Ashton Nyte – to support Wayne Hussey Euro Tour

It has just been confirmed that Ashton Nyte (The Awakening) will be supporting Wayne Hussey (The Mission) on the European dates of the Salad Daze Tour. Nyte will be joining Hussey on over 30 shows from 3 Sep to 16 Oct on a tour which celebrates the release of Hussey’s autobiography “Salad Daze” out now via Omnibus Press. Nyte first performed with Hussey in South Africa in 2015 and then supported The Mission for 17 shows across Europe in 2016 with his gothic rock act The Awakening. The Salad Daze Tour will see both artists performing solo in a more… Continue reading

Reflex Machine – Faulty Apparatus

Ohio’s REFLEX MACHINE have just released an awesome new video for their track “Faulty Apparatus” via Doomed & Stoned. The song is taken from their upcoming album Interzone which will be released in September via Over the Counter Culture Records. Pre-order the album here: https://reflexmachine.bandcamp.com/ How many bands do you know that can take the blueprint for heavy music and rip it to shreds? Well, get ready to add Reflex Machine to that list. Locking themselves in a house in Columbus, Ohio, the duo beat the proverbial shit out of drums and bass to concoct their debut full-length Interzone. What emerges… Continue reading

Hammerfall – “Dominion

Hammerfall – “Dominion” (Napalm Records) ‘..Sweden Rock, (We Make) Sweden Rock, bringing the hammer down, three are the crowns in our banner…’. With multiple international number ones, gold certifications, sold out tours, and over 100 million streams and 100 million YouTube views by 2019, there’s little doubting the achievements of Hammerfall since their formation in the mid 90s – indeed, their latest single ‘(We Make) Sweden Rock’ really says it all being a dedication to all the trailblazing Swedish bands from At The Gates to In Flames and Europe! Playing hugely catchy modern heavy / power metal rooted in Judas Priest and the… Continue reading

The Dead Daisies – “Locked And Loaded”

The Dead Daisies – “Locked And Loaded” CD / LP (Spitfire Music / SPV) Anyone who’s seen The Dead Daisies live will know these boys love their covers – so much so in fact, that every one of the band’s albums to date has had at least one on it drawn from the great songs all eras, from the early blues greats to classic rockers and heavy hitters of more recent times. Featuring the all star talents of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake / Dio), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy) and John Corabi (Mötley Crüe)… Continue reading

Twilight Force – “Dawn Of The Dragonstar”

Twilight Force – “Dawn Of The Dragonstar” (Nuclear Blast) Inspired by early role playing games like “Dungeons & Dragons” in their garb and onstage props (not mention names like ‘Aerendir’ and ‘De’Azsh’), but musically by symphonic power metal comes the 3rd album from Twilight Force from Sweden! Formed just over a decade ago, and featuring prior guest vocalists in Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén and Tommy Johansson from Majestica, they now have renowned Alessandro Conti from Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody gracing their ranks for this mighty quest. Featuring majestic choirs, double bass drumming, blissful keyboards and metallic neo classical guitar wizardy from founders… Continue reading

Picture – “Wings”

Picture – “Wings” (Pure Steel Records) One of Holland’s first heavy metal bands, forming at the end of the 70s, Picture certainly had their moments, supporting AC/DC, Ted Nugent, Saxon and Rose Tattoo while headlining their own tours of Italy and Israel. In addition, they had a hit album in “Diamond Dreamer” but despite all these qualities, sadly a disintegrating line up of the original members and new personnel who altered the band’s sound ultimately resulted in the band folding in 1987. However, some 20 years later part the classic line up of Jan Bechtum (guitar), Rinus Vreugdenhil (bass) and drummer Laurens… Continue reading

Domination Inc. – “Memoir 414”

Domination Inc. – “Memoir 414” (Steamhammer / SPV) Five years on since their fiery birth and keen to move on from “Infants Of Thrash” despite it being well received, these Greek thrashers have supported Kreator, Annihilator, Behemoth, Decapitated and Sepultura as well as playing Wacken Open Air, having won the Green ‘Wacken Metal Battle’. Now, pulling out all the stops for this sophomore, the band have collaborated with former SepticFlesh drummer Fotis Benardo at the helm of renowned Devasoundz Studios, with the mastering job entrusted to the practised hands of Henrik Udd (Architects, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) and Vagelis Petikas of Revolver… Continue reading

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Robert and Ricky on working with Jay Ruston

Hard rock heavyweights BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their fourth studio album Another State Of Grace on September 6th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at the legendary Sphere Studios in Burbank, under the watchful eye of renowned mixer and producer, Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, AMON AMARTH, STONE SOUR). In a trailer released today, Ricky and Robert discuss what it was like working with Jay Another State Of Grace is available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc, limited edition boxset and limited edition light green vinyl. Pre-order here: nuclearblast.com/blackstarriders-asog Pre-save Another State Of Grace on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music:nblast.de/BlackStarRidersPreSave… Continue reading

GATECREEPER – Boiled Over

Critically acclaimed Arizona death metal band GATECREEPER return with their highly anticipated new album Deserted, coming October 4th on Relapse Records. GATECREEPER comment on “Boiled Over”: “The first song from Deserted we chose to share with the world is Boiled Over. With this song, we tried to capture the melodic side of Bolt Thrower mixed with the crushing heaviness and groove of bands like Obituary or Crowbar.  There is a confident swagger to the song that any fan of heavy music can enjoy.” Deserted is due out October 4th on CD/LP/CS/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com. Digital Downloads / Streaming… Continue reading

Isole – Written In The Sand

Fans of classic Doom Metal should beg, steal, or kill to get their hands on “Dystopia”. This is a big album, with big songs and a big sound! Isole formed under the name Forlorn back in 1990. Several demo tapes were recorded in the 1990s, including Waves Of Sorrow in 1994 – a recording still revered by epic doom metal fans. After a few years of turmoil, I Hate Records approached them in 2003. With a newly signed contract and much motivation, the band saw it fit to adopt a new moniker, thus becoming Isole. Isole’s debut album, “Forevermore”, was… Continue reading