Sister Shotgun – Silhouettes

SISTER SHOTGUN are a five-piece modern rock band from the West Midlands who create engaging anthemic hooks served with hard-hitting, yet melodic guitar riffs. The Brit rockers now deliver their explosive new single, Silhouettes, and you watch the video, here. SISTER SHOTGUN were born in 2013, and ever since then, they’ve shared stages with everyone from INME, Toseland, Fearless Vampire Killers and Kobra and the Lotus, to Butcher Babies. The quintet have wooed festival audiences at 2016’s Macmillan Fest and FortFest, and at 2017’s Highway to Hell. The band are also confirmed to perform at next year’s HardRockHell: Metal. Their … Continue reading

Operation: Mindcrime – “The New Reality”

Operation: Mindcrime – “The New Reality” (Frontiers Music) On what must seem like an epic (if cathartic) journey for Geoff Tate following his acrimonious split from Queensrÿche, comes this final album making up the concept trilogy created by Operation: Mindcrime, the musical collaboration that he created. Recorded as part of a mammoth studio recording session 2 years ago where Tate invited a series of guests including John Moyer of Disturbed, Simon Wright (ex AC/DC, Dio, UFO) and Brian Tichy (ex Whitesnake, Foreigner) to contribute to creating fantastic albums that told stories, as exemplified by the likes of “The Wall” by … Continue reading

Jess and the Ancient Ones – “The Horse and Other Weird Tales”

Jess and the Ancient Ones – “The Horse and Other Weird Tales” (Svart Records) If the first 2 releases from this impressive Finnish psychedelic rock band were enough to blow my mind then this 3rd release just simply had me jiving n groovin’ along to the fantastic material on show here! Notably also raising the (black) eyebrow of King Diamond who had them as his opening act for his North American tour in 2014, Jess and the Ancient Ones are one of those few bands that grab you instantaneously through the power of their incredible songs and then just hold … Continue reading

Crom – “When Northmen Die”

Crom – “When Northmen Die” (Pure Steel / Legend Records) Formed by ex Dark Fortress guitarist Walter ‘Crom’ Grosse, this is his namesake solo band with its inspiration unmistakably taken from Conan and musically Bathory and early Manowar. As such, if its epic warrior metal that you crave, then look no further as this is what Crom is all about. Yet while some songs may be hard and involve stirring Nordic choirs, in the main Crom is about ballads and usually sorrowful ones about fallen heroes, mourned brothers and missed friends, often using gentle acoustics and deep folk melodies with strong … Continue reading

Minas Morgul – “Kult”

Minas Morgul – “Kult” (Trollzorn) It’s been 20 years since this German black metal band walked this earth, and without any let up, they bring us their new – and 6th album – simply titled “Kult”! With an undoubted Lord Of The Rings influence, their name is taken itself from the dark tower of black sorcery, this Teutonic sextet rage and blast beat effortlessly, but equally, they offer more with cinematic elements, plenty of powerful atmosphere through a liberal use of pagan melodies and occasionally socially conscious lyrics allowing for a different take on the 10 epic tracks here. Hugely … Continue reading

Hard Action – “Hot Wired Beat”

Hard Action – “Hot Wired Beat” (Svart Records) Oh wow, these Finns may have an unremarkable name for their band, but they sure know how to rock! Clearly weaned during those long winter nights on a steady diet of The Dictators, MC5 and especially Hanoi Rocks, this 9 track sophomore has it all from fast rockers and spazzed out punkers to cool cruisers and soulful crooners. Most of all though, it’s all catchy and instantly addictive thanks to the relentless guitar machines of Gyntsä (who also handles vocals and could give Mick Jagger a run for his money) and Ville, … Continue reading

American Glutton – “Dish Served Cold”

American Glutton – “Dish Served Cold” EP (From The Ashes Records) Oh yeah baby, check out the monster grooves on this one! With its rich history in rock music, Jacksonville FL once again comes up trumps with American Glutton. Despite their strange name, there’s simply no messin’ on this handsome 5 track debut EP. A power trio made up of guitarist Tommy Harrison (Dogs of Pleasure) and bassist Dani Harrison (The Trainwreckers), both from the Denver scene along with well known solo southern rocker (and University of Central Florida professor!) Raven Cain on vocals, “Dish Served Cold” may be titled … Continue reading

DIO Returns – The Tour

Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion kicks off the “DIO Returns: The Tour,” featuring a hologram of Ronnie James Dio reunited with the late rock star’s former bandmates from the DIO Band. The tour will have more stops all around , kicking off in Bochum, Germany on December 6. It marks the first tour of its kind, breaking new ground just as Dio did throughout an accomplished career as a lead singer and songwriter in defining bands such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and DIO. After debuting at the Wacken Festival in Germany last year, a hologram … Continue reading

Saxon – Thunderbolt

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music). The new album Thunderbolt will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory. “This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford Three weeks later, … Continue reading

PRIMORDIAL – ‘Heathen Crusade’ Euro tour in April 2018!

Support comes from MOONSORROW and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT! Recordings for new album “Exile Amongst The Ruins” finished! Irish Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL have just finished recordings on their new studio album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ to be released by the end of March in 2018! To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced the ‘Heathen Crusade’ European headline tour. Support comes from Finnish MOONSORROW and German DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT! PRIMORDIAL+ MOONSORROW+ DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT 12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn 13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013 14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo 15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot 16/04/18 … Continue reading