Graveyard – “Peace”

Graveyard – “Peace” (Nuclear Blast)  Well “Peace” is certainly an apt title for this comeback release, given that a coupla years back it was anything but the case, resulting in the dissolution of the band and departure of co founding drummer Axel Sjöberg! A serious rethink though, and a few months later a reunion was announced – minus Axel – and “Peace” was on its way. Renowned over the course of 4 prior albums for their psych blues hard rock, ironically “Peace” is a harder release in comparison, more rooted in psych stoner although I personally wouldn’t complain cos it’s… Continue reading

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium – “Hostia”

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium – “Hostia” (Osmose Productions)  Filii Nigrantium Infernalium. Now that’s quite a mouthful. Even more so when you consider that beyond worshipping the dark one, this Portuguese trio lay down their souls equally to the gods of hard rock and heavy metal rock n roll! Self styled Black Heavy Metallists, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium have been in the game for close to 3 decades stirring their uncompromising bile that is influenced by early Sodom and Bathory as much as Hellhammer and early Kreator. From the unforgettably blasphemous prayer words uttered by world (in)famous necropoet N.S. Perpétua to the outrageous… Continue reading

UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun”

UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun” (Eisenwald)  Uada is Latin for ‘haunted’ but it’s also black metal from the pacific northwest. Formed just 4 years ago by guitarist / vocalist Jake Superchi (MotörThrone, Serpent Lord, The Dead, Thy Emptiness), UADA have risen meteorically thanks to their 2016 debut “Devoid Of Light” which, despite being American, owes more to the Scandinavian style of melodic black metal, right down to the album cover by Kris Verwimp (Marduk, Immortal). Touring intensely since then, this sophomore, which interestingly was written around the same time, has now been birthed, albeit to a new line up. Typically… Continue reading

Monument – “Hellhound”

Monument – “Hellhound” (Rock of Angels Records)  Formed on the mean streets of East London by ex White Wizard vocalist Peter Ellis, Monument is his latest champion in spiriting on the quest for true British heavy metal! Inspired by British greats like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, along with a helping hand from Ireland’s Thin Lizzy, Monument takes all the galloping moments, warbling melodies, twanging bass, and twin fret board burning to deliver 9 tracks that the band’s mascot – Jack – would positively bark and wail in glee to. Probably named after the delectable mutt, “Hellhound” is the band’s 3rd released… Continue reading

Motor City Mayhem – “Shitfaced And Outta Luck”

Motor City Mayhem – “Shitfaced And Outta Luck” (Metalapolis)  From the ashes from Shotgun Express, the dirtiest band ever out of Stuttgart (and winners of 2012’s German Rock and Pop Award for best Hard Rock band!), comes the even more raucous – and aptly named Motor City Mayhem! As much inspired by the raw Detroit rock of MC5 as the garage rock of The Hellacopters and scandi rock of the Backyard Babies, the veterans of Motor City Mayhem have hugely catchy material in no small doses, and play it fucking loud to the max on the 10 searing high energy tracks making up “Shitfaced And Outta Luck”.… Continue reading

Evil-Lÿn – “Disciple Of Steel”

Evil-Lÿn – “Disciple Of Steel” (No Remorse Records)  Formed in 2007, Evil-Lÿn soon rose to prominence in true metal circles, playing at Finland’s Jalometalli Festival and Up The Hammers in Greece before recording their 2012 EP “The Night Of Delusions”. Since then however, there has been a complete line up change with only founder guitarist Anssi Salonen remaining. Immediately noticeable is that now there is a male vocalist in Lasse Heinonen who replaces Johanna Rutto and definitely adds a macho rough n ready style to galloping, epic music inspired by the likes of Maiden and Manilla Road. Named after the sorceress in the “Masters Of The Universe” movie… Continue reading


Next week, Montréal based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM will finally unleash their new studio album Meditations, through Nuclear Blast Records. After presenting the first track-by-track trailer last Friday, the band has now launched the second part which features snippets of the following songs: 06. In Limbic Resonance 07. And Then I Saw Blood 08. What Doesn’t Break Doesn’t Heal 09. Bend The Arc, Cut The Cord 10. Achilles Heel Produced by the band’s own guitarist J-F Dagenais and drummer Oli Beaudoin, the record was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR a.o.). Mastering duties were handled by Paul Logus (PANTERA a.o.). The artwork was created by… Continue reading

THOR – Special Flight

All hail the conquering metal hero, THOR, who will set sail for the Nordic lands this summer to do battle amongst the heavy metal faithful at two prestigious music festivals! The first appearance will be a headlining spot at the Muskelrock Festival in Alvesta, Sweden May 31st to June 2nd. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, the festival plans to honor THOR with a well-earned Lifetime Achievement award in a dramatic ceremony to occur on stage during the festival. Then, our Viking hero continues on to Tampere, Finland to co-headline the South Park festival June 8 & 9 alongside fellow metal giants… Continue reading

Lizzy Borden – Long May They Haunt Us

For decades, LIZZY BORDEN has been one of theatrical rock’s top front-men. And on June 15th, Borden will issue his first album in 11 years, ‘My Midnight Things’, via Metal Blade Records. The extended layoff between albums has not dulled his desire to rock and shock. “Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career,” Borden comments. For a preview of ‘My Midnight Things’, head over to now for the video premiere of ‘Long May They… Continue reading

Harms Way – Last Man

This June, Harm’s Way will head back out on the road for their “Posthuman Pacific Northwest Tour”, featuring special guests Soft Kill, before joining the final, full cross country Vans Warped Tour later that month, with Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, and many more. For a preview of their captivating live show, fans can watch the video for “Last Man” (shot at the Subterranean in Chicago, IL) at: For today only, Harm’s Way will takeover Vans Warped Tour’s platforms, so be sure to check the following sites for exclusive content from the band: Tweets by VansWarpedTour See… Continue reading