to return to European shores to play a string of headline shows in between the previously scheduled festival appearances. The band have teased that they will be back later in the year so watch this space. Speaking about the dates, Woodroe stated: “We’re stoked to be heading across the pond again to play some festivals and even more excited to be able to add in a few select headline dates, more to come later. See ya there!” … Continue reading