Rhapsody Of Fire – “The Eighth Mountain”

Rhapsody Of Fire – “The Eighth Mountain” (AFM Records)  Well, this isn’t Rhapsody Of Fire’s eighth album but man, does this band surely climb mountains! Now onto their 11th release, we find them in virtually another new line up with only co founder keyboardist Alex Staropoli and long time guitarist Roby De Micheli left since “Into The Legend” 3 years ago. Founded back in the mid 90s as one of the key players in the new power metal scene, Rhapsody Of Fire have been through name changes, numerous line ups and not in the least, the departure of co founder guitarist Luca Turilli.… Continue reading

Visions Of Atlantis – “The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights”

Visions Of Atlantis – “The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights” (Napalm Records)  In what is probably their finest moment, Visions Of Atlantis have released this stupendous release – actually their first live record – and the energy coming off it is unbelievable, not just from the band and audience, but possibly anyone listening to it too! Capturing one of those special moments in time and space, all the alignments were clearly right and I’m so glad for the band given that it was only 5 years ago that the entire line up left, leaving only founding… Continue reading

Herman Frank – “Fight The Fear”

Herman Frank – “Fight The Fear” (AFM Records)  Holy crap – Herman Frank may have just turned 60 years old, but judging by this searing album he still has plenty of fire!! Renowned for over 3 decades for his work in Accept, Sinner, Victory and more recently Panzer, Frank has also issued 3 prior albums as a solo artist with “Fight The Fear” being his latest high octane hard rock metal release. With an equally regarded band backing him in vocalist Rick Altzi (Masterplan), guitarist Heiko Schröder, former Rage drummer André Hilgers and bassist Michael Müller from Jaded Heart, this album is as musclebound… Continue reading

Beast In Black – “From Hell With Love”

Beast In Black – “From Hell With Love” (Nuclear Blast)  Laugh as you may that Beast In Black has a male singer who sounds like a girl, there is no doubting that Anton Kabanen’s new band is nothing short of astounding. Taking in influences from dance rock to rock metal and melodic epic metal, “From Hell With Love” has lots of variety, with more keyboards featured in some songs, although heavier than on 2017’s debut “Berserker” during other numbers. But the incredible melodies and overwhelming passion throughout this sophomore make it a more than worthy follow up in any case! Yannis Papadopoulos has done nothing whatsoever to temper any… Continue reading

Gorgon – “The Veil Of Darkness”

Gorgon – “The Veil Of Darkness” (Osmose Productions)  Like an unholy reunion bringing together two of France’s old school names, Gorgon have finally signed to Osmose! Formed in 1991, Gorgon will no doubt be familiar to anyone from the south of France, releasing 4 full length albums before stopping around the turn of the century. Osmose of course, are legendary. So to finally have these two collaborating is truly blasphemous, almost criminal given that neither has either compromised into modernity or changed other to get better at what they do: true old school black metal. Not musicians playing black metal… Continue reading

SUFFOCATION + BELPHEGOR – London show in April!

New York death metal pioneers SUFFOCATION and diabolic death/black commando BELPHEGOR have teamed up for a co-headlining tour across Europe in April, due to feature a show in London at The Underworld on April 15th! Special guests will be GOD DETHRONED and supporting acts NORDJEVEL and DARKRISE. The tour will kick off in Ludwigsburg on April 4th, with more dates and cities due to be announced soon. Spread the word! Tickets for London are on sale now, via the link below: BELPHEGOR + SUFFOCATION + GOD DETHRONED + NORDJEVEL + DARKRISE Europe Under Black Death Metal Fire Tour 04.04.              DE        Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik 05.04.             … Continue reading

CHILDREN OF BODOM – ‘Hexed’ Musical Direction (OFFICIAL TRAILER #3

Finland’s melodic death superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to release their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, guitar-wielding frontman Alexi chats about the musical direction of the band’s new album. Alexi comments, “This time around, we had Daniel on guitar for the first time. It is a lot of fun for me to work with that dude ’cause he is very enthusiastic and has that hunger and drive to be involved. I love that drive and fire. He calls me up asking questions and throwing ideas around. Saying, ‘Ya, let’s get together and jam.’ I haven’t really had that in my life for a long time now that I think about… Continue reading

ELUVEITIE – Euro Tour

We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. ELUVEITIE call it »Ategnatos«. And by using their longest gap between two Metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it. »Ategnatos« will be released on April 5th 2019 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band revealed the stunning new album cover. This impressive artwork was created again by Travis Smith. The band states: “‘Ategnatos’ probably became our most… Continue reading

BEAST IN BLACK – From Hell With Love

On February 8th, up and coming metallers BEAST IN BLACK will finally unleash their highly anticipated new album From Hell With Love via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the quintet has unveiled the first part of a track by track series covering the new album over on YouTube. Watch here to learn more about’Cry Out For A Hero’, ‘From Hell With Love’, ‘Sweet True Lies’ and ‘Repentless’ From Hell With Love can now be pre-ordered in various formats, here: beastinblack.com/fhwl.html The album formats are as follows: – DIGIPACK CD + PATCH (Mail Order only!) – DIGIPACK CD – 2 LP (black + orange) – DIGITAL States Anton, “‘Die By The Blade’ is one of the ‘Berserk’ manga related… Continue reading

Mother Feather – “Man, I Wish You Were Here”

New York City‘s Mother Feather are kicking off 2019 with brand new video for “Man, I Wish You Were Here.” The video originally debuted at the Triskelion Arts Dance Film Festival in November of 2018. Watch the video and listen to more cuts from Constellation Baby out on Metal Blade Records / Blacklight Media Records. Vocalist Ann Courtney elaborates on the concept behind the video and what makes it special: “I am a huge fan of artist Lia Bonfilio’s short-format dance films, and watching them on Instagram while listening to mixes for ‘Man, I Wish You Were Here’ gave me… Continue reading