TANNA – Storm In Paradise

Have you ever heard of Pudasjärvi? I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t! Anyways, that’s the name of the small town with population of 10000 people, where it all started from years ago… Tapani Tikkanen was born there and it was hardly a place where bands came from in Finland at that time. But when Tapani was about ten years old, he got into music – Elvis, Rolling Stones won his heart. One thing lead to another and after a while they had a high-school band playing at the local parties and so on. In 1982, the first own album “Anyway… Continue reading

The Infernal Sea – Negotium Crucis

Black Metal from the Fenlands of East Anglia, UK. Terrifying & captivating wrenched from the bleak, flat nothingness that makes up much of the surrounding area native to The Infernal Sea. The Infernal Sea draw influences from the founding fathers of Black Metal while firmly imprinting their own unique plague-ridden UKBM stamp. With British Bravado they inject their Black ‘n’ Roll groove into their savage riffage to create something truly diabolical. New album ‘Negotium Crucis’ released September 18th 2020 (Apocalyptic Witchcraft) expands on the bands previously established concept of medieval brutally as presented on 2016’s ‘The Great Mortality’, which focused… Continue reading

The Allman Betts Band – Magnolia Road

The Allman Betts Band release their second full-length studio album titled Bless Your Heart on Friday 28th August 2020 via BMG. The first single, “Magnolia Road” was released on all DSPs Friday, June 19. The official music video for the track was exclusively premiered via The ABB official YouTube channel the same day. Devon Allman and Duane Betts joined the premiere and chatted live with fans. The new album is available to pre-order from https://theallmanbettsband.lnk.to/BlessYourHeart and https://amzn.to/2NKWYz5 “Magnolia Road” is the tie-dyed contender for summer favourite. A semi-autobiographical lyric shared by Betts and Allman, ironically this is the only song on the album with band collaborator Stoll Vaughan as its sole author.… Continue reading

Powerwolf – “Best Of The Blessed”

Powerwolf – “Best Of The Blessed” CD/ Earbook/LP Boxset (Napalm Records) Well, Attila Dorn and Powerwolf certainly know how to celebrate 15 years of success in becoming Germany’s most successful modern heavy metal band in 2019! Here, on “Best Of The Blessed”, the band’s first greatest hits album, they give you plenty of reasons – be it 16 songs on the CD that include fresh re-recordings of classics like ‘We Drink Your Blood’, or in the case of the Earbook, a further 14 live tracks recorded during the Wolfsnächte 2018 tour, and finally, going for the throat in the LP… Continue reading

Ensiferum – “Thalassic”

Ensiferum – “Thalassic” (Metal Blade Records) The very first of Ensiferum’s albums to be based around a theme, this 8th release titled “Thalassic” translates from the ancient Greek ‘…of or relating to seas..’. Indeed, with song titles like ‘Andromeda’ inspired by Greek mythology, “Thalassic” sees Markus Toivonen & co try something a little different conceptually, if not musically where the 11 tracks (including 2 bonus numbers) continue to revel in the band’s winning formula of heroic tales told through deep and often fast folk pagan power metal. Although still featuring Mikko P. Mustonen’s dramatic orchestrations, the emphasis of the material… Continue reading

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Lions”

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Lions” (Frontiers Music) Well, it doesn’t come finer than this – take the talents of Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and combine it with those of guitarist/producer Steve Brown of Trixter – and the result is this kick ass debut that is sure to have any melodic rocker of the 80s rejoicing! The hugely catchy melodies are only one aspect of this amazing band, so if you also like big hooks and a ballsy rhythm, then that’s where Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner) make… Continue reading

Svärd – “The Rift”

Svärd – “The Rift” EP (Argonauta Records) Featuring Tim Nedergård (Guitars, Vocals), Björn Pettersson (Guitars, Vocals) and Pierre Stam (Bass, Vocals) of Swedish melodic death band In Mourning, together with Cornelius Althammer (Drums) of German funeral doomsters Ahab, Svärd is the band forged from a friendships of over 10 years, the result being this heavy as f–k five song EP with the promise of a full length album in the not too distant future! Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Sabaton, Hypocrisy, In Mourning, October Tide, Amorphis, etc), the supercharged sound on “The Rift” is befitting the powering metal laid out by this lock downed quartet, who,… Continue reading

BRUJERIA – COVID-666

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA are proud to release their new COVID-666 digital single via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration, the band offer fans the release of the quarantine themed music video for their title track ‘COVID-666’, which was directed by Juan Brujo, here. The band comments: “The Coronavirus is the Devil’s plague sent to purge humanity of all kinds! Leaving survivors to suffer with no jobs, no money and forces a social media lifestyle on the entire world! On the bright side of it all… now I can go out shopping without scaring everyone to death! Ja ja ja ja.” The… Continue reading

Stryper – “Blood From Above”

Once again proving their lasting durability, iconic rock band Stryper return with their 13th studio album, ‘Even the Devil Believes’, via Frontiers Music Srl. Filled with the band’s signature riffs, harmony-laden melodies and positive themes, the eleven song project is Stryper’s first studio album with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and backing vocals. “We’re incredibly happy to write a new chapter in the book of Stryper,” says vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet, who has served as the band’s primary songwriter since its inception in 1983. “This album was recorded during the pandemic, and I believe the message pertains to the times we are living in so perfectly. It’s a recording of hope and inspiration and… Continue reading

HEATHEN – The Blight

Bay Area thrash legends HEATHEN are back! Today, the band reveal the details of their fourth studio album entitled, Empire of the Blind, which will be released on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the lyric video for the first single, ‘The Blight’, here. HEATHEN comments: “We are very pleased to announce Empire of the Blind! It’s been another 10 years but we are finally back with a new HEATHEN album. Fine wine takes time! Everyone in the band worked their asses off on this record. Zeuss absolutely nailed it and more than realised our vision for the sound.… Continue reading