Annihilator – “For The Demented”

Annihilator – “For The Demented” (Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music) Having indulged himself in 2015’s “Suicide Society” which drew from the 100+ bands that inspired Annihilator, Jeff Waters has decided to go back on this 16th release by revisiting the classic thrash meets melody sound of his 1985-87 demos mixed with the first 4 Annihilator records! Equally, he has opted to bring in bassist Rich Hinks (Aeon Zen) both to co write as well as produce the early stages of “For The Demented”, not to mention act as a sounding board for whether compositions sounded enough like classic Annihilator to qualify … Continue reading

Cannibal Corpse – “Red On Black”

Cannibal Corpse – “Red On Black” (Metal Blade) The monster returns. Coming close to 3 decades since their fearsome riffs set them on a path to become one of the legends of US death metal, Cannibal Corpse spew up their latest blood beast in “Red On Black”, their 14th release to date. Still one of the heaviest touring metal bands in the world, needless to say the 12 tracks here are super tight in every aspect, from the intense musicianship to the live sound courtesy of equally renowned Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore). While their music is anything but subtle, … Continue reading

Madam X – “Monstrocity”

Madam X – “Monstrocity” (EMP Label Group) With more hairspray than a L’Oréal factory and the dudes in the band sporting more make up than the chicks, Madam X successfully fell into the next generation of 80s glam metal bands following in the stack heel strut of Poison, WASP and Twisted Sister. Signed to Ozzy Osbourne’s label – Jet Records – they recorded their 1984 debut with none other than Rick Derringer before undertaking several US and UK tours, along with two MTV videos including their hit ‘High In High School’. As their egos grew bigger than their hair, the band … Continue reading

Beast In Black – “Beserker”

Beast In Black – “Beserker” (Nuclear Blast) Well, why complain when you can have two beasts instead of just one…? With much made of Anton Kabanen’s dismissal from Battle Beast, he has since taken stock, recruited his own band and judging by this amazing release, returned with an absolute vengeance! Given Battle Beast’s first 3 albums were written by Kabanen (and indeed the reason for his split was the desire of the other members to participate in the composing), it should give you an idea of what Beast In Black is all about: the continuing vision of that band as … Continue reading

Elvenking – “Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire”

Elvenking – “Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire” (AFM Records) I love Elvenking and 20 years on, this band still rocks me cos these guys sure know how to write a song! Playing a crucial blend of power and folk metal, the essence of Elvenking is their incredibly catchy material which naturally includes plenty of heart felt emotion and epic passion. “Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire” is the band’s 9th album and sticks to this winning formula but equally offers a couple of tracks like ‘A Grain Of Truth’ that come across as a bit more pop like along with employing a … Continue reading

Conan – “Man Is Myth – Early Demos”

Conan – “Man Is Myth – Early Demos” (Napalm Records) Well, it ain’t the sound of The Beatles! Also hailing from Liverpool comes the ‘caveman battle doom metal’ trio of the aptly named Conan. Since their inception just over a decade ago, they’ve released an impressive 3 studio albums, 2 live albums, several EPs and split releases, not to mention clocked in more touring miles than a breakdown recovery vehicle ha ha. With another album imminent and yet another European tour already bested, it’s easy to see why there’s such a demand for this crushing power trio. Think mammoth, nay … Continue reading

Operation: Mindcrime – Wake Me Up

The New Reality’ is the third and final chapter in an album trilogy by iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Its release comes a year after the release of the second part, entitled ‘Resurrection’, and two since the first, ‘The Key’. Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic Queensrÿche album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music and intertwining the intensity of Tate’s iconic past with his former band and the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces. Joined by a cast of musicians whose talent and … Continue reading

Attila – Three 6

If you’re down with the devil, say “Hell yeah!” The boys in ATTLA are crashing Halloween with a brand new track. Listen to “Three 6” here. The anthemic track begs to be sung along to and harks back to that classic, irreverent, and always brutal Attila sound and is a treat for all the band’s loyal fans.As frontman Fronz declares in the first few seconds of the song, “Back with dat heavy shit!” The song will be available for purchase on November 10. Continue reading

Polaris – LUCID

Today, Australian powerhouse POLARIS have premiered a brand new video for ‘Lucid’. The single opens the band’s highly anticipated debut album, The Mortal Coil which drops this week (November 3rd) via SharpTone & Resist Records. Head over to Rock Sound to check out the video.The Mortal Coil was recorded in POLARIS’ self-made studio in Mollymook, NSW, where they shipped American tandem, Carson Slovak and Grant MacFarland of Atrium Audio to oversee the recording. No strangers to success themselves, the hotly-tipped duo most recently produced, engineered and mixed AUGUST BURNS RED’s Grammy-nominated album, Found In Far Away Places. Continue reading

CREST OF DARKNESS – The Noble Art

It’s Halloween, the night of the living dead. To celebrate it CREST OF DARKNESS and My Kingdom Music present a big dose of Horror music in the classic extreme way the Norwegian band uses to play and we do it with the lyric video of “The Noble Art” one of the most amazing songs taken from their last acclaimed album “Welcome The Dead”. So, no more to add… to get you in the mood for some fancy dress and trick or treating, just click play here  for a creepy and obscure trip in the best CREST OF DAKNESS Black Metal … Continue reading