Italian melodic metal band STRANGER VISION unveils the official video of the second single ‘Rage’! The song is taken from the debut album “Poetica” which will be released on March 26th 2021 via Pride & Joy Music. STRANGER VISION’s singer, Ivan Adami, explains: “The epic nature of the track – the most power metal oriented one – led us to involve two masters of the genre, our friends Alessandro Conti and Guido Benedetti. We deeply appreciate their work with Trick Or Treat and their other side projects (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, Twilight Force, Saeko). The lyrics of this song were inspired by… Continue reading

BLACK & DAMNED – “The World Bleed”

German Heavy/Power metallers BLACK & DAMNED present their new official music video for the single “The World Bleed”! The track is taken from the band’s new full-length debut album “Heavenly Creatures” which was released on January 29, 2021 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records! Video written, directed and edited by Menschbilder: “Mankind is a mad kind! Hatred we don’t need no more. We will lose everything if we change nothing.” – Black & Damned comment. Get “Heavenly Creatures” now: “Heavenly Creatures” is out now through ROAR! Rock of Angels Records! Continue reading


New Jersey based death metal bruisers, Eye of the Destroyer, has unveiled a harsh new track, “Retinal Deprivation”, via Slam Worldwide. Formed in 2013, Eye of the Destroyer has made their mark on  the death metal underground with their signature mix of hardcore with death metal, slam riffs and heavy breakdowns. Their latest shredder, “Retinal Deprivation” is laden with high energy riffs and destructive growls and deals with the harsh realities of not recognizing the person you’ve become. “Self reflection has been a focal point during the Covid 19 pandemic” says vocalist Joe Randazza. “It has enabled me to slow down… Continue reading

Epica – “Omega”

Epica – “Omega” (Nuclear Blast) Well, was it worth the wait? Five years after “The Holographic Principal” and a well-earned rest, but unexpectedly delayed like the rest of world by Covid comes “Omega”,  the eighth studio album by Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. Thankfully not titled on some fatalistic theme of the pandemic but according to founder rhythm guitarist (gruff) vocalist Mark Jansen on the ‘…Omega Point theory, dealing about the scientific speculation and spiritual view that we are, fated to spiral towards one point of divine unification…as humanity, we were drifting apart like competition…’, this 12-track release is a… Continue reading

Evergrey – “Escape Of The Phoenix”

Evergrey – “Escape Of The Phoenix” (AFM Records) Formed in the mid 90s in Gothenburg, where that city’s melodic death touch added plenty of heaviness to the prog power of Evergrey, some 12 albums later and “Escape Of The Phoenix” continues to shine the light of this incredible Swedish band, whose presence has been felt across the world from the stages of Sweden Rock to Download to Prog Power! Like many releases over the year, there’s no doubt the pandemic has played its part in influencing the melancholia of the material, but knowing the measure of founder vocalist guitarist Tom… Continue reading

Einherjer – “North Star”

Einherjer – “North Star” (Napalm Records) Returning to Napalm Records after 25 years since releasing their 1995 debut “Dragons Of The North”, Einherjer are definitely one of Norway’s most eclectic bands out there. Across eight prior releases, they’ve incorporated black, folk and even symphonic aspects into their viking metal – not forgetting thrash when founders Frode Glesnes (vocals, guitars, bass) and Gerhard Storesund (drums, keyboards) formed Battered during the band’s hiatus in 2004. However, the passion for all things Norse has remained constant and fierce in this band so whatever the mood, all songs invoke the viking spirit either in… Continue reading

Slough Of Despair – “Catacombs Of Terror”

Slough Of Despair – “Catacombs Of Terror” (Chaos Records / Personal Records) Amply living up to their wretched name, Slough Of Despair was formed only a couple of years ago when guitarist Panos Lampropoulos (ex-Ordeal, Age of Sorrow, Chamber of Malevolence, Mallediction, ex-Chthonian Alchemy, ex-Necrorgasm, ex-Devathorn (live)) left his previous band. Recruiting experienced and talented musicians around him, including vocalist Kostas Velnias (Aeon Dust, Serpent’s Order, Withering Skies, ex-Horror Lord, ex-Nipenthis (live), ex-Odin’s Court, ex-Night of the Dark Ages) and drummer Dimitris Sakkas (Blessed, Feeble, Horrorgraphy, Humanity Zero, Inhibitions, Misanthropy Apotheosis, Skarz, ex-Buried Emotion, ex-Heathendom), Slough Of Despair recorded this… Continue reading

Cannibal Corpse – Inhumane Harvest

On April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. A new video (directed by David Brodsky // for the first single, “Inhumane Harvest”, can now be viewed here. Rob Barrett (guitar) comments: “‘Inhumane Harvest’ takes a look inside one of organized crime’s more sinister activities: the human organ trade. Desperate buyers will pay a high price for a much-needed organ transplant to either save themselves or a loved one from certain death, which makes for a lucrative business in underground crime rings.” Comprised of eleven tracks, Violence Unimagined is state of… Continue reading

Sweet – Set Me Free

Sweet featuring original guitarist Andy Scott, will release their new single “Set Me Free” on March 5th. The new single is taken from the band’s current album “Isolation Boulevard”, and can be pre-saved HERE. The band have just released the official music video trailer for the “Set Me Free” single which can be watched HERE. Isolation Boulevard features all the Sweet’s classic hit singles and was recorded with the new line-up during lockdowns between September and October 2020.  It’s a reworking of Sweet’s 1975 album multi-million selling “Desolation Boulevard”. The latest single “Set Me Free” is taken from the album, and although it is one of the most covered… Continue reading

Sunbomb (Tracii Guns & Michael Sweet) – “No Tomorrows”

Sunbomb is a highly anticipated new musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the US hard rock and metal scenes – Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Michael Sweet (Stryper). They have made an absolutely blinding album together, melding influences of classic acts such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with Tracii’s love of various metal subgenres. ‘Evil And Divine’ is much heavier than one would normally expect from the duo and can definitely be categorised as ‘metal’. With Tracii writing the music for the album, the fact that Michael has been writing and performing in an increasingly heavier style on… Continue reading