Accept – “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017”

Accept – “Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017” 2 CD / DVD/ 3 LP / Blu-Ray (Nuclear Blast Records)  Oh wow, as if headlining the world famous Wacken Open Air festival wasn’t a lifetime event in itself, but in 2017 Accept chose to include a 50 piece orchestra – onstage!! Ambitiously splitting their 2 hour set into 3 parts, the first being a mixture of new songs like ‘Pandemic’ and older tracks like ‘Restless & Wild’ performed by the band only, the second part featured guitarist Wolf Hoffmann accompanied by the orchestra playing tracks off his “Headbangers Symphony” solo… Continue reading

Artillery – “The Face Of Fear”

Artillery – “The Face Of Fear” (Metal Blade Records)  With their debut “Fear Of Tomorrow” still considered a cult classic, this Danish thrash band have been on a roll since their reformation just over a decade ago. Steadily releasing albums and returning to touring, Artillery are one of the few old school thrash bands that can proudly proclaim to have generations of fans from fathers to sons and even grandchildren who come to their shows! No spring chickens themselves, the core of the band has always been the Stützer brothers – Michael & Morten – whose heavy but catchy riffing has been… Continue reading

Sodom – “Partisan”

Sodom – “Partisan” EP (Steamhammer / SPV)  All fired up on the eve of the extensive “TV Headbangers Ball Tour 2018” alongside Exodus, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels, Sodom’s founder frontman Tom Angelripper is equally gleeful at his new line up – and totally killer it is too made up of returning longtime guitarist Frank Blackfire (Sodom, Kreator, Assassin), along with new bloods guitarist Yorck Segatz (Beyondition) and drummer Stefan ‘Husky’ Hüskens (Asphyx, Desaster). Needless to say, little incentive was needed to dish out this napalm 3 tracker EP and given how old school it sounds – not to mention… Continue reading

Alunah – “Amber & Gold”

Alunah – “Amber & Gold” EP (www.alunah.co.uk)  It’s been a year since the departure of founder vocalist guitarist Sophie Day, who fronted Alunah across 4 albums, including “Solennial” which was released earlier this year. Few actually wondered how and if these Brummie earth muthas could return but hey, they have – and in fine style too! However, as Sophie’s departure was for life choice reasons and given she is still working with the band behind the scenes, hubby guitarist Dave Day wasted no time in finding a replacement in Siân Greenaway – and what a catch she is too! Although… Continue reading

Sunflower Dead – “Coma”

Sunflower Dead – “Coma” (Combat Records)  Crystallised in 2012 when Michael Del Pizzo (Two Hit Creeper – Vocals, Accordion, Piano), Anthony ‘Jaboo’ Amen (Two Hit Creeper – Lead Guitar) and Jamie Teissere (Droid – Guitar) had the idea of starting a new band, Sunflower Dead have returned with their 3rd album – and a new line up including Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Poweflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir (Downplay, Starset) on drums! Playing an alt rock metal style that reflects their name in being able to sooth and touch with heart rendering melodies and croons, while at the… Continue reading

Organic – “Carved In Flesh”

Organic – “Carved In Flesh” (Testimony Records)  Wow, these guys might be from the Italian province of South Tyrol, but they play old school Boss HM-2 Swe-deth that would cause an avalanche! Formed in 2013, the band released their first EP “Death Battalion” in 2014 and constantly performed live over the years, which certainly shows on the 11 sterling tracks delivered with excellent precision tightness and lashings of brutality!! A four piece who deliver a massive sound comparable to larger bands, expect full marks on the trademark sound of predatory growls, dirty syrup thick riffs along with nasty solos, distorted bass,… Continue reading

Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “Mind Your Manners”

Last month, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators–Slash (guitars), Myles Kennedy (lead vocals), Todd Kerns (bass), Brent Fitz (drums) and Frank Sidoris (rhythm guitar) called out to fans to help create their new live music video at the band’s electrifying two-hour show on the final date of their sold-out fall U.S. headlining tour at the Palladium in Hollywood. Fans shot live footage of the concert via the Cinebody app which was assembled by director and editor Clifton Collins to create the final video. Slash commented on the video, “It was great to involve the fans to make this video. They did an awesome job! & having Clifton shoot as well as edit it all together… Continue reading

ACCEPT – Symphonic Terror – Live At Wacken 2017

German heavy metal legends ACCEPT are set to release their new live album Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 on November 23rd via Nuclear Blast. Today the band has unleashed a trailer giving fans a taster of what to expect on the stunning live release, which can be seen here Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 will be available in the following formats: BluRay+2CD Digibook DVD+2CD Digibook 2CD Digipak 3LP Box (black) incl. booklet, poster Limited Edition 3LP Box Set (gold) incl. booklet, poster BluRay+DVD+2CD Earbook Limited Edition Earbook inc. BluRay+DVD+2CD + signed photo card PRE-ORDER HERE: nblast.de/AcceptSymphonicTerror Pre-order the album on iTunes to receive ‘Balls To The Wall’, ‘Symphony No.40’ and ‘Breaker’instantly: nblast.de/AcceptSymphonicIT… Continue reading

SOILWORK – About The Album Title & Artwork

Swedish visionary metallers SOILWORK have released a brand new video trailer in which singer Björn “Speed” Strid and drummer Bastian Thusgaard talk about choosing a Swedish album title and the artwork of their impatiently awaited 11th album, ‘Verkligheten’, which marks their first in more than three years and also the first to feature Thusgaard on drums, who replaced Dirk Verbeuren in 2016. Get/listen to the song here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkFullMoonShoals ‘Verkligheten’ is set to be released on January 11, 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The first edition digipack, as well as the vinyl versions, will also contain the exclusive ‘Underworld’ EP, containing 4… Continue reading

MYRKUR – Juniper

 Today, Danish composer, vocalist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Myrkur, unveils her powerful new ballad and video, “Juniper”. Director Philippe de Grenade, gorgeously captures her ethereal performance on 16mm film as she stuns listeners with an infectious chorus and lush string arrangements. Myrkur is Amalie Bruun. For her forthcoming Juniper EP, she’s joined forces with Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Solstafir, Cathedral) at Orgone Studios in Bedfordshire, England. The album’s B-Side, “Bonden og Kragen”, is a solo reinterpretation of a traditional Danish folk song from the 1600s. Together, both tracks exquisitely display Myrkur’s eclectic sound and captivating personality. A limited edition of the 7″ will coincide with the digital release, December 7th on Relapse Records.… Continue reading