Hammerfall – “Live! Against The World”

Hammerfall – “Live! Against The World” Earbook / BluRay 2 CD Digipack / 3 LP Coloured Vinyl (Napalm Records) ‘..we’ve been doing this for 23 years now…23 years of heavy f–king metal from Sweden!..’. Well, it doesn’t come any truer than that as stated by vocalist Joacim Cans to the 5,000 crazed Hammerfall fans at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Not known for selling their fans short, “Live! Against The World” is a 20-track live release offered in a variety of extravagant packages for the discerning collector. But whatever the choice, it’s the sterling epic power metal of the… Continue reading

Pallbearer – “Forgotten Days”

Pallbearer – “Forgotten Days” (Nuclear Blast) Tenderly fusing the bludgeoning doom of Crowbar with the melodic bliss of funeral doom melancholia, Pallbearer go well beyond the (justifiable) grimness of their name into a band not easily forgotten, especially in the heart. Formed in Little Rock, AR in 2008, the band, whose founders Brett Campbell (lead vocals, guitar) and Joseph D. Rowland (bass, synth, vocals) are graduates of the University of Central Arkansas, won immediate critical acclaim following the release their debut “Sorrow and Extinction”. With more accolades and awards for their sophomore, “Foundations Of Burden”, it was their 3rd release… Continue reading

Vice Squad – “Battle Of Britain”

Vice Squad – “Battle Of Britain” (Last Rockers Records / Cargo Records UK) Formed in 1979, Vice Squad are probably one of the few (if only) original English punk bands that continue to record and tour regularly. Fronted by the iconic Beki Bondage, whose visage graced every music paper back in the day from Melody Maker, NME, Sounds, Record Mirror to Smash Hits, and on a more socially conscious note was a teenage champion of animal rights long before it became trendy, Vice Squad have always put punk values first, right down to having their own label, no backing management… Continue reading

Johansson & Speckmann – “The Germs Of Circumstance”

Johansson & Speckmann – “The Germs Of Circumstance” (Soulseller Records) After collaborating on a song for the first Megascavenger album in 2012, the fuse was lit for death metal masters Paul Speckmann (Abomination, Cadaveric Poison, Death Strike, Master, ex-Martyr, ex-Solutions, ex-Speckmann Project, ex-Walpurgisnacht, Blunt Force Trauma, ex-Krabathor, ex-War Cry, ex-Funeral Bitch, ex-Assault (USA)) and Rogga Johansson (Bloodgut, Dead Sun, Down Among the Dead Men, Echelon, Eye of Purgatory, Fondlecorpse, Furnace, Ghoulhouse, Grisly, Humanity Delete, Lobotomy Dept, Massacre, Megascavenger, Monstrous, Necrogod, Paganizer, PermaDeath, Pile of Skulls, Putrevore, Reek, Revolting, Ribspreader, Rogga Johansson, Severed Limbs, Stass, Svitjod, The Cleaner and Mr. Filth’s… Continue reading

BLIND GUARDIAN – ‘Violent Shadows’

Early this August just gone, BLIND GUARDIAN performed live for the Wacken World Wide digital festival, and surprised everybody by playing a brand-new track called ‘Violent Shadows’. The song is a very first taster of their upcoming studio album, due to be released in autumn 2021. ‘Violent Shadows’ (live) is available digitally as of today. “Your wish is our command! So we have heeded the call, or in other words we observed your many requests and wanted to oblige. Here it comes, today we proudly present you with our glorious, virtual Wacken live version of Violent Shadows as a digital single. Enjoy this vicious ride and scream… Continue reading

KORPIKLAANI – Leväluhta

Korpiklaani today announce their new studio album Jylhä, which will be released on February 5th via Nuclear Blast Records. Jylhä (which has no direct translation, but can be described as majestic and also wild or rugged in a strong, beautiful way) will be available as digital album, CD, black vinyl and grass green vinyl [limited to 300 pieces]. The pre-order will start soon. Korpiklaani are unique – their blend of Finnish folk music and heavy metal is like no other. Like traditional folk music that tells tales of joy, heartbreak and stories of old, Korpiklaani brings new life to these tales adding the high energy of rock‘n’roll and heavy metal. What you hear on record is what you… Continue reading

Katatonia – Behind the Blood (from the Dead Air DVD)

Vocalist Jonas Renkse comments, Here’s our first and (so far) only live rendition of ‘Behind The Blood’ from our latest album, City Burials. As weird as these times are, it gives us a little comfort to know that we made an attempt to defy the situation and did what we miss the most right now: playing a show.” April 2020 saw Katatonia present their eleventh studio opus, the poignant City Burials, to unanimous acclaim but with the unforeseen global event transpiring this year resulting in their album touring plans being put on hold, Katatonia conducted a more intimate “lockdown” show which was… Continue reading

LEAVES’ EYES – Viking Spirit Pt.1

Join the world of Viking Lifestyle, Norse Mythology and the music of LEAVES’ EYES! The Symphonic Metal pioneers around Alexander Krull and Finnish female singer Elina Siirala released part 1 of the 95 minutes “Viking Spirit” film documentary, available on the Ltd. Artbook Edition of “The Last Viking” out 23rd October, 2020, a couple of days ago on YouTube. See how deep the band stepped into the worldwide Viking scene, became an important an ever since active part of the Viking reenactment community and events. The new album “The Last Viking” is available as 2CD Digipak, 2CD + 1 DVD… Continue reading

WIND ROSE – We Were Warriors

WIND ROSE are back with another visual to their epic, story-filled and critically acclaimed album Wintersaga, releasing the official music video for “We Were Warriors” today via Napalm Records! “We Were Warriors” is a follow-up to their popular first singles, “Diggy Diggy Hole” and “Drunken Dwarves”, which together racked up well over 20 million views on YouTube! In “We Were Warriors”,  WIND ROSE take the viewer on an adventurous hunt for gold through dark ruins and caves, passing old relics from a morbid past. WIND ROSE on “We Were Warriors”: “‘We Were Warriors’ is a song about the Dwarves fallen in battle and their eternal rest inside the great halls of stone.… Continue reading

The Great Kat – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony for Guitar and Symphony Orchestra

THE GREAT KAT – BEETHOVEN’S “PASTORAL SYMPHONY FOR GUITAR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA” Music Video! Thunderstorms, fire, lightning, Beethoven, Zeus and The Great Kat fiery guitar/violin shredder – all unite to bring Beethoven’s genius “Pastoral Symphony” (Symphony #6) to life in the new music video just filmed for Beethoven’s 250th Birthday (Dec 16, 2020). Beethoven composed the Pastoral Symphony in 1808 to pay homage to nature, with the famous “Thunderstorm” movement as the focal point of this symphony. The Great Kat transforms Beethoven’s symphony into one of the most outrageous music videos you will ever witness, with the God of Thunder, Zeus, coming… Continue reading