Epica – “Epica vs Attack on Titan Songs”

Epica – “Epica vs Attack on Titan Songs” EP (Nuclear Blast Records)  Oh wow, if Epica impressed me on their last release “The Holographic Principle”, then this branch out into film score metal is nothing short of mind blowing! As you can guess, this 8 track EP is based on the Japanese anime “Attack on Titan”, but get this, the original score which was composed by Revo of Linked Horizon, was actually influenced by the music of Epica themselves!! As such, these adaptations could be no better – in fact, they are perfect!!! I can’t begin to describe how excited… Continue reading

Powerwolf – “The Sacrament Of Sin”

Powerwolf – “The Sacrament Of Sin” (Napalm Records)  Returning in time for the next full moon is the 7th album from Germany’s most famous lycanthropes! If you never heard these nutters barking before then get ready for so much catchiness lacquered with cheese you’ll find yourself irresistibly howling along to massive melodies, addictive choruses and possessive singalongs that have taken Powerwolf from a sometimes ridiculed underground band to being a headline festival act across Europe. “The Sacrament Of Sin” continues in the same expected winning formula although this time the band are trying out new things too. On ‘Demon’s Are… Continue reading

Graham Bonnet Band – “Meanwhile, Back In The Garage”

Graham Bonnet Band – “Meanwhile, Back In The Garage” CD / DVD (Frontiers Music)  You’ve gotta admire the man, aged 70 and still going with a voice that sounds as good as when he was singing for Rainbow and Michael Schenker. In fact, anyone who’s seen Graham Bonnet live on the recent Schenker Fest tours will certainly attest to that and if you actually needed any more proof then “Meanwhile, Back In The Garage” will simply blow your socks off! Rooted heavily in Alcatraz with Jimmy Waldo joining on keyboards, there’s also plenty of Rainbow and Schenker, so it’s 13 tracks of pure hard rock… Continue reading

Jungle Rot – “Jungle Rot”

Jungle Rot – “Jungle Rot” (Victory Records)  Mid west legends since the early 90s, Jungle Rot have become a name synonymous with US death metal. That said, this is a veteran band that also skillfully mixes in thrash elements, along with Dave Matrises vocals that combine those styles, even sounding hardcore at times. This self titled 10th release showcases their talents earned over the years through countless tours as well as being a recognisable name, this time working with renowned Dan Swanö (Dark Funeral, Marduk etc) which is definitely reflected in the massive but ultra clear sound across the 10 tracks here, one of which features… Continue reading

Beyond Carnage – “Profane Sounds Of The Flesh”

Beyond Carnage – “Profane Sounds Of The Flesh” EP (Firecum Records)  There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot about this Portuguese death metal band – but after the release of this impressive EP, that may be about to change! Playing death very much in the old school style of Death, Six Feet Under and Bolt Thrower, the focus is on massive grim riffs played at crushing pace but equally subject to some speed runs. While that may be the story for thousands of bands over, Beyond Carnage have got it right on the 5 songs here, each and everyone reeking of foreboding but equally class to hit… Continue reading

DEE SNIDER – Become The Storm

Hard rock legend DEE SNIDER just released the official music video for the new track “Become The Storm”off his upcoming album For The Love Of Metal. DEE SNIDER about “Become The Storm”: “It can be a dark world out there for people being bullied, and I know it. With “Become the Storm” I’m hoping to lift them up and help them find the power within to defeat their adversaries. Sound serious? It is.” For The Love Of Metal was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic… Continue reading

Six Feet Under – Gore Hungry Maniac

Today (July 6th), Six Feet Under has released a new album of previously unreleased material, entitled Unburied, via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Six Feet Under’s Chris Barnes and mixed/mastered by Chaz Najjar at Badlands Recording (Denver, CO), the collection features 9 tracks from the Undead (2012), Unborn (2013) and Torment (2017) sessions; Unburied is only available digitally now at: metalblade.com/sixfeetunder For a preview of Unburied, a lyric video featuring hand-painted art (created by by Septian Devenom) for the track “Gore Hungry Maniac” can be viewed here Front-man Chris Barnes comments: “I feel ‘Unburied’ is something special and interesting to… Continue reading

POWERWOLF – Incense & Iron

The Sacrament Of Sin is coming! Next week sees the release of the new POWERWOLF masterpiece The Sacrament Of Sin! As the July 20 release of The Sacrament of Sin approaches, Powerwolf have dropped another new song. Enjoy “Incense & Iron” via a very special lyric video HERE: POWERWOLF ON TOUR: Metal Masses 2018 14.07.18 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival 03.08.18 RO – Rasnov / Rockstad Extreme Fest 05.08.18 FR – Colmar / Foire Aux Vins 10.08.18 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock 16.08.18 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze Open Air 17.08.18 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill 18.08.18 SE – Falun / Sabaton… Continue reading

METAL ALLEGIANCE – The Guests on Volume II

METAL ALLEGIANCE began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself. The band recently announced the release of their sophomore album Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on September 7th, 2018. Today, the second album trailer breaking down the list of special guests is released. Watch as the core four discuss the long list of all-stars that came together on the record as well as the back stories of… Continue reading

VAN CANTO – Melody

With the second single “Melody”, from their seventh studio album Trust in Rust, VAN CANTO presents itself in their signature style: Choral arrangements, many dynamic changes, power and positivity, strong voices and of course plenty of melodies. In every part of the song the main melodies shine and it’s no coincidence that the star of this single isn’t one of the seven band members, but the “Melody”. The band sums it up: “Melody wraps up what VAN CANTO means to the band members: Lots of voices, dynamic changes and drums, a positive message and – a lot of melodies that hopefully will be joined by our fans when… Continue reading