Sodom – “Out Of The Frontline Trench”

Sodom – “Out Of The Frontline Trench” EP (Steamhammer / SPV) Continuing on from last year’s “Partisan” EP, Tom Angelripper and his amazing new line up unleash yet another spectacular mini assault prior to their upcoming 2020 new album! Comprising 3 new tracks, 2 of which are exclusive to this release, “Out Of The Frontline Trench” also contains a re-recorded classic in ‘Agent Orange’, which of course recently rejoined guitarist Frank Blackfire originally played on, and a ripping live version of ‘Bombenhagel’, recorded at Schalke’s Veltins Arena in the band’s hometown of Gelsenkirchen – complete with the outro of  ‘Das… Continue reading

Agnostic Front – “Get Loud”

Agnostic Front – “Get Loud” (Nuclear Blast) Back in 1986, Agnostic Front released “Cause For Alarm”, a ground breaking hardcore album that saw one of New York City’s up and coming bands take in more metallic influences. Some 33 years on and Agnostic Front, still with Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma, are now cemented into the New York sidewalk as godfathers of punk, although with little desire to retire! Indeed, this 12th album is just as fierce and aggressive as I remember them with one noticeable difference – that initial dabble into the street punk formula has been crafted over the… Continue reading

King – “Coldest Of Cold”

King – “Coldest Of Cold” (Indie Recordings) When I first heard King’s “Reclaim The Darkness” back in 2016, I was certain this was yet another stellar Scandinavian epic black metal band following in the footsteps of their acclaimed ancestors. How wrong I was given they are from the other side of the world namely, Australia! That said, King’s sound is no doubt inspired by legendary battles and bleak winters as forged by pagan gods, with influences from Dissection, In Flames and Immortal being equally nobly present. Formed in 2013 by David Hill (guitars) and vocalist Tony Forde, there was much… Continue reading

Past The Fall – “From Insanity’s Ruin”

Past The Fall – “From Insanity’s Ruin” (Horus Music) Wow – this must be the best new British metal band I’ve heard in years!!! Saying that, Past The Fall have actually been going for close to a decade, during which time they’ve released a number of singles and EPs, as well as toured Europe, Mexico and the US sharing stages with Hirax and Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens! Centred around the core of bassist/vocalist Will Wright and guitarist/vocalist Thomas Cope, who’ve known each other since they were 12 years old, this would explain why this band is just so tight and able to pull… Continue reading

BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA – Atmosphere For The ‘Legacy Of The Dark Lands’

One of the most ambitious projects in metal history, BLIND GUARDIAN’s new album Legacy Of The Dark Lands, was released last week alongside a stunning official video for ‘War Feeds War’. Today the band reveals how they created the atmospheric sounds on the album by recording in a castle. Find out more here Hansi states: “There’s no doubt about it, we are geeks. For those of you who still question it, even after the release of Legacy of the Dark Lands, you can find the ultimate proof in this trailer. To me it’s always great fun returning to the origins of my… Continue reading

Jorn – “Lonely Nights”

One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a second instalment of classic covers from artists and bands that have meant something special to him and helped forge his own unique style. The first single, a cover of ‘Lonely Nights’ by Bryan Adams, is available now. Throughout his extensive career, which includes over forty albums of mostly original songs, the Norwegian vocalist has recorded excellent versions of rock classics from bands such as Thin Lizzy, DIO, UFO and Deep Purple. Every cover is treated with the utmost respect and ‘Jorn-ized’, as can be heard on the first ‘Heavy Rock Radio’ album with… Continue reading

AGNOSTIC FRONT – The Big 4 of Hardcore

Last week, legendary NYHC pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT released their twelfth studio album GET LOUD!. Today the band unveils album trailer #7 where they discuss the big four of hardcore. Order GET LOUD! in the format of your choice here: nuclearblast.com/agnosticfront-getloud Roger Miret comments, “Probably the most important song on Get Loud!, ‘I Remember’ is such a super personal track reminiscing on me and Vinnie putting the AF and NYHC stamp on the map! Looking back at it, I feel like this song could have been the title track to the Godfathers Of Hardcore documentary. We chose to call on our friends and family for the… Continue reading

Mortiis – Spirit of Rebellion

Recently the undisputed inventor of dungeon synth, MORTIIS, has announced the release of “Spirit Of Rebellion”, a re-interpreted expansion and continuation of the 1994 Era I classic “Ånden som Gjorde Opprør”. “Spirit Of Rebellion” is penned for release on 24th January 2020 via Omnipresence Productions / Dead Seed Productions. Today MORTIIS unleashes a brand new album teaser for ‘Spirit Of Rebellion’. The cover artwork for “Spirit Of Rebellion” was created by French visual artist & fantasy illustrator David Thiérrée (https://www.davidthierree.com) who is also known for his work with BEHEMOTH, PRIMORDIAL, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. The godfather of dungeon synth… Continue reading

ENSLAVED – What Else Is There?

 There is ample reason to celebrate: ENSLAVED have once again joined forces with Nuclear Blast, to spread the music of the Norwegian avant-garde metallers all around the globe. With that, band and label renew a collaboration that has been ongoing for around ten years and two years ago produced the universally lauded album E. Band founding member and guitarist Ivar Bjornson stated about the re-signing: “It is with great pleasure we re-sign our record deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! We have been working together for more or less a decade, and it has been an individed positive experience. They have both the heart… Continue reading

MF RUCKUS – Making a Killing/You Only Live Forever (The Front Lines of Good Times, Chapter 2)

The Mystic Fraternity of MF RUCKUS finally deliver the long awaited sequel to The Front Lines of Good Times Chapter 1 and it is a 2-4-1 special on their extra potent Rock/Metal mixture. They put the “Rad” in ineradicable and certainly in Colorado. MF RUCKUS have been diligently toiling away with their multimedia Rock masterpiece The Front Lines of Good Times, but have not released anything since 2017’s “It’s a Mess”. Finally, they have delivered a buy-one-get-one batch of bombastic badassery in their most recent release “Making a Killing/You Only Live Forever”. Presented as two songs in one, “Making a Killing” is… Continue reading