Wintersun – “The Forest Seasons”

Wintersun – “The Forest Seasons” (Nuclear Blast) Often overlooked in favor of bigger Finnish names like Nightwish, Children of Bodom and Ensiferum, the talent of this band (for those who know) is easily on par with their nation’s best, and on this long awaited 3rd album, they amply prove it once and for all! Although formed in 2003, the history of Wintersun goes back to the mid 90s when founder Jari Mäenpää was guitarist for Ensiferum, and when he first started penning material for what was to become this band. Originally a side project, touring commitments, technical recording setbacks, recruiting line … Continue reading

Tau Cross – “Pillar Of Fire”

Tau Cross – “Pillar Of Fire” (Relapse) With their legacy rooted in cult bands like crust punks Amebix and alt thrash metallers Voi Vod, Tau Cross is a super group in more ways than one – not in the least in bringing to bear once more a number of styles whose addictive hold on those who still yearn to hear them again is as strong as when they were first touched by their tones! Crucially made up of drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin and Rob ‘The Baron’ Miller on bass and vocals, and joined by Tom Radio (Frustration), Jon Misery (Misery) … Continue reading

Ereb Altor – “Ulfven”

Ereb Altor – “Ulfven” (Hammerheart Records) With their roots going back to 2003 and the founders also playing in epic Swedish doom metal band Isole, Ereb Altor’s history is a rich one, steeped in the mists of epic viking metal most notably inspired by the legendary Bathory, not to mention other purveyors of warrior metal like (early) Manowar, as well as classical doomsters like Candlemass. Favoring deep n somber melodies amid forlorn atmospherics dexterously woven into Nordic mythology, Ereb Altor’s early offerings were certainly powerful spiritually, if lightweight in their actual metal compared to the furor of their peers like … Continue reading

Obscurity – “Streitmacht”

Obscurity – “Streitmacht” (Trollzorn) Obscurity may have a strange name for a metal band, but now going on 20 years and with 7 albums under their bullet belts, these North Rhine-Westphalians are one of Germany’s earliest black / death / viking bands. Proud of their Bergisch Land roots but less clear about their style back in their youthful days, hence their name, Obscurity have gone from strength to strength over the years, and while there may not be much of a scene left in their hometown of Velbert, they are a well known national name with a hardcore fan base. Very … Continue reading

Paradise Lost – Making ‘Medusa’

On September 1st, cult metallers PARADISE LOST abruptly end summer with the release of their 15th studio album »Medusa«. And while winter is approaching, the band now presents their second interview trailer, in which bassist Steve Edmondson speaks about the work with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, the band’s influences and how the music scene changed since the band’s inception almost 3 decades ago. Watch the clip here. Continue reading

THOR – “The Calling”

The Metal Thunder God THOR reclaims the classic metal throne with a brand new studio album of 12 original songs that will get your blood pumping and leave your ears ringing! Titled “Beyond The Pain Barrier,” THOR’s new album will be released August 4 to coincide with his performance at the Porispere Festival in Finland. Thor will be hitting the road in support of the release kicking off at a major metal festival in Finland in August followed by a 30-date tour of North America! Continue reading

SOIL – Rusty Cage

With the recent passing of Chris Cornell (an early influence of SOiL), the band decided to pay homage and add their version of the classic Soundgarden song “Rusty Cage” to the compilation. “Rusty Cage” was recorded in 2007 and previously only available on the band’s Myspace page.”Rusty Cage” is taken from the album “SCREAM: The Essentials”, out on September 15th. Continue reading

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Cold War Love

There’s a beautiful purity to the finest rock ‘n’ roll, a thrilling simplicity in striking an over-amplified guitar chord, a transcendent joy in getting high on just volume, adrenaline and a backbeat. BLACK STAR RIDERS, lifers in an industry less secure than a secret in a soap opera, understand this, which is why Heavy Fire, the quintet’s latest UK Top 10 album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, sounds so fresh and exhilarating and alive. Continue reading

KORPIKLAANI – Live at Masters of Rock

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI will release their first ever live Blu-ray/DVD+2CD package titled Live at Masters of Rock, on August 25th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. After releasing the first single ‘Pilli on pajusta tehty (live)’, the band has now revealed the first trailer. Watch accordionist Sami Perttula and fiddle player Tuomas Rounakari talk about their special folk show with two additional musicians in 2016 and more, here Continue reading