Hate – “Auric Gates Of Veles”

Hate – “Auric Gates Of Veles” (Metal Blade Records) Close to 30 years on, and Hate still live up to their name! With 2017’s “Tremendum” taking a step toward a darker, more atmospheric, black metal-oriented style as well as exploring Slavonic mysticism, this 11th release boldly continues further in that direction. With Vele, a Slavic deity representing the dark element of existence the central figure in most of the lyrics, this album is very much an invitation to a tradition that long pre-dates Christianity, although so much of it can be related back to today’s world. With a clear intention… Continue reading

Memoriam – “Requiem For Mankind”

Memoriam – “Requiem For Mankind” (Nuclear Blast) And the war goes ever on! Blasting back with their 3rd release comes Memoriam, the old school death metal super group made up of vocalist Karl Willets (Bolt Thrower), Frank Healy (Benediction) on bass, guitarist Scott Fairfax (Cerebral Fix) and Andy Whale (Bolt Thrower) on drums. Initially developed to fill the void left by the sad passing of Bolt Thrower’s drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns, Memoriam soon developed into a fully fledged recording and touring band keen to satiate the blood lust of the masses for traditional English death metal. With the first 2… Continue reading

Bloody Hammers – “The Summoning”

Bloody Hammers – “The Summoning” (Napalm Records) And now the screaming starts! If you’ve already been introduced to the ghostly duo of Anders Manga (Vocals, Guitar, Bass) and his partner Devallia (Keyboards/Organ) over the course of 4 albums, then “The Summoning” will no doubt tantalise with its song titles taken from classic horror movies. Fusing a rich blend of soulful American rock with suave goth rock, the duo once again produce a lush and highly infectious affair over the course of 10 tracks. Don’t be expecting any wild satanic rides or anything striving to be extreme, but in their own… Continue reading

The Lord Weird Slough Feg – “New Organon”

The Lord Weird Slough Feg – “New Organon” (Cruz Del Sur Music) Wow, it doesn’t get any cooler than this! Named after 2000 AD’s Celtic warrior Sláine and formed by philosophy professor Mike Scalzi (vocals / guitar), The Lord Weird Slough Feg play a heady mix of classic US heavy metal (a la Brocas Helm etc) and 70s Celtic hard rock along the lines of Thin Lizzy. While their eccentricity and no frills underground production will no doubt irk some, “New Organon” is nonetheless their 10th release, attesting to both their popularity and longevity. With their previous releases themed on… Continue reading

Ravensire – “A Stone Engraved In Red”

Ravensire – “A Stone Engraved In Red” (Cruz Del Sur Music) If true metal be thy calling, then look upon “A Stone Engraved In Red”! Hailing from Portugal, this 4 piece have impressively forged their epic quest over the course of 2 albums, 2 EPs and 2 splits and now on this latest release, show their full measure impressively! Right from the sound with its twin powering guitars laced with reverb to the medieval folk melodies and tons of epic passion exuded from not only the music but Rick’s impassioned vocals, there’s plenty of soul to match the steel on… Continue reading

HAMMERFALL – (We Make) Sweden Rock

HAMMERFALL has shared today the lyric video for “(We Make) Sweden Rock” following the world premiere on the big screens at Sweden Rock Festival prior to the band’s performance over the weekend. Watch it HERE. The track is from their forthcoming album, “Dominion” set for release on August 16th. HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans comments, “The lyrical content is direct referrals to songs and bands hailing from the north. In the lyric video we took everything a step further and included photos, not only from bands referred to in the lyrics, but from loads of other Swedish bands. It’s kind of a history lesson… Continue reading

D-A-D – Burning Star

Denmark’s rock giant D-A-D have just unleashed the official music video for their recent single, “Burning Star”. The track comes off D-A-D’s latest studio album “A Prayer For The Loud”, which saw the light of day in late May. The highly-anticipated new Opus was the band’s first since 2011’s “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark”. Continue reading

DESTRUCTION – Road To ‘BORN TO PERISH’ Pt. 1 – The New Lineup

 Legendary German thrashers, DESTRUCTION, are set to unleash their 17th studio album, Born to Perish on August 9th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band present the first album trailer, in which Schmier, Mike, Randy and Damir discuss the band’s new line-up. Pre-order ‘Born to Perish’ in various formats, here: nblast.de/DestructionBTP Pre-save ‘Born to Perish’ via Spotify: nblast.de/DESTRUCTIONbtpPreSave The recordings for Born To Perish took place from January to March 2019 in Little Creek Studio in Switzerland. Production was once again handled by longtime collaborator, VO Pulver. The stunning cover artwork was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS, TANKARD and many more. He has also produced a trailer… Continue reading

RED FANG – Antidote

Portland rockers RED FANG’s digital single “Antidote” is now available on all streaming services! The track was previously exclusive to the mobile app game Red Fang: Headbang! Listen on all streaming services at ffm.to/redfangantidote. Watch an accompanying music video, directed by Ansel Wallenfang & produced by Wieden+Kennedy, AT THIS LOCATION. RED FANG Comments: “For those of you who suck at video games, now you can hear our new single, Antidote, uninterrupted by fun! It’s now available for download as a regular old digital single. But if you are up for the challenge, see if you can beat our high score on your smartphone! Love, Red Fang” Download Red… Continue reading

MEMORIAM – Karl and Andy discuss the evolution of the band’s sound

Old school Death metallers MEMORIAM, featuring ex-members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, are set to unleash their third album, Requiem For Mankind, next week on June 21st, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. In a new trailer released today, frontman Karl and drummer Andy discuss the evolution of the band’s sound over their 3 albums. Watch them explain more, here Pre-order Requiem For Mankind: http://nblast.de/Memoriam-RFM The four piece will play their debut London gig this month, which will also act as the release show for Requiem For Mankind. On top of this, the band have also confirmed two Irish headline show dates, set to… Continue reading